Riders Smoke Sumter

Press Release | February 1, 2012

SUMTER, S.C., (Jan. 29, 2012) – riders Steward Baylor and Michael Lafferty smoked this past weekend’s Sumter Enduro – the opening round of the AMA National Enduro Series in Sumter, South Carolina. Baylor and Lafferty swept the top two podium positions, with the 17-year-old Baylor taking a surprising win over the veteran Lafferty, who has eight national titles to his credit.

Steward Baylor 2012

Baylor’s win marked his first-ever national victory and came despite a mid-race crash that could have easily derailed the South Carolina rider’s effort. “I just shook it off and kept my head down and kept pushing,” said Baylor, who went on to win three of the six tests. “It was a tough race but I was able to jump into the lead off the start and hold onto it to the end. I couldn’t have done it with out the help of KTM,, Genuine Dirt Racer/WP Racing USA, Bart Hayes and the rest of my sponsors.”

Laferty off-road 2012

Lafferty turned some heads as well, the 36-year-old putting in a stellar performance to finish second, exactly a minute ahead of the third place finisher. After getting off to a relatively slow start, the factory Husaberg rider won the third and fifth tests ahead of Baylor and looked extremely comfortable in the rough and whooped out Sumter sand.

“This was a good race for me,” said Lafferty. “I felt good on the bike and I felt like I really flowed on the trail. Baylor was on it today, and once I saw he had a good lead I just settled into my own pace. For sure, I want to thank Husaberg,, and the rest of my sponsors for helping to make this happen.”

Both Baylor and Lafferty will try to maintain their momentum when the AMA National Enduro Series resumes in Greensboro, Georgia, on February 19th for the Cherokee Enduro.

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