PC Kawi Gambles on Darryn Durham
Friday, October 28, 2011
This is why everyone wants to ride for Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. Mitch Payton doesn't fool around.
Getting a spot on Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy Pro Circuit
Kawasaki team is a serious move in a racer’s career. These few coveted spots are reserved for the best riders in the 250F division and usually they come from the top tier of Team Green amateur riders. A typical applicant has multiple amateur national titles or an equally impressive overseas resume such as Tyla Rattray’s world championship.
The newest member of the winningest motocross Lites team is not the typical prodigy. Instead it’s a hard-working journeyman from Butler, Pennsylvania with a wide-open style. Darryn Durham caught Payton’s eye in 2011 with his never-say-die attitude aboard an Eleven10 Mods-backed Honda CRF250R
. With the little support that he had, Durham scrapped his way across the country’s top motocross tracks from the back of a van and earned several top finishes throughout the AMA 250 Motocross season. His SX plans were derailed early by a broken ankle, but he rebounded nicely throughout the summer.
Now he’s riding the ultimate Kawasaki KX250F
race bike for the first time and PC documented his opening day out at Glen Helen Raceway.
Darryn Durham got the call-up from Mitch.
“We just wanted to get him used to the bike… We’ll probably have him ride outdoors for a few days and just make sure he’s comfortable with everything before we go to the Supercross track,” Payton explained.
With Anaheim 1 looming a couple months away, Durham will continue testing and the team will make a late decision on his regional schedule based on progress and injuries – a common practice for 250F riders these days.
“I don’t know if I’m riding East or West. I’m just going to get ready and ride whatever they want me to,” said Durham.
Either way, Double-D has a one-year contract, and if he doesn’t perform up to the astronomical standards of Mitch and his team, then he’s a goner. Good luck, Durham. This is your chance!
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