The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider kick-started the event by winning the opening test of the weekend – a Cross test. The Aussie off-road star then added two more test wins to complete the event, although it was his consistently fast second and third-place finishes that clinched the victory for him.
Ryan Sipes held the series point lead going into the Indiana event, however the Kentucky rider skipped the event to be in New York where he was presented as a member of the Puerto Rico Motocross des Nations team at the Unadilla National Motocross. Sipes’ absence opened the door for Strang to take over the series point lead with his win.
“I hate it that Ryan wasn’t at this event, but I’m pleased to have the points lead and I’ll do my best to keep it,” said Strang.
DuVall, who won the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro championship in 2016, won six tests en route to second overall, and was in contention for Sunday’s win until a mishap in the final test cost him too much time.
“I’ve been off the bike for a month and a half and I just wanted to come out and have some fun and see where I was at, but it quickly turned into a competition to try to win,” DuVall said with a smile. “I had a blast, I really love these events. I was in the mix until the final test, but I fell into a deep rut and got stuck for a long time and that put me out of the running.”
Layne Michael rounded out the podium. The Coastal Racing Husqvarna rider won one of the Cross tests and was in contention to win a few others.
1 114 Joshua Strang Pro (1) Denver, NC 12 01:33:30.535 2 989 Thad Duvall Pro (2) willamstown, WV 12 01:33:58.758 3 523 Layne Michael Pro (3) Boonville, NC 12 01:34:06.064 4 14 Grant Baylor Pro (4) Belton, SC 12 01:34:11.769 5 1 Steward Baylor Pro (5) Belton, SC 12 01:34:14.494 6 2 Jordan Ashburn Pro (6) Livingston, TN 12 01:34:45.329 7 5 Evan Smith Pro (7) jefferson, GA 12 01:35:11.165 8 198 liam draper Pro 2 (1) auckaland, OS 12 01:36:51.143 9 887 Braxton McGee Pro 2 (2) Beulaville, NC 12 01:37:14.729 10 282 mike witkowski Pro (8) north liberty, IN 12 01:37:27.159