2018 The Dragon’s Back National Enduro Results

Shan Moore | May 7, 2018

2018 The Dragon’s Back National Enduro Results – It wasn’t pretty, but Grant Baylor managed to overcome an ugly ride to tame the Dragon’s Back National Enduro held at Oak Ridge Estates in Arrington, Virginia, May 6.

2018 The Dragon’s Back National Enduro Results

2018 The Dragon's Back National Enduro Results
Grant Baylor won The Dragon’s Back National Enduro in Virginia. Photo: Darrin Chapman

The Tely Racing KTM rider struggled throughout the day with tip-overs and near tip-overs, but still managed to win three tests and beat out his brother and teammate Steward Baylor for the win by 52 second after six tests and 55 miles of racing. All that, despite being just two weeks removed from surgery to repair a broken bone in his hand.

“I was struggling all day long,” said Grant. “I just wasn’t riding like I should, I crashed three times in the fifth test and twice in the last test. But I won, so obviously I made fewer mistakes than everybody else. This year has been an uphill battle for me, with the broken hand and all. But I just rode my race and kept trying to smooth out a bit, and I guess I did just enough.”

Steward, on the other hand, need a last-second flurry to overcome a nine-second deficit he held heading into the final test to beat out FMF KTM’s Josh Toth for the bridesmaid’s spot. In the end, Steward edged Toth by just a few tenths of a second for second.

“I struggled the first two tests and I just couldn’t seem to find a groove,” said Steward. “I managed to work my way back into contention in test five, so I was nine seconds behind Toth heading into the final test, and I just went for it in that last one and I managed to barley get the job done.”

Toth won tests two and three, but two crashes in the final test sealed the Connecticut rider’s fate.

“I fell in the fifth test and then I crashed twice in the final test, just trying to catch Grant and that cost me second,” said Toth. “I rode pretty consistent but I didn’t ride my best today, for sure.”

Thad Duvall gave Grant Baylor a run for his money in the first two tests, where the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider took a second and a win in the two tests. However, a navigation snafu in section five cost Duvall 40 seconds, relegating him to fourth overall.

Like Steward Baylor, Ben Kelley started slow but finished strong to claim fifth overall.

“I was off the pace in the beginning, I just wasn’t aggressive enough at the start,” said Kelley. “I tried to turn it around and my last two tests were faster, although I had a couple of crashes. The first two tests were pretty slick and I think I was just a bit timid.”

2018 The Dragon’s Back National Enduro Results

1. Grant Baylor (KTM)
2. Steward Baylor (KTM)
3. Josh Toth (KTM)
4. Thad Duvall (Hus)
5. Ben Kelley (KTM)
6. Evan Smith (Hus)
7. Cory Buttrick (Hus)
8. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
9. Ryder Lafferty (KTM)
10. Andrew DeLong (GG)

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Shan Moore | Contributing Editor Moore covers all facets of off-road racing for Cycle News – from AMA Supercross and Motocross to GNCC and National Hare Scrambles events.