CATCHING UP WITH RUSSELL BOBBITT
KTM caught up with reigning AMA National Enduro Champion Russell Bobbitt to discuss how he is healing from his off-season injury and what he expects heading to the first National Enduro round this weekend.
KTM: Hey, Russell – How are you doing? How’s the wrist and collarbone healing?
Bobbitt: I’m doing really well. I have been riding for about three and a half weeks now. I’d say in the last 25 days I’ve been riding at least 19 of them. My collar bone feels really good and I don’t struggle or have any problems there but my wrist is still sore after a long ride.
KTM: How good does it feel to be back on the bike?
Bobbitt: It feels great to get back on my motorcycle and my road bike. It’s tough not being able to train. I wish I had about three more weeks left before the first round because my conditioning still needs a few weeks to get back to where it was. But considering the injury and how it’s only been a little over two months I am happy to be back riding and am grateful I will be at the first round.
KTM: Given you are still mending from your injury, what are you expecting from this first round?
Bobbitt: I am actually feeling pretty confident going into this first round. My mechanic came over early and we have made a lot of progress with our testing the past week. I will be riding the KTM 300 XC again which is the perfect bike for me. I also am fortunate that the National Enduros are made up of six separate tests which will give me some time to recover between each test. I think that will help my wrist a lot and I don’t expect to be off the pace. I am really hoping for a podium at this first round, and of course, it would be great to get the win.
KTM: We are glad to hear everything is getting better and we wish you the best of luck at the first round.
Bobbitt: Thanks, I’m pretty excited to get back to racing.
The opening round of the AMA National Enduro Series will kick off this weekend in Wedgefield, SC. For live updates from the race, follow @nepgenduro and @ktmusa on Twitter.