Burson Leads Start To Finish at Saw Mill Run in Pioche, NV; taking over points lead
Sharon Mowell Takes Overall Women’s Win
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.
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 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.
Pro 250 podium celebration: (L-R) JT Baker, Cole Canaster and Tayson Weeks