Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fayetteville Motorcyclists Win National Championships

Photo: Russell Bobbitt charges by cactus at the final AMA National Enduro in Wickenburg, AZ

Local residents Russell Bobbitt and Hunter Wallace recently claimed victories at the final round of the AMA FMF National Enduro Series held in Wickenburg, Arizona. Bobbitt earned the title of 2008 National Enduro Series Champion, and Wallace claimed the top spot for the 200 B Class of the series.

The series included rounds in South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Minnesota, Nevada and Arizona. Based on the location of each event, riders were faced with 70 to 90 miles of off-road rocky, woods, or dessert terrain, hill climbs, creek crossings, and obstacles, making this the ultimate off-road challenge. Scoring is based on riding a specific average speed to assure arriving at checkpoints on time, as well as special test sections, in which riders must demonstrate speed and accuracy.

This is the second time Bobbitt has claimed the series championship. He was the National Enduro Series champion in 2006 and held the second spot in 2007. Bobbitt is a member of the KTM Red Bull Factory racing team and rides a KTM 250 XC. Wallace rides a KTM 200 XC.

Bobbitt attributes his championship, in part, to his conditioning; his local trainer is Mark Anderson of Bicycles Unlimited in Peachtree City.

Both Bobbitt and Wallace are lifelong residents of Fayetteville, where Wallace is currently a senior at Fayette County High School, and both are sponsored by Cycle Specialty of Fayetteville. Wallace is also sponsored by Progressive Heating and Air of Newnan and Intile Painting of Atlanta.
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