Competition picked up as racers challenged each other knowing that the series is drawing to an end. Overall standings in the 2017 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series shifted last weekend. Jordan Ashburn is now leading by seven points over second place rider Steward Baylor. This is Jordan's second big win in a row after placing 1st in Round 4 of the series at Ohio.
The track conditions got pretty bad as the weekend progressed with temperatures reaching 87 degrees and an average humidity level of 67%. Over the weekend the track began to dry up making it hard for riders to keep traction while creating dust that at times was almost impossible to see through.
Jordan commented on the weekend:
"I started Saturday with a big win in the first cross test. I managed to hold the lead the rest of the day over Stew and Cory. It came down to the last test. Stew and I were really close but I was able to edge him out for the days win."
"Day two didn't start as well, the dusty grass-track was really tough to ride. I stayed constant and kept in the top 3 all day. For the final test, I was 4 seconds down from the leader and had to make a hard push to make up some ground. I ended up nudging him out by 3 seconds by days end with an overall win for the weekend."
Jordan Ashburn Places 3rd, While Nick Davis Places 4th at the Tough Like RORR Race in Pennsylvania
In the last RORR main event on July 1st and 2nd, Beta riders Jordan Ashburn and Nick Davis both put forth great effort. Jordan placed 3rd with heat times that were just a few hundredths of a second from 2nd place. Nick Davis came in a solid 4th place ending only seven seconds behind Jordan.
The course was brutal with temperatures around the mid 80's. The competitiveness was so fierce that at times only fractions of a second separated racers from one another. The track itself transitioned from dust-ridden grassy knolls and flats, to mountainous forested terrain covered in sharp-jagged rocks and boulders.
Jordan Ashburn commented:
"Tough like RORR was not to disappoint this year, the track was very technical. I got off to a good start in the top 3 before making a mistake and dropping to around 7th place. I managed to make some passes and caught up with the third and fourth place riders, and then I battled with second place for the rest of the race. On the last lap I got stuck on a hill and couldn't make the pass coming into the finish, so I finished in 3rd just a mere 8 seconds from 2nd place. "
Nick Davis stated:
"Today was tough. One of the hardest races I have ever done in my career. I got off to a good start, made a few mistakes, and fell back. But the last lap I put my head down and charged to 4th. I couldn't be happier after the tough year I have had with my injury."
Look forward to the next events; the NEPG-Round 5 on July 23rd, and Round 6 of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro on August 5th