On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 57

On The Pegs NG GRABBED HIS PODIUM OF WITH A RUNNER-UP FINISH. Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 P 57 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad DuVall took control of the overall point standings in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series after claiming a dramatic come-from-behind victory at this weekend’s Rattlesnake Enduro – round five of the series in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. After getting off to a bad start in test one, N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha’s Josh Toth led much of the day’s race thanks to wins in tests three and four, however DuVall and teammate Josh Strang came on strong in the final two tests, dropping Toth to third in the final re- sults and giving Husqvarna a 1-2 sweep of the podium. Strang won the fifth test and actually led DuVall heading into the sixth and final test of the day, but DuVall turned in a brilliant performance to finish off the final eight-mile test about 17 seconds faster than Strang for the win. In the end, DuVall won the event by seven seconds over Strang. The Rattlesnake Enduro is considered one of the most technical on the schedule with it’s rocky terrain, and hard rain on Saturday made for an even tougher event on Sunday, which turned out to be an advantage for DuVall. “I started out good, but I struggled halfway into the event and Toth was putting it on us,” said DuVall. “I just wasn’t riding like I know I can. I think I was thinking too much about winning the race, so before test five I just told myself to relax and ride and that made all the difference.” DuVall only won one test all day (the final test), however consis- tent times throughout the day (plus the win in the final test) gave him the victory and boosted him to the top of the series point standings. The win was DuVall’s third in a row. For Strang, the runner-up finish marked the Aussie off-road star’s first podium of the season. “For sure, this was a better day for me,” said Strang. “I think the biggest thing was my foot is finally healed up and in these rocky conditions you need to use your feet a lot to get through a lot of the sections. I’ve also been practicing enduro a lot at home, and I think the combination of the two made the difference in today’s results.” Toth looked unbeatable at the halfway mark, but the Connecticut rider wasn’t able match the speed of DuVall and Strang in the final two tests. “I had a tip-over in the first test and I knocked my front brake lever down and I struggled in that one, but we came back and won some tests and that moved me to the front,” said Toth. “I was in conten- tion for the win and I was leading heading into the final two tests, but I had a couple of tip-overs, but I still felt I rode well. I’m not sure where I lost my time to Thad and Josh but I was pretty bummed to drop back to third.”