KTM’s Charlie Mullins Wins Rad Dad National Enduro
2014 Rad Dad National Enduro Results
Three rounds, one winner. These are the numbers so far in the 2014 Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series.
The only winner so far? Factory FMF KTM’s Charlie Mullins, the reigning National Enduro Champion. Mullins latest win arrived at the Rad Dad National Enduro this past weekend in West Point, Tenn.
Joining Mullins on the podium was Yamaha’s Brad Bakken and Husqavarna’s Nick Fahringer.
The round was challenging due to the slick hard-packed, red-clay terrain, but due to warmer 55-degree (F) temperatures and moisture in the air, the dust was minimal during the six tests.
In the first test, Mullins didn’t have much luck; he lost his rear brake, but was able to finish the round in ninth.
KTM reports Mullins’ team quickly went to work to repair the brakes before the second test. Mullins times immediately improved and he won the next two test sections. Small crashes on the fourth and fifth test kept him from earning the top time but he still finished in the runner-up spot.
With a small lead heading into the final test section, Mullins raced with caution to ensure he did not make a small mistake that would cost him the overall win. He was able to finish with the third fastest time which earned him the overall win for the day and his third consecutive victory of the season, KTM reports.
“Today was the closest race I’ve had this season,” stated Mullins. “I didn’t get off to a great start with the brake issue so I am thankful my team was able to get the problem sorted quickly and I could go back out and make up the time. I have a comfortable lead in the series right now, and I hope to continue to increase it at the next round and hopefully keep my win streak alive.”
Eight-time National Enduro Champion, Mike Lafferty, was running inside the top five for the first half of the race until a stomach bug caught the best of him and hindered his results for the second half of the day. He was able to salvage a seventh place finish despite his health issues.
Following the Rad Dad Enduro, Mullins has a 34-point lead over fellw KTM rider Jesse Groemm. The riders will now take a break until round 4 which will be held in Park Hills, Missouri, May 18, 2014.
2014 Rad Dad Enduro Overall Results:
- Charlie Mullins – KTM
- Brad Bakken – Yamaha
- Nick Fahringer – Husqavarna
- Jesse Groemm – KTM
- Steward Baylor – KTM
- Andrew Delong – Husqvarna
- Mike Lafferty – KTM
- Cory Buttrick – Beta
- Shane Hufford – KTM
- Trevor Bollinger – Honda
2014 AMA National Enduro Overall Point Standings:
- Charlie Mullins – 90
- Jesse Groemm – 56
- Nick Fahringer – 55