FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert extended his win-streak to three-in-a-row at Mesquite MX.
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Mesquite, NV – The 2019 Sprint Hero Racing Series headed to Mesquite, Nevada over the weekend for Round 3 of the series, which also served as a qualifier for the 2019 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) held in Portimao, Portugal on November 11-16. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert extended his win-streak in the series to three-in-a-row with a hard-fought victory at Mesquite MX.
The Sprint Hero Racing Series features a two-day race format consisting of three enduro-style tests and three motocross-style tests. Riders compete against the timeclock for a total of 12 tests over the course of the weekend. On Saturday, Robert won five of the day’s six tests, where he finished second to Zach Bell in the final moto test. With a 37-second lead in the enduro and a one-second lead in the moto overall, Robert sat in a favorable position heading into the second day of racing.
On Sunday, Robert once again dominated the enduro tests, topping the field by nine seconds over the course of three tests. In the moto tests, he battled closely with Bell in each of the three sections, ultimately falling short in the overall moto time, finishing second in moto on the day. Robert maintained a nearly five-second lead for day two and with combined times for the weekend, where he was able to best the competition by almost a minute in the overall running.
Robert: “Today was an ISDE qualifier, which was pretty cool for the guys trying to go to ISDE because the conditions were actually pretty similar to what we’ll see in Portugal this year and the format was similar as well.
I felt really good all weekend. It was a combination of a sandy enduro loop, with a hard-packed motocross/cross test and both tests were incredibly fun. All-in-all, it was really good to win both days and get my third win in a row in this series. I’m really happy with the way I’m riding and the results and I’m looking forward to two more races before the summer break.”
FMF/RPM/KTM Racing Team Maxxis rider Dante Oliveira once again secured an overall podium position with a consistent performance throughout the weekend. Finishing third overall for a majority of the weekend’s tests, Oliveira rode his way to a third overall at Mesquite MX. KTM-mounted rider Gary Sutherlin finished just behind Oliveira in fourth.
Round 4: Cinder Hills – Flagstaff, Arizona – June 8-9, 2019
Overall Results – Round 3
1. Taylor Robert, KTM, 47:42.790
2. Zach Bell, KAW, 48:35.615
3. Dante Oliveira, KTM, 49:09.420
4. Gary Sutherlin, KTM, 49:37.985