23 test wins. 5 overall victories. One event sweep (winning every single test at the Tennessee round). All at the ripe old age of 18.
This past weekend Steward Baylor convincingly wrapped up his first National Enduro championship. There’s no doubt that he was the best rider this year as the statistics above show. The National Enduro series has a history of multi-time champs: Dick Burelson with 8-consecutive titles, Mike Lafferty with 8, Russell Bobbitt with 4. While Baylor’s championship is so fresh, it’s hard not to think about how many titles he could possibly win given his age and dominance this season.
We saw a similar run by then National Enduro rookie Charlie Mullins when he won the title back in 2010, but he ended up falling a mere 4 points short of Russell Bobbitt in last year’s championship and we obviously saw his struggles this year. Point being it’s not always easy to repeat as champ, although Mike Lafferty and Bobbitt have at times made it appear so.
There’s no doubt at some races Baylor has been at an advantage riding from row 36 and moving up 15 minutes next year will provide some challenges, but will it be enough to hold him back? Will he be able to handle the pressure of the #1 plate? Will Charlie Mullins make a run at the title without any bike problems? There are a lot of what-ifs for sure, but it’s fun to bench race!
Mike Lafferty will turn 37 this month, meaning he is literally twice as old as Steward Baylor! Insane. If Stew is able to give the series another 18-19 attempts do you think he can top DB and Lafferty’s 8 titles? Let us know what you think in the comments section below!