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Cycle News 2016 Issue 01 January 12

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BURSON, PEARSON TOP PARKER 250 F or all the success Nick Burson's enjoyed over the years, there was one place and race that seemed to defy his mojo and that was THR Motor- sports Parker 250, Presented by Polaris, the opening round of Best in the Desert's American Off-road Racing Series. "I've done it since '09 except for one year," he recalled. "A brand-new Kawi broke one year. Ran out of gas one year. Flat one year and the tire came off. It's never, never been good." That run of bad luck fi- nally changed for him and his Purvines Racing Beta teammate Axel Pearson as they took the lead early and stayed out front and out of trouble for the rest of the morning to start the year with the first of what they hope will be many wins. In a departure from the Parker norm, the pair didn't switch off at the Midway pit, opting instead to let Burson take their FMF/ Motul/Klim-sponsored 480 RR for a full 79-mile lap, Pearson riding the middle lap and Burson finishing up. "He's pretty fast at the begin- ning of races so we let him start and I just rode the middle loop," Pearson said. "I just tried to ride smooth and fast because he'd opened up a two-and-a-half, three-minute lead." "It's nice to get back out there and get a win, especially here," Burson added. They completed the race in four hours, eight min- utes and 50 seconds, unofficially. New Pros Jeremy Newton and Troy Vanscourt ran a strong second aboard their THR Mo- torsports/BajaDadRacePrep. com/MSR-supported YZ450F, finishing in an unofficial 4:19:56. "We gave it a shot last year at [the] Henderson [season finale but had problems], but we're glad to start out 2016 like this," IN THE WIND P22 Nick Burson speeds down a rocky road on the first of his two stints at Parker. He and teammate Axel Pearson led most of the way, finally breaking the Parker curse that Burson's fought previously.

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