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Cycle News 2017 Issue14 April 11

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IN THE WIND P38 HART HAULS AT SHASTA DAM GP S RT Husqvarna's Trystan Hart became the fourth different winner in as many rounds as the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Regional Champion- ship Series visited the Chappie- Shasta Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area for the Redding Dirt Riders' Shasta Dam Grand Prix, April 8-9. Reigning series champion Nick Burson made a late pass to secure second place; unofficial- ly, that vaults the Purvines DA8 Racing Yamaha team leader to the top of the points table with 81, while Beta's Max Gerston— who surrendered second place when he slid out just before get- ting the white flag—finished third and has 79 points. However, due to a protest by former points leader Joey Fias- conaro against Ty Tremaine, fifth place on will remain unofficial and, thus, the points standings beyond first remain uncertain. If Fiasconaro's protest is upheld and the GasGas rider ends up fifth, he will have 80 points. Oth- erwise, his sixth on the day will add 15 points to his previous 64, giving him 79 after four rounds. A deluge on Friday night en- sured dust wouldn't be a prob- lem at the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, and the 19-mile course the Redding Dirt Riders laid out provided a grand tour of the park, encompassing fire roads, freshly cut single-track and even a stretch of pavement. The race also served as round seven of the AMA District 36 SRT Cham- pionship Cross-Country Series, Presented by Works Connec- tion, and the AMA D-36 Motion Pro Championship Youth Cross- Country Series, Presented by Racer Decal. When Race Director Brian Garrahan waved the green flag, Gray Area KTM's Devan Bo- lin grabbed the holeshot, but it wasn't long before Burson slipped past on his John Burr Cycles/Precision Concepts/ THOR-sponsored YZ450FX. "I was super-excited. I tried to break away, but we hit the little tight trees and everyone piled up on me," Burson said. "I blew a corner and Devan got by me, then I was trying to stay with him—he's so fast through the trees." After a forced off-track excur- sion let both Maxxis FMF RPM Racing KTM's Ty Tremaine and Gerston slip past, Burson found himself having an up-and-down first half of the race, dropping to an estimated seventh at one point. "I just put my head down and decided I couldn't have another bad race so I tried to just cruise through the trees and just pin it in stuff that suits me better," the eventual runner-up explained. (He was en route to visit his Trystan Hart is the fourth different winner in this year's AMA West Hare Scramble Series. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK KARIYA

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