Buttrick Takes the Win, Mullins the Title in Indiana Enduro
GrindTV spends a day in Indiana to see what Enduro racing is all about.
It was KTM North America's young GNCC star Cory Buttrick who motored to the overall win on a cold, rainy Saturday in Indiana for the final round of the 2010 AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series. After 73 miles and 6 test test sections, Buttrick edged out another GNCC regular - AmPro Yamaha's Charlie Mullins - to take the win, but it was Mullins who had the last laugh as he walked away with the overall series title after winning 6 of 10 rounds.
Buttrick came on strong in the final two tests to make up some time lost earlier in the day to Mullins, and as the rain continued to fall, he became faster and faster, making up a whole minute on the Yamaha rider who needed only a sixth place finish to clinch the title.
In what's been an unbelievable season of racing for Mullins, coming off a DNF at the 2nd round of the series to pretty well dominate most of the remaining rounds. Somewhat of a GNCC and hare scrambles specialist up until this year, Charlie has showed that he has the sprint speed necessary to put together 6 solid finishes on a long afternoon of changing conditions to beat the best in the business with the regularity of a seasoned veteran.
Also snagging a test victory was Mullins' teammate Thad Duvall, who was trying out Enduro racing for his first time. Obviously successful and fast enough to run with anyone in the woods, Duvall nailed 3rd overall, beating a couple of multi-time champions in the process.
KTM's defending champ Russell Bobbitt, shown here trying to figure out where his next turn is, was right there all day too, but ultimately was only able to muster a 6th place finish. Bobbitt ended up 3rd in points, being edged out by Buttrick by only two for second place.
Husaberg's multi-time champ Mike Lafferty rode well for 5th overall, finishing up a season that definitely had it's ups and downs. For his first year on Husaberg, Lafferty was able to snag only a single win, although he was typically on the podium every race and ended up 4th in points for the year.
The Matthews, Indiana course consisted of everything from open farmland and cornfields to grassy knolls to deep woods and rocky river beds. As the rain continued to fall, the conditions went from dust to mud, and the temperatures fell through the day to end up in the low-50's by the end of the event. Cory Buttrick (above) demonstrates proper grassy knoll technique.
Husaberg's Nick Fahringer heads across the river crossing by the famous Matthews covered bridge to begin the second half of the day's racing. The 73 mile loop was broken down into 6 sections (tests) that the riders attacked in groups of 4 set off at 1 minute intervals. Fahringer ended up 7th on the day and 5th for the series.We'll check out just exactly what an AMA National Enduro is later this week in our What Really Happened - suffice to say it ain't like what your Grampa used to race.
Results for the final round:
1. Cory Buttrick (KTM)
2. Charlie Mullins (Yam)
3. Thad DuVall (Yam)
4. Glenn Kearney (Hsq)
5. Michael Lafferty (Hsb)
6. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
7. Nick Fahringer (Hsb)
8. Steward Baylor Jr. (KTM)
9. Andrew DeLong (KTM)
10. Josh Gaitten (KTM)