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By Steve Breazeale
In his fourth event of the year, San Clemente native Brian Burns broke through for his first entrance into the upper echelon of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross circuit. Burns, 21, qualified for the circuit’s main event Jan. 25 at the Overstock.com Coliseum in Oakland.
Burns, who made it in on a last chance qualifying round, had a slow start in the main event and crashed in the fifth lap, which hindered his chances at a top finish. Burns would go on to finish 21st out of 22 racers.
Despite the finish, the fact the rookie made it to the main event was a feat in itself. Burns had to navigate past a field of more than 50 riders and make three consecutive cuts to earn a spot in the final 22-rider event in the 250SX class. The final race took place in front of more than 40,000 fans.
“The first time I tried to (qualify) I didn’t even make it to the top-40. So to go from not making it to the main event is a huge deal,” Burns said. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my life. To finally do it was insane.”