Max Gerston Takes Home 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Championship Title
This is a race report provided by National Hare and Hound Association…
Photos by Mark Kariya
The Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scramble Championship Series presented by MOJO Motosport returned to Wilseyville, CA for the 2019 season finale to witness several hard earned championships being wrapped up. The final event of the 2019 season was hosted by Nor Cal MC (and Co-Sanctioned with District 36) and racers and families were welcomed warm temperatures and idea track conditions.
The 2019 race season came to a close for the youth classes on Saturday and kicked off with the Pee Wee class, which followed the Diva and Vintage race earlier on in the morning. Larson Coleman would take home 1st OA in this race behind Dominic Chamblee in 2nd and Jayden Lucchesi in 3rd. Katin Lessing would finish outside of the top 5, but took the title of 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Pee Wee Champion.
Next up was the Jr. Mini, Jr. Girls, and Micro Mini race. The starting line was packed with talented racers of District 36, as well as racers who have followed the West Hare Scrambles for the 2019 race season, with a few championships ready to be wrapped up. Lowe Lord would finish 1st in the Micro Mini class next to Jackson Adams in 2nd and Landon Smith in 3rd. Lowe Lord also wrapped up the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Micro Mini Championship.
The Jr. Mini class in that race saw a class win from Setten Fullenwider in 1st, next to Elizabeth Edwards in 2nd and Troy Pensotti in 3rd. Elizabeth Edwards had an awesome season racing with the series and wrapped up the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Jr. Mini Championship. The Jr. Girls class saw a win from Jade Schaad.
The last youth race of the day was the Big Wheel race, including the Mini class. The Mini class saw epic racing from top 3 finishers – Jett Lessing in 1st, Harley Jeffries in 2nd, and Bailey Rosbach in 3rd. Harley Jeffries was able to wrap up the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Mini Championship with this race.
Lastly, the Big Wheel class championship had yet to be decided, and the pressure was on for racers including Lane Forbes and Seth Sadorra. Trenton Hall would lead the race to the finish flag while Jon Wolfson would race in 2nd OA, and Talan Terlouw racing in 3rd OA. Seth Sadorra would be tossed into the top 3 as he raced his way up to 3rd OA. The OA podium for this race would see Trenton Hall in 1st next to Talan Terlouw in 2nd and Seth Sadorra in 3rd.
The Big Wheel podium saw Trenton Hall in 1st next to Seth Sadorra in 2nd and Elijah Bishop in 3rd. Seth Sadorra would also take home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Big Wheel Championship.
Early Sunday morning, the Women class was ready to race with some of the series fastest women such as Sharon Mowell, McKenna Cheff, and more! All C classes were lined up ready to race as well, and it was out of the 250C class that the OA race leader was racing in. Travis Timm came in off of lap 1 only seconds behind Women leader McKenna Cheff. Timm quickly stole the lead as Cheff fell back and Chidester Transport Racing backed Sharon Mowell took over the lead for Women after racing her way back to the top after a dead last start. Travis Timm would take home the OA win for this race as the Women podium was topped by Chidester Transport Racing backed Sharon Mowell next to McKenna Cheff in 2nd and Heather Salaices in 3rd. Sharon Mowell also took home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Women Pro Championship while sister Heather Mowell finished 3rd in the Women A class, taking home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Women A Championship.
It was now time for the Big Bikes to line up one last time for the 2019 race season. Lined up on row 1 in the Pro class, Factory Beta teammates Joe Wasson and Max Gerston were running close in the lead for points, while Factory Beta backed Zane Roberts had already wrapped up the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Pro 250 Championship at the East Meets West Showdown in Stillwater, OK.
The shotgun sounded and Factory Beta’s Joe Wasson stole the hole shot with teammate Zane Roberts following close behind in 2nd. Off of the first lap, Wasson would remain in the lead with Roberts still racing in a 2nd OA position and Devan Bolin racing in a 3rd OA position. Factory Beta’s Max Gerston was in a 4th OA position up until lap 2 when he raced his way up to the top 3 alongside Wasson and Roberts. The three Beta teammates held these positions to the checkered flag. Factory Beta swept the Pro podium with Joe Wasson in 1st, Zane Roberts in 2nd, and Max Gerston in 3rd. Max Gerston also took home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Championship title while teammate Zane Roberts officially took home the title of 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Pro 250 Champion.
The Open A podium was topped by Brett Sage next to Kyle Boardman in 2nd and Travis Zischka in 3rd. Brett Sage also took home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Open A Championship title.
The Vet A podium saw Brandon George in 1st next to Brian Marok in 2nd and Chase Jeffers in 3rd. Chase Jeffers would take home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Vet A Championship title.
The Senior B podium was topped by Brian Underwood in 1st next to Jason Huggins in 2nd and Rob Reis in 3rd. Jason Huggins would take home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Senior B Championship.
The 200 C podium saw Wyatt Higgins in 1st next to Tucker Stratmeyer in 2nd and Grayson Slocum in 3rd. Wyatt Higgins took home the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble 200 C Championship title.
The NHHA and all of our West Hare Scramble racers enjoyed the hard work that went into the season finale hosted by Nor Cal MC and co-sanctioned with District 36. We would also like to send a huge thank you to all of the racers, families, sponsors, and clubs who have helped the NHHA with such an awesome race season. We look forward to the 2020 season!
For more information, visit westharescramble.com