Beta USA's Joe Wasson took home his first West Hare Scramble Pro win at the opening round of the 2019 AMA West Hare Scramble Championship.
“Challenging weather conditions” in the hills of Rancho Cordova, California, produced slick rocks and sloppy mud for riders at round one of the West Hare Scramble series – with many riders using this event as preparation for the upcoming AMA National Hare and Hound in Lucerne Valley, CA (January 26-27).
Australian Callum Norton took the early lead of the Pro race using the chance of clear visibility to help while others struggles in the mud.
Justin Bonita charged for the lead after Norton made a few slip-ups mid-race allowing the gap to close. Bonita eventually took the lead, pushing Norton back to third behind Joe Wasson in a close bunch of riders at the front of the field.
Max Gerston was also in the mix and came close to stealing the lead from Bonita but stalled his bike, handing the battle back to Wasson and Bonita.
Bonita eventually fell back, allowing Norton back past and Wasson into the lead where he remained until the chequered flag for his first West Hare Scramble Pro win. Wasson's Beta team-mate, Max Gerston came home a hard earned second with Callum Norton third.
In the Pro 250 class the leaders swapped places frequently with Michael Aranda able to take the lead with Lochlan Campbell following closely behind. After a bike fixing pit stop, Zane Roberts came back in to the mix to hold second place position behind Aranda and ahead of Campbell in third.
Sharon Mowell was the last Woman racer away from the starting line but that did not stop her from charging to take the win. Morgan Tanke initially held the lead, enjoying the technical sections of the track.
After Tanke had a small crash due to poor visibility, Mowell was able to set her lead position in stone and take the win.
Kicking off the race weekend, the 65cc class saw a major comeback from Lowe Lord after racing in a third place position. Lowe took the top spot on the podium for his class next to Connor Basler in second and Jordan Maas in third.
In the PeeWee race, an overall win from Maverick Alaway with Braxton Hughart second after an awesome race in the mud.
The last Youth race of the day, the Big Wheel class, saw Jon Wolfson lead the entire race with Italo Ruggiero in second and Talan Terlouw third.
Full results: moto-tally.com/whs
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