Cody Webb capped off the 2018 AMA KENDA SRT West Hare Scramble Championship with a win at the Donner Ski Ranch – Trystan Hart takes overall championship.
The second annual U.S Army Donner Hare Scramble at the stunning Donner ski ranch in Northern California delivered a “wild” season-ending race at the weekend which saw Cody Webb hot-foot across from Denver EnduroCross to take the win.
It was Brandon Magaan who got the holeshot but was quickly overtaken by FMF KTM rider Webb who went on to take the overall Pro win by nearly five minutes ahead of second place rider, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Dalton Shirey.
Championship leader, Trystan Hart, was out with injury meaning the 2018 championship could go to either Factory Beta's Max Gerston, who sat second just 20 points down from Hart or RPM Racing's Dante Oliveira who was third, just four points behind Gerston going in to the final round.
As the race would play out Oliveira would fight his way from fourth to second place behind Webb only to have bike problems, causing him to DNF the race on the last lap. This would then put Gerston in third place and in possible championship position but he also had mechanical troubles of his own, leaving the championship to Team SRT Husqvarna's Trystan Hart. With the points tallied, Oliveira and Devan Bolin tied on 126 points but Oliveira takes second on tie-break.
On the day Dalton Shirey who reclaimed second place at Donner and Jacob Argubright was able to capitalize for third spot on the podium.
Big Wheel Championship to Diaz
After a year of back-and-forth finishes between Steven Diaz, Anthony Ferrante and Zachary Kerling, it was Diaz who claimed the 2018 Big Wheel Championship at the final round.
Diaz expressed on the podium the Donner course was "very, very, rough" and he knew going into the final race he needed to finish no further back than third place to wrap up the championship.
Anthony Ferrante would lead the first two laps of the five lap race, ultimately losing the lead to second place rider, Diaz, while taking a pit stop before lap three. Not giving up there, Ferrante was able to make a pass back on Diaz for a short time before Diaz would take the lead and maintain the first place until the checkered flag flew.
With his second place finish on the day, Ferrante was able to get third place overall in class for the season. After a fourth place start Zachary Kerling had his work cut out for him, stating that, "he rode the best he could the whole race", Kerling finished third place on the day to claim second place overall for the year, 20 points down from the champion, Diaz.
Cheff takes the prizes in the Women’s class
The Women's class saw its fair share of excitement as they would race for the Polka Dot sponsored contingency prize winnings. The battle off the start for the holeshot between Bibi Carmouche, Cyd Reinen, and Meg Argubright was intense but Women's A rider, McKenna Cheff, quickly took over the lead and went on to win ahead of Meg Argubright. Women's B class rider Cyd Reinen would take first place ahead of Bibi Carmouche and Tosha Mcglothin in third. The Women's contingency prize winnings would go to the top three overall, Womens A rider, McKenna Cheff, Womens B rider, Cyd Reinen and Women's C rider Jennifer Wolf.
2018 Final Pro class standings:
- Trystan Hart 152
- Dante Oliveira 126
- Devan Bolin 126
- Max Gerston 124
- Travis Coy 123
For full, final championship standings: moto-tally.com