BAYLOR SCORES OFF-ROAD TRIFECTA
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.”
Steward Baylor on his way to the win at the Sumter