Defending National Champion Russell Bobbitt (right) claimed the win at the opening round of the 2007 AMA FMF Racing National Enduro Series held in Gilmer, Texas, yesterday.
Bobbitt battled race-long with seven-time champ Mike Lafferty (below) over the rocky, 66-mile course, the KTM teammates finishing the two-lap event deadlocked with 10 points each. However Bobbitt’s faster time in the tie-break sections gave him the win by just seconds.
A surprising third overall by Nashville’s Dustin Gibson gave KTM a podium sweep, while last year’s number two-ranked rider Stephen Edmondson, also on a KTM, finished fourth, one point ahead of Husqvarna’s Travis Green.
Patrick Garrahan (KTM), Nick Fahringer (G-G), Brian Garrahan (Yam), Chris Gault (KTM) amd Jake Fiddler (Suz) rounded out the top 10.
The Gilmer event drew a large entry, over 350 riders, largely because of the new rules put in place for this year’s series, which basically eliminate the need for time-keeping.
The series now heads to California for the Quicksilver Enduro, round two of the series, to be held on February, 25th.