CROSS FORK, Penn. (July 24, 2018) – With a dreary forecast, the Rattlesnake National Enduro looked as if it was going to be a mudder as the KR4/Husqvarna team headed up the road to Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. Fortunately, the pine trees and rocky terrain kept the course in raceable condition for the fifth round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro (NEPG) series.

After a short two-week break from NEPG racing, both Cory Buttrick and Tayla Jones were eager to get back racing this past Sunday, July 22. The day was shortened to only five tests after track officials elected to skip the fifth test due to the conditions.

Tayla Jones’ race day didn’t start the way she wanted and she struggled through the first test with a few different crashes. However, the reigning champion was back in her groove on the very next test where she topped the charts for the remaining four tests. Jones captured her fourth straight Women’s Elite class win and maintains a 15-point lead in the championship standings.

“I had a pretty good day,” said Jones. “I started off slow and a couple crashes hindered my overall result, but I’m happy to get another class win. I really liked the tests, they were challenging but fun!”

Tayla Jones raced her way to the Women’s Elite class win at the Rattlesnake National Enduro.
Photo: Darrin Chapman

Unfortunately, Cory Buttrick didn’t find the same success as his teammate. After scoring an impressive top-five finish in the first test, Buttrick broke his brake line in the second test and couldn’t find a smooth line through the rocks all day and ultimately finished seventh overall.

“I really just wanted to start the day over,” said Buttrick. “It seemed like nothing quite went right… I broke a rear brake line early in the second test and had plenty of falls in the rest. I just took too long to get comfortable in the rocks, and it didn’t help having a short day with only five tests.”

The KR4/Husqvarna team has a three-week break until the next race – the Wade Farm Full Gas Sprint Enduro. Before heading to Indiana, the team will spend time training at the GTR Complex in Gaston, South Carolina. The complex is open to both ATVs and dirt bikes and is open daily. If you’re planning a trip and don’t want the hassle of transporting your own bike, make sure to check out the Arrive-n-Ride program! The KR4 team will prepare you a Husqvarna machine and have it on-site awaiting your arrival!

KR4 Performance Team Results:

Cory Buttrick – Pro 1 – 7th
Tayla Jones – Women’s Elite – 1st

Next NEPG Event: Round 7 – Grassman NEPG @ Chandlersville, Ohio – August 26, 2018

Despite having an off-day, Cory Buttrick left the Keystone State with seventh overall.
Photo: Darrin Chapman

KR4/Husqvarna Team Sponsors:

Husqvarna, Kenda Tire, Moose Racing, AMSOIL, Enduro Engineering, GTR Complex, FMF Racing, Schulz Cycle, Seat Concepts, P3 Carbon, Wiseco Performance Products, ProX Racing Parts, Engine Ice, ODI Bars & Grips, IMS Products, Alco Cleaners, G2 Ergonomics, Twin Air, Moto-Master Brakes, Rekluse, Motion Pro, Cometic Gaskets, X Brand Goggles, TM Design Works, Regina Chains, HBD MotoGraphx, Trail Tech, FPS Racing, Bell Helmets, All Balls Racing, Sidi Boots, Super B Batteries and Nitro Mousse Bibs.

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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page.

Words and images courtesy KR4 Arrive N Ride