Rnd 4 2017 – Shasta Dam GP

SRT Riders Dominate at Shasta!
Trystan Hart and JT Baker Earn the Top Step of
Pro and Pro 250 Podium

STORY: Kaeley Porter/PHOTOS: Mark Kariya

April 11th, 2017: Chilled mornings and sunny afternoons, Chappie-Shasta OHV could not have been in any better condition for racing; home to round four of the AMA KENDA/SRT West Hare Scramble Series. The wet weather throughout the previous week led to prime course terrain Saturday and Sunday. Sections like the slick uphill climbs, steep downhill slopes, puddle filled straight-aways, creek crossings and narrow forest trails were just a few examples of the awesome work Redding Dirt Riders put into the District 36-sanctioned event.

The weekend kicked off to an early start Saturday morning for the 50cc class, with an impressive win from the future of District 36 racing, Talan Staggs! The Big Wheel class raced off the start not too long after, with an exciting chase between Kyle Kerling, Logan McChesney, and Mason Matthies. The chase ended with an overall win from Kyle Kerling, who averaged nearly 25 mph throughout the race course. Ava Silvestri took 1st in the Girls class after having nothing but a blast on the enthralling course built by the Redding Dirt Riders. Divas Pro podium saw Debbie King in 1st, Erica Muxlow in 2nd, and Cindy Weathermon in 3rd! All ladies sported nothing but laughs and smiles while on the podium after an exhausting day of racing.

Bright and early Sunday morning, the pits were an exciting place to be. With mechanics prepping bikes, families lending a hand to their riders and members of the District 36 organization setting up their positions on course; the race day seemed to be off to an excellent start. Devin Bolin stole the holeshot for the Pro class, but it was SRT rider Tristen Hart who quickly swept the lead! Meanwhile, 2016 AMA West Hare Scramble Champion Purvines DA8 Yamaha-backed Nick Burson kept close in 2nd behind Hart. Training in conditions not so similar to the narrow trails of Chappie-Shasta, Burson made his mark and proved his skill, with no struggle from the conditions to claim 2nd overall. And to round off the podium after suffering from a poor start rider Max Gerston claimed his spot on the with a nice 3rd overall.

[SRT’s Trystan Hart proudly stands atop the Pro podium]

The Pro 250 class saw a well-earned podium and holeshot award from ANOTHER SRT rider JT Baker! Off the start the pack raced into onto the marked trails to settle into the long race ahead. Baker’s Meanwhile, Dillon Sheppard coming in 2nd and Calum Campbell in 3rd finished off a grueling battle to the podium.

[A champagne celebration for the Pro 250 podium]

All in all, round four of the AMA West Hare Scramble Series in Chappie-Shasta hosted by the Redding Dirt Riders could not have had a better result. The club members were sure to make not only an unforgettable course, but also an unforgettable and friendly environment for everyone who made the trip!