Beta USA's GNCC specialist Jordan Ashburn finished in third place at Round two of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro held in Monticello, Georgia this past weekend. The Tennessee racer continues to improve his speed at the two-day events and is becoming very comfortable aboard his Beta 430 RR.
"Saturday started off good as I stayed consistent in the top five. Although I kept struggling on the cross test I ended up fourth for the day. The conditions continued to deteriorate Sunday and the cross
test was super dusty and sketchy. I found myself picking my bike up in the second test from sliding out in a corner. At the end of the day and with the scores all added up I finished in third place for the weekend." explains Ashburn.
Ashburn's teammates Drew Higgins and Nick Davis finished 8th and 13th. Higgins posted his best finish so far this season and is using the series as a cross training tool for the National Enduro Series.
Drew Higgins describes his race weekend, "The race for me this weekend went awesome, I felt like I'm starting to get my speed near where I want it to be to go for top 5's and podium finishes. The race on Saturday went good, I didn't have anything crazy happen, but stayed consistent all day and finished the day in 10th. They ended up running the cross test four times, and the enduro test only twice because of mud, which kind of hurt me because the cross test was mainly motocross. But I did the best I could and my times were still pretty close. Sunday I found my groove early in the day and started moving up in the overall. There was four enduro tests today, and only two cross tests, so I felt more confident in my speed in the woods to be more competitive with everybody. All in all the weekend was a step in the right direction for me, and I'm very happy with the new suspension. I'm feeling really confident on it now, and ready for the National Enduro on March 19th."
Next on the Factory Team's schedule is round one of the GNCC series this weekend known as the Big Buck held in Union, South Carolina where Jordan Ashburn and Nick Davis will duke it out to be the first Beta rider to win a GNCC in the XC1 or XC2 class.
Photo by Shan Moore