Max Gerston Dominates to Earn First West Hare Scramble Overall Win
Clayton Gerstner Takes FMF Pro 250 Win!
Los Angeles, Ca: Round 7 of the AMA KENDA SRT West Hare Scramble Championship held in Bellingham, Washington at Hannegan Speedway tested the West coast’s top off-road specialists with a tight and technical variation. Hosted by NMA and PNWNA, racers of all skill levels enjoyed Washington-perfection.
To kick off a weekend of racing, Saturday began with the Pee Wee’s (Race 1) for a 30-minute event of fun and challenging terrain. From start to finish, Henry Meranto topped the entire field to take the win by a minute and a half! Settling into second overall, Link Brocker led Henry Leighton, Nolan Davidson and Killian Curtiss to the checkered flag.
Ava Silvestri rips to take the Girls win!
The final race of the weekend, reserved the Pro/AA/A racers, saw Purvines Yamaha DA8 rider Nick Burson take the holeshot off the start. But it wasn’t long before Beta’s Max Gerston would move into the lead, knowing he had a freight train of competition behind him coming over the next 2.5-hours. Meanwhile, Danny Brocker moved into second place ahead of Nick Burson and his teammate Axel Pearson. But by lap 4, North California’s very own Joey Fiascanaro made his way into 2nd place with Joel Tonsguard in tow. Round 6 winner Nick Burson couldn’t seem to get into the groove and ultimately suffered from mechanical issues that left him to finish in sixth place (enough to salvage 2nd place in points). Burson’s teammate Pearson raced for points as well after sustaining an injury at the National Hare & Hound just weeks prior. Turning some of the fastst lap times, Gerston was well settled into his lead position, leaving the competition behind and eventually taking the checkered flag for his first-ever AMA KENDA/SRT West Hare Scramble victory! Round 1 winner Fiascanaro and series rookie Tonsguard rounded out the podium ahead of Brocker.
The points chase has once again changed, now led by Max Gerston with a +10 point advantage over Nick Burson and Joey Fiascancaro (-20) with just three rounds left in the season.
Purvines Yamaha DA8’s Nick Burson takes the holeshot ahead of teammate Axel Pearson and Joel Tonsguard
Joey Fiascanaro comes in for a quick pit
A very happy Max Gerston enjoys his first WHS victory
Pro podium: (L-R) Joey Fiascanaro, Max Gerston, Joel Tonsguard
Cole Conatser edges out Ryan Turner for the holeshot
Clayton Gerstner hits the tire obstacle in the lead
Pro 250 podium celebration: (L-R) Ryan Turner, Clayton Gerstner, Cole Conatser