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Purvines Racing, WORCS Rd 3 Mesquite

Race Report by Purvines Racing

Round 3 Mesquite, AZ was one for the books. As a team, we were deeply concerned for the health of our riders and our equipment. Enormous amounts of effort went in to preparing for the remaining rounds before the summer break. The weather called for heat over 100 degrees all weekend and for our pros we were specifically concerned since they would race the full 2 hours.

It was no surprise that both Tyler Lynn and Mason Ottersberg did their work at home to be prepared for this. Tyler Lynn would snag a holeshot and check out putting over a 2 minute lead on the rest of his class and 7th overall. Mason fought hard after some adversity on the first lap to finish strong with 2nd place and 6th overall! Unfortunately an official call from the WORCS staff would DQ both Mason and Tyler in the same section of the course on the last lap for missing an inside marker by only 6 INCHES. We are deeply disappointed for both the boys and the call that was made, but we are proud of their performance and this serves as a learning lesson for the entire team for future rounds with WORCS.

Sharon Mowell and Justin Seeds both had some struggles with the heat and did their best to stay in the fight all weekend. Sharon finishing 4th Women’s Pro and Justin finishing 10th Pro. Caitlyn Kurtz raced Women’s A and showed an awesome performance staying in the mix to fight for a podium, but would have to settle for 4th place.

We also brought in supercross racer Broc Shoemaker to give him a try out to see if he could adapt his talents to off-road. We have been spending some time coaching him for his transition and we are pleased with how he rode. With some more time and prep we believe he may be the key to some solid pro class results.

Purvines Racing, Mason Ottersberg, WORCS Rd 3
Mason Ottersberg, Pro 2

Mason Ottersberg — 2nd Place Physically (DQ Official) Pro 2

Mason Ottersberg showed an incredible amount of effort and performance in these grueling conditions. He has been training hard and doing his homework. He suffered a small first lap crash following a slight mechanical issue that held him back a little longer than normal, but he would come to charge all the way to the end passing for second place just a minute before the finish and 6th overall for the day. Unfortunately an official call from the WORCS staff would DQ him on the last lap for missing an inside marker by only 6 INCHES.

“I expected this race to be gnarly and worked very hard at home in the heat to be prepared. I knew I could outlast and work most of the field and just need to ride a smart race. After my first lap fall, I worked my butt off to finish strong and make passes. I am extremely deflated after hearing I was getting a DQ for going just inches off of a marker trying to keep from taking it out. I feel like I let the entire team down. I learned from this and I will be working extra hard to stay in this championship fight.”

Purvines Racing, Tyler Lynn Wins WORCS Rd 3
Tyler Lynn, Pro 2

Tyler Lynn — 1st Place Physically (DQ Official) Pro 2

Tyler Lynn also has worked hard in the heat to be prepared for this and showed a stellar performance against the rest of his class. Tyler would snag a holeshot and check out putting over a 2 minute lead on the rest of his class and 7th overall. Unfortunately an official call from the WORCS staff would DQ him on the last lap for missing an inside marker by only 6 INCHES in the same exact spot Mason got DQ’D for.

I pushed super hard the first 2 laps and got a decent gap between me and the rest of the pack. I put it on cruise mode after that and was absolutely having the time of my life. I pushed hard through out the whole 2 hour race and came into the finish 1st Pro2 Lights with over a 2 minute lead and 7th Overall from the third wave. Turns out on the very last lap I had cut 6 inches outside of a course marker per what the WORCS staff member had said and I got DQ’D for it. I am super frustrated that I had ruined my whole race by making a 6 inch mistake.”

“I expected this race to be gnarly and worked very hard at home in the heat to be prepared. I knew I could outlast and work most of the field and just need to ride a smart race. After my first lap fall, I worked my butt off to finish strong and make passes. I am extremely deflated after hearing I was getting a DQ for going just inches off of a marker trying to keep from taking it out. I feel like I let the entire team down. I learned from this and I will be working extra hard to stay in this championship fight.”

Purvines Racing, Broc Shoemaker, WORCS Rd 3
Broc Shoemaker

Broc Shoemaker — 8th Pro

Broc Shoemaker has been working with us the last couple of weeks. The team decided to provide him with a bike to test out his ability in the off-road world. His background comes from supercross, so naturally we thought Broc would have some raw speed. Adapting him to the 2 hour races is a task in itself, but he is proving to work hard and eager to master what it takes to be successful. Broc road a solid race finishing 8th place at his first ever WORCS event.

“My first WORCS race was a lot tougher than I expected. Started off with a good start, but unfortunately another rider took me down the first lap and from there had to play catch up. I struggled to hold the pace for the last half as I’ve never raced that long before and I made a lot of little mistakes but I learned a lot and know what I need to work on for the following races. I’m very thankful for the Purvines opportunity and excited to better myself as I know I can be in the fight with more experience.”

Purvines Racing, Justin Seeds, WORCS Rd 3
Justin Seeds, Pro

Justin Seeds — 10th Pro

Justin has been struggling to regain his confidence after having a bad practice crash and hasn’t been performing to his potential. He struggled to find the speed needed to run with the top guys and ultimately would salvage a 10th for the day.

“Got off to an okay start and then started having troubles gripping the bar with my throttle hand and had to just try to salvage points. This little time off has been difficult for trying to recover from a practice crash but I’m hoping to figure it all out and finish the year off stronger then this performance.”

Purvines Racing, Sharon Mowell, WORCS Rd 3
Sharon Mowell, Women's Pro

Sharon Mowell — 4th Place Women’s Pro

Sharon has been running a very consistent program this year and has been riding well. She struggled to find the speed in the hot conditions to make it on the podium and would settle for 4th place.

“Good to be back to racing, first race back was a heat/dust fest with bikes falling everywhere left and right. Staying upright cutting through the thick dust and took a safe 4th place. I can’t wait for the next round.”

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