Brad Bakken carries momentum into Loose Moose National Enduro
June 23, 2014
Story and photo by Shan Moore
Eaton Rapids, MI (May 26, 2014) – After claiming his first-ever national enduro victory at the previous round in Arrington, Virginia, N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken is riding a wave of momentum heading into round six of the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series this weekend in Marquette, Michigan, also known as the Loose Moose National Enduro.
Despite missing the last round due to an injury, defending series champ Charlie Mullins still maintains a 15-point lead in the championship standings, having won the first four rounds of the series, however the factory KTM rider is expected to miss the next few races, leaving Bakken and a handful of the nation’s top off-road racers to challenge for that top spot this weekend in Michigan, including AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew DeLong, Maxxis/Klim/Dirtwise-backed Jesse Groemm, and KTM support rider Grant Baylor.
Last month’s Virginia race went down to the wire between Bakken and Fahringer, with Bakken holding on to take the win over Fahringer thanks to a superior time in the first test of the day. Baylor was third, with DeLong fourth and Groemm fifth. These five riders will go head-to-head in Michigan on June 29th to see who has the upper hand heading into the second half of the season.
In the meantime, eight-time national champ Mike Lafferty, who is making his “farewell tour” this year before going into retirement in 2015, will be lining up on row 26, and you can never rule out the he hard-charging factory KTM rider, as he is capable of winning any race on the schedule.
Craig DeLong leads the series standings in the Rekluse Expert-AA Class, and the Husqvarna support rider took the win in at the last round in Virginia over Yamaha rider Jason Greer and veteran Stephen Edmondson on a KTM. In the standings, DeLong as a 12-point lead over Drew Higgins, with Tyler Trammell another eight points behind.
At each round the Rekluse AA-Expert class pays $100 for first, $75 for second and $50 for third. Plus, at the end of the year the Expert-AA Class Champion will earn a big purse from Rekluse, if he runs Rekluse Clutch Components. So far, the end of year purse is up to $2000. The Rekluse Expert-AA Class Champion is determined by a rider’s best 8 of 10 rounds. Be sure to check out the Rekluse website for exact details.
Located on the southern shore of Lake Superior in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Loose Moose Enduro offers some of the most diverse trail of any event on the schedule, and this year about 75% of the course will be new trail. In addition, KTM will be hosting a Spaghetti dinner on Saturday evening, so you don’t want to miss that.
The Marquette area is a vacation Mecca, so come early and go boating, fishing, trail riding, mountain biking, etc. And don’t forget to try some fresh fish in many of the local diners.
For more information on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series please go to www.nationalenduro.com.