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Cycle News 2017 Issue 11 March 21

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IN THE WIND P36 BURSON GRABS GORMAN WHS VICTORY P urvines DA8 Racing Ya- maha's Nick Burson didn't always like racing at the Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recre- ation Area and Quail Canyon MX Park. Unless you're lucky enough to hit it after a rare SoCal storm, the trails tend to be very hard-packed, slick and dusty, often with steep cliffs to ride off should you overshoot a turn or make another mistake. But after many, many hours of testing when he worked for Kawasaki, he came to grips with the area and got very good at negotiating its trails. Thus, it was no surprise to see him walk away with the win at the Prospectors Motorcycle Club's Gorman Hare Scramble, round three in the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scramble Regional Championship Series, March 18-19. Leading from green flag to checkered, he finished four minutes ahead of Beta's Max Gerston, while Axel Pearson re- bounded from wrapping himself around a tree early on to give Purvines DA8 Racing Yamaha a 1-3. "I hated this place when I first started racing here," Burson said. "It's slippery and hard to know. "I've raced here so many years now, you [get to] know the terrain, you get comfortable with it—blue groove, slippery—so you get used to letting the bike slide around. It feels like you have a flat. You can't go forward unless you're a gear high." Taking those lessons learned, the reigning series champ out- ran the field on his FMF/Preci- sion Concepts/Thor-sponsored YZ450FX. Gerston got going well early to hold second on his Motul/ Kenda/Klim 390 RR after a somewhat disappointing sixth in the mud of round two on a 300 RR two-stroke. "I thought it'd be a little better for the hard-packed stuff and it was!" he said. "Nick was defi- nitely hauling. I tried on the first lap to kind of gauge off him a Nick Burson (1) dominated the Gorman Hare Scramble from the green flag, taking the holeshot and extending his lead with each mile.

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