In the old days, there were two worlds: MX and off-road. Never mind that the off-road segment covered everything from ice racing to desert riding; it was all lumped into a broad category and
rubber-stamped as a grassroots sport catering to participants, not
spectators. Now, however, there’s a third world. Extreme off-road is
new to everyone. Whether they are EnduroCross, hard enduro or
survival races, they are specialized events that are not for everyone.
They require specialized equipment, technique and riders.
Max Gerston is one of those specialized riders, and his Beta is
one of those specialized machines. The 21-year-old Arizona rider
started off as a desert racer, but he always leaned toward slower,
more difficult trails. Gerston and the sport of extreme off-road
seemed to come of age at the same time.
So far this year Max has ridden a number of machines. He rides
a Beta 350 four-stroke in EnduroCross, and in the X Games is the
number-two man on the Beta squad with Cody Webb. At the Last
Dog Standing at Glen Helen, he got a chance to break in a Beta
300 two-stroke, which quickly became his favorite. We caught up
with him when he was testing a Beta 250 two-stroke owned by
Alan Stillwell of Stillwell Performance, which might be his next
favorite. It was set up virtually the same as his own 300.
There’s a new world in the off-road universe designed
for men like Max Gerston.
OCTOBER 2013 / DIRT BIKE 41