AMA East Extreme Off-Road Series – Mad Moose

Location: Marquette, MI


The East Extreme Off-Road Series continued in Marquette, Michigan for the Mad Moose. The race conditions had a little bit of everything from slick clay to rocks and sand. Rain came and brought muddy conditions with it, which made some of the hills incredibly difficult to conquer. Benjamin Herrera, a fill in Factory Team member, snagged a podium finish by coming in 3rd. Max Gerston and Ron Commo came in 5th and 6th place respectively. Rachel Gutish battled hard this weekend to earn a victory at the Mad Moose in the Women’s Class.

Factory Team Rider Results:

Next weekend the East Extreme Off-Road Series continues with the Battle of the Goats in Taylorsville, NC.

Photos by: Tyler Johnson

Bejamin Herrera
300 RR Race Edition

“I felt great. I have a lot of fun on my bike this weekend. The race was really complicated. The race had a lot of rain and very slippery conditions but I really had fun.

I had a good setup with the team and the bike. I feel really comfortable I took third place, which is really good since enduro is a new discipline for me. I’m real happy and looking forward for the next race this weekend in North Carolina. Looking forward to trying to get on the podium again next weekend.”

Benjamin Herrera

Max Gerston
300 RR Race Edition

“The Mad Moose was an awesome event. It was complete with short technical hill climbs, big slippery rocks, and mud towards the end of the race when the rain started. With some suspension changes, my 300 was handling great. After a few big days of traveling, riding, track walking, and bike work, I was able to come out 5th overall. It’s not the result I was hoping for, but with stiff competition and crazy conditions it’s all good. Stoked to move on to Battle of the Goats.”

Max Gerston

Ron Commo
300 RR Race Edition

“Mad Moose was a real hard enduro with very challenging terrain, especially with all the rain. I felt great all day. I made great line choices and put myself in a great position going into the final lap where I was sitting in 3rd place overall. On the final lap I pushed hard behind the leaders. I got around Noah and Pat to put myself in 3rd. I created a decent gap while I was pushing to catch Cody and Trysten. Then I got to one very difficult hill. I tried a couple times conquer it before everyone got there but I didn’t make it. I was unable to get help and ended up having to wait for all 6 guys that were stuck. I lost at least 15 minutes before I could get through thanks to another racer that came up to help me after everyone left. Unfortunately the results don’t show where I should be, but every race I am learning valuable experience and I’m looking forward to Battle of the Goats next weekend.”

Ron Commo

Rachel Gutish
200 RR Race Edition

“The Mad Moose was my favorite extreme enduro so far this year. There were lots of short but very technical rocky sections, broken up by a fun, flowy single-track. I won the women’s class and took over the points lead in the AMA East Extreme Series. I also finished in the top 30 out of over 100 bikes! This is by far my best overall finish against the men, who on average are bigger and stronger (and therefore have a substantial advantage over me in the tough stuff). I’m obviously super excited about that, and I’m hoping to carry this momentum into Battle of the Goats next weekend!”

Rachel Gutish