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The wet sandy conditions made for vision issues,

where many riders had to take their goggles off during tests.

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Media Contact:

Frank Keegan

fkeegan@kr4performance.com

(724) 255-9985

KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Sumter National Enduro

WEDGEFIELD, S.C. (February 5, 2018) – The opening round for the Kenda AMA National Enduro series took place this past Sunday in Wedgefield, South Carolina. Even though the weather was unfavorable with rainy conditions, the KR4/Husqvarna team had an excellent showing at the Sumter National Enduro.

Cory Buttrick made his debut with the KR4/Husqvarna team and had some impressive test results, where he finished second in Test 4 and ended the day with a third-place finish in Test 6. “I’m pleased with my results at this track,” explained Buttrick. “I am ready for the next one and we know what we have to do to get the Husqvarna on the box next weekend at the FGSE!”

After flying to the U.S. last week, Liam Draper completed in his first race on American soil. Despite being placed in Line 119, the New Zealand native excelled in the wet sand and finished 12th in the Pro 2 class, and 36th overall.

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Reigning Womens Elite champ, Tayla Jones, had her hands full with some stiff competition yesterday and ended up finishing as the runner-up. “I am happy to be back racing and to start another year,” said Jones. “I struggled a bit on the weekend with the track and a few too many mistakes, but a second-place finish isn't anything to complain about. I've got some things to work on and I know what I need to do to be better at the next round.”

Conner Keegan had his best finish of his career where he finished second overall – narrowly missing first by 25 seconds in the highly competitive 250 A class. “On the first test I battled bad arm pump, but overtime I started to get comfortable on the bike and make up time,” said Conner. “My Kenda Southwick tires worked awesome in the sandy conditions!”

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Colin Keegan suffered from a transponder issue, but was running in the top 10 before it stopped working. Colin was awarded with 19th in AA. Michael McLean also had somestruggles, and ended up placing 25th in Open A.

 

 

KR4 Performance Team Results:

  • Cory Buttrick – Pro 1 – 5th
  • Liam Draper – Pro 2 – 12th
  • Tayla Jones – Womens Elite – 2nd
  • Colin Keegan – AA – 19th
  • Conner Keegan – 250 A – 2nd
  • Michael McLean – Open A – 26th

Next NEPG Event: Round 2 – Forest Hill, Louisiana – March 4, 2018

The KR4/Husqvarna Team will be prepping for the first Full Gas Sprint Enduro that is schedule for this upcoming weekend, at the GTR Complex in Columbia, South Carolina. Ken Hill will also be coming to the official training compound to take pictures of the team and facility. KR4/Husqvarna will share once the photos are available.

KR4/Husqvarna Team Sponsors:

HusqvarnaKenda TireMoose RacingAMSOILEnduro EngineeringGTR ComplexFMF RacingSchulz CycleSeat ConceptsP3 CarbonWiseco Performance ProductsProX Racing PartsEngine IceODI Bars & GripsIMS ProductsAlco CleanersG2 ErgonomicsTwin AirMoto-Master BrakesRekluseMotion ProCometic GasketsX Brand GogglesTM Design WorksRegina ChainsHBD MotoGraphxTrail TechFPS RacingBell HelmetsAll Balls RacingSidi BootsSuper B Batteries and Nitro Mousse Bibs


About AMA National Enduro Series:

Enduros are one of the oldest forms of motorcycle competition. Run on a challenging route that includes wooded and desert terrain, more difficult "test" sections are connected with roads, fire roads or easy two-track trail. The Enduros are one of the most thrilling and fulfilling forms of motorsports competition. The discipline's top riders compete in the AMA National Enduro Championship Series. Find out more at www.nationalenduro.com.

 


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

 

Enduro Engineering Continues Partnership with KR4/Husqvarna Team

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Enduro Engineering Continues Partnership with KR4/Husqvarna Team

COAL CENTER, Penn. (February 2, 2018) – The KR4/Husqvarna team is proud to announce their continued partnership with Enduro Engineering. Team members will be equipped with Enduro Engineering skid plates, hand guards and radiator braces for the 2018 GNCC, NEPG and FGSE series.

Enduro Engineering has been building high performance off-road racing products for the past 30 years, with the original plan to help facilitate local riders. Now, they still continue to focus on their roots while expanding to reach the high demands of top-level professionals around the world.

Although this year serves as the sixth year of partnership, the ties between Enduro Engineering and KR4 Performance date back to the 1990’s. “We are thrilled to have Enduro Engineering on board with the KR4/Husqvarna team,” said Frank Keegan, KR4 Performance President. “They have been close to KR4 since the 1990s when my brother was a pro racer with them.”

Enduro Engineering provides an unparalleled customer service experience, including extensive tech tip videos on their website in addition to easily accessible representatives, making them a great fit for not only the pro team, but also for the Arrive-N-Ride program.

“We are excited to continue our support of the KR4 Racing and Arrive-N-Ride programs,” said Alan Randt, Enduro Engineering President. “We will be introducing several new products in 2018 and look forward to the entire team putting them through the paces at the highest level.”

The KR4/Husqvarna team travels to Sumter, South Carolina this weekend for the season opening Kenda AMA National Enduro. For more information check out www.kr4performance.com or call (724) 678-8727. Keep up with the team on social media here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

GTR Complex Becomes Official Training Compound for the KR4/Husqvarna Team

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Frank Keegan

fkeegan@kr4performance.com

(724) 678-8727

 

GTR Complex Becomes Official Training Compound for the KR4/Husqvarna Team

Plans to Expand the Property are Underway

COAL CENTER, Penn. (February 1, 2018) – After much anticipation, the time has finally come to open the gates on the new Grow Train Race Complex (GTR Complex) located near Columbia, South Carolina. The GTR Complex is now the official training compound for the KR4/Husqvarna team and will also be open to the public ATV, dirt bike and side-by-side riders.

The property has hosted a sprint enduro, hare scrambles and various motocross races. The future plans to expand the property will make it a great candidate for hosting even more renown events within the near future, where neighboring acreage is being added within the next few months. Existing infrastructure will be updated, along with better security measures and track equipment.

The GTR Complex will also cater to local residents and tourist looking for a camping getaway. There will be RV hookups located across the property from the motocross track offering a relaxing getaway in the South Carolina pines. Playgrounds, camp fire rings and a larger beach area will make for the perfect spot to park the rig and experience the great outdoors. The campground will play a vital role in involving the local community and growing awareness for the two and four-wheeled industry.

The organization of enthusiasts have an extensive background in a variety of racing including super moto, street bikes, off-road, rally cars, dune buggies and car racing. Their passion for road racing will translate into the property with plans to build a go-cart track and dirt track – making the ultimate multi-motorsports venue.

The organization’s passion for riding and racing is engraved in them as they hope the GTR Complex will inspire others to not only excel at racing, but every aspect of their lives. An additional property is in the works and will offer sleeping quarters that can be used for church camps, family get together and more. The property will also offer a farm where people can learn how to care for livestock and do general farm work.

The final part of the expansion process will be a lake house on Lake Murray, located a mere 40 minutes away from the property. The lake house will offer riders an opportunity to cross-train with jet skis, wake boards and more.

GTR Complex offers multiple motocross tracks and trails, which caters to the sports youngest riders to top-level professionals. A focus on youth riding will help grow the sport and cultivate new sponsorships outside of the industry. The need for outside sponsorship is key to the growth of our sport. The GTR management team is working with American

Pecan Council to promote the fact pecans possess many impressive health benefits. When it comes to America’s native nut, great taste is just the beginning. Heart-healthy with power-packed protein, this nutrient-dense nut boasts multiple health-promoting nutrients and bioactive compounds. The American Pecan has rightfully earned the reputation as a nutrition powerhouse.

GTR Complex is now open to the public and looks forward to expanding to be one of the best multi-motorsports venues in the United States. For more information on the GTR Complex, please call (724) 678-8727 or visit www.gtrcomplex.com. Keep up with track conditions and more on the GTR Complex Instagram and Facebook.


 

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

 

2018 KR4/Husqvarna Team Lineup

2018 KR4/Husqvarna Team Lineup

Layne Michael and Cory Buttrick Lead the Way in XC1 Open Pro

COAL CENTER, Penn. (January 26, 2018) – The KR4/Husqvarna team is pleased to announce their 2018 team featuring Layne Michael, Cory Buttrick, Liam Draper, Colin Keegan and Tayla Jones.

 

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Layne Michael, will make his XC1 Open Pro debut in the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series with the KR4/Husqvarna team. Layne was a member of the winning U.S. World Trophy Team at the 91st running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) and most recently finished third overall in the XC2 250 Pro class, winning two races and finishing on the podium at eight of the thirteen rounds. Michael will also contest the Kenda Full Gas Spring Enduro (FGSE) championship.

 

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Cory Buttrick will be a triple-threat this year with the help of the KR4/Husqvarna team. Buttrick will compete in the pro class of the GNCC, FGSE and Kenda National Enduro (NEPG) series. Buttrick is eager to join forces with the KR4/Husqvarna team and get back on top. He is also a vital part of the brand-new GTR Complex located near Columbia, South Carolina. A press release with more information on the facility will be distributed later this week.

 

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After a successful 2017 season with the team, Tayla Jones will return to headline the women’s pro part of KR4 Performance. Jones dominated the GNCC, FGSE and NEPG last year where she won all three women’s pro championships, and was just recently deemed the 2017 AMA Female Rider of the Year Award at the AMA Championship Banquet this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio. Jones will set her eyes on repeating her titles this year.

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Liam Draper will represent the team in the XC2 250 Pro class. Hailing from New Zealand, Draper’s background in trails, enduro and cross-country will prepare him for his first year competing in the United States. Draper was originally slated to compete in the first four GNCC rounds last year, but ended up having to undergo surgery on his elbow. Since then Draper has focused on recovering and will be 100% come the Big Buck GNCC.

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Colin Keegan will make his move to the pro-am ranks and chase the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class championship. Keegan has been practicing getting familiar with the two-stroke machine over the winter and is eager to has his focus completely on the GNCC series.

“We have assembled a team that can find success in all three of the premier off-road series on the East Coast,” said KR4 Performance President, Frank Keegan. “Our mix of international talent, former champions and new members will be a force to be reckoned with this season.”

The KR4/Husqvarna team is supported by the top companies in the industry including: HusqvarnaKenda TireMoose RacingAMSOILEnduro EngineeringGTR ComplexFMF RacingSchulz CycleSeat ConceptsP3 CarbonWiseco Performance ProductsProX Racing PartsEngine IceODI Bars & GripsIMS ProductsAlco CleanersG2 ErgonomicsTwin AirMoto-Master BrakesRekluseMotion ProCometic GasketsX Brand GogglesTM Design WorksRegina ChainsHBD MotoGraphxTrail TechFPS RacingBell HelmetsAll Balls RacingSidi BootsSuper B Batteries and Nitro Mousse Bibs.

 

Interested in joining the team? Check out the Arrive-N-Ride Program where you can pit out of an exclusive KR4/Husqvarna amateur pit area and experience what it’s like to have a perfectly-tuned Husqvarna machine and mechanic. Check out the different packages and prices HERE.

 

The KR4/Husqvarna team will kick off the 2018 season on February 4 with the season opener Sumter National Enduro in South Carolina. For more information check out www.kr4performance.com or call (724) 678-8727. Keep up with the team on social media here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

**Some individual team members may have his or her own personal sponsorship deals. The companies listed above are the KR4/Husqvarna team sponsors.

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KR4/Husqvarna Team and Arrive-N-Ride Program Flourish with Support of Industry Leading Companies

Husqvarna, Moose Racing, Kenda Tires and AMSOIL Return as Main Partners

Media Contact:

Frank Keegan

fkeegan@kr4performance.com

(724) 678-8727

COAL CENTER, Penn. (January 19, 2018) – The KR4/Husqvarna team is pleased to announce the main sponsors for the 2018 race team. Husqvarna, Moose Racing, Kenda Tires and AMSOIL will continue to support the KR4/Husqvarna team and the Arrive-N-Ride program as they tackle AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), Kenda AMA National Enduro (NEPG) and Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro (FGSE) series throughout the 2018 race season.

Husqvarna will be returning as the machine of choice for the team for the fourth year. KR4/Husqvarna team members will be treated to top-of-the-line support, just like the factory off-road pros receive. The Arrive-N-Ride Program will also utilize the help of Husqvarna, providing bikes to racers who elect to use the rent-a-bike program. For detailed options and prices on the Arrive-N-Ride portion of KR4 Performance please click HERE.

After a successful first year partnering with the team, the KR4/Husqvarna team is pleased to announce that Kenda Tire will be continue their support. The KR4/Husqvarna team travels across the eastern half of the United States, competing in several different conditions, and Kenda Tires are the perfect fit for whatever the team faces in a given weekend.

Tayla Jones proved the race winning package of the KR4/Husqvarna

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team and will look to repeat her three titles again this year.

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Team members will continue to be fitted in Moose Racing apparel again this year, while machines will run on AMSOIL. Other sponsors include: FMF RacingSchulz CycleSeat ConceptsP3 CarbonWiseco Performance ProductsProX Racing PartsEngine IceODI Bars & GripsIMS ProductsG2 ErgonomicsTwin AirMoto-Master BrakesRekluseMotion ProCometic GasketsX Brand GogglesTM Design WorksRegina ChainsHBD MotoGraphxTrail TechFPS RacingBell HelmetsNitro Mousse Bibs All Balls RacingSidi Boots and Nitro Mousse Bibs.

The partnership with each sponsor provides critical support for the KR4/Husqvarna team and pave the way for the future of off-road racing by supporting up-and-coming riders with KR4’s industry leading Arrive-N-Ride program.

Tayla Jones proved the race winning package of the KR4/Husqvarna team last year where she won all three women’s pro championships she contested. Jones will return this year, alongside a star-studded line-up, as they seek to secure championships in each series. The official team roster will be announced next week.

The KR4/Husqvarna team will kick off the 2018 season on February 4 with the season opener Sumter National Enduro in South Carolina. For more information check out www.kr4performance.com or call (724) 330-5215. Keep up with the team on social media here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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

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Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Hits the Rock Crusher FGSE

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Rock Crusher Full Gas Sprint Enduro

 Tayla Jones raced her Husqvarna TC125 and broke into the top-10 overall at the Rocky Crusher Sprint Enduro.

Tayla Jones raced her Husqvarna TC125 and broke into the top-10 overall at the Rocky Crusher Sprint Enduro.

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. (October 23, 2017) – The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro (FGSE) series, presented by PRI Powersports Insurance, continued this past weekend, October 21 and 22, with the Rock Crusher Sprint Enduro. The unique property featured part of the track in North Carolina and the other in Georgia, while boasting perfect racing conditions for Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna team members who took part in the penultimate round.

With the Women’s Pro championship already in hand, Tayla Jones elected to change up her program and race her Husqvarna TC125. Jones won 10 of the 12 tests and took her eighth win of the season 58-seconds ahead of her closest competition. Jones had set a goal for herself at the beginning of the season to place inside the top-10. After sitting in 11th at the conclusion of Saturday, Jones pushed even harder on Sunday and can now mark that goal off her list with a tenth overall placement.

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“I love racing the Full Gas Sprint Enduros,” said Jones. “It was a good weekend at the Rock Crusher Farm with some sweet tracks that were exceptionally fun on my Husqvarna TC125. I got another win in the women’s pro class an I am pumped to finally crack top-10 with tenth overall! Thank you to all of my awesome sponsors!”

                          Tayla Jones celebrates another Women's Pro victory on the podium.

                         Tayla Jones celebrates another Women's Pro victory on the podium.

 Chase Sweda raced a 2017 Husqvarna FC250 this past weekend at the Rock Crusher Sprint Enduro.

Chase Sweda raced a 2017 Husqvarna FC250 this past weekend at the Rock Crusher Sprint Enduro.

Chase Sweda also switched up bikes and ran a 2017 Husqvarna FC250 this past weekend at the Rock Crusher Sprint Enduro. Sweda won three tests throught the course of the weekend, and never finished outside of the top-five. Sweda raced his way to third – his best finish to date – and accredits his win to the power and feel of his new ride.

 Maximo Gutierrez suffered a ankle injury on Sunday and was forced to drop out of the race.

Maximo Gutierrez suffered a ankle injury on Sunday and was forced to drop out of the race.

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Unfortunately, Maximo Gutierrez hurt his ankle in one of the tests on Sunday forcing him to drop out of the event early. His impressive results from Saturday allowed him to salvage fifth place in the Juniors 12-17 class.

KR4 Performance Team Results:

  • Tayla Jones – Women’s Pro – 1st
  • Chase Sweda – Lites B – 3rd
  • Maximo Gutierrez – Juniors 12-17 – 5th

Next FGSE Event: Round 9 – Union, South Carolina – November 11-12, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team resumes racing this weekend with the season finale Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana. FGSE action picks back up in three weeks, November 11 and 12, with the Big Buck Sprint Enduro in Union, South Carolina.

“Next weekend we head to the final round of the season at the Ironman GNCC where Grant Baylor, Tayla Jones and Hunter Neuwirth will battle and wrap up the series,” said KR4 President Frank Keegan. “Thank you to all our sponsors for the support this year and we look forward to seeing you at the biggest GNCC this weekend!”


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. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report Zink Ranch National Enduro

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Zink Ranch National Enduro

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Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Zink Ranch National Enduro

SAND SPRINGS, O.K. (October 17, 2017) – Grant Baylor raced his way to second overall at this weekend’s John Zink Ranch National Enduro in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Rain showers over Saturday night made for slick conditions in the morning and Grant Baylor struggled through the first test, starting the day outside the top ten.

Baylor quickly turned his day around winning test three, and finishing every other test in a podium position. Just before the end of the day, Baylor passed Duvall to claim second overall, narrowly missing out on first by 14 seconds. Baylor’s finish also helped him solidify his third place overall standing in the national championship chase.

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“The day was pretty intense with Stew [Baylor], Thad [Duvall] and myself changing positions in almost every test,” said Baylor. “It came down to the last test where I managed to edge past Thad for second just three seconds separating us in the end. I’m pretty happy to get two second place finishes in a row and lock up third in points for the year with one round remaining.”

Chase Sweda raced his way to seventh in B 250. Maximo Gutierrez found success on the rocky and tight trails, winning the 200 C class. Gutierrez sits second in the title chase by only 25 points as the series winds down. Ambrocio Gutierrez placed inside the top ten with ninth in the highly-competitive 40+ B division.

KR4 Performance Team Results:

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Zink Ranch is Hope of the 1994 ISDE 

  • Grant Baylor – Pro – 2nd
  • Chase Sweda – B 250 – 7th
  • Ambrocio Gutierrez – B 40+ – 9th
  • Maximo Gutierrez – C 200 – 1st

Next NEPG Event: Round 9 – Stanton, AL – November 5, 2017

The season finale Gobbler Getter NEPG is slated for Sunday, November 5 in Stanton, Alabama. The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team will converge in Young Harris, Georgia this coming weekend for the Rock Crusher Full Gas Sprint Enduro (FGSE).


About the AMA National Enduro Series 

Enduros are one of the oldest forms of motorcycle competition. Run on a challenging route that includes wooded and desert terrain, more difficult "test" sections are connected with roads, fire roads or easy two-track trail. The Enduros are one of the most thrilling and fulfilling forms of motorsports competition. The discipline's top riders compete in the AMA National Enduro Championship Series. Find out more at www.nationalenduro.com.


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. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. 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 FacebookTwitterInstagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

Rocky Mountain ATV/KR4/Husqvarna Team Hits Powerline Park GNCC

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Powerline Park GNCC

 Hunter Neuwirth takes on the infamous creek jump at the Powerline Park GNCC. - Photo - Ken Hill

Hunter Neuwirth takes on the infamous creek jump at the Powerline Park GNCC. - Photo - Ken Hill

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, O.H. (October 9, 2017) – The penultimate round of the 2017 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series, took place this past weekend in St. Clairsville, Ohio. With completely different conditions from the previous round, the Powerline Park GNCC was a muddy mess and challenged the riders to bring out their best skills to get through the slick Ohio race track.

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Grant Baylor had an excellent race from the beginning where he pulled the holeshot and led the way into the woods. Baylor was able to stretch a little bit of a lead the first lap, but found another rider hot on his heels as they checked through timing and scoring for the first time. On the second lap, Baylor fell back to fourth but pushed his way back to third by the time the two-lap card came out. Baylor continued in third until becoming victim of the infamous creek jump and getting stuck, just one mile before the finish. Baylor quickly got back on track and finished just off the podium in fourth.

 Grant Baylor Takes Early Lead after His Hole Shot. - Photo By Ken Hill

Grant Baylor Takes Early Lead after His Hole Shot. - Photo By Ken Hill

Tayla Jones competed in the XC3 125 Pro-Am class again and got an excellent jump off the line in second. She made a mistake on the first uphill and fell back to seventh, but was able to get back in third on the second lap until having a bad crash at the four-mile marker, which ultimately took her out of the race.

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Jones’ competition, and teammate, Hunter Neuwirth, was there to take her position and was running on of his best races in third until he was plagued with a mechanical issue and also taken out of the race.

 Hunter Neuwirth XC3 Pro Class - Photo By Ken Hill

Hunter Neuwirth XC3 Pro Class - Photo By Ken Hill

The rest of the team in the 1 p.m. race all had top-ten finishes with Chase Sweda finishing 7th in the competitive 250 B class, while Hank Hayes raced his way to sixth in 200 A. Conner Keegan placed 9th in 4 Stroke A Lites, and Brandon Keegan continued his top-five season with 5th.

 Conner Keegan 4 Stroke A Lites - Photo By Ken Hill 

Conner Keegan 4 Stroke A Lites - Photo By Ken Hill 

KR4 Performance Team Results 1 p.m. Race:

  • Grant Baylor – XC1 Pro – 4th
  • Hunter Neuwirth – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
  • Tayla Jones – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
  • Chase Sweda – 250 B – 7th
  • Conner Keegan – 4 Stroke A Lites – 9th
  • Brandon Keegan – 200 B – 5th
  • Hank Hays – 200 A – 6th
 Chase Sweda battles the tough conditions at the Powerline Park GNCC - Photo By Ken Hill

Chase Sweda battles the tough conditions at the Powerline Park GNCC - Photo By Ken Hill

TJ Fine secured his first win of the season in the 4-Stroke C Lites class, while Jeremy Skinner moved up to the 200 C (16+) class in the 10 a.m. race and also won his division! 

Back for another go at GNCC racing was Kenda Tire's own, Jason Baldwin in the senior C (40+) class.  Racing a Husqvarna FX350, Jason ended up finishing 2nd in the competive class. 

 Kenda Tire Motorsports Director, Jason Baldwin proves he can battle and podium at the GNCC's.  Photo by Ken Hill

Kenda Tire Motorsports Director, Jason Baldwin proves he can battle and podium at the GNCC's.  Photo by Ken Hill

"The first lap being stuck hurt me and was down by 9 minutes on lap 1 and made up 5 on the leader on Lap 2, but just not enough time." - Jason Baldwin

KR4 Performance Team Results 10 a.m. Race:

  • Jason Baldwin - Senior C (40+) - 2nd 
  • TJ Fine – 4-Stroke C Lites – 1st
  • Troy Ayres – Senior C (40+) – 18th
  • Jeremy Skinner – 200 C (16+) – 1st

K4 Performance Team Results 8 a.m. Race

  • Troy Horbaty - 85 (7-11) 4th

Next GNCC Event: Round 13 – Crawfordsville, Indiana – October 30, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team travels to Oklahoma for the Zink Ranch National Enduro this weekend. GNCC Racing resumes in three weeks, October 30, with the season finale Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana.


About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

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. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. 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, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Hidden Valley Golf Full Gas Sprint Enduro

 Tayla Jones wrapped up her third consecutive championship of the 2017 this weekend at the Hidden Valley Golf FGSE. - Photo by Frank Keegan

Tayla Jones wrapped up her third consecutive championship of the 2017 this weekend at the Hidden Valley Golf FGSE. - Photo by Frank Keegan

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report: Hidden Valley Golf Full Gas Sprint Enduro

GLEN DANIEL, W.Va. (October 3, 2017) – Round seven of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro (FGSE) series, presented by PRI Powersports Insurance, provided a unique opportunity to the Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna team members who competed this past weekend, September 30 and October 1.

What once seemed like a dream, came to reality this past weekend where competitors raced their way through twelve total tests at the Hidden Valley Golf Course in Glen Daniel, West Virginia. Clubhouse facilities, fairways, sand traps and greens were all a part of the weekend creating the ultimate race track, and the 65 degree days produced perfect race conditions.

Tayla Jones continued her successful season and took the Women’s Pro class win by over three-minutes, marking her sixth win of the season. Jones’ victory was enough to put her at the top of the points standings permanently and clinch her third title of the year, in addition to the National Enduro and GNCC championships she wrapped up earlier this month.

“Other than a couple of crashes, I had a pretty good weekend,” reported Jones. “Riding on the golf course was amazing and the enduro test had some incredible grip, you could do just about anything you wanted. I am over the moon to say I’ve wrapped up my third national title. I had a great time and I’m pumped with a 16th place overall finish.”

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Jesper Börjesson also had a successful weekend, placing just inside the top 10 in the ultra-competitive pro class. Saturday’s Test Five was Börjesson’s best test of the day where he finished fourth. The Swedish rider leaves West Virginia ranked sixth in the points championship. 

Grassroots Team Rider Michael McLean utilized the Arrive-n-Ride program due to his conflicting work schedule and rented a 2017 FX350 and took his third clean-sweep Open B win of the season, along with placing 27th overall.

KR4 Performance Team Results:

  • Jesper Borjesson –Pro – 9th
  • Tayla Jones – Women’s Pro – 1st
  • Michael McLean – Open B – 1st

Next FGSE Event: Round 8 – Young Harris, Georgia – October 21-22, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team resumes racing this weekend at the Powerline Park GNCC in St. Clairsville, Ohio. FGSE action picks back up in three weeks, October 21 and 22, with the Rock Crusher Sprint Enduro in Young Harris, Georgia.

 Lead mechanic, Aaron Evans, pulled triple duty this weekend and worked both days helping both Tayla Jones and Jesper Börjesson, along with Mike McLean!

Lead mechanic, Aaron Evans, pulled triple duty this weekend and worked both days helping both Tayla Jones and Jesper Börjesson, along with Mike McLean!


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. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. 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, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Flickr page. 

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Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team Report Mountaineer Run GNCC

MASONTOWN, W.Va. (September 25, 2017) – The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna team spent the weekend in Masontown, West Virginia at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mountaineer Run GNCC. The eleventh round of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series put the racers to the test with unexpected hot and humid weather conditions, but the KR4 team produced solid results atop of Marvin’s Mountain Top.

After clinching the WXC title at the previous round, Tayla Jones decided to try her hand at the pro race where she lined up in the ultra-competitive FMF XC3 125 Pro-class. Jones didn’t get off to the best start, but quickly made passes as she entered the woods for sixth. Jones settled into a pace and maintained the sixth-place position throughout the remainder of her first three-hour race. Jones also finished an impressive 36th overall!

                      Tayla Jones competed in the XC3 125 Pro-Am class.  Photo - Ken Hill

                     Tayla Jones competed in the XC3 125 Pro-Am class.  Photo - Ken Hill

“I had a good day and it was fun,” said Jones. “I knew going into this round it was going to be pretty hard with all the rocks and I struggle with them a bit, but I was happy with how I went. I know what I need to work on for next round and hopefully we can get better and better.”-Tayla Jones

Grant Baylor had his second-best finish of the season in the XC1 Open Pro class where he landed a top-five placement after making a last-lap pass for fifth. Jesper Borjesson also found success on the last lap of his XC2 250 Pro race. Borjesson is still trying to get back on track after an injury sidelined him earlier this season, but is showing promise in making a top-five finish in the remaining two rounds. 

 Jesper Borjesson is showing great strides in making an XC2 podium appearance soon!Photo - Ken Hill

Jesper Borjesson is showing great strides in making an XC2 podium appearance soon!Photo - Ken Hill

“I had a pretty good day yesterday, but made a bad start so had to work my way up from back of the pack,” explained Borjesson. “It was really hard to see in the dust so it wasn’t easy to make passes. My riding felt much better this weekend and I learned a lot so I just have to keep on working from here and bring all the good with me.” - Jesper Borjesson

As if the conditions weren’t rough enough, Hunter Nuewirth was also dealing with a virus that left him feeling subpar as he lined up on Sunday morning. Nuewirth rode a consistent race in fifth, and still maintains the runner-up position in the XC3 125 Pro-Am class.

 Hunter Nuewirth landed a top-five finish in the XC3 class after struggling with a virus.Photo - Ken Hill

Hunter Nuewirth landed a top-five finish in the XC3 class after struggling with a virus.Photo - Ken Hill


Chase Sweda started outside the top-10 in the 250 B class, and worked his way through the pack to round out the class podium. Sweda continues to sit ranked third in the championship standings. Conner Keegan landed a top-ten finish in 4 Stroke A Lites, while Brandon Keegan finished fourth in 200 B. Hank Hayes was sitting in a podium position in the ultra-competitive 200 A class after the first lap, but had to cut his race short on the second lap and settle for eighth.

 Chase Sweda pushed all day from 9th place for an impressive 3rd place in the 250B class.  Photo by Ken Hill

Chase Sweda pushed all day from 9th place for an impressive 3rd place in the 250B class.  Photo by Ken Hill

 

KR4 Performance Team Results 1 p.m. Race:

  • Grant Baylor – XC1 Pro – 5th
  • Jesper Borjesson – XC2 250 Pro – 9th
  • Hunter Neuwirth – XC3 Pro-Am – 5th
  • Tayla Jones – XC3 Pro-Am – 6th
  • Chase Sweda – 250 B – 3rd
  • Conner Keegan – 4 Stroke A Lites – 10th
  • Brandon Keegan – 200 B – 4th
  • Hank Hays – 200 A – 8th

TJ Fine found success in the rocky West Virginia terrain and placed second in the 4-Stroke C Lites, while support rider, Jesse Groves, also crossed the line second in 200 C. Troy Ayers finished 11th in the Senior C (40+) divisor.

KR4 Performance Team Results 10 a.m. Race:

  • TJ Fine – 4-Stroke C Lites – 2nd
  • Troy Ayres – Senior C (40+) – 11th
  • Jesse Groves – 200 C (16+) – 2nd

 

KR4 Performance Team Results 8 a.m. Race:

  • Jeremy Skinner – Super Mini Sr. (14-15) – 14th

Next GNCC Event: Round 12 – St. Clairsville, Ohio – October 8, 2017

The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna Team resumes racing this weekend at the Hidden Valley Full Gas Sprint Enduro. GNCC Racing picks back up in two weeks, October 8, with the Powerline Park GNCC In Sr. Clairsville, Ohio.


About GNCC Racing

The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.


About KR4 Racing Team

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. KR4’s team won the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship. KR4 Pro, Grant Baylor, was a member of the 2016 Junior American ISDE team, which placed 2nd in the 2016 International Six Day Enduro. 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 Bike Rental 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, Instagram. For the team’s photo gallery, visit their Fli