2017 WHS West Hare Scrambles Series
Round 4: Redding Dirt Diggers’ Shasta Dam Grand Prix
Story by Kaeley Porter
Photos by Mark Kariya
REDDING, CA, APR. 8-9, 2017
Chilled mornings and sunny afternoons – the Chappie-Shasta OHV could not have been in any better condition for racing for round four of the AMA Kenda/ SRT West Hare Scrambles Series.
The wet weather throughout the previous week led to prime course terrain on Saturday and Sunday. Sections such as the slick uphill climbs, steep downhill slopes, puddle-filled straightaways, creek crossings and narrow forest trails were just a few examples of the awesome work that the Redding Dirt Riders put into the District 36-sanctioned event.
The weekend kicked off with an early start on Saturday morning for the 50cc class. Pulling off an impressive win was a representative of the future of District 36 racing, Talan Staggs!
The Big Wheel class raced off the start not too long afterward, and there ensued an exciting chase among Kyle Kerling, Logan McChesney and Mason Matthies. The chase ended with an overall win by Kerling, who averaged nearly 25 mph throughout the race course. Ava Silvestri took first place in the Girls’ class after having nothing but a blast on the enthralling course built by the Redding Dirt Riders.
The Divas Pro podium saw Debbie King in first, Erica Muxlow in second and Cindy Weathermon in third! All ladies showed 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 SRT rider Trystan Hart quickly swept his way into the lead! Meanwhile, the 2016 AMA West Hare Scrambles Champion, Purvines DA8 Yamaha-backed Nick Burson, stayed close in second, 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 struggling with the conditions, to claim second overall. Rounding out the podium after suffering a poor start, rider Max Gerston claimed his spot with a nice third-overall finish.
The Pro 250cc class saw a well-earned podium and holeshot award from another SRT rider, J.T. Baker!
Off the start, the pack raced onto the marked trails and began to settle in for the long race ahead. Baker took the win. Dillon Sheppard came in second, and Calum Campbell came in third, finished off a grueling battle to join the podium.
All in all, round four of the AMA West Hare Scrambles 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!
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Shasta Dam Grand Prix
Results: April 8-9, 2017 (Round 4)
For race results, please go to http://www.moto-tally.com/whs/results.aspx