Beta racer Cody Webb took another win in Las Vegas this past weekend aboard his Stillwell Performance prepared Beta 300 RR. Webb was out of the title chase coming into the final round due to a broken foot causing him to miss a round in Sacramento.
Webb started his night with a convincing win in his heat race coming from behind to pass everyone including points leader Taddy Blazusiak which sent him straight to the main event.
Webb describes his night and reflects on his season, “2013 was a year of many ups for me and one down. I started to figure out this racing thing a little more and really upped my aggression and intensity. The finale of Endurocross proved just that. In both my heat and main event, I battled from bad starts being at the very back of the pack after colliding with other riders, to clawing my way back to the lead and finishing with comfortable leads. It’s been a crazy year and to finish out three of the last four races on virtually a brand new bike, being the 300 RR, is almost unheard of. It took us a while to get the bike dialed in for the circuit and I think it’s showing now how comfortable I am on the bike. It was an incredible night of racing and I want to dedicate the win to our fallen friend and legend, Kurt Caselli. Also my team manager as well, Alan Stillwell, since he loves being at the races so much but unfortunately couldn’t make it because of a bad injury. 2013 has been a crazy season and I can’t wait to see what ’14 has for us.”
The Purvines Beta team also turned some heads at the final round of the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship held in Johnson Valley. Beta racers finished second, third, and fourth in the event which turned “epic” due to the recent rains. The race was a special tribute to fallen series champion Kurt Caselli.
Nick Burson finished second in what would be his best finish of the season. Teammates Justin Morrow and Axel Pearson finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Purvines racer Dan Capparelli won his class as well as the Vet A championship by winning seven out of the ten rounds aboard his Beta 498 RR.
Nick Burson describes the race in detail; This weekend was the last round of the AMA National Hare and Hound series. The race was going to be tough on all of us with the recent passing of a legend, Kurt Caselli. But we all did what I believe he would of wanted. We celebrated his life on Saturday and raced our hearts out on Sunday. Going into the race I knew it was going to be a tough one. With wet dirt also comes really close and intense racing. Off the start I knew I had a good line and I felt confident in it. When the banner dropped my Beta 498 took off and I had a great jump. I held it wide open almost the whole way down without lifting and finally had my first hole-shot at a national hare and hound. The bummer for me was that it wasn’t dusty and leading would be harder than following today. But it still helped with my confidence going into next year. I felt pretty good a led for a little bit until Jake passed me and then it was a 4-way battle with my two other teammates and myself and Jake for the lead through the rock fields of Lucerne. I ended up getting lost towards the end of loop one and went back to 4th overall. I would stay here most of the second loop as well. Going into the third loop I knew I had to put my head down and ride like I know I can. I was able to make a pass on my teammate Axel Pearson when he made a bobble in a rocky canyon. Then I just kept charging and came upon my other teammate and made the pass on him in a valley. Later found out he had a brake issue. From there I rode smooth and steady to the finish for second overall on the day. I was really happy with the result considering I didn’t feel that good all day. I ended up third overall for the series championship also, which was my goal for the year. I’m looking forward to next year and contending for the championship!”
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