Beta Motorcycles has teamed up with the NEPG to introduce the Beta Cup within the 2019 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series. Beta Motorcycles is going to have a contest for anyone that rides a 2018 or 2019 Beta 125RR in the 2019 season for the Grand Prize of a Brand New 2019 Beta 250RR.
The rules for the Beta 125RR Cup Class are simple. Ride an 18' or 19' Beta 125RR in any class that you qualify for on a 125cc motorcycle, and you will be automatically entered into the Beta Cup Class. When entering your events you will simply sign up for an existing class in the National Enduro Series. The rider that earns the most points in his or her NEPG class will win the Beta Cup along with a 2019 Beta 250RR. This will give any rider a chance, whether they are an A, B, C, or Womens Rider.
*NE PRO1, NE PRO2, Beta Factory Support Riders, Beta USA Employees, dealers, and family members are ineligible.
If you are interested in the event, or you want to know the complete rules and regulations click on this BETA CUP LINK.
Available for pre-order now, in 2 versions from mild to wild. Also, tons of other new products to dress up your Italian Princess; new t-shirts from Beta, the 6D ATR-2, Acerbis skid plates.
The 2018 King of Motos event took place last weekend in Johnson Valley, California. Top Enduro riders showed up to compete for the title in the two day event that went late into the night. Riding conditions were dry and navigating the course was a problem for most riders. Beta USA factory rider Max Gerston placed 3rd overall aboard his 300 RR Race Edition. This was Max's second year with a podium finish in the KOM event. For more information about the King Of Motos event go to: www.ultra4racing.com
Gerston's next event will be the 2nd round of the West Hare Scramble series on February 17th. For more information on the WHS series go to: westharescramble.com
Max Gerston: "King of the Motos was a complete cluster. Navigation errors, course workers directing in the wrong direction, confusing course crossings all made for an interesting race. Through all the confusion I just kept moving forward and ended up with Moto scores of 4-3-6 for 3rd overall."
The first round of the NEPG also kicked off last weekend in Wedgefield, South Carolina. The weather started off cold and damp making the sandy soil loamy and full of traction. By the end of the race the weather had turned to full downpours and the conditions worsened. Beta USA factory rider Mike Witkowski placed 14th in the Pro1 Class aboard his Beta 250 RR Race edition. For more information about the NEPG Series go to: www.nationalenduro.com
Witkowski's next event will be the 1st round of the GNCC series. For more information on the GNCC series go to: gnccracing.com
The first round of the Kenda National Hare and Hound took place last weekend in Red Mountain, California. Clear skies and moderate temperatures made for great riding conditions, minus a few dusty spots.
Joe Wasson placed 5th overall and in the Pro Class aboard his Beta 430RR 4-Stroke. Wasson was able to pull the holeshot and led the race for a while. Newly signed Chance Fullerton placed 2nd in the 250 Pro Class in the first round of the series.
The second round of the Kenda National Hare and Hound Series will take place in Ocotillo, CA on February 24th. For more info visit nationalhareandhound.com
Joe Wasson: "Weekend started off good. I pulled the holeshot over the top of the first hill and was beyond stoked at how well my 430 pulled. Led for about 15 miles then ended up losing a position, then I held second for a while after that. I was riding at a pace where I knew I was safe and wasn't going to make any mistakes but ended up losing a couple more positions which left me in 5th place. There was some good competition out there, but I was able to hold 5th and finish the race strong."
Chance Fullerton: "The race started out well getting a jump on just about everyone then later getting passed by teammate Joe Wasson about a half mile in. I kept a comfortable pace with the top guys and kept going along to the finish where I finished 2nd 250 Pro and 13th overall. I definitely have more in me and am expecting a much better finish at the next round."
Photo by Kato
The 2017 AMA West Hare Scramble Series came to an end in Wilseyville, California yesterday. Gerston entered the final round with a 18 point lead, finishing in 4th place he increased his lead to win the series with a 35 point overall lead.
Gerston won the championship aboard his Beta 390 RR Race edition while finishing on the podium seven times with one 1st place win. He rode injured for three races late in the season with a sixth place in round 2 being his worst finish.
Gerston will be returning to the series next year looking to hold onto the number one plate as well as competing in the EnduroCross series and other extreme events.
Max commented: "I am so happy to get this title for my family and my team. It is the result of a lot of hard work and tough times. I am also excited to get my body healed, so I can be back to 100% for next year. Yeee Haaaww!!"
It's been a while since a "new stuff" post and we've been busy adding nothing but the best stuff for your Beta!
We're constantly on the lookout for new and cool stuff to better serve you and your Italian Princess!
Here's a selection; a new Beta t-shirt, 2018 top end kits and clutch parts, new stuff from Moose Racing, Beta turn signals, the new Shinko MX216 "Fatty" for those that loved the Golden Tyre Fatty front tire, the full line of Galfer pads and rotors, and Couteract Ready-Balance tubes for more traction in the dirt and smooth riding on the road!
The fourth round of EnduroCross took place last weekend in Everett, WA marking the halfway point for the series.
Morgan Tanke rode exceptionally well on her Beta XTrainer; placing 2nd place in the Women's Class main event. Morgan now sits in 4th place for the series overall points standings, with only a seven point gap from second place.
Max Gerston is still battling his injuries, but was able to place 6th in the main event. Max is currently in 10th place in the overall standings for the Super EnduroCross Class.
Ty Cullins was placing in the top four in the qualifiers, but was caught in a pile up on the first lap of the main event. Cullins fought his way back through the pack, but went down later in the race and had to battle through to place 11th for the night. Cullins is currently in 13th place in the series and is in a close points race.
Round 5 of the EnduroCross series will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on October 28th. For more information on the series go to: endurocross.com
"After a rough couple of races it was great to get up on the box for the first time this season. I got a decent start, sitting in second. A tip over in a really slick corner and another small mistake set me back just a bit, but I was able to get back into the second place position. With 2 laps to go, Kacy Martinez and I had a good battle going. She definitely kept me on my toes and I knew any mistake from me would cost me a position. The finish line came around and I grabbed a solid 2nd place!"
"The Everett Endurocross was tough going, but a step in the right direction. I had a rough day all day struggling to find a rhythm because of my injuries. In a way, I was sort of saving myself for the main. When the main event came around I started second row. I was able to get a mid pack start and push through for a 6th. I am looking forward to the rest of the rounds and hope I start to feel better soon."
"The track in Everett, WA was definitely more my style than most of the tracks recently. I felt good all day and was 3rd in the hot laps. After finishing 2nd in the qualifier and securing my spot in the main I was able to finish a decent 8th place in the gate pick race. In the main event I got caught up on the first lap and was around 8th when I went down in the firewood and got back up in last place and worked my way back up to 11th by the end."
Photo by D Tanke
Beta USA is happy to announce the re-signing of Max Gerston for two years, until 2019. Next January will mark Beta's 7th year anniversary with Gerston on the race team. Max will be competing in the AMA EnduroX series as well as other extreme events across the USA.
"I am super stoked to sign another two year deal with Beta USA. 2018 will be the start of our 7th year together. I am looking forward to continuing my relationship with my boss and the entire staff at Beta USA. We work hard and want to achieve some major goals the next few years. The bikes are awesome and the team has everything needed to succeed."
"I'm happy to announce the continued partnership between Max Gerston and the Beta racing team family. We share the same vision and desire to succeed with the right talent and support. As Team Manager, I've had the opportunity to work with Max and see his potential. I'm excited to be able to continue to work with him to succeed in what will no doubt be a podium future!"
The all-new Beta Minicross-E is an easy, off-road motorcycle for youngsters starting out. The Minicross-E offers a power delivery that will not overwhelm the young riders and help boost their confidence.
The bike is designed for recreational riding yet has the look and features that even an advanced youth rider will appreciate such as an incredibly appealing design, high-quality hydraulic disc brakes, modern suspension, and a high performance electric motor.
Beta engineers developed a power delivery that is very manageable making it easy to ride. Designed for children between the ages of 7 - 11 who want to enjoy their first experience of riding an off road motorcycle.
The design is rugged yet lightweight, (only 94.5 lbs.) has zero polluting emissions and a very quiet electric motor, it is extremely appealing to parents who want a motorcycle for their child that does not disturb the peace.
Attention has also been focused on the technical design with heat treated aluminum swingarm, 33 mm inverted hydraulic fork and an adjustable air and spring rear shock absorber.
MSRP: $1799.00 (includes extra battery pack)
*Available in November!
Revolutionary helmet technology, suspension for your head!
As always, Jonathan Bentman at Rust is on the gas with the first 2018 Beta ride review of the year, check it out!
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Jordan Ashburn takes 1st place at Full Gas Sprint Enduro!
The races in Uhrichsville, Ohio last weekend started off with almost perfect weather conditions. Competition was fierce and the pace of each race amplified by each day. The gap between 1st place rider Jordan Ashburn and 2nd place rider Steward Baylor narrowed as the weather conditions worsened.
Rider Jordan Ashburn stated; "My goal for the weekend was to put my head down and minimize mistakes. I couldn't have done it without all the support from my team."
Nick Davis Takes 1st place in the 4th Round of the East Hare Scramble Championship Series, while Kyle McDonal took 2nd!
Nick Davis pulls off a win after returning from a recent leg injury. His conditioning and practice seems to be paying off, while he prepares to return back to the GNCC series.
Kyle McDonal ends the race in second place, but is leading the AMA East Hare Scramble Championship Series in points.
Justin Wallis Takes 8th place in the WORCS Race event at Glen Helen Raceway.
The scorching heat wave was expected to be too much for the riders last weekend at Glen Helen. The races had to be rescheduled for an earlier time than originally anticipated, while shortening the race time to an hour and a half.
Wallis is currently sitting in 9th place overall for the WORCS Pro MC series.
Beta USA's Rodney Smith has been promoted to head up the Beta USA race department. The AMA Hall of Famer and five-time GNCC champion has been working for Beta for the last 12 months as a rider coach and now will take over as the race team manager.
Beta USA's President Tim Pilg comments, "It has been a huge benefit to our team ever since Rodney came aboard full time last season. His approach to racing matches our goals for the team so it made perfect sense to have him take over the team manager position."
Smith is looking forward to developing the team and more, "I'm very excited to have this opportunity to run the Beta USA race team! I've been working & coaching the riders this year and now Beta has asked me to manage the team. I'm very excited to bring my experience I've learned over the years as a racer and champion as well as being inducted in the AMA hall of fame! I've had the chance to see & learn from my past managers, including Mike Webb, and now I'm looking forward to being able run my own team & to further give our racers the knowledge & experience to win some more championships for my riders, Beta, & myself."
Beta's GNCC pilot Jordan Ashburn had this to say, "Being able to work with Rodney Smith is a true privilege. He is a former GNCC champion with lots of knowledge. I'm really excited for him to take charge of the Beta race team and help us achieve our goals."
Smith will also work with EnduroX rider's Max Gerston, Ty Cullins, and Morgan Tanke as the EnduroX season begins in Las Vegas on August 19th along with the other team members.
Photo by Shan Moore
The new 2018 Beta RR-S Dual Sport models have been updated significantly to continue the reputation as being the most rideable motorcycles on the market. Beginning in 2017, the new RR-S line combined the performance of the 4 stroke off road RR model with the street license plate of the RS to form a dual sport model that is capable of everything from a casual cow trail ride to a competitive Hare Scramble or Enduro. The RR-S full size range continues their reputation of offering the most "Rideability" with four different displacements to cater to all riders including 350, 390, 430, and 500cc.
A whopping 8.7 lbs. has been reduced from all four models for 2018. Along with this weight savings, a new clutch system has been developed for smoother operation and less drag. A new slimmer clutch cover has been added to compliment the new clutch.
A new shifting star wheel and detent system has been added to eliminate any mis-shifts while offering a smoother transition between gears. The electric start system has been improved to the extent that a back up starter (and the weight that goes with it) is no longer needed. The Beta engineer's however left the engine cases alone for those who wish to purchase the back up kick start system as an option.
The RR-S models also receive many chassis updates to improve handling including a new frame with more rigidity, new front fork slider to further reduce friction, new rear shock settings, and new turn signals that are more durable. The thermostat design has also been updated for more durability as well.
All these updates are finished off with new graphics. Prices are the same as 2017 with no increase!
-All New clutch: A total overhaul has developed a more compact and lighter weight clutch that improves its feel, precision, and stability as operating temperatures change. This new system provides more progression in clutch feel that allows for better control overall, making the tough lines even more graceful. Smaller, more compact clutch cover has been installed.
-Elimination of the kick-start: the incredible work put into making the electric starter more reliable has allowed the kick-start lever to be removed, significantly reducing weight. Given the engine design, a kick-start can still be ordered as an option.
-New gear change system: updated star wheel and detent mechanism improves the precision of the transmission eliminating any possible uncertainties when shifting gears.
-New Chassis The front-end has been completely redesigned enabling an increase in the flexural and torsional rigidity characteristics compared to previous versions and with a notable reduction in weight thanks to an improved structural layout. This generates a consistent improvement in handling and riding precision.
-Fork with a new slider: though also lighter in weight, this was developed to increase rigidity and reduce friction. Settings have been specifically calibrated to suit the demands of the new chassis.
-Stronger, better designed turn signals
-Improved thermostat for improved durability
-New rear shock settings: adapted for the demands of the 2018 version chassis.
-Takasago Excel rims: with a new black finish specifically designed for Beta.
-New colors and graphics: stunning white plastic with red frame sets the bike apart from the competition.
Standard features of the RR-S Models:
-Trail Tech Voyager GPS with navigation, engine & outside temperature, ability to download trail routes, hours, mileage, trip meter, and much more.
-Fuel injected, dual overhead cam 4-stroke engine
-Cooling fan kit
-Off-road Michelin tires offer excellent traction in all conditions
-Plastic skid plate and hand guards
-Full linkage rear suspension
-Quiet muffler w/spark arrestor
-Off-Road-spec engine and suspension package
-Fold down mirrors for trails
-Tool storage behind left side number plate
-Low, 36.6" seat height with built in grab handles
-Available to order through Beta's BYOB custom program with more than 400 accessories to choose from.
2018 Beta 125 RR 2-Stroke
This is a completely new project, the result of a long development from the Beta R&D department and aimed at filling a gap in the off road market as a play bike, but also a serious race bike for the newly created GNCC XC3 class as well as the NEPG Enduro classes.
Ohlins upgrades available for your RR, RS, or RR-S machine! The latest from Beta USA is the addition of Ohlins suspension components, available immediately!
Beta USA's Max Gerston has been racing the AMA West Hare Scrambles series as a warm up to the EnduroX season and after last weekend's second place finish in Milford, California, he now leads the points after five rounds. Gerston has been campaigning the series aboard his Beta 390 RR.
Max Gerston Comments: "Honey Lake Hare Scramble had a rough track complete with cool running creaks and rocky service roads connected by virgin single track. I was able to get into second place early and set a solid pace. I put in a charge the last 3 laps but couldn't catch the leader. Another solid podium is great, but I want a win!"
In other news, Beta USA's Race team coach, Rodney Smith, showed up at the Glen Helen Two Stroke World Championships and scored the overall win in the over 50 class. Max Gerston used the event as a warm up for the upcoming EnduroX season and showed he also has the speed finishing 13th after two motos in a stacked field.
Smith explains, "I had a great weekend hanging out with my team Beta riders Max Gerston, Ty Cullins & Morgan Tanke !!! Had so much fun they talked me into racing where I ended up having a great battle with Andy Jefferson & Pete Murray! But it felt great to bring home the win on my Beta 300 RR!"
Photo by Kato
Beta USA's Drew Higgins finished in fifth place at round 2 of the GNCC series held in Palatka, Florida this past weekend. Filling in for the injured Nick Davis, the young Texan proved his fitness and riding ability is on point. Higgins' teammate Jordan Ashburn hit a knocked down telephone pole on the first lap after running seventh in the XC1 class, ending his day.
Drew Higgins explains his weekend "I was really looking forward to this opportunity to race in the GNCC this weekend, it was something that I have been working towards. Leading up to the race was awesome, Rodney put us through a couple days of conditioning which I feel helped. I really think that his additions to my workout routine are going to be beneficial. The race started off great, I nailed the holeshot and led for a little. During the first lap I got passed by a couple guys, I followed them to learn as much as I could. I was sitting in 5th after the first lap and stayed there pretty much the whole race. I passed and got to fourth place for one lap, then got stuck back in fifth when I pitted the second time. After the pit I rode smart and tried to minimize the mistakes to end up 5th. The bike worked amazingly all day long, I was very pleased with the suspension. My suspension tuner Bryce Rivera has it spot on and I'm really glad he is now working with the team."
"I found myself off to a bad start early on. I was close to the back and the dust had us to a near stand still. It started pouring rain halfway through the first lap, so the conditions changed very quickly, and I was able to work my way to 7th place on the first lap. I suffered a major get off directly behind the pits clipping a telephone pole that was sawed off 5 feet above ground. This ended my day in a hurry landing head-first and obtaining a nice knot on the head." explained Ashburn.
Factory rider Justin Wallis raced round 5 of the WORCS series in Lake Havasu however suffered a rare mechanical failure during the race and not be able to finish the race.
This weekend the Factory Team's schedule is round two NEPG help in Ormond Beach, Florida. Drew Higgins will try and put his Beta 300 RR on the podium. In the West, Max Gerston will be racing in the round three WHS held in Gorman, California.
Photo by Ken Hill