KTM’s Charlie Mullins Wins Concho AMA National Enduro
2014 AMA Rekluse National Enduro Series
The second round of the 2014 AMA Rekluse National Enduro Series took riders Sunday to Blackwell, Texas, for the Concho National.
And just as he did in the opening round (Sandlapper National Enduro), Factory FMF/KTM pilot Charlie Mullins took the win. He remains undefeated after two of 10 rounds.
Joining him on the Concho National Enduro podium was Factory KTM support rider Grant Baylor and Husqvarna’s Andrea Delong.
Following is from the official KTM report:
Mullins rode strong throughout the day proving that he could tackle the dry and dusty Texas terrain. He turned the fastest time in the first two special tests to get out to an early lead over the competition. Mullins unknowingly got lost in the third special test section and was docked a minute penalty after the other riders came in and the promoter realized Mullins time was off.
In the fourth test, Mullins suffered a slow speed crash and hit his hip on a rock. He recovered from the crash but was unable to turn the fastest time in that section. He rebounded from that set back and went on to win the final two test sections to claim the win with a one minute and twenty-four second lead over the next closest competitor.
“Charlie (Mullins) is in top form this season,” stated Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “He is really flowing with the bike and has been in control of the race at both rounds so far. It is still early in the season but we are really looking forward to a good season from Charlie.”
Finishing in the runner-up position was Factory KTM support rider Grant Baylor. Fresh off of his GNCC XC2 Pro Lites win last weekend, Baylor came out swinging once again and turned fast test times throughout the day. He was able to finish 2nd overall for the event with a 25 second lead over the 3rd place ride of Andrew Delong.
Factory FMF/KTM teammates Steward Baylor and Mike Lafferty struggled a bit on the Texas course. Baylor was new to the Texas terrain as he missed the Concho Enduro the previous year due to injury. His unfamiliarity set him back in the beginning of the day but as he adjusted, he continued to improve his times and made a last minute charge to improve his score and finish 6th overall. Lafferty finished right behind him in 7th place.
Round three of the 2014 Rekluse AMA National Enduro series takes place April 6 in West Point, Tenn.
2014 Concho AMA National Enduro Overall Results:
- Charlie Mullins – KTM
- Grant Baylor – KTM
- Andrew Delong – Husqvarna
- Shane Hufford – KTM
- Nick Fahringer – Husqvarna
- Steward Baylor – KTM
- Mike Lafferty – KTM
- Jesse Groemm – KTM
- Cole Kirkpatrick – KTM
- Brad Bakken – Yamaha
2014 AMA National Enduro Overall Point Standings:
- Charlie Mullins – 60
- Jesse Groemm – 38
- Steward Baylor – 36