Andrew DeLong celebrates his overall win atop the Loose Moose National Enduro podium.
Factory Husqvarna's Andrew DeLong trounced the competition today on the way to scoring his first AMA National Enduro win of the 2014 season. Ideal weather and course conditions ideal for racing buoyed the young Pennsylvanian's success but other factors have also played a big role in DeLong crossing the finish line aboard his Husqvarna FE 350 with a margin over second place of nearly a minute.
"I came here with a bit more confidence after my performance at Snow Shoe. Today I was more in tune with the bike, more comfortable," said DeLong. "It's not a foreign object; like I know what it'll do and I know what I want."
Andrew's increased ease and confidence was also readily apparent to his boss Andy Jefferson, Husqvarna's team manager.
"Beginning with the first special test Andrew was spot-on all day," said Jefferson. "He maintained a great pace throughout each special test and he showed a tremendous amount of enthusiasm and energy. He didn't appear to fatigue or tire. He rode well and it was easy to see that he enjoyed being here."
From the start DeLong set a blistering pace gaining a 22-second lead in the first special test and going on to win all but two special tests. At test #5 Andrew dropped but 12-seconds due to a crash and in special test #6 he finished 2-seconds out of first place after getting hung-up on a rock.
In recent weeks Jefferson had suggested to DeLong that he may be a victim of over training and encouraged Andrew to cut back on his workouts and establish a new pace for training between races. Similar advice was offered by others including friend and racing rival Charlie Mullins.
"I thought training harder was the way to go but I had burned myself out. Over the past couple of weeks I've backed it down and it is working for me. I cut back a bit on my riding and I changed my diet, too. Normally I don't eat solid food during an enduro, just drink liquids, but today I ate between the tests and I had a lot of energy throughout the enduro."
"Andrew showed up hungry to win today." Jefferson reflected. "His win here at the Loose Moose is a nice payoff for working and training smarter, not just harder."
Historical note: Andrew DeLong's last National Enduro win was at the Concho National Enduro at Blackwell, TX in March 2013.
Nick Fahringer brings Air Group Husky to podium. Craig DeLong takes 250 AA class win
Congratulations is in order for Husqvarna rider Nick Fahringer for his third place overall finish aboard his Air Group Husqvarna. A tip of the visor also to Andrew's kid brother Craig DeLong for capturing the 250 AA Class win today aboard his Husqvarna TC 250.
Loose Moose National Enduro Pro Class Results
1. Andrew DeLong HUSQVARNA FE 350
2. Steward Baylor Jr. KTM
3. Nick Fahringer HUSQVARNA
4. Grant Baylor KTM
5. Brad Bakken Yamaha
6. Mike Lafferty KTM
7. Cory Buttrick Beta
8. Jesse Groemm KTM
9. Paddy Holloway KTM
10. Ryder Lafferty HUSQVARNA
Kenda/AMA National Enduro Series Standings
1. Nick Fahringer HUSQVARNA
2. Charles Mullins KTM
3. Andrew DeLong HUSQVARNA
4. Brad Bakken Yamaha
5. Jesse Groemm KTM
6. Grant Baylor KTM
7. Mike Lafferty KTM
8. Cory Buttrick Beta
9. Steward Baylor Jr KTM
10. Ryder Lafferty HUSQVARNA
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