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Pearson Conquers WHS Round Eight!

| 14 September 2017 1:47 pm

AMA Kenda/ SRT West Hare Scrambles Series
Round 8: Sage Riders’ Sahara Hare Scrambles at the Little Sahara OHV

Courtesy of the NHHA National Hare and Hound Association
JERICHO, UT, SEPT. 9, 2017

Prime desert terrain – and rain – welcomed back the racers at round eight of the AMA Kenda/ SRT West Hare Scrambles Championship Series in Jericho, Utah, hosted by the Sage Riders. The silt beds stood no chance against the rain and the competitive bunch of racers.

Axel Pearson (3) topped the Pro contest at the Sahara Hare Scrambles.

Axel Pearson (3) topped the Pro contest at the Sahara Hare Scrambles.

Youth Classes
The Youth races kicked off first thing in the morning as the first race of the day, the Pee Wee race, saw a win by Ryker Sperry after he battled it out on the first lap with Breckin Beard, who took second place. Grady Ballow was third.

The second race of the day was for the eldest of the Youth riders, the Big Wheel class. Mason Mathies held the lead for the entire race, and he was the first to see the checkered flag. Kyle Kerling was behind him for a close second-place finish! Meanwhile, Davin Rhodes, Porter Black and Heston Wood battled for third. The Big Wheel podium saw Mathies in first, Kerling in second, and Wood in third!

Mason Mathies (365) led the entire Big Wheel contest.

Mason Mathies (365) led the entire Big Wheel contest.

Women
The Women’s podium saw Sharon Mowell on the top step, with her sister Heather Mowell in second and Bailee Lucas in third.

Sharon Mowell (190Y) topped the Women’s podium.

Sharon Mowell (190Y) topped the Women’s podium.

Heather took third off the start and worked her way up to second. Mowell had an awesome start, taking the holeshot off of the line! She maintained the lead throughout the race, earning her first-place spot on the podium and also contributing to her place in leading the points chase for the remainder of the season!

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Pro 250cc
In the Pro 250cc class, Cole Conatser took the victory, ahead of second-place finisher Clayton Gerstner. In third place was SRT-backed J.T. Baker.

Winner Cole Conatser (center), runner-up Clayton Gerstner (left) and third-place finisher J.T. Baker (right) comprised the Pro 250cc podium.

Winner Cole Conatser (center), runner-up Clayton Gerstner (left) and third-place finisher J.T. Baker (right) comprised the Pro 250cc podium.

Baker was third off the start, and he ended up in a battle with a few other racers. In the switch-up between hard-packed sand and silt beds, Baker made it back up to third place, and he held that position for the remainder of the race.

Unlike Baker, Gerstner did not have the best start. He fell back to last place off the start line, but Gerstner was able to make up the time and bump himself up to second place on the podium, next to winner Cole Conatser. Racing behind Tayson Weeks, Conatser was able to steal the lead and make his mark on the Pro 250cc podium!

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Pro
As for the Pro race, which happened to be the most eventful race of the day, the Pro podium ended up seeing an overall win by Purvines Racing-backed Axel Pearson, with his teammate Nick Burson a very close second!

On the Pro podium, it was winner Axel Pearson (center), runner-up Nick Burson (left) and third-place finisher Max Gerston (right).

On the Pro podium, it was winner Axel Pearson (center), runner-up Nick Burson (left) and third-place finisher Max Gerston (right).

Pearson got the holeshot off the start line and held the lead throughout the course of the contest, but with Burson creeping up close behind! Toughing it out on the brutal course, Burson and Pearson garnered some well-earned spots on the podium.

After a series of unexpected events, Beta rider Max Gerston took third place on the Pro podium. The EnduroCross racer did his best throughout the technical areas, such as the rocks and trees, but he came across difficulty in the sand.

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All in all, each racer earned their place on the podium and put up a battle while doing so. The Sage Riders could not have welcomed back these racers in a better way!

Sage Riders’ Sahara Hare Scrambles at the Little Sahara OHV
Jericho, Utah
Results: September 9, 2017 (Round 8)

OVERALL: 1. Axel Pearson (Yam); 2. Nicholas Burson (Yam); 3. Max Gerston (Bet); 4. Tuffy Pearson (KTM); 5. Cole Conatser (KTM); 6. Joey Fiasconaro (GG); 7. Clayton Gerstner (Yam); 8. Skyler Howes (KTM); 9. J.T. Baker (Hsq); 10. Logan Cleveland (Yam).

For complete results, please go to www.moto-tally.com/whs/results.aspx.

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