Burson Takes First Win of the Season
Matthies Takes First O/A Win of his Career
Brinkerhoff Takes Charge of the ATV’s
Photos by Grumpy
Gorman, Ca: Round 3 of the Kenda/SRT West Hare Scramble Championship marked the first trek to Southern California’s AMA District 37 for the Hungry Valley Hare Scramble hosted by Prospectors MC. Purvines Racing’s Nick Burson was the odds on favorite as almost every time he races in Gorman he takes the win in dominating fashion. “I’ve raced and ridden here a lot. Used to test motorcycles and UTV’s here a few years back so I’ve spent lots of time out here.” He would prove that to be true before the end of the weekend but first the Youth classes would take to the course.
The final youth race of the day would see the fastest kids on the line – Big Wheel, Mini and Jr. Mini. Six Five-0 Racing’s Mateo Oliveira has been on fire so far this season with 2 wins in a row, but both up north. Now being in the south it opens it up to the racers who prefer the open terrain, one being the 2015 Mini class champion Mason Matthies. Now bumping up to the Big Wheel class aboard his Thousand Oaks Powersports backed YZ 85 he has been itching for some faster terrain. Off the start he would immediately take control getting over the first set of table tops on the MX track just ahead of Oliveira. The two would stay nose to tail for 9 of the 10 laps in the hour and a half race.
Just behind them another Yamaha/KTM battle was brewing with Fasst Co’s Cody Kurtz staying seconds ahead of 707 Suspension’s Logan McChesney. The two would also stay seconds apart all the way to the checkered flag. Matthies would it on the 5th lap after retaking the lead from Oliveira and would drop back close to 45 seconds. The next lap Oliveira would pit and as he exited Matthies would squeak in front once again. On the final lap Oliveira’s bike would stop handing the win to Matthies along with Kurtz who would get back past McChesney for 2nd after splash of gas on the final lap. McChesney now holds the points lead by 2 over Oliveira with Matthies another 10 points back after a rough start to the season.
T.O.R.A backed Wyatt Kulikov took his 2nd Mini win of the season but was a bit off pace finishing 11th overall. He had control of the points championship with 2 win’s in a row. Motocross Direct Husqvarna rider Evan Slosser went 3 for 3 in the Jr. Mini class along with taking 4th overall on the day. He had a close call jumping off the course into the bushes but would pull it off to finish ahead of So Cal MC’s Carter Klein and FMF’s Seth Sadorra.
The last race of the day would also be Round 3 of the brand new West ATV Championship comprised of 4 National Hare and Hounds and 4 West Hare Scrambles. At the green flag it was Rovers MC’s Mark May into the first corner but before they left the track it was series points leader Colt Brinkerhoff aboard his Back to the Future themed Amoil/Fasst Co/Hinson backed Honda. He would run away from the field even with injection issues. Carson Motorsports KTM’s Howard Tande would be the only other ATV to stay on the lead lap taking 2nd overall and the ATV B victory. Accelerated Funding backed Rachel Bosemer would battle back from a dead last start to take 3rd Overall and the ATV A victory.
The Overall for race 1 would come down to seconds! While Oliveira was out front there was lots of battling going on behind her. With the series being on adjusted time you never know who might take the overall and it all comes down to the clock. Finishing physically in 2nd but close enough to take the victory by 26 seconds from row 2 would be Laytonville, CA’s Shelby Ford. Oliveira would take 2nd overall followed by Sam Capt another 26 seconds back.
At the end of a long weekend the big race was finally lined up. With 138 racers on the line, 17 pros and 7 Pro 250’s it was going to be a great race to watch to be sure! Into the first corner AMRA AA Points Leader Ryan Kudla shot his 3 Bro’s KTM to the front of the field. “I had actually lined up right next to [Nick] Burson and we joked that I could just push everyone wide and make a hole for him… that’s kind of what happened.” He would drop to 6th by the time the left the MX track and after a handful of shuffles and battles he would finish 6th overall, his best WHS finish to date.
Burson would take control of the event very quickly and by the end of the first lap would pull 20+ seconds a lap on 2014 Series Champion Factory Husqvarna’s Jacob Argubright who held onto 2nd for the first 2 laps. He would take a tumble passing a lapped rider cracking his clutch cover dropping to 17th overall by the finish. Very uneventfully Burson would go on to take a dominating win by nearly three and a half minutes over the next competitor giving him the points lead for the first time this season. Team SRT’s Cory Graffunder would adopt 2nd after Percision Concepts Justin Morgan would get sidelined with electrical issues. He would tow along RPM/KTM’s Travis Coy into the battle for the podium. Graffunder would stretch it out a little bit taking a comfortable 2nd overall, making for his best finish of the season followed by Coy who would also take his best finish of the 2016 season. Purvines Racings Axel Pearson would get 4th overall followed by SRT’s Alex Dorsey who would battle back from 12th to wrap up the top 5.
The Pro 250 class has also had it’s battles all season and this weekend was no different. FMF/Maxxis/RPM backed Dante Oliveira seemed to have it all under control on the first lap but by lap 3 El Cajon, CA’s Dustin Mccarthy would get by him but by lap 4 Oliveira was back in control and on his way to his 2nd class win of the season. McCarthy would stay in 2nd followed by 707 Suspensions Max Parker.
There were also a few familiar faces that came out to the race this weekend! The Kurt Caselli Foundation’s own Quinn Cody made it a familiy affair with sister Anna and brother Flynt all racing along side Bryan Norman with the ever elusive Kendall Norman pitting the entire crew! Quinn qould go on to take 10th Ovearll
We also had professional Stunt Man Logan Holladay from films such as Inception, Iron Man 2, Terminator 4, GI Joe and more. He ran as high as 8th overall before running out of gas on the final lap.
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OVERALL PEE WEE: 1. Tyler Kipp (); 2. Elizabeth Edwards (KTM); 3. Aiden Storovich (); 4. Micah Mills (KTM); 5. Lucas Carter (HON);
OVERALL JUNIORS, GIRLS: 1. Talan Van Valkenburg (KTM); 2. Lane Forbes (KAW); 3. Chase Reid (KTM); 4. Ava Silvestri (KTM); 5. Jett Lessing (); 6. Elijah Mills (KTM); 7. Caleb Mills (KTM); 8. Ruffin Dodson (KTM); 9. Baylee Rhodes (KAW); 10. Macie Kulikov (KTM); 11. Ryder Thomaselli (KTM); 12. Nathan Urbanek (SUZ); 13. Kristine Kipp ();
OVERALL BIG WHEEL, MINI: 1. Mason Matthies (YAM); 2. Cody Kurtz (KTM); 2. Cody Kurtz (KTM); 3. Logan Mcchesney (YAM); 4. Evan Slosser (HUS); 5. Benjamin Edwards (KTM); 6. Carter Klein (KTM); 7. Seth Sadorra (KTM); 8. Gunnar Carlson (KTM); 9. Mason Klein (); 9. Mason Klein (YAM); 10. Maxwell Shapiro (KTM); 11. Wyatt Kulikov (KTM); 12. Inzo Mitchell ();
OVERALL ATV: 1. Colt Brinkerhoff (HON); 2. Howard Tande (KTM); 3. Rachel Bosemer (HON); 4. Mark May (HON); 5. John Fasig (YAM); 6. Rick Bosemer (YAM); 7. Mike Noland ();
OVERALL WOMEN, MASTERS, ALL C: 1. Selby Ford (YAM); 2. Sophia Oliveira (KTM); 3. Sam Capt (KAW); 4. Cordis Brooks (KTM); 5. Rafael Delgado (); 6. Sharon Mowell (KTM); 7. Connor Nejedly (KTM); 8. Anna Cody (YAM); 9. Scott Brillhart (KAW); 10. Ryan Littlewood (); 11. Cole Astamendi (); 12. Aj Holt (KTM); 13. Jean Delgado (KTM); 14. Andrew Beaumont (); 15. Michael Oetzell (); 16. Scott Woehler (); 17. Jason Carter (KTM); 18. Denis Contreras (KTM); 19. Christian Ramirez (HON); 20. Gilbert Nevarez ();
OVERALL PRO, A, B: 1. Nicholas Burson (BET); 2. Cory Graffunder (KTM); 3. Travis Coy (KTM); 4. Axel Pearson (BET); 5. Alex Dorsey (KTM); 6. Ryan Kudla (KTM); 7. Justin Bonita (YAM); 8. Ryan Smith (YAM); 9. Justin Sanders (YAM); 10. Quinn Cody (); 11. Dante Oliveira (KTM); 12. Dustin Mccarthy (YAM); 13. Morgan Crawford (KTM); 14. Justin Morrow (BET); 15. Max Parker (KTM); 16. Grant Statley (YAM); 17. Jacob Argubright (HUS); 18. Nathan Gibson (HUS); 19. Damon Bush (BET); 20. Jordan Gamboa (HON);