MATTHEWS, Ind. (September 24, 2018) – It was a beautiful day for racing as the KR4/Husqvarna team took to the line for the penultimate Kenda AMA National Enduro (NEPG) in Matthews, Indiana yesterday. The Muddobbers track is a favorite among the riders, and this year proved to be no different with Tayla Jones topping the Women’s Elite division and Cory Buttrick finishing inside the top 10 overall.
Cory Buttrick making his way through the corn fields of Indiana.
Jones started off her day strong, winning the first three tests and topping her biggest competition, fellow Australian MacKenzie Tricker. However, Tricker made a charge during the last two tests where Jones finished just behind her in second. Despite coming in too close of contact with a vine and struggling through the mud, Jones maintained a close enough distance to Tricker to claim her sixth Women’s Elite class win of the season by seven seconds.
Tayla Jones en route to another Women’s Elite class victory.
Cory Buttrick found himself up against some stiff competition this weekend and started off a little slower than he would have liked. As the day progressed Buttrick began settling into his normal pace, even finishing sixth in the second to last tests, but a couple tipovers put Buttrick further back in the overall standings than he would have liked in ninth overall.
Cory Buttrick raced his way to ninth overall, eighth in class this past weekend.
“Unfortunately it took two tests to find my groove and start flowing, because you can’t afford to give up any time with the level of competition now,” explained Buttricker. “I had two falls near the end that definitely hurt my time. I still had a blast, that’s always one of the most fun races of the year!”
Tayla Jones heads into the season finale NEPG
with the championship already wrapped up.
After GNCC officials made the tough call to cancel the Black Sky GNCC due to remnants of a tropical storm two weeks ago, the team is excited to get back to racing this coming weekend with the inaugural Mason-Dixon GNCC. The last and final round of the 2018 NEPG series will take place on November 4 in Alabama.
KR4 Performance Team Results:
Cory Buttrick – Pro 1 – 9th
Tayla Jones – Women’s Elite – 1st
Next NEPG Event: Round 10 – Gobble Getter NEPG @ Stanton, Alabama – November 4, 2018
**Photos by Darrin Chapman
About KR4 Performance:
KR4 Performance is a leading professional and amateur race team that participates in the Grand National Cross Country Championships (GNCC), the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series (FGSE) and the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG) series. The 2017 KR4 team took home championships in each respective series. This year Layne Michael will make his XC1 Open Pro debut with the KR4 team, while Tayla Jones will look to repeat her Women’s Pro championships. KR4’s solid team structure is made up of former GNCC pros, expert motorcycle mechanics, and industry enthusiasts that are 100% dedicated to helping clients achieve their racing goals. Visit www.kr4performance.com for more information.
About the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride Program:
KR4 is paving the way for the future of off-road racing with its unparalleled Arrive-N-Ride Program, saving riders time, money and hassle. For an affordable fee, KR4 can offset the cost of racing and have everything ready for riders on race day. With the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride program, bikes are prepped by the KR4 team before a race and delivered with gear to riders on race day to the location of their choosing. To learn more or sign up for the Arrive-N-Ride experience, please contact fkeegan@kr4performance.com or visit www.kr4performance.com. For additional information, follow the team on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page.