Round #1 - Grand Junction MTR SPWY
Grand Junction CO
May 15, 2016
Brian Barsh Takes RMURA Season
Opener ATV Win
Grand Junction, CO (5/26/2016)
- Brian Barsh won the season opening Rocky Mountain
UTV Racing Association ATV A Class race. The defending
RMURA champion beat out Austen Turner and Megan
Heil,. Ryan Nichols, and Jeff Devries rounded out
to the top five.
Rocky Mountain UTV Racing
Association ATV Race Report
This weekend’s event kicked off the 2016 RMURA
season with practice on Saturday and racing Sunday.
With hot and dry conditions on Saturday, dust
was an issue, but a storm hit the facility early
Sunday morning, making for a perfect racing surface.
The A Class nearly doubled in size this year with
seven riders taking the start.
Mountain UTV Racing Series - ATV A Podium
(left to right)
Austen Turner (2nd), Brian Barsh (1st)
Barsh snagged the holeshot and never looked back,
leading every lap to the victory and earned the
$200 top prize. Heil challenged Turner in the
early stages of the race, but settled for third
at the end
Barsh grabbed the holeshot
“That holeshot was a muddy mess,” said Barsh.
“It was muddy at the start, but as soon as it
got tacky, my ITP Tires really hooked up. The
people here are awesome here and they have good
payout. I can’t say enough good things about RMURA.
It’s grown a lot. This year, it’s just going to
continue to grow. I freshened up my motor and
we’re still looking for sponsors, but right now
I’m just blessed to be racing and having a good
held the lead from start to finish to
secure the A class Win
Turner, who has been training with Barsh, ran
second the entire race. “I had a pretty good start,
but Brian got the jump on me,” said Turner. “It
was fun, a little muddy in the beginning, but
it beats the dust.”
held onto the 2nd place finish
Heil said she suffered arm pump late in the 50-minute
race. She battled Turner hard before fading toward
the end of the event. “I’m pretty proud of how
I did,” said Heil. “My goal is to keep up with
Austen Turner. He got some arm pump, then I got
arm pump and he left me. I feel happy and confident.
I like the track; the jumps and the swooping turns.
I came out in third and just stayed there.”
challenged Austen Turner early on for
the second spot before settling into third
Chris Denton won the ATV B Class, ahead of Cordero
Orona and Brittney Renzelman.
Mountain UTV Racing Series - ATV B Podium
(left to right)
Brittney Renzelman (3rd), Chris Denton
(1st), Cordero Orona (2nd)
“It was a beautiful day and we put together a
pretty good race. The track started out a little
wet, but it came in nicely at the end. I hope
to be able to race the whole season this year.
I stalled the bike at the start, and had to catch
up, but I settled into a groove, which is nice.”
took home the win in the B Class
The RMURA Series heads to the East side of the
Rockies for the round two at IMI Motorsports Complex
on July 9-10th, so if you missed out on the opening
round, be sure not to miss round two.