After making his first start in the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Regional Championship Series two weeks ago at round four where he was protested after finishing fifth, FMF/Maxxis/RPM Racing KTMâ€™s Ty Tremaine rebounded and left no question about who was fastest at round five, the Honey Lake Hare Scrambles by Cross Country Promotions, LLC, at Honey Lake Motocross Park in Milford, California, on April 23.
The race also served as round eight of both the AMA District 36 SRT Championship Cross-country Series, Presented by Works Connection, and the AMA D-36 Motion Pro Championship Youth Cross-country Series, Presented by Racer Decal.
Tremaine led from practically start to finish and bested runner-up Max Gerston by more than two minutes while defending series champ Nick Burson claimed third. But while Betaâ€™s Gerston is still looking for his first victory in the series, his third-straight podium came with a bonus: He now bumps Burson from the top of the points chart for the first time, unofficially, leading the Purvines DA8 Racing Yamaha rider, 104-102.
After getting the holeshot, Tremaine reported, â€śNick got around me right there real quick. Going down the first wash, I was able to get [back] around him and then after that, I just kind of set my sights forward and charged hard.â€ť
Gerston also passed Burson in the early going but was unable to match Tremaineâ€™s pace. The new points leader said, â€śI really want to win one of these. Consistency is great, though. If thereâ€™s any quality you want in the West Hare Scrambles, itâ€™s consistency. Balls to the wall isnâ€™t necessarily the way to go. Iâ€™ll take another second; itâ€™s all good. Ty was riding really good todayâ€”he was on fire!â€ť
Burson, on the other hand, plainly admitted he was far from on fire and was relieved to earn a spot on the podium. Having been sick all week and unable to train, as well as dealing with the emotional duress of his grandfatherâ€™s funeral, he admitted, â€śI was coughing the whole way down the creekâ€”just couldnâ€™t catch my breath, snot running out of my nose. It felt like I didnâ€™t train a day in my life! Itâ€™s the roughest [course] Iâ€™ve ever ridden, probably. I donâ€™t think I had very much fun today.â€ť
Neither did Bursonâ€™s teammate, Axel Pearson, who came from a last-place start back to fourth. He appeared to be on pace to challenge Burson for third, but suffered several crashes and instead settled for fourth on the day to solidify his fourth in points.
IRC Tires Yamahaâ€™s Justin Bonita finished fifth ahead of SRT KTMâ€™s Steven Godman and SRT Husqvarnaâ€™s J.T. Baker, who topped the FMF Pro 250 class for the fourth time. Joey Fiasconaro earned eighth overall on his Six Five O Racing Gas Gas, thus dropping to third in points at 93, unofficially. FMF Pro 250cc racers Cole Conatser and Morgan Crawford rounded out the top 10.