SRT Racing’s Cory Buttrick came out on top of some of the closest racing of the season, taking an impressive win at the Rock Crusher Sprint Enduro, round eight of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series presented by PRI Powersports Insurance at the Rockcrusher Farm in Young Harris, Georgia. The racing was insanely close, with first and second place finishing on the same second in four of the twelve tests. After two days of racing Buttrick took the win by five seconds, while second and third place were separated by less than a tenth of a second.
The win was Buttrick’s first of the season and it came at the expense of runner-up Jordan Ashburn and series point leader Steward Baylor.
“It was unreal how close the racing was, we were all within just a few tenths of each other,” said Buttrick. “You definitely couldn’t make any mistakes but I was able to hit all my lines and keep it pretty consistent. The track was in great shape and a couple of places got pretty rough, which I think favored my style. My riding is coming around now that we’re at the end of the season and it feels great to get the win. I just need to keep it going and get off to a fast start at the beginning of next year.”
After one day of racing, Buttrick topped the time charts with a total time of 35:47.173, followed by Ashburn with 35:53.029 and Baylor at 35:53.917. FMF KTM Factory rider Russell Bobbitt and Evan Smith rounded out the top five.
Ashburn got off to another great start on Sunday, winning test one ahead of Buttrick and Smith. However, Buttrick reeled off three-straight wins and appeared to be running away from the field, though Baylor gained a bit of ground with a win in test five. Test six was a pivotal one, as Ashburn turned the fastest time, as he had done in the final test on the previous day. Meanwhile, Baylor tripped the wire a second slower to post the second fastest time. Buttrick, on the other hand, bobbled midway through the test and dropped to fifth for the test, his only finish all weekend outside of the top three.
Smith finished the weekend in fourth while Bobbitt was fifth.
“I have my race bike up for sale so I decided to race my 125 here today and it was a blast,” said Jones. “It’s so light I could just flick it around where I wanted to and I totally enjoyed it.”
Sheets won the remaining two tests and sits fourth overall in the Women’s Pro standings behind Mackenzie Tricker and Brooke Cosner.
In the Youth ranks, Garyson Smith took the class win in the 85cc 7-11 division and also nabbed the youth race weekend overall win ahead of Drew Callaway and Tyler Silvia.
The 2017 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series presented by PRI Powersports Insurance wraps up on November 11-12 at the Big Buck Farm for the Big Buck Sprint Enduro, the ninth and final round of the series in Union, South Carolina.
Photos: Darrin Chapman
OVERALL RESULTS Position No. Rider Class Hometown Tests Time 1 2 Cory Buttrick Pro (1) Logan, OH 12 01:11:38.485 2 9 Jordan Ashburn Pro (2) Livingston, TN 12 01:11:43.168 3 14 Steward Baylor Pro (3) Belton, SC 12 01:11:43.292 4 10 evan smith Pro (4) jefferson, GA 12 01:12:04.773 5 13 Russell Bobbitt Pro (5) Jefferson, GA 12 01:12:25.070 6 50 Billy Schlag Open A (1) Mechanicsville, MD 12 01:14:50.887 7 100 RJ Cook Lites A (1) Thompsons Station, TN 12 01:16:30.528 8 102 Devan Byer Lites A (2) Canal Winchester, OH 12 01:17:08.119 9 105 Luke Ross Lites A (3) Middletown, VA 12 01:17:50.950 10 13 Tayla Jones Women’s Pro (1) Mooresville, NC 12 01:17:55.880