Purvines DA8 Racing was ready for Round 2 of the National Hare & Hound series in a brand new location, Alamogordo, New Mexico. With plenty of podiums under his belt, Sutherlin was ready to put it all together to take that top spot. “I had a great start and got pinched off at the end of the bomb. Within mile 2 I went from 3rd to 1st. Once Sutherlin made his way to the front, there was no looking back. “I rode a good pace. The 1st loop Ricky was quite aways back but by the 2nd loop he made up some time on me.” That’s when Sutherlin put the hammer down and pulled back away from the rest of the pack, giving himself a good gap to the finish. “I’m really happy to get my first win of the year. The progress that the team has made with the bike is really showing and I’m happy to put it all together.” Sutherlin’s next race will be in Taft, CA. for the WORCS series.
After coming off a win at the MRAN last weekend, Axel Pearson was feeling good and ready for this weekend’s race. “I had a good start and ended up 2nd through the banners, eventually taking the lead. My teammate, Gary Sutherlin, was riding well and ended up getting back by.” Pearson stayed with Sutherlin, both riding a fast pace until dust overtook the course. “I had a couple close calls so I just settled in comfortably behind him.” By mile 35, Sutherlin put some time on Pearson making it harder to read off of him. “I didn’t see course marking for ½ mile in the dunes and ended up making a bad decision. I saw a trail go left with a few tracks and there ended up being nothing. When I made my way back I heard a bike, realizing I was now in 5th place, it was frusturating.” Pearson rode the next two loops at a solid pace, trying to keep off his other teammate, Nick Burson. “I feel like I’m really improving. Congrats to Gary who rode like a champ, and we are also keeping those who had bad injuries in our thoughts.” Pearson’s next race will be in Redding, CA for the Western Hare Scramble series.
Nick Burson was in high spirits after just taking the Round 1 ISDE Qualifier win. “I was looking forward to battling for the win out there today, that quickly changed when I messed up my start and was in the dust right away.” Burson did his best to salvage what he could in the coming miles, despite bikes and people down everywhere. With a new course location, that meant unknown terrain for the racers. “I felt like the terrain took its toll on everyone so I rode a pretty conservative race and managed to stay off the ground.” Burson found himself in 6th place, passing his teammate Axel Pearson for 5th 4 miles from the finish. “Axel ended up choosing a better line after I passed him, so he got me back. It was a blast battling with him, but next time we need to be battling for those podium spots.” Burson’s next race will be in Redding, CA for the Western Hare Scramble series.
Ron Purvines (Team Owner): “It was a great weekend in the New Mexico desert. Sutherlin was able to take the lead early and never looked back, scoring our first win of the season. Pearson and Burson rode smart races coming away with a 5th and 6th. We are happy to come out of the weekend healthy and in the championship hunt. Our prayers go out to all of the injured riders this weekend. Now we’re off to WORCS and WHS this weekend!”