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Cycle News 2023 Issue 18 May 9

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While the Open Pros mixed it up a bit, the Pro 250s put on a proverbial barnburner with a number of lead changes. In the end, East Coast transplant Tyler Vore edged his way past Clayton Gerstner on the final lap to claim his very first Pro-level victory. "I'm slowly starting to adjust and make the change [to the faster courses here out West]," he said. After getting the hole - shot on his Enduro Engineering/ Mobile Powersports/MotoSport Hillsboro GasGas EX 250, he stayed a couple seconds ahead of Anthony Ferrante and Layton Smail while working through some arm pump. "Once I pitted I saw how fast they were going, I knew I had to turn it up quite a bit. Once I real - ized the pace, I started clicking it off. I think my last two laps were the fastest of the race." Carl's Cycle/707 Suspen- sion Husky-mounted Gerstner finished second Pro 250 and seventh overall followed by defending class champ Mason Ottersberg on his DC Racing Sherco 250 SEF, Smail on his JMC Motorsports/Just 1 Gas - Gas and MojoMotoSport/Six Five O GasGas rider Ferrante. The morning race was far sloppier, but current Pro Women champ Ava Silvestri thrived in the conditions on her 3 Bros./Hatch Racing GasGas EX 250F, topping Full Factory Racing KTM's Rachel Stout—the AMA Pro Women Hare & Hound National Cham - pion—and Alpinestars/Piston Bones KTM's Mikayla Nielsen. "I would say, yeah, I know how to ride mud well," Silvestri admitted. But after tipping over on the penultimate lap and see - ing Stout uncomfortably close, she continued, "On the last lap, I threw down the hammer and just hoped for the best. Obviously, this year I've been getting sec- ond a lot [in other series]. In my opinion—at that point—I'd rather crash and get straight up passed [than lose while playing it safe]." Tied for the class points lead with Nielsen coming into the Desperado, Silvestri left with sole possession of first over new - comer Nielsen, 85-76, with Stout third at 61. Mark Kariya WIND IN THE P52 Ava Silvestri won the Pro Women class for the second time in three rounds.

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