Photos By Zach BonDurant and Eric Narvaez
As round two of three in the John Burr Cycles Endurance Series, this year’s Glen Helen 10-Hour was an event to remember. This was technically the first ever “10-Hours of Glen Helen,” since It replaces the 12-Hour, which has been held for the last nine years. Cutting two hours out of the schedule allowed the staff to execute the race more effectively without pushing the boundaries of daylight. Three years ago, the race was held at night to deal with excessive heat during the day and officials haven’t ruled out that possibility again since this 10-hour was a hot one. As for this year, no one complained about missing two hours in the high 90-degree heat that Mother Nature brought to Southern California. The course was set over most of the Glen Helen facility using the National track, REM track, truck course, sand washes and, of course, the dreaded dry, dusty and choppy ridges.
Nick Burson led the Purvines Beta Team to a hard-fought victory in the Open Pro class over the weekend. Burson recruited Ryan Abbatoye and Bobby Garrison to face the grueling 10-hour challenge on a 2013 Beta 300cc two-stroke (which also happens to be the Dirt Rider Magazine Bike of the Year). Justin Jones, Ty Tremaine and Eric Yorba finished just behind the Beta team on their RPM Racing KTM 450. Robby Bell and the Precision Concepts squad of Benny Breck and Mark Tilley had a crash on the first lap, which resulted in the team playing catch up all day.
Over the course of the 10-hour event the Beta and RPM teams battled neck and neck until finally, at around the six-hour mark, the Beta team stretched their lead a few minutes and never relinquished it.
There was a three-way battle for third place. Nick Stover and the KTM 250 team battled with Blayne Thompson’s Honda CR250 squad for first place 250 Expert honors as the Precision Concepts team slowly reeled them in. At the checkers the Robby Bell, Mark Tilley/Benny Breck trio passed the two two-strokes to take third overall. Stover’s KTM, with Joey Black, Nick Garvin and Bryan Burch, eventually finished ahead of the Thompson/Justin Seeds Honda. Another Beta finished sixth overall (third 250) with Curtis Bradley/Tallon Taylor/Ryan Smith on board.
Our Associate Editor Kris Keefer rode the Dirt Rider Magazine 2013 KTM 150SX test bike to finish the race in seventh overall and first place in the Ironman Class! This is his second endurance race win on the very same bike. We also were informed that Keefer was the highest place finishing Ironman overall ever for this event. “I had no troubles all day long and the little orange pumpkin never missed a beat” Keefer recounts.
The third and final endurance event is the famous HYR 24 Hours of Glen Helen held on October 19-20. We are trying to talk Keefer into racing the event and possibly going for the sweep in all the endurance events in 2013 but we need your help. Let him hear what you have to say on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/dirtridermag), and if we get enough people to bug him he’ll go for it!