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Cycle News Issue 25 June 27, 2017

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GERSTON WINS MT. BAKER WEST HARE SCRAMBLE B eta's Max Gerston became the sixth different winner in seven rounds of the Kenda/ SRT AMA West Hare Scramble Regional Championships Series in its return to the Pacific North- west. GasGas rider Joey Fias- conaro enjoyed his best result since winning round one, finish- ing second while Joel Tonsgard upheld local pride by earning a solid third place. Gerston's first-ever and much- anticipated victory allowed him to regain the series points lead from reigning champion Nick Burson, the Purvines DA8 Racing Ya- maha rider having a few issues in one of the tightest, most techni- cal events so far this season. Gerston went from seven points down to 10 points ahead, 155- 145. While not as muddy as ex- pected after storms a week ago, the seven-mile-long course at the Hannegan Speedway/Mt. Baker Motorcycle Club grounds incor- porated plenty of rutted, root- infested trails winding through thick stands of trees. In addition, the entire weekend saw tempera- tures soar into the 90s, which combined with fairly high humid- ity to make for a strength-sapping two-and-a-half-hour race. Burson got a great start on his John Burr Cycles YZ450FX followed closely by Tonsgard, Purvines DA8 Racing teammate Axel Pearson, Vaughn Wilk, local Danny Brocker and the rest of strong Pro/AA class. But this wasn't Burson's day; he reported, "I blew a corner on the first lap, and then Max and I almost got in a head-on because I was going backwards [to get back on course] and they all blew it too, so I lost three or four spots." IN THE WIND P48 Max Gerston dominated the Toasted Hare Scramble, taking the lead on the first lap and pulling away for his first- ever series victory.

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