AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship and AMA Big 6 Round 1 Recaps

The Purvines Racing and DA8 team reflects on their weekends at AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship and AMA Big 6

The Purvines Racing and DA8 team reflects on their weekends at AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship and AMA Big 6.

Nick Burson takes fifth at AMA West Hare Scramble Championship
Nick Burson took fifth in the first round of the AMA West Hare Scramble Championship.Photo: Austin Miller

AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship - Round 1:
Nick Burson
Pro
5th Place

Defending champion, Nick Burson, went home with a 5th place at the opening round of the AMA WHS series held at Hangtown Mx. "It had been raining a few weeks prior to the race and I knew it would be extremely muddy." Burson got off to a great start and held the lead for the first 5 miles. "When we came to the mud hole i chose a bad line and got stuck, I ended up doing this a few times on the first lap." After stopping for new gloves and goggles Burson started to pick it up when he went back out. "After the hour mark I picked up the pace, passing 2 guys on the last lap, all in all it was a good day!" Burson's next race with be Round 1 of the National Hare & Hound Series next weekend in Lucerne Valley.

Axel Pearson took 12th at the AMA Hare Scrambles Round 1.
Axel Pearson took 12th at the AMA Hare Scrambles Round 1.Photo Courtesy of DA8

Axel Pearson
Pro
12th Place

Axel Pearson was ready for the 3 hour mudder at Hangtown MX. "I had a mid pack start and worked my way up to 8th, I started to feel really good on the bike!" Pearson ended up losing traction on a slick hard pack section which caused him to high side at a fast pace. "I ended up twisting my knee and was getting up slowly, my bars ended up bending all the way down and I couldn't get to my lever." Pearson rode back to the pits where the team worked on his bike and sent him back out there, now in 27th place. "I just wanted to salvage all I could, but I felt like I had a decent smooth pace and finished around 12th." Pearson's next race with be Round 1 of the National Hare & Hound Series next weekend in Lucerne Valley.

Gary Sutherlin at AMA Big 6
Gary Sutherlin took a top position landing him in 3rd at the AMA Big 6.Photo: Dirt Bike Magazine

AMA Big 6 - Round 1
Gary Sutherlin
Pro
3rd Place

Gary Sutherlin headed out to the world famous Adelanto Grand Prix for the 1st round of the Big 6 Series. With more than 2,000 entries, it was set to be a great weekend. Rain came down on Friday making nice and loamy dirt out on the off-road course. A half mile wide open street brought the racers into the ball park stadium where an Endurocross section was waiting for them. After that they hit a bit of moto with 2 water jumps where the spectators watched. With a 1 1/2 hour Pro race set for Saturday, Sutherlin was off the line. Due to unfortunate events, the race was red flagged 30 minutes in. With not enough sunlight the Pro race was rescheduled resulting in a Sunday morning staggered start that would last 1 hour plus a lap. "On Sunday I rode 4 laps with no goggles, I was getting pounded with sand but I worked my way up to 2nd, but had to settle for a 3rd." Sutherlin's next race with be Round 1 of the National Hare & Hound Series next weekend in Lucerne Valley.

Cooper Abbott at AMA Big 6 Round 1
Cooper Abbott ended up finishing the first round of AMA Big 6 in 6th.Photo: Dirt Bike Magazine

Cooper Abbott
Pro Lites
6th Place

Coming off a WORCS win, Cooper Abbott, was ready for the opening Big 6 weekend. Abbott started Sunday with a staggered formation, 5 seconds separating each rider based on their position in Saturday's red flagged race. "I was pretty far in the back. It was only an hour race so I knew I needed to make some quick passes." By the end of the race Abbott was able to finish with a 6th place. "Definitely not where I want to be but it's a great learning experience and I'm ready to build off of it." Abbott's next race will be the WORCS series in Primm, NV.

Damon Bush at Big 6
Damon Bush finished a strong with a fourth place finish at Big 6.Photo: Trystan Guard

Damon Bush
Heavy Weight
4th Place

Damon Bush was all business when his helmet went on. "I had a strong race, not pumping up like I usually do." Bush enjoyed the track full of long sweeping turns that you help wide open. "The Endurocross section threw me off a bit, but I started getting that dialed eventually. My favorite part of the the race was the famous mud whole jumps." Bush came away with a 4th place in the Heavy Weight division, happy with his result. Bush's next race will be the WORCS series in Primm, NV.

Collin Woolsey (Team Manager): "It was a great weekend in Prairies City. Both Nick and Axel are improving their mud racing abilities and finished much better than last year. I am happy to come away with healthy riders, no mechanical issues and series points. We're really looking forward to getting to the desert next weekend for the opening round of the Hare & Hound!"

Destry Abbott (Operations Director): "It was definitely an interesting weekend with the pro race being red flagged (bad crashes) on Saturday and having to restart the race Sunday morning. We made a few changes to accommodate for Sunday's course which paid off for all of our racers. I'm excited to see our progress as we continue to get more time on the Yamaha's and I'm looking forward to the Hare & Hound next weekend."