Max Gerston used his Beta 390 RR Race Version to good impact when he gained the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Regional Championship Sequence in 2017. A mix of things dropped him to fourth in 2018, so he went into 2019 much more decided to recapture the championship, even when it wasn’t in his contract with Beta. His major duty for the Italian concern is the AMA EnduroCross Nationwide Championship Sequence and varied excessive enduros.
One of many weapons he selected to hunt with is his 430 RR Race Version apply bike, although he hints that he may get away a two-stroke 300 RR Race Version for tighter, extra technical programs as spherical 6 in Bellingham, Washington, all the time is. (Since hare scrambles isn’t in his contract and budgets being what they’re for a small firm, Beta is of course reluctant to dole out each a racebike and a apply bike.)
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Why the change to the larger-displacement machine? The competitors is getting quicker and several other venues characteristic quicker layouts total.
“It’s humorous you need to ask,” he muses. “I really rode a 390 the primary two rounds this 12 months, then I switched to a 430 simply because [round 3 at] Gorman [California] was actually high-speed and I keep in mind final 12 months I used to be getting pulled there. This race (spherical four at Shasta Lake, California) is high-speed and I keep in mind final 12 months I used to be getting pulled fairly exhausting right here.
“The bike itself is fairly comparable [to the 390] anyway and I’m an even bigger man, so I would as effectively experience the larger bike,” he continued. “It’s not like I’m not sturdy sufficient to experience it. It form of suits my dimension and my type so far as lugging the bike; it appears to suit my type slightly bit higher. That’s form of why I switched. I nonetheless love the 390, however the 430 simply has that rather more pull, extra grunt.”
Requested what differentiates his bike from an off-the-showroom-floor mannequin, Gerston replies, “To be trustworthy with you, [there’s] not very a lot that makes this completely different from an off-the-floor bike. I clearly have the [Sachs] suspension dialed and sprung for my weight and my preferences [by Beta].
“I simply set it firstly [of the season after figuring out settings] and go away it alone,” he stated. “This 12 months I had my suspension on my 390 and I had them stiffen it up for the 430 and [Beta] despatched me [suspension] simply to prepare for Gorman. Actually, it really works fairly good in all places—it really works nice within the rocks and in all places else, so it’s like I would as effectively simply run it how it’s. And I’m a believer in not messing with it an excessive amount of. I get it set and I just about simply experience my bike. I feel you’ll be able to lose your self fairly simply chasing the suspension setting, whereas if you happen to simply get it to the place it’s good and even higher than good, you are feeling it after which simply experience it and get used to it. I feel there’s extra profit to that than chasing a suspension setting all 12 months lengthy.
“Past that, it’s plenty of primary stuff and simply common setup stuff—how I like my handlebars and stuff like that.
“The engine is inventory—it’s fully inventory. I simply have plenty of bolt-on stuff [from sponsors].”
Moving into some specifics, Gerston shares, “Effectively, I’m choosy about my handlebars, so I’ve a BRP rubber-mounted [top] triple clamp with [model] 999 Renthal handlebars—they’re slightly bit decrease. I like that as a result of I’m slightly bit taller rider. Lots of people assume it’s the other [of what a taller rider would like], however I prefer it as a result of it stretches me out slightly bit and retains me in that aggressive stance. [I also run] an IMS large tank with quick-fill [receiver] and ARC levers with Enduro Engineering flag-style hand guards.
“We run the FMF [Q4] exhaust customary and I really run it with the spark arrestor on a regular basis. I similar to the way in which that it offers it slightly again strain for bottom-end energy. I’m not a revver; I don’t over-ride the bike. I maintain it low within the rpm, so I set it up so it really works effectively like that. A few of my different teammates choose to run an aggressive [ignition] map with an open pipe, however I feel it makes the bike slower, to be trustworthy with you. But it surely sounds good! I simply run slightly bit extra—I suppose you would say—corked-up model of it and it retains that bottom-end very nice and robust.”
Gerston additionally factors out the sharkfin straight out of Beta’s accent catalog that protects a strong rear rotor. “You by no means know if it;’s going to rain or not, and I really feel like I’ve received slightly extra progressive really feel out of the strong disc,” he insists. “As an alternative of such a sensitive, sensitive really feel, it’s actually extra progressive so I can get on it smooth, medium, or exhausting and have a unique [level of power] reasonably than simply locking it up. I want inventory brake pads,” he added.
“One factor I like about this bike so much is the seat bump addition [to the Seat Concepts seat]. It’s half a bar pad caught in there and it retains you up there on that bike, particularly for a race like this [one at the Chappie-Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle Area] the place you could have large hills and water bars and stuff—that factor helps a ton!
“We’ve received Samco silicone hoses to maintain the bike dependable and funky [as well as a] BRP chain information. For this race I threw on a Regina X-ring chain as a substitute of normal chain as a result of if there are water crossings, you wash your chain lube off and it goes from dangerous to worse.”
Gerston runs a purple anodized Rekluse clutch cowl for each energy and bling. Kenda Washougal IIs over Takasago Excel rims present traction, and a Twin Air filter helps stop the engine from ingesting international matter. IMS Core footpegs assist maintain his ft the place they’re presupposed to be. “These are enormous [benefit-wise, not just physically]!” Gerston praises. “They assist so much.”
He laughs, “All the things on my bike’s [pretty close to] inventory—it’s fairly ridiculous—however that’s how I prefer it! I want it like that.”
And it clearly labored effectively since he gained the Shasta race convincingly, his second triumph of the season, growing his level lead over Beta USA teammate Joe Wasson, who rides a 430 as effectively, each within the hare scrambles and hare & hound wars.