Rnd 6 2017 – Pioche, NV

Burson Leads Start To Finish at Saw Mill Run in Pioche, NV; taking over points lead
Sharon Mowell Takes Overall Women’s Win


PHOTOS: Mark Kariya @kato.foto
Los Angeles, Ca: Round 6 of the AMA KENDA SRT West Hare Scrambles ventured slightly east to Southern Nevada; namely the small town of Pioche just outside of Las Vegas. Hosted by Silver State Trailblazers, spectators enjoyed an action packed race day at the Pioche Elementary school for the 2017 Saw Mill Run. A tradition of the Silver State Trail Blazers, Friday night welcomed racers with a Meet the Pros and Spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Coming into the event, Beta’s very own Max Gerston held the points lead over Burson and Joey Fiascanaro. But the varying terrain would pose a new challenge to the series racers, as it held quicker speeds and rocky terrain.Early Saturday morning, the first green flag dropped for the Pee Wee class (Race 1), and after 30-minutes of fun and challenging terrain, a winner was decided. From start to finish, Colton Williams led Dustin Ashley and Braxton Walsh over the duration of four laps on a two-mile course. Taking the checkers nearly 1-minute ahead of second place, Williams officially earned himself the Pee Wee victory.

Race 2 (reserved for all remaining Youth), was designed to lay across 11-miles of fast, rocky terrain. Off the start, local racer Hagen Boyce jumped out front, where he would gain a sizable lead on the field by over 1-minute. Meanwhile, Kyle Kerling and Mason Matthies were busy tracking down Boyce, though it wasn’t looking very promising. On the 5th (second to last lap), Boyce all but seemed to have the win wrapped up, but when a mistake on the last lap occured, it allowed second place Matthies to advance through to the checked flag with the win. Boyce ultimately finished 3rd overall behind Kerling.

Big Wheel podium: (L-R) Kerling, Matthies, Boyce

The first adult race of the day (Race 3), proved to be one to watch yet again as the Women, Masters and all C racers lined up for a race to the podium. Taking off from the first row, the Women’s classes quickly lit their race bikes and raced to the first turn. It was Women A’s Sharon Mowell who had the right technique to get out front of the pack early on, with Polka Dots MC’s Katie Pond (Women B) just behind. As the remaining rows took off, Mowell soon came through physically as the overall leader ahead of Pond. Meanwhile on corrected time, the overall leader Ryan Murray of the Open C class, was on the hunt and settling into the lead on lap two. 200 C class riders David Wilson and Zachary Wilson trailed behind to finish 2nd and 3rd overall behind Murray straight through the checkered flag. Sharon Mowell officially earned 1st Woman overall ahead of Pond and shared the podium with her (Mowell) sister Heather who claimed 3rd.

The Overall Women’s Podium: (L-R) Katie Pond, Sharon Mowell, Heather Mowell)

The final race of the day, reserved for the Experts and Amateurs, saw a stacked Pro line fill the first row. After local-talent sang the National Anthem, bikes were shut down and the green flag waved to start the race! Purvines Yamaha DA8 duo Nick Burson and Axel Pearson jetted for the front, where Burson grabbed the lead for a dust-free first lap. Coming through on lap one, Pearson trailed Buson’s rear wheel in second followed by Beta rider Max Gerston, District 36 talent Joey Fiascanaro and local rider Tuffy Pearson.

Purvines Yamaha DA8 rider Nick Burson leads from start to finish
Running 31-minute average lap times, Burson continued to lead the field over the next few laps. A. Pearson tried his best to catch Burson as the two pulled away from third place rider Gerston. Fiascanaro and T. Pearson raced with precise consistency to maintain their top five positions.
Burson’s teammate Axel Pearson impressed spectators by keeping the gap fairly tight as he looked to capitalize on any possible mistake from Burson.
On lap 4, the white flag came out at the 2.5-hour mark, allowing any final moves to be made over the next 20-miles. Focused on capturing the win, Burson made one final push to get to the finish line first. A. Pearson charged to ultimately make up time on Burson, but it wasn’t enough to get the overall victory. And to round off the unofficial podium, Gerston kept his cool and raced to finish third overall.
Beta rider Max Gerston tries to clear some of the dust as he charged to an impressive third overall.
Round 6 Pro Overall Podium: (L-R) Axel Pearson, Nick Burson, Max Gerston
Not only taking the top 10 overall, Cole Canaster, JT Baker and Tayson Weeks decorated the Pro 250 Podium. From row 2, Canaster jumped out front to come through as the class leader from lap one, followed closely by Baker and Weeks. Set on moving into the lead, Baker made the pass on Canaster on loop two, but by loop three had been passed back. For the remainder of the race, Canaster pushed as hard as he could to build a gap on Baker. Baker kept Canaster honest all the way to the finish line where the two finished less than a minute apart. Weeks rounded off the podium to take third overall.

Pro 250 podium celebration: (L-R) JT Baker, Cole 
Canaster and Tayson Weeks

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