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Kacy Martinez Clinches AMA National Enduro Series Championship at Penultimate Round

Monday, September 19, 2016 | 12:25 PM

It was a solid day for KTM racers at the Lead Belt National Enduro for Round 8 of the AMA National Enduro Series. FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez wrapped up the Women’s A/B Championship one round early with a class win, while her Pro Class teammate Russell Bobbitt earned 2nd overall to carry his championship points lead into the final round of racing. SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. earned his second Pro Class victory, where he moved into 2nd place in the championship standings.

Held in Park Hills, Missouri, the penultimate round saw ideal track conditions after almost two days of rainfall leading up to Sunday’s racing. Most of the course soaked up the much-needed rain but a few mudholes still lingered throughout the woods on race day. 

Kacy Martinez wrapped up the 2016 AMA National Enduro Series Women's A/B class Championship one round early.
Kacy Martinez wrapped up the 2016 AMA National Enduro Series Women's A/B class Championship one round early. Photo: Courtesy of KTM

Steward Baylor came out swinging to capture the test-one victory aboard his KTM 450 XC-F. From there, the South Carolina native didn’t miss a beat as he went on to capture three additional test-wins and two 2nd place finishes throughout the six-test competition. 

Bobbitt got off to a slow start, where he finished 4th place on the opening test. Bobbitt continued to improve with each test as he powered his KTM 250 XC-F into 3rd place for the next three sections. On test four, the four-time AMA National Enduro Champion captured his first win of the day after overcoming a small crash on the waterfall crossing. Bobbitt was able to capture a close 2nd-place finish on the sixth and final test, which ultimately gave him 2nd overall for the day. 

Bobbitt: “I’m feeling alright about 2nd place today. Obviously I would like to be in the center of the box but I’m heading into the final round with the points lead and I’m looking forward to a good race in Tulsa!” 

Bobbitt holds a 19-point lead over S. Baylor in the Pro Class Championship Standings as the series heads into its final round in October. 

SRT/KTM rider Cory Buttrick earned a top-five overall finish after a consistent string of top-five finishes, including a 3rd place finish in the final test of the day. 

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez clinched the 2016 AMA National Enduro Championship after securing her 5th victory of the season in the Women’s A/B Class. Martinez led her class the entire day while maintaining an impressive position inside the top 50 overall out of over 400 riders. 

Martinez: “I couldn’t be happier about winning this championship! I would like to thank the entire KTM crew for all their support and hard work, and for believing in me. I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point and I’m so thankful for everyone that has supported me along the way.”

Next Event: October 23, 2016 – Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Overall Results

  1. Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM 
  2. Russell Bobbitt – KTM 
  3. Josh Strang
  4. Grant Baylor
  5. Cory Buttrick – KTM
  6. Nick Fahringer
  7. Ryder Lafferty
  8. Dylan MacRitchie
  9. Nathan Federer
  10. Drew Higgins – KTM 

Women’s A/B Results

  1. Kacy Martinez – KTM 
  2. Jamie Wells
  3. Sarah Baldwin
  4. Destiny Slawson – KTM 
  5. Kristina Zmuda – KTM
  6. Danielle Slawson – KTM 
  7. Dawn Silvia
  8. Megan Kennon – KTM
  9. Tayler Bonecutter
  10. Lauren Stretz – KTM 

Overall Championship Standings

  1. Russell Bobbitt – 199
  2. Steward Baylor Jr. – 182
  3. Grant Baylor – 171
  4. Josh Strang – 139
  5. Jesse Groemm – 109

Women’s A/B Championship Standings

  1. Kacy Martinez – 200
  2. Shawn Davidson – 156
  3. Ashlee Applewhite – 124