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Josh Strang and Tayla Jones on the podium at Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro opener


Posted: Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 : 10:54 AM - - 3,357 Reads




Josh Strang has had a solid opening to the 2018 Off-Road season in America placing third at the opening round of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series in Blackshear, GA.

Ryan Sipes won the round ahead of Steward Baylor. Sipes was able to pull off the win each day in addition to the overall victory, which puts the Kentucky rider in good position heading into the rest of the season.

After winning the second Enduro test on Saturday, Josh Strang pressured Sipes and Baylor during the early going. However, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory rider struggled to find a comfortable set-up and finished the weekend in third overall, just 23 seconds off of Baylor’s pace. Strang spent the rest of the weekend blocking a challenge from Beta USA’s Jordan Ashburn, and wound up topping the Tennessee rider by 16 seconds at the finish.

“I think my speed was good but I wasn’t comfortable,” said Strang. “The track got a lot rougher than I expected and from start to finish we were making changes to the bike, just trying to find the setup. I think the last four tests on Sunday really showed that we found it and I was a lot more comfortable in those tests.

“I struggled at first to find that sprint speed right out of the gate. I think I was dragging the rear brake too much, and that’s just me trying to get back up to that speed, knowing that I can do it. I was down shifting too much, but in the last couple of tests I decided to leave it in a taller gear and just lug it and my times picked up.”


Tayla Jones won the Women’s Pro class. Credit: Shan Moore
 
Defending champion, Aussie, Tayla Jones got her season off to the perfect start taking the the Women’s Pro class win.

"The tracks were challenging and the racing was close all weekend. Happy to get my first win of the year," Jones said on social media.

The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series presented by PRI Powersports Insurance resumes action with round 2 of its series in Bristol, Virginia, on March 24-25.

Main Photo: Josh Strang
Credit: Shan Moore

OVERALL RESULTS
1 Ryan Sipes Pro (1) Ekron, KY
2 Steward Baylor Pro (2) Belton,
3 Joshua Strang Pro (3) Denver, NC
4 Jordan Ashburn Pro (4) Livingston, TN
5 evan smith Pro (5) jefferson, GA
6 Grant Baylor Pro (6) Belton, SC
7 Layne Michael Pro (7) Boonville, NC
8 liam draper Pro 2 (1) auckaland, OS
9 mike witkowski Pro (8) north liberty, IN
10 Jacob Rowland Pro 2 (2) Hardinsburg, IN


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