Purvines/DA8 WORCS Round 1 and AMRA Round 5 Recaps

Sutherlin, Abbott, and Bush see great results at WORCS and Burson and Pearson finish strong in AMRA

The Purvines Racing/DA8 team finishes strong at the first round of WORCS and the fifth round of AMRA.

WORCS - Round 1

Gary Sutherlin WORCS
Gary Sutherlin finished 2nd at Round 1 of WORCS.Photo Courtesy of DA8

Gary Sutherlin
Pro
2nd Place
The opening round of the 2017 WORCS series was full of deep sand and whoops for days! Gary Sutherlin took home a 2nd place finish riding a consistent race throughout the 2 hour event. "I had a decent start. I was behind Yorba who ended up going down, which gave me the lead and I knew I had to hold onto that." Sutherlin ended up holding the lead for a lap until he was passed by Taylor Robert. "Taylor rode a great race and I feel it's a good starting point for me. I know what I need to do and I'm ready for the next one." Sutherlin's next race with be Round 1 of Big 6 in Adelanto.

Cooper Abbott takes first for Pro2 Lites class at WORCS
Cooper Abbott takes first for the Pro2 Lites class.Photo Courtesy of DA8

Cooper Abbott
Pro2 Lites
1st Place
Cooper Abbott, started the weekend with 250A which would then qualify him for PRO2 Lites on Sunday. Abbott came away with a 4th place in 250A, "I know I could have done better, but I was more focused on Sundays race." Sunday came around and the PRO2 Lites class was the 3rd gate in the mornings race following PRO2 and PRO. "I got a bad jump and was sitting 2nd to last! I was feeling really good and picking off riders quick, but made another rookie mistake and went down on the first lap which put me back to last again." Abbott was in charge mode after his crash, but followed it with another one after hitting a square edge. He slowly found good lines and moved his way into 6th place by the hour mark. "With 2 laps to go I caught Clay Hengeveld, who was in first. I was able to come away with the win and I'm super happy with how all of it went." Abbott's next race will be round 1 of Big 6 in Adelanto.

Damon Bush takes 4th at WORCS round 1
Damon Bush took 4th in the Pro 2 class at WORCSPhoto Courtesy of DA8

Damon Bush
Pro 2
4th place
Damon Bush raced Saturday's 450 A class with a hard earned 15th place, after a few unfortunate problems which nabbed him the last qualifying spot for Sunday's PRO2. A new day and a new race was in the horizon for Bush, "I was refueled and ready to go!" Bush came out of the gate with a good start only to have a few crashes in the 2nd lap. "After the crashes I fell into a good grove and rode that way the last hour and a half." Bush ended up finishing the PRO2 with a solid 4th place. "There is definitely room for improvement, but I feel like it's a good starting point." Damon's next race will be round 1 of Big 6 in Adelanto.

AMRA - Round 5

Nick Burson takes 1st at AMRA Round 5
Nick Burson dominated by taking 1st at the fifth round of AMRA.Photo Courtesy of DA8

Nick Burson
Pro
1st Place
AMRA was putting on their 5th round in Buckeye Arizona, so Nick Burson headed out there in hopes that it would be a great warm up race for his upcoming series. After a long and whooped out race, he was the first to cross the checkered flag. "I wasn't to sure where I was as far as race speed, etc since the switch to Yamahas, so I knew I needed to get a race in before then." With a full gate, and a long race ahead, Burson put his head down to get a good start off the gate. "I was in the lead by the 3rd turn, and felt like the race went really well. I kept feeling better and better as every lap went by. I am looking forward to this year and can't thank Ron enough for giving me this opportunity." Burson's next race will be round 1 of WHS in Prairie City, CA.

Axel Pearson finishes Round 5 in 4th.
Axel Pearson finishes Round 5 in a strong 4th place.Photo Courtesy of DA8

Axel Pearson
Pro
4th place
As the 2017 racing year is getting under way, Axel Pearson wanted to get in a practice race before this next weekend's WHS. With a bad jump off the gate, he ended up working his way up to 3rd place by the 3rd lap. "Unfortunately, a lapper took us out together where my rear fender ended up in his rear tire and my front brake ended up getting stuck. It took a little bit to fix that, but I didn't let that stop me and I was off again." Pearson put his head down to work his way up to 5th and eventually finished with a hard earned 4th place. "Overall it was a blast, but I definitely know what I need to work on now." Pearson's next race will be round 1 of WHS in Prairie City, CA.