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Cycle News 2017 Issue 07 February 22

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IN THE WIND P32 WEBB WINS PICACHO AMA WEST HARE SCRAMBLES C ody Webb is rapidly proving to be much more than just a trials-rider-turned-extreme- enduro-racer. Second overall at the opening round of the AMA ISDE West Qualifier Series last month, the FMF KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team star dominated the field at the Picacho Creek Challenge, hosted by the Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club, round two of the Kenda SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Regional Championship Series. (It also served as round three of the AMA District 36 SRT Cham- pionship Cross-Country Series, presented by Works Connec- tion, and round three of the AMA District 36 Motion Pro Cham- pionship Youth Cross-Country Series, presented by Racer Decal.) Jason Hurst and Purvines DA8 Racing Yamaha's Axel Pear- son rounded out the podium in second and third, respectively. "I did this race in 2010 and 2011, and both of those were mudders and I haven't done it sinceā€”I just had other stuff going on," the Red Bull/Mo- torex/TLD-backed, 300 XC-W- mounted Webb said. "I'm not doing SuperEnduros this year so I'm trying to do as many other things as I can and this is right down the road, so I prepped my practice bike yesterday and drove down and gave it a roll. I got a great start and got by Max [Gerston] maybe a third of the way into the first lap and then pushed real hard and got a gap on everyone. "The lappers were really tough. There's a lot of single- track out here. It's got really bad ruts out there and it was just kind of hard to get around the people. The Manzanita and bushes are pretty thick!" In the early going, round-one winner Joey Fiasconaro stuck close to Webb, but as the race wore on, Fiasconaro dropped back, with one big crash in par- ticular leaving him with a bent subframe and the pipe pulled off the exhaust flange on his IRC Tires/Six Five 0 Racing/Racer Decal GasGas EC 300. "I was right behind Cody and after two laps, Cody just started slowly pulling away," Fiasco- naro said. "He was riding really smooth, especially through the rocks." Hurst and his Mom and Dad/ Tasker Racing/Jackson Casino- sponsored YZ250X worked his way into second. About halfway through the three-hour race, John Burr Cycles/FMF/Thor YZ250FX- mounted Pearson caught up Deep ruts, mud and lappers did little to slow Cody Webb, who dominated the Picacho Creek Challenge to win his first AMA West Hare Scrambles. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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