Dirt Rider got the unique opportunity to tag along while Team Beta USA tested its 2018 RR models in preparation for the upcoming national enduro, GNCC, and Full Gas Sprint Enduro seasons. Team riders Jordan Ashburn and Mike Witkowski met up with squad leaders at Ashburn's place in east Tennessee to work out suspension settings and tire combinations.

Jordan Ashburn rips through a berm on the Beta 430 RR, which he will ride in the GNCC and Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series, as well as select extreme hard enduro events.Shan Moore
Ashburn is an aggressive but smooth rider and the big 430 appears to perfectly suit his style.Shan Moore
Beta suspension specialist Brice Rivera debriefs Ashburn after several laps around the test track, getting a feel for how a particular setting worked.Shan Moore
Mike Witkowski will concentrate on the Kenda AMA National Enduro series and the GNCC series, tackling the NE Pro1 class in the enduro series and the XC2 division at GNCCs. The Indiana rider will ride a 300 RR two-stroke in both series.Shan Moore
The 300 RR is claimed to be more than 10 pounds lighter than last year’s models, and Witkowski told me he could “definitely” feel the difference.Shan Moore
Witkowski airs out the new 300 RR. The test track is a combination of tight wooded trail and fast jumps.Shan Moore
Ashburn jumps out of the woods and into the motocross portion of the course.Shan Moore
Witkowski will see his first action on February 4 in Sumter, South Carolina, for the opening round of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series.Shan Moore