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|Rnd 1 – Jan 13/14 – Rancho Cordova, CA
Rnd 2 – Feb 17/18 – Prescott, AZ
Rnd 3 – Mar 17/18 – Gorman, CA
Rnd 4 – Mar 24/25 – Emmett, ID
|Rnd 5 – Apr 14/15- Redding, CA
Rnd 6 – Jun 23/24 – Bellingham, WA
Rnd 7 – Oct 6/7 – Stillwater, OK – East vs. West – FLIER
Rnd 8 – Oct 20/21 – Donner Ski Ranch, CA
June 27th, 2018: Round 6 of the AMA KENDA SRT West Hare Scramble Championship presented by Mojo Motosport brought the series to Bellingham, Washington for the “2nd Annual Toasted Hare Scramble”. Hosted by the Mount Baker Motorcycle Club; racers, families and fans were treated to a fun-filled family weekend and welcomed by cool temperatures.
YOUTH: Kicking off racing on Saturday, the Novice and Intermediate classes raced under sunshine on a perfectly prepped course. Beginning with the Pee Wees, Joshua Brown wasted no time getting to the front of the pack; settling into the overall lead early on. Focused on catching Brown, Jeremiah Conway put his head down to maintain his position over the next five laps. For Link Brocker, third place seemed to be his, until the last lap when Adrian Hurst made the pass and held the position to the finish line. Brown, Conway and Hurst decorated the first podium of the weekend with all smiles.
Race two saw the rest of the youth classes line up; including Big Wheel, Jr. Mini, Mini, Micro Mini, Girls C , and Youth C. Big Wheel class points leader Seven Diaz wasted no time racing his Husqvarna to the front of the entire field. Leading from start to finish, Diaz held off Zachary Kerling who was too close for comfort throughout the hour-and-a-half race. In the first half, Anthony Ferrante was busy holding down 3rd place over Shane Heywood. But at the mid-point, Heywood would capitalize on Ferrante’s misfortunes to take the third place spot. Diaz claimed his 4th win of the season ahead of Kerling and Heywood, while Ferrante would finish fourth, with Vaughn O’Malley in tow.
WOMEN: On Sunday morning, the first start row saw a stacked line of Women lined up to race; including FMF RPM KTM’s very own Maria Forsberg Hahn. Off the start, Forsberg and Sharon Mowell came into the first turn and over the first jump side by side, but over the course of the next few miles riders would settle into pace. Over the next six laps, Hahn and Tonsgard kept each other honest, coming through together on the second to last lap. But Hahn would drop the hammer on the final lap, coming through the finish in first, followed by Tonsgard. McKenna Cheff, who currently sits third in series points, raced her way to third place ahead of Sara Redfield and series points leader Sharon Mowell.
PRO: As the hunt for the championship chase continues, Mt. Baker Motorcycle Club made sure to test the best Hare Scramble racers on the West coast with a course that would produce 22-minute lap times on average for the top riders. Although (thankfully) it wasn’t nearly as hot at Hannegan Speedway as it was in 2017, a lack of moisture and lots of sunshine made for dusty conditions.
PRO: As the hunt for the championship chase continues, Mt. Baker Motorcycle Club made sure to test the best Hare Scramble racers on the West coast with a course that would produce 22-minute lap times on average for the top riders. Although (thankfully) it wasn’t nearly as hot at Hannegan Speedway as it was in 2017, a lack of moisture and lots of sunshine made for dusty conditions. Off the start, JT Baker got the jump, moving his way ahead of SRT Husqvarna’s Trystan Hart and Brandon Magann on lap one. As riders charged into the first lap looking to find their place, Hart moved into the lead, followed by Baker, Corey Floyd and Travis Coy. And although the racers were just beginning a two-and-a-half hour race, Hart immediately began to build his gap. Over the next four laps, Baker kept his focus on Hart in second place with Washington-native Corey Floyd on his rear wheel. The two exerted possibly too much energy early on, causing them both to fade by lap five. Baker settled into fifth place to the finish, while Floyd DNF’d.
Meanwhile, Max Gerston and Devan Bolin spent their entire race working their way up from poor starts and into second and third. Gas Gas rider Travis Coy put his head down to keep his fourth place position ahead of Hart, while Ryan Turner followed Baker to the finish in sixth place. The multi-brand decorated podium saw Trystan Hart on the top box, with Devan Bolin and Max Gerston in second and third.
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