Purvines Beta racer Nick Burson led this weekend's AMA West Coast National Hare Scrambles held in Gorman, California from start to finish. The Prospectors Hare Scramble was fast with some sand and some hard pack sections. Burson took the holeshot and never looked back clicking off consistent lap times and eventually taking the win by more than five minutes.
Burson describes his race, "I was really looking forward to this race because I feel really comfortable in Gorman. I feel like my riding has been really good this year but the results haven't been showing that. I have been working harder this year then ever. I knew I just needed to keep putting in the work and the results will come. This weekend was a true testament to that. My beta 430 RR fired off the start and got me out front with the holeshot over the 20 other pros on the line. I knew the start was key and to hit the off-road out front would be a great start to the day. I pinned it thru the moto track. The same track that cost me big last year when I broke my hand over the summer. I finally was getting my redemption on this place. I hit the off road section first and right when we did I blew a corner. Luckily I had a little bit of a gap and I flipped around and made it back to the trail just ahead of Cory Graffunder. I knew I need to try and sprint away and the dust would be to my advantage. I came thru the first lap and felt I had a comfortable lead. Not really knowing I just kept hammering out the laps and looking at the pit board from my dad and fiancé. It was nice to be able to read that my lead kept growing. By the time I needed to stop for gas we were about halfway thru the race and I had a 2 minute lead. From there I just put in smooth and consistent laps and kept extending my lead. I pulled into the pits before taking off on the last lap to get a splash of gas to just make sure. My fiancé told me I had a 4 minute lead at this point so I headed out on my last lap. I just rode and tried to not make any mistakes and brought home my first national win of the season. I was really happy with my speed and fitness at the race and I'm looking forward to Idaho H&H next weekend!!!"
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Burson's teammate Axel Pearson had issues from the start of the race and could never fully recover. The young racer from Nevada finished the race in 11th place having to pass many riders in the California silt and dust.
On the East Coast, the Factory Beta team was in full attendance at round 2 of the GNCC championship. The event know as The General was held in Aonia, Georgia. Riders were greeted with a muddy course from the earlier rains in the area. Cory Buttrick finished the event in a solid 6th place in the XC2 class after running as high as 3rd at one point. Teammate Justin Sode had his career-best GNCC finish coming in 7th in XC2 and finishing 15th overall.
"I got a decent start, making a few passes quickly moving close to the top 5, but a crash on lap one set me back a good ways. After regrouping and having some minor arm pump go away, I began to work my way forward. My 250 RR performed amazing and with 2 laps remaining I made a good push towards the top 5 but made a bad line decision on the last lap and got stuck which cost me a top 5 finish." Sode explains.
The Beta teams will be busy this next weekend with their Endurocross team in Salt Lake City, the East Coast racers will be at Round 2 of the NEPG National Enduro series in Texas, and the Purvines team doing battle at Round 3 of the AMA National Hare & Hound series in Murphy, Idaho.