FMF Factory KTM Rider Charlie Mullins made it two wins in a row at the Concho National Enduro in Blackwell, Texas, Round 2 of the National Enduro Series. Mullins got off to another fast start by winning the first three tests before crashing and surrendering test four to Andrew Delong. Mullins started the day by putting 29 seconds between himself and second place finisher, Grant Baylor. By the end of test two, Mullins added another eight seconds to his lead leaving his closest competitor 37 seconds back. Mullins would finish 3rd and 2nd in the following two tests before winning the final. By the end of the last test, Mullins built his lead to almost a minute and a half to secure his second straight victory.
“It was a good day. I had some good test and managed to stay off the ground for the most part. I had a couple of tip-overs and a crash but nothing too major. The trail was extremely dry and dusty and a little rocky; it was a race where you had to be patient and cautious and not wash out in the rocks. I felt like I rode solid and will try and carry that momentum into the GNCC next weekend. ”
Second overall went to first time podium finisher, Grant Baylor. The younger Baylor raised some eyebrows by winning the 3rd test and never falling out of the top four throughout the day. Baylor looked solid throughout the day and is on a roll, having finished second overall at the Georgia GNCC and just four seconds back from the win.
“I had a really good day, it was my first time on the podium at a National Enduro and I think I was second overall fastest for the first three tests and maybe third or fourth after that. If I wasn’t in second place, I was only a few seconds off the pace and managed to keep Andrew Delong in back off me. Overall it was a great race, I rode smooth and consistent all day.”
Third overall went to Factory Husqvarna rider Andrew Delong. Delong dug himself out of a hole early on and rallied to capture the final podium spot, winning test 4. Delong slipped to 6th in the 5th test before pushing hard in the final test and securing the 3rd podium position.
“This was my fourth or fifth week on the new 350 and it was definitely a big improvement from the first race. I was a little hesitant in the first test and felt like I was trail riding when I should have just dropped the hammer. I was hoping to catch Grant for second place but he rode really well today.”
Shane Hufford Jr. rode solidly throughout the day and never finished out of the top 5. His speed and consistency put him in fourth overall by the end of the day.
The loose, rocky terrain made it tough on many of the top contenders. Nick Fahringer, noted for his smooth and momentum-carrying style struggled in the unique Texas landscape. Nick dug himself a hole early on by finishing 7th, 8th, and 4th in the first three tests, respectively. A new Kenda tire after the third test put him back into contention by turning the second fastest times in the 4th and 5th tests but a 6th place finish in the final test relegated him in 5th for the day.
Stewart Baylor began the day strong by turning the third fastest time in the first section. He then struggled in the following three tests by finishing 6th, 9th, and 11th. Baylor dropped the hammer in the 5th and 6th and closed out the day by finishing 3rd and 2nd, respectively.
Mike Lafferty struggled all day, never finishing inside the top the 5. “It was a tough day for me. I never worked so hard for an 8th place finish in my life.”
Despite tying Mike Lafferty for 7th, Jesse Groeem remains in second place in the point standings. Groemm has shown flashes of brilliance and looks to build on his second place podium finish at round 1. The series picks up again in Tennessee on April 6 at the Rad Dad National.