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Best in the Desert Parker 250 Results
David Pearson cruises to Parker 250 win
BITD Parker 250 Results
The 2011 desert racing season kicked off Saturday with the running of the Best in the Desert Parker 250. It was a field of familiar faces on new teams and bikes. David Pearson was not planning to solo the event, but his partner Carl Massberg found himself having to leave for an emergency right after the start of the event. Apparently it was not an issue for David as he went on to put his new Purvine sponsored Honda into first place and come away with another BITD win. New bike – same result for David Pearson.
Also debuting on a new team was the other half of the former KTM factory team, Davey Kamo. Kamo has just inked a deal to ride on the Ty Davis Husqvarna team for 2011. He is paired with current Husky rider Nick Burson. The other debut was the team’s new bike- the TXC511. Unfortunately teams effort was soured by fuel capacity issues the entire day. They ran out of gas multiple times and Nick ultimately ground to a halt well short of the finish and had to be towed across the line.
Here is the report from Davey:
I signed a contract to race for Zip Ty Husky on Wednesday and rode my 449TC practice bike for the first time. Nick Burson and I planned to team up for the Best In The Desert (BITD) race in Parker, AZ. We had probably spent about 20 minutes on our 511 race bike on Thursday. We left for the Parker 250 Friday morning with only 2 days of riding on the new bikes we were planning on racing.
We got signed up, but Ty, and Patrick were still working on the race bike that morning, and were going to bring the bike later that night. We still had to tech the bike later that night before the race. Nick, who is the rider of record, decided that I should start the race cause I had more experience with this race than he did. The bike had to go 3 times around, and switching riders at the midway pit. I was at the start with Patrick (the mechanic), and Nick’s Dad (David). Ty, Steve, and Nick went out to the midway pit.
BITD started one rider per minute. I started 6th back, and stalled the bike right off the start. Patrick ran over and told me to pull out the choke. I got the 511 started, and took off like a bat outta hell. The first section was only about 25 miles, but it was right into the rising sun at 7:30am.
I came into the midway pit to switch with Nick. Ty and Steve filled the bike with gas using the “old school milk jug method” by using a milk jug and pushing it into the fuel tank. The one problem was that we had two tanks – The first one had to wait for the 2nd tank to fill up, and not having a quick fill, forced us to use the milk jug method. The 2nd problem was that our tanks on the bike only held a combined 2.7 gals. Which, ultimately, only allowed Nick to make it 300 yards from the next pit. Nick got up to 2nd place on the 1st loop, but we ended up running outta fuel 3 times. 2 of the times were before the main pit. The last time was about 2 miles from the finish. Nick had to push a mile, and in order for us to get finisher points he had to get towed in by another racer or a race official. He got towed in by a race official, but had to push about a 1/2 a mile to the finish.
We ended up getting finisher points, and are planning on finishing the BITD series this year. This race was our first test on the bike, and hopefully we get everything sorted out before the first Hare and Hound national in a couple of weeks!