RACE REPORT | Pioche Grandprix

RACE REPORT | Pioche Grandprix

This last weekend in Pioche, Nevada was the venue for the Pioche Grandprix. The Purvines racing team decided to take on the challenge of this race and the team even added a little extra money to the purse! The Purvines team is currently in off season so this Summer race was a great way to continue sharpening their skills. Four team members were able to walk away with cash on the day and were all satisfied with their performances. See what they had to say:

THOMAS DUNN - 2nd Pro

Thomas showed up on his 450 he purchased from the time to use for training and clearly was comfortable enough to pull off a 2nd place. He settled into a pace after leading some laps and was able to bring it home and win some money.

In his words:

"Got off to a great start, second into the dirt and tried to put in smooth consistent laps. Got into the lead on the second lap and was able to lead until the pit. Didn’t have the greatest lap after the pit which put me down into second. Super happy with my riding in terrain that I haven’t raced in before and learned alot! Can’t thank Ron enough for putting up a huge pro purse and bringing in some great competition. Looking forward to a great off season! Thank you to everyone who makes the dream possible. Couldn’t do it without all the support!!"

CLAY HENGEVELD- 3rd Pro:

Clay's return has been long awaited and we were happy to see him come back and land on a podium right away. A very encouraging race for him and the team. Some momentum in building his confidence this summer so he can come back for the last half of this season to prove he is a force to reckon with. 

In his words:

"Had an awesome time out at Pioche GP. First race back was a success, wanted to have a smooth clean race and coming home on the podium was perfect. Thanks to purvines racing and Jason Beam for putting on an awesome race, can’t wait to be back next year."

JUSTIN SEEDS - 4th Pro:

Justin showed up on his 250 for this race which was an open pro class so he suffered a poor start and found himself in 12th and struggled to fight through the dust quick enough to make those key moves for the front. With a strong ride to the end he ended up 4th place just behind clay.  

In his words:

"Had a tough go off the start, but made up some valuable spots throughout the race, but didn't have enough time to get up to a podium. A very cool event and it was fun to do something a little outside the normal grandprix events."

NICK BURSON - 6th Pro:

Nick showed up to race with us at the last minute and gave the boys a hard time. Just having a birthday, he wanted to go put the young kid in their place. After some mistake in the middle part of the race he settled into a pace and finished 6th.  

In his words:

"Pioche Grand Prix looked looked like a really fun event last year. So this year when they announced the race I decided that I would go and try to race. Then thanks to Ron purvines there was a large pro purse available too!  My plan was to just get a good start and ride a comfortable pace all day. I got a great jump and was 2nd coming out of the first turn. Unfortunately my gearing was off and I got shuffled back to 5th by the time we hit dirt.  After that it was a lot of dust and rocks with a little bit of getting lost on the first lap put me pretty far back.  I decided to just ride about 80% and keep that pace up all day. This allowed me to creep up to 6th position but with a pending penalty for the 5the place rider that moved me up to 5th overall.  All in all it was a really fun day to spend time with my wife and be back around the team for the day!  I’m looking forward to getting back up to speed and battling with the top guys again here soon! "