RED I Racing’s Mark Samuels, Max Eddy and Justin Morgan take the Day and Night
Round 4 of the Get-Xtr-Eme Motorcycle Endurance Series – Purvines Racing Baja Challenge – Gorman, Ca – 9/28/13
The first part of the day started at 1pm with all the teams lined up by class. The Pro/Pro 2Strokes were off first and the Blais Racing team was out front early with Skyler Howes on the bike. Pro Points leader Nick Burson aboard his Purvines Racing Beta 499 would start dead last after his bike wouldn’t fire on the green flag so he would play catch up from the very start. Before the riders left the unprepped Quail Canyon MX track the 3 Bros KTM team’s 300XC piloted Bryan Burch would take over the lead and Burson would catch up to the pack and get ready to make some moves.
The Open A battle would be a great one to watch as well with Ironman Josh Coffey out in the lead over AS Racings Austin Keys and Taylor Stevens running 4th and 5th overall the first of 10 laps. The Purvines Pro 2 Stroke Team of Axel Pearson and Tallon Taylor would not fair well on the first lap with Axel going down and breaking the clutch lever off but he would hold onto 6th overall after the first lap they would make up lots of time throughout the day.
The big news was that Burson’s bike had let go half way into the course – later it was found that an ignition wire came un-soddered from the stator! So team mate Justin Morrow had to follow the race course out to him, retrieve the wrist band and continue on a full lap down. The team would push hard to catch all the Pros who had gone through the pits already, pass all of them, get onto the lead lap and start to catch back up to them. They would gain 2 minutes a lap which by our calculations gave them ample opportunity to battle for the lead by the end of the night. The day would end early for the team when the second bike would have a random bolt back out on the case and lose its oil. “We didn’t want to risk getting stuck out there again so we called it a day.” Said Morrow at the finish. “We finished half the laps for the day so still got a finish but we’re really bummed we wont be able to race at night.” Burson’s bike which was still on the course was set up for the lights.
A little further back in the pack the Open Quads were doing battle. The almost all lady Blais racing team of Patty Blais, Andrea and Rachel Bossemer and Gilbert Davila would do battle with the TTR team of Bill Markel and Chris Peatross who have one all rounds so far. Half way through the race Markel would make the pass and run away with the day win and the team would take the Overall Quad victory leading into the night. The Blais team woud hold onto 2nd.
Up front the RED I team had made their move into the lead by the second lap with Samuels, Max Eddy and Justin Morgan putting on a clinic extending their gap to over 2 Minutes by the end of the 4 hour scramble. Now the battle for 2nd overall and the 2 Stroke Pro day stage win was on. The Blais team and Purvines team would go back and forth swapping positions almost every lap but it woud be the Blais team who would cross the finish seconds ahead of Purvines.
Lining up for the Night Stage start riders would take off in 30 second intervals based on their Day stage finish. 23 teams got their light set ups on and were ready to do battle for the second 4 hours of the event and leading them off was the Red I team who would go unchallenged the entire event and would take the overall win by over 5 minutes! They completed 145 miles during the day and 130 miles at night making for one long race.
Next to start was the Blais Racing 2 Stroke Pro team just ahead of the Purvines Racing 2 Stroke Pro Team. The two would do battle all night long. Howes, Ben Meza and Brenden Crow would stay just ahead of Taylor and Pearson for 6 of the 9 laps but would finally get over taken. The Blais Team would stay within a minute all the way to the finish but wouldn’t be able to get back by. Purvines would take 2nd Overall and 1st 2 Stroke Pro extending their points lead heading into the finial round of the series.
A great battle for 4th overall was brewing all night long between the Open A AS Racing team and the Pro 2 Stroke 3 Bros KTM team. The AS Racing team was able to make up the minute they had lost on lap one and make the pass on the 3 Bros KTM team on lap 3 ad make it stick. They would take the Open A victory 4th overall and were over 9 minutes ahead of the next position.
Bangert would venture out into the night to try and take the Ironman Overall at only 15 years old. On the first lap he would come in with only a working helmet light. His after market stator ended up not being able to support the 8″ HID on the bike so he would have to make the entire 4 hours with only the Niterider. On the final lap the 3 Bros KTM team would follow him in to help him and they would both cross the finish line at the same time. The 3 Bros team would take 5th Overall, 3rd 2 Stroke Pro and Sammy would take 9th Overall, 2nd Open B and first overall Ironman.
-15 year old Sam Bangert took the Ironman Overall aboard his Blais Racing KTM 200 XCW
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Top 10 Overall
6. Markel/Peatross – YAM – Open Quad
8. Gress/Denny – KTM – Open B
10. Luundquist/Hudspeth/Wong/Flores – KTM – Open BComplete Results – www.moto-tally.com/gxe/results.aspx