Beta Race Team Update - Beta Stays Consistent at Muddy GNCC

Another busy weekend of racing was logged by the Beta USA racing efforts. On the East Coast, the Beta USA GNCC team tackled the Limestone 100 GNCC in Springville, Indiana. Heavy rain and cold temperatures moved in Saturday making the course muddy with waist deep ruts.

Sunday morning, the sun came out early with a decent breeze which dried out the track more than expected. Cory Buttrick, Justin Sode, and Jesse Groemm all lined up in anticipation of some fun in the mud.

Beta riders got a mid-pack start before settling into their relative positions. Cory Buttrick tagged onto the lead pack while Groemm battled from the back after an early crash.

Buttrick explains, "I can't help but feel like we are continuing to move forward in the right direction with both the bike and myself. My 250 RR felt the best it has all season and my GNCC fitness continues to improve. I can't thank Beta USA enough along with our sponsors, Motorcycle SuperStore, Moose Racing, Dr. Steve, Shaun North and Scott Goggles." After running within 10 seconds of the leader on lap 1, Buttrick settled for 7th in the class just minutes from a top 5.

Jesse Groemm continued to improve throughout the day as he shook arm pump and continued to find a groove. Groemm comments, "I had a rough day with a couple big crashes on the first few laps which set me back to 13th. Luckily, I was able to push up to 8th but I have some work to do to get back to where I was." Groemm will continue to gain seat time for the upcoming GNCC in New York.

Groemm charges forward! Photo by Ken Hill

Justin Sode placed 16th in XC2. The next event for the team is round 6 of the GNCC championship series held in Odessa, New York this weekend.    

Out in the west, the Hare and Hound series resumed. Round four took off in the Lucerne Valley of California where the winds were high and dust was bad!

Dust would be a determining factor for results on Sunday. Nick Burson and Axel Pearson both had mid-pack starts off the bomb run. Burson hovered around the 6th overall spot before making a pass. Soon behind Ivan Ramirez, Burson spent most of the race trying to pass him. "The 3rd loop was pretty much the same," said Burson. "I rode by myself and brought the Purvines Beta 480 home in 4th overall. It's not where I want to be but it's a lot better than the last round! I have the speed to be winning these races and should be winning but I need to put myself in better situations off the start and make some quicker passes. Thanks to all my sponsors who make this possible."


Burson fights the dust for fourth overall. Photo by Mark Kariya.

Meanwhile, Axel pushed through the same dust after a better start. A few crashes throughout the day prevented him from moving forward but Axel remains positive. "I ended up 7th for the day!" comments Pearson. "I'm not happy with my finish! I feel like I'm better than this and I just need to focus on a few little things. I had been sick all week and I felt it by the finish. Collin prepped another great motorcycle for us and I need to keep getting better!"

Pearson settles for 7th after a few mistakes. Photo by Mark Kariya.

The Beta Purvines Racing team turns around to head to Jericho, Utah for the fifth National Hare and Hound this coming weekend.