Another weekend of racing commenced with both the Purvines Racing/ Beta Team and Beta USA EnduroCross team tackling racing. In Salt Lake City, Utah, EnduroCross featured a short and fast track that wasn't very technical. Max Gerston led the team in the main event scoring his best Pro finish by landing on the podium. Teammate, Kyle Redmond, fought his way back from a second turn crash to finish 8th.
"The Salt Lake City track was fast with short lap times," said Gerston. "I had a bit of a rough go in my first hot lap when my front tire fell in a hole and I went flying over the bars. I had a bad gate pick for my heat but I was still able to have a good ride and qualify straight to the main. I was able to capitalize on a 2nd turn pile up in the main event and drop into second place. I held that for about half the race then dropped back to 3rd which I held to the finish. My 300 RR worked perfect. I'm very excited to get my first podium and I look forward to more in the future."
In all, Beta USA's EnduroCross riders captured a third place finish with Max Gerston and an eighth with Kyle Redmond. In the Women's Class, Morgan Tanke continued where she left off by leading the class in her main event. A take-out with two turns to go left her with a third place finish. Beta USA wishes Morgan Tanke a speedy recovery as she recovers from a broken wrist on Saturday. Tanke hopes to be back by Vegas to defend her points lead in the Women's Class.
Out in the open terrain of the west, the third round of the Hare and Hound series kicked off in Murphy, Idaho. 100 miles of dusty race course greeted the riders on Sunday. Axel Pearson led the Purvines Racing/ Beta team to a fourth overall after Nick Burson ran up front before breaking a chain.
Just shy of the podium, Axel Pearson finishes fourth overall. Photo by Kato.
After a rough start, Axel ran 25th but then he started making quick passes in the heavy dust. As the day went on, Pearson climbed the overall to end up fourth. Axel comments, "I've been feeling better but am trying to minimize my mistakes and get back on the podium! Thanks to our whole team and sponsors for the best support."
Next up, the East Coast team conquers GNCC in Morganton, North Carolina on March 29th.