On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 59

On The Pegs H LED AT THE HALFWAY MARK ED THE EVENT IN THIRD. Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 P 59 Fourth was SRT Racing KTM’s Steward Baylor Jr., who came into the event holding the series point lead. Baylor struggled all day with an infection in his knee and eventually finished 27 seconds behind Toth. “Everything that could go wrong went wrong,” said Baylor. “With Strang and Toth finishing between me and Thad, that gave Thad the points lead and I’m pretty bummed about that. I’m still dealing with the effects of the Epstein Barr virus and that makes me susceptible to infections and I injured my knee recently and now it’s infected and it just bothered me all day.” Trail Jesters KTM Racing’s Ben Kelley used his rock-riding skills to round out the top five. The Connecticut rider was second fastest in the third and sixth tests and finished just seven seconds off of Baylor. Solid Performance KTM’s Jesse Groemm kicked off the second half of the top 10 with a sixth place finish. The New Jersey rider edged SRT Racing KTM’s Cory Buttrick by a tenth of a second for the position. Eighth went to KR4 Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor, while KTM riders Russell Bobbitt and Ryder Lafferty rounded out the top 10. With four rounds remaining, DuVall now leads Baylor by four points (127 to 123), with Grant Baylor in third with 88 points. On a side note, eight-time national enduro champion Mike Laf- ferty came out of professional retirement to race the Rattlesnake Enduro on KTM’s 1090R Adventure bike. It was pretty cool seeing the eight-time national champion wrestling the 500-something lb. bike through the slimy rocks and through the deep ruts to a 19th place finish in the Pro division. “It took a section to kind of settle in, but once I got going I started feeling comfortable on it,” said Lafferty. “Later in the race I would find myself really getting on it, but then I would hit a hole and I would have to remind myself that I was riding a 500-lb. motorcycle and I better back it down a little.” In the Rekluse Expert-AA class, Thorn Devlin remains perfect after claiming his fifth win of the season. The AirGroup Enduro Engineer- ing Husqvarna rider won four of the six tests and beat fellow New Englander and Yamaha rider Hunter Bush by two minutes and 25 seconds. “It was a hectic day,” said Devlin. “I don’t feel like I rode my best to- day but it was still good enough for the win and I have to be happy with that.” Kyle Tino finished third on a KTM another 14 seconds behind Bush. Like Devlin, Tyla Jones also remained perfect, claiming a fifth- straight win in the Women’s Elite division after beating KTM rider