EVENT WRITE UP
Lots of great racing!!! Great way to start the series off!
Purvines Dominates Inaugural Round
Sunday, 03 March 2013 20:58
Nick Burson/Justin Morrow and Axel Pearson/Taylor top the Pro Podiums at the Barstow 200
Barstow 200 - March 3rd 2013 - Barstow, Ca
Photos by Rompworld
The maiden voyage of the Get-Xtr-Eme series and its racers headed to Barstow, Ca for the first ever 200 Mile team race. Riders were able to register at the Holiday Inn Express and enjoyed a racers discount for their stay. They also were able to indulge in all the creature comforts of being just outside of the huge outlet center just 2 miles away from staging. Once all that set it and the sun came up on Sunday the real excitement began with a 50 mile loop that was to be ran 4 times. 22 Pros - including Open Pros, 2-Stroke Pros and Quad Pros - along side some of the bravest sportsmen in the desert made up nearly 50 teams that would take on the first round of the 2013 GXE Motorcycle Endurance Series.
Purvines Racing's new Beta's have proven to be great racing machines with their dominance in the Bitd, National Hare and Hound and local Mran and D37 racing series so it was no surprise that they would be sitting on top of the box again at the first round of the GXE series. The Pro and Pro 2-Strokes would take off from the dead engine start and into the first turn with Justin Morrow into the first turn but it would be 3 Brothers KTM's Ryan Kudla who would get the holeshot aboard his KTM 300 XC-W to the top of the big climb after studying the start before the race. "I spotted a great line through some bushes, b-lined across the rocks and went from 5th to 2nd before we even started up the hill" He would crest over with Morrow and Brad Pace hot on his tail into the first valley.
Morrow would make the pass at the first road crossing when Kudla would check up and he would settle into second for the first 25 miles. Morrow, Kudla and the SRT Pro team of Max Eddy Jr and Brad Pace would stay nose to tail all the way to check 2. The course would sweep around the mountain and into the much more technical canyons south of Stoddard Valley. Behind the Pros the Open A class was catching up starting just 60 seconds behind. The Blais Racing racing team of Brendon Crow, Ben Meza and Austin Keys would grab the holeshot and never look back. They would start to work their way through the field and into the top 5 where they would stay for the rest of the day.
Back up front Morrow would stretch out his lead to 3 minutes before handing it off the team mate Nick Burson who would continue to put on a clinic. Pace was catching up to Kudla as the course got more technical and a tip over would let Pace get by easily. Kudla still held onto 1st 2 stroke Pro, but not for long as Purvines Racing's Axel Pearson was catching fast. After the alternate gas pit at race mile 36 Kudla would lose his buffer as he would stop for a splash of gas while Pearson and his big Clark tank had no problem making the full distance. Once the riders got into the virgin lava rocks just after the pit Pearson would make the pass and while Kudla would try to make some moves but could never get back by. Pearson would maintain the lead in the 2 Stroke Pro class even after trading off to his team mate Tallon Taylor. Kudla would pass it off to team mate Kevin Murphy and they would be able to stay in 4th overall taking 2nd 2 Stroke Pro on the day.
The inaugural round of the GXE series was a huge success and is only going to get better. Every racer who came out and competed is a true champion at heart for taking on something brand new. Pushing themselves and their machines to the limits over every different type of terrain that Stoddard Valley had to offer from fast valleys, rocky peaks, gnarly climbs and brutal canyons and more fast trails. For 200 miles, or at least as far as they could make it. Especially the handful of riders that participated in their very first race.
Another huge accomplishment was made by all of the event workers. They all put their faith in the series, showed up to support the brand new venture and made the event possible. Without them the event would not have gone off as well or at all. So we have to thank them all by name (in no particular order) - Adam Casper, Melissa Kudla, Ryan Kudla, Alina Leon, Loren Bollen, Jessica Evers, Cheryl and Woody Taylor, Mitch Bangert, Sam Bangert, Doreen Bangert, G-Ma Bangert, Chris and Patty Blais, Bob and Linda Smart, Angela Leon, Scotty Von, Scott Simpson, Joe Miller, Daniel Seagondollar and wife, John Tayze, Tom Kudlick, Brian Keys, Jacob Micnha, Cody Marion, Brad Pace, All the people that helped in the pits, the series sponsors, the teams that brought out all their racers... without all of you the event would not have been possible! Thank you again.
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Next Round - RIDGECREST RUMBLE May 4-5 2013