Factory KTM/FMF rider Mike Lafferty earned his 14th overall win at the 2014 Alligator Enduro. The 64th running of the Alligator Enduro was hosted by the Daytona Dirt Riders and was held at the Strickland Ranch for the second year in a row. With several sections literally under water, the club was forced to shorten the course from 65 to 44 miles. As the day wore on, the club re-routed several sections in response to the deteriorating conditions. The course alternated from long stretches of muddy ruts to standing water. There was also no shortage of palmetto roots.
When it was done, Lafferty won every test and dropped a mind boggling 12 points. “I had a good day. Conditions weren’t as bad as I thought they would be. For the first test I just tried to ride out of the ruts and play it safe. The bike was perfect and I didn’t need to make any changes to it. It was hard not knowing how the competition was doing so I just rode my own race and kept my head down.”
Second overall went to AmPro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken with 15 points lost. Bakken was strong all day, tying Lafferty in several tests.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was NETRA Hare Scramble Champion Jason Klammer rounding out the final podium position with 18 points lost.
Klammer had this to say: “It was a good day. It was muddier than I thought it would be so I just tried to minimize my mistakes and ride as fast and as comfortably as I could. The bike worked great and the new MX 32’s were fantastic. There was a lot of competition there today and it was good to ride so close to Brad Bakken and other guys like Garret Edmonston and Jason Raines. I was pretty happy considering it was my first race in a while.”
Story by Kevin Novello, Photos by Art Pepin (www.offroadpaparazzi.com)