BAY­LOR SCORES OFF-ROAD TRIFECTA

Dirt Rider - - Tear Offs - SHAN MOORE

ff-road rac­ing in the East con­sists of three ma­jor se­ries: Grand Na­tional Cross Coun­try (GNCC), AMA Na­tional Enduro, and Full Gas Sprint Enduro. Most of the time rid­ers pick a se­ries and spe­cial­ize, since it’s rare that some­one would ex­cel at more than one, though most of the teams now are re­quir­ing their rid­ers to com­pete in at least two of the se­ries. In 2015, Kailub Rus­sell won both the GNCC ti­tle and the Na­tional Enduro ti­tle in the same year. Char­lie Mullins has won a ti­tle in each se­ries but not in the same year. In 2017, Stew­ard Bay­lor scored what could be con­sid­ered the off-road trifecta by win­ning the open­ing round of the AMA Na­tional Enduro se­ries, round two of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro se­ries, and the open­ing round of the GNCC se­ries. It was a feat that gar­nered a lot of at­ten­tion in the off-road world. Dirt Rider spoke to the South Carolina rider to find out his se­cret.

“My roots are with the Na­tional Enduro se­ries—that’s what I grew up rac­ing—and I’ve never re­ally ex­pected to win in the other se­ries,” Bay­lor told Dirt Rider. “But this year I’ve spent a lot of time rid­ing moto at Matt Walker’s place and I’ve re­ally ded­i­cated my­self to a diet and work­ing out, and I think it is pay­ing off. I’ve al­ways been destined to be a big guy, it’s just in my genes, but I’ve lost 10 pounds dur­ing the off-sea­son and I think I’m in the best shape of my life, and it shows in my rid­ing.”

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Stew­ard Bay­lor on his way to the win at the Sumter

Na­tional Enduro.

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