Words: Kaeley Porter/Photo: Mark Kariya
Chilled mornings and sunny afternoons, Chappie-Shasta OHV could not have been in any better condition for racing; home to round four of the AMA KENDA/SRT West Hare Scramble Series. The wet weather throughout the previous week led to prime course terrain Saturday and Sunday. Sections like the slick uphill climbs, steep downhill slopes, puddle filled straight-aways, creek crossings and narrow forest trails were just a few examples of the awesome work Redding Dirt Riders put into the District 36-sanctioned event.
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 it was SRT rider Trystan Hart who quickly swept the lead! Meanwhile, 2016 AMA West Hare Scramble Champion Purvines DA8 Yamaha-backed Nick Burson kept close in 2nd 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 struggle from the conditions to claim 2nd overall. And to round off the podium after suffering from a poor start rider Max Gerston claimed his spot on the with a nice 3rd overall.