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Bonita Hooks a Last-Lap Victory, Oliveira Family Dominate the WHS Weekend!

| 15 April 2016 12:39 pm

Kenda/ SRT West Hare Scrambles Championship Series
Round 4: Redding Dirt Riders’ Shasta Dam GP

Courtesy of West Hare Scrambles
Photos Mark Kariya and Cindi Fears
SHASTA LAKE, CA, APR. 9-10, 2016

The 2016 Kenda/ SRT West Hare Scrambles Championship has been a wild one this year, with a different overall victor at every round. This weekend would be no different, and there was also the added challenge of rain throughout the event that made for very wet conditions. With more than 500 racers on hand and the Redding Dirt Riders ready to host round four of the series, this would be another great race weekend!

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The races started early Saturday, while the conditions were still bone-dry. The Pee Wees would be the first racers to take to the course, and they would have a great battle on their hands!

At the drop of the flag, series points leader Elizabeth Edwards got around the first corner ahead of the rest of the field, but by the end of lap one, San Francisco’s Cody Ward had taken over. The top six riders were all within 30 seconds of one another, giving Ward something to push for!

Cody Ward (174P) and his entire crew rocked the tuxedo T-shirts all weekend long!

Cody Ward (174P) and his entire crew rocked the tuxedo T-shirts all weekend long!

Wyatt Burns maintained the pressure on Ward for the first four of 10 laps and Ward would get no further than 30 seconds in the lead before the checkered flag flew. Burns crossed the line in second, and he now sits second in the points chase, followed by ProTaper/ Matrix-backed Lowe Lord.

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After the local Pee Wee C riders got done with their 30-minute battle, the Juniors were up next! Junior Mini and Micro Mini racers took to the much longer, much more technical 8-mile course.

While the Micro Mini riders are on the smaller machines, it was once again FMF/ DTI-backed Talan Van Valkenburg overtaking the bigger bikes by the finish of the race, after coming from a row behind. Garrahan Off-Road Training’s Wyatt Mattoch wouldn’t make it easy for him – he finished just six seconds back after the full hour-and-a-half race. Mattoch’s teammate Tallon Marshall rounded out the podium in the Micro Mini class, finishing just two minutes shy of the lead duo.

Talan Van Valkenburg (70) would tally another win on his way to a dominating points lead.

Talan Van Valkenburg (70) would tally another win on his way to a dominating points lead.

Santa Cruz Cycle Imports-backed Shane Heywood earned his first Junior Mini victory of the season, taking the position from Jessy Ward after the first lap. Talan Turlow followed in third after coming back from a horrible first lap.

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The final points-paying race of Saturday – for the Overall Big Wheel, AA, 85cc A and B rider and the Girl racers – would see another epic battle between Thousand Oaks Powersports-backed Mason Matthies and the Six Five-O KTM 105 of Mateo Oliveira.

Going into the first corner, Matthies took early control of the race and did what he could to stay ahead of Mateo, as he was definitely out of his element.

“It was good to be in Gorman at the last round and get out of the trees and mud; I’m not really good in any of that stuff…” admitted Mason, who then proceeded to do what he could, but on the second lap, a crash in a corner let Mateo get past, and he would take over from there.

“I just rode smart and stayed off the ground, and that was it; I really didn’t know he was that close on the last lap,” recalled Mateo, who left on the final lap just 10 seconds ahead of Mason.

Six-Five-O’s Mateo Oliveira (127) took the win and the lead in the points championship.

Six-Five-O’s Mateo Oliveira (127) took the win and the lead in the points championship.

A consistent final lap kept Mateo just over 30 seconds in the lead all the way to the checkered flag, where he would take the win – and take over the points lead. Matthies was runner-up. Polka Dots MC’s Lochlan Campbell overcame a DNF at round two to take the podium for the first time this season at round three, in third. Brandon Stoffel crossed the finish in fourth, followed by the fifth-place finisher, 707 Suspension’s Logan McChesney, who held on to second in the points championship.

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Throughout the night, the rain started to come down, and it would completely change the face of Sunday’s races. All the red dirt turned to clay, and goggles would be all but completely useless – but the riders were still champing at the bit to get racing!

The first race of the day would feature the Pro, A and B racers in a flip-flopped schedule, and Bell/ FMF/ KLiM racer Justin Bonita got the holeshot, followed by the entire field right on his heels. Reigning series champion Cory Graffunder, aboard his Team SRT KTM 300, made the first move into the lead. The top eight all stayed within the same minute after their first 43-minute, 18-mile lap.

While Graffunder and Bonita would stay glued to each other, swapping positions and never being more than 10 seconds apart at any given time, the rest of the field was scrambling for positions. Motorsport Hillsborough Suzuki rider Kevin Rookstool pushed his way into third after battling with Nor-Cal KTM’s Chaz Halbert and Sierra Motorsports KTM’s Joey Fiasconaro for that position. Once there, he would have a smooth ride all the way to the finish.

Kevin Rookstool (123) sits in fourth in the points after missing round three to race Super Enduro overseas.

Kevin Rookstool (123) sits in fourth in the points after missing round three to race Super Enduro overseas.

After having identical third-lap times, Graffunder and Bonita headed out onto the course for the final lap, and everyone would have to wait to see how it would unfold!

“I knew I was faster than Cory [Graffunder] and now was the time to make it happen,” said Bonita, recalling the start of the last lap. “I just pushed him ’til I could find a spot to make the pass.”

Bonita would also have some luck on his side, as Graffunder made a costly mistake.

“I got pinched off by a lapper and then went off the end of the trail,” Graffunder admitted. “When I went to get up, I had a stick stuck in the front brake and I had to take care of that, and Bonita was gone.”

After that, Bonita was in charge all the way to the checkered flag.

Cory Graffunder would have to settle for second overall after a costly mistake on the final lap.

Cory Graffunder would have to settle for second overall after a costly mistake on the final lap.

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The FMF Pro 250cc class would bring the excitement as well, and it went right down to the final second – literally!

RPM/ KTM’s Dante Oliveira got the holeshot, and then a race-long battle with Team SRT’s J.T. Baker and Dustin McCarthy ensued.

Baker took the lead going out onto the final lap, but Dante got by him just before the finish, crossing the line just one second ahead of Baker. After battling with his 707 Suspension teammates Dillon Sheppard and Jonathan Godman, Max Parker prevailed to finish on the podium in third.

Dante Oliveira (356) extended his points lead over Max Parker with his third win of the season.

Dante Oliveira (356) extended his points lead over Max Parker with his third win of the season.

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The final race of the day would see the course get shortened in its destroyed condition, but the weather got a bit better, as the rain had stopped and the fog had burned off. Each row, beginning with the Women’s A and B riders, would have to traverse the same tricky start corner, and each row of race two would see a delay to clear the start. This would really separate the classes and make the overall win one that was tough to follow.

Heading into the first corner, Garrahan Off-Road Training’s Sophia Oliveira got yet another holeshot and ran away with yet another race. Leading from wire to wire over Team SRT’s Sharon Mowell, her fiercest competitor this season, Sophia would cross the finish line physically with the lead. On adjusted time, however, it would be another member of the Oliveira family taking the top spot: Cycle Imports-backed Michael Oliveira took both the C 200cc-class win and the overall victory by a mere six seconds over C Open winner Erik Richards.

Sophia Oliveira (914) took another Women’s A win, ahead of Sharon Mowell and Olivia Francis. Photo by Cindi Fears

Sophia Oliveira (914) took another Women’s A win, ahead of Sharon Mowell and Olivia Francis. Photo by Cindi Fears

Redding Dirt Riders’ Shasta Dam GP
Shasta Lake, California
Results: April 9-10, 2016 (Round 4)

OVERALL PEE WEE A/B, CLUTCHLESS: 1. Cody Ward (KTM); 2. Wyatt Burns (KTM); 3. Lowe Lord (KTM); 4. Forrest How (Kaw); 5. Dylan Summers (Kaw); 6. Dominic Ross (Kaw); 7. Jacob Jordan (KTM); 8. Erik Garcia (KTM); 9. Cody Solis (KTM); 10. Rebecca Ward (KTM); 11. Setten Fullenwider (Hon); 12. Bradley Petterson (KTM); 13. Mason How (Kaw); 14. Nick Wegner (KTM); 15. Emmerie Estes (Yam); 16. Jackson Adams (KTM); 17. Elizabeth Edwards (KTM); 18. Brayden Ocasion (Suz).

OVERALL JR, C 85, JR GIRLS: 1. Tyler Wood (Kaw); 2. Anthony Ferrante (Yam); 3. Ryan King (Hon); 4. Colby Kraich (Yam); 5. Lucas Delgado (Yam); 6. Dante Johnson (Yam); 7. Talan Van Valkenburg (KTM); 8. Wyatt Mattoch (KTM); 9. Shane Heywood (KTM); 10. Tallon Marshall (Kaw); 11. Jessy Ward (KTM); 12. Talan Terlouw (Kaw); 13. Drake Chesebro (Hon); 14. Damon Jones (Kaw); 15. Maddison Freitas (Kaw); 16. Seth Sadorra (KTM); 17. Nikolas Thompson (Kaw); 18. Nick Benfield (Hon); 18. Nick Benfield (Yam); 19. Zaio DeMarco (Kaw); 20. Jake Evans (Hsq).

OVERALL BIG WHEEL, AA, 85 A/B, GIRLS: 1. Mateo Oliveira (KTM); 2. Mason Matthies (Yam); 3. Lochlan Campbell (KTM); 4. Brandon Stoffel (KTM); 5. Logan McChesney (Yam); 6. Brandon Raleigh (Yam); 7. Joe Machi (Yam); 8. Seven Diaz (Yam); 9. Cameron Helfrick (Kaw); 10. Dylan Compher (KTM); 11. Kolby Silkwood (KTM); 12. Korey Svardal; 13. Benjamin Edwards (KTM); 14. Parker Watts (Kaw); 15. Zachary Kerling (KTM); 16. Ivan Abaunza (Yam); 17. Michael Oliveira (Yam); 18. Wyatt Kulikov (KTM); 19. Taylor Mari; 20. Riley Doyle.

OVERALL PRO, A/B: 1. Justin Bonita (Yam); 2. Cory Graffunder (KTM); 3. Kevin Rookstool (Suz); 4. Jason Hurst (Yam); 5. Chaz Halbert (KTM); 6. Nicholas Burson (Bet); 7. Joey Fiasconaro (KTM); 8. Justin Sanders (Yam); 9. Dante Oliveira (KTM); 10. J.T. Baker (Hsq); 11. Justin Morgan (Yam); 12. Max Parker (KTM); 13. Dillon Sheppard (Yam); 14. Nathan Gibson (Hsq); 15. Steven Godman (KTM); 16. Jordan Brandt (KTM); 17. Jonathan Godman (Yam); 18. Brett Sage (Hsq); 19. Garrett Cameron (KTM); 20. Austin Serpa (KTM).

OVERALL WOMEN, MASTERS, C, VINTAGE: 1. Michael Oliveira; 2. Erik Richards (Kaw); 3. Sophia Oliveira (KTM); 4. Samuel Johnson (KTM); 5. Devin Hopping (Bet); 6. Selby Ford (Yam); 7. Clayton Rianda (Hsq); 8. Sharon Mowell (KTM); 9. Olivia Francis (KTM); 10. Kolby Silkwood (KTM); 11. Bryan Dobyns (KTM); 12. Brian Gitmed (Suz); 13. Taylor Ward (Kaw); 14. Charles Ellars (KTM); 15. Joe Machi; 16. Raymond Spore (Yam); 17. Tyler Gayski (Hsq); 18. Michael Wlosek (KTM); 19. Connor Nejedly (KTM); 20. Caden Butzer (Yam).

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