AMA West Hare Scrambles First Round Results
Marc Kariya | March 15, 2022
Taylor Robert of the FMF KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team had a trouble-free afternoon at the Lassen Motorcycle Club’s Diamond Back Hare Scramble, leading from wire to wire in the opening round of the AMA Regional Championship Series West Hare Scrambles (WHS), Presented by MojoMotoSport.
Photos of Mark Kariya
Last year’s Diamond Back winner Zane Roberts of LiquiMoly Beta approached Robert early in the race but suffered an arm pump and backed off a bit. By the time he shook it off Robert was out of sight and Roberts had to settle for second place, a minute and a half behind Robert’s winning time of three hours and 56 seconds for five laps around the fast and difficult course from Fort Sage Off. -Road vehicle area (VHR). After only learning Thursday that he would be racing, 3 Bros./Kilmartin Racing Gas Gas driver Giacomo Redondi rounded out the podium in his first foray into American hare scrambles.
Unknown for his dead-engine starts, Robert got what may have been his best yet by blasting his Red Bull/Dunlop/Thor-sponsored 450 XC-F into turn one with a significant lead over Kawasaki. ridden Dylan Galliett, reigning Austin Serpa Series Champion, DC Yamaha’s Clayton Gerstner, Redondi and the rest of the stacked Pro lineup.
“Today it shot so fast, it surprised me a bit!” Robert confessed. “The pace surprised me a bit. I got off to a good start and pushed really hard. Probably 10-15 minutes later I looked back and Zane was right there. Looking at the lap times, I pushed pretty hard all the time and Zane never really let go.
Roberts and his FMF/Kenda/Klim 480 RR had the rhythm from the start. He said, “I haven’t warmed up enough [before the race], especially since it is a bit cold here. A little hand pump there that I felt was holding me back a bit. Taylor was riding awesome, obviously, like he always does. I just lost its wheel when I inflated and never got over it.
“Overall, I’m happy with it. I felt like I was in the race for victory. »
Serpa was third about a minute and a half behind Roberts for most of the first two 20-mile laps before giving way to Redondi. “I think I could have been a little closer to Redondi and challenged him for the podium,” said Carson City Motorsports/Regulus Performance/Moose Racing KTM 450 XC-F rider Serpa. “But I had three crashes on the first lap, and I had one more on the penultimate lap.”
Originally slated to run the WORCS series, Redondi broke two ribs in the opener and was dropped. Facing a tough points battle there, GasGas decided to move him to the WHS (in addition to the FMF AMA Grand Prix National Championship Series) and told him Thursday morning to head to the Diamond Back.
He happily headed north with his FMF/Blud Lubricants/Seven MC 450F, knowing next to nothing about hare racing but seeing it as a good step towards an eventual career in rallying.
Sixth after the first lap, Redondi took third on the next circuit and said: “It was a very, very fast race – we covered over 100 miles in three hours. I think I had a good race in addition to the first lap. [After that]my times were very close to Taylor and [Zane]. I’m really happy and I can’t wait to participate in new races.
Gerstner finished fifth on his WHS debut aboard Maxima Oils/Kenda/Pure Adrenaline YZ450F followed by MojoMotoSport KTM’s Anson Maloney.
Defending Pro 250cc champion Shane Logan kicked off his season by coming from behind to win the class on essentially a 3 Bros. Self-propelled KTM. Sick with strep throat in the previous weeks, he decided at the last minute to make the long drive, although it paid off as he was just seconds behind Maloney and 1:36 ahead of the vice- champion Mason Ottersberg of DC Yamaha. team. 707 Suspension Gas Gas rider Talan Terlouw won the third Pro 250 and ninth overall with Anthony Ferrante, riding MojoMotoSport KTM, who completed the top 10 overall and won the fourth Pro 250.
In the morning race, 3 Bros./Kilmartin Racing Gas Gas rider Ava Silvestri took overall and Pro Women honors. FMF/RPM Racing KTM’s Kaitlyn Jacobs had a rocky start to defending her class championship, going down hard from the first corner but making a remarkable recovery to second in class and overall with the Full Factory Racing KTM rider. Rachel Stout third.
AMA West Hare Scrambles First Round Results
- Taylor Robert (KTM)
- Zane Roberts (bet)
- Giacomo Redondi (GG)
- Austin Serpa (KTM)
- Clayton Gerstner (yam)
- Anson Maloney (KTM)
- Shane Logan (KTM)
- Mason Ottersberg (yam)
- Talan Terlouw (GG)
- Anthony Ferrante (KTM)