AMRA Round 7 Report - Constant Motion Productions

The 2019 Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association round seven stop presented by Motocity Anthem came to Little Dealer Little Prices RV in Prescott Valley, Arizona, also round 2 of the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scramble Championship Series. Hosted by Team 6 Events and local Prescott business Fieldcraft Survival, and spearheaded by coordinator Mike Johns and the Prescott Trail Riders, the parking lot of a small town RV dealership was turned into the main pit and vendor area of the largest race in AMRA’s season. The course wound through the valley of Lynx Creek, traversing tight single track and utilizing the private motocross track as part of the course as well. Also featured were many water crossings across the frigid creek as weather predicted snow during the race weekend. With cold weather and rain coming down days before the race, the course quickly turned into a slick, muddy race that would test endurance and skill in challenging conditions. The Peewee riders were up first to the line after an hour race delay to attempt to let the track dry out. Young gun Edward Reim had a poor start on the muddy peewee loop and took a bit to get going, but would take control of the race by lap five and keep the lead until the checkered flag. Gary Sanders held second most of the race and crossed the line on the rear fender of Reim. Myles Mcneil came from seventh place to take the third step of the podium on his Honda XR 50 for a KTM-KTM-Honda top three. The rest of the finishers included Carson Olvera, Hayden Griffith, Sean Riddle and James Reim. The snow began to fall at the end of the first race, with riders pitting for glove changes and to get warmed up. The snow flurries came to an end shortly before the second peewee race, which lined up as the sun briefly came out. On an expanded track, the Micro Mini racers lined up to tackle the frigid temperatures and muddy course. Jesse Blevins-Heck came off the line in fourth but would take the lead by lap four and keep it for the remainder of the race. Through the mud, water and steep hill climb, Heck would take the win ahead of DA8 Training rider Colton Calmes and his close competitor Jon Nordling, who would all finish within six seconds of each other. Norcal MC rider Lowe Lord would take fourth, with Marley Kuhn rounding out the top five. Next would be the Supermini class, taking a two mile course and traversing part of the big bike course. The rain and snow let up and were replaced by a cold wind as the racers lined up on a low plateau and took off towards the spectators above. Supermini superstar Preston Boespflug checked out early in the race and dominated the rest of the class, taking a dominant lead and finishing four minutes ahead of AMRA rider Chase Haynes, who put on a great race in slick conditions. Dominic Craighill, AMRA powerhouse, took a third place finish 90 seconds behind Haynes. Rounding out the top five on this challenging track was WSRA rider Ryder Thomaselli in fourth and AMRA Supermini competitor Jonathan Kirat in fifth. The featured main event Saturday was the Pro Women race sponsored by, supported by the amateur C riders. On the women’s side, Brandy Richards, Shelby Turner, Britney Gallegos and Sharon Mowell were in hot contention for the $2500 grand prize. Richards would take the early lead and hold it all race, with Turner on her heels the entirety of the grueling race. Gallegos held a solid pace and maintained third, while Mowell raced to cath up to Gallegos. As the cold river water soaked through boots and pants while the mud caked the bikes, Richards would take the checkered flag first with Turner 90 seconds behind. Gallegos would take third and Mowell was able to claim herself a strong finisher on this cold, windy day. Richards was claimed the “2019 Roughrider 100 Rowdy Rose Champion”, and walked away with the grand prize. Women’s Open A had Heather Mowell taking the win, and Women’s Open B had Daiana Trapp taking the win over Bibi Carmouche and Jilene Oakley. In Open C, Shon Reim held the lead the entire race and took first ahead of Kristopher Samford, who were the only two to complete four laps, and Cody Reim. DA8 Training rider Tristen Bell powered through the cold and took home fourth, with Joseph “Rockstar Joe” Kamai taking fifth. 250C had Kaden Bedlion, Ricky Evans and Taylor Myers taking top three. 200C had Deegan Bauch, Jacob Campbell and Jovon Rasberry on the podium. 30C had WHS rider Jason Carter taking the win with Justin Martin and Andrew Boyd taking top honors, and 40C had Trevor Turner, Eric Spector and Rob Tremp on top. 50C and 60+ showcased how powerful you can be even late in your racing career, with Michael Perry, Tom Bown and William Jefferies taking the 50C podium, and Rodney Wilson, Richard Green and Doug Dennis taking honors in 60+. Catalina Springstroh took the win in Women’s Open C ahead of Tracy Evans. Last but not least, Kase Anderson took the Youth C win on the big bike course ahead of Dominic Craighill and Brian Bovington. On day 2, 172 bikes lined up on the line for the Pro, A and B race, presented by SD Tactical, a Prescott based custom arms manufacturer. The track had dried out and the creek died down some from the day before. With partly cloudy skies and a cold win prevailing, the weather was dry for the race, but still quite cold. On the Pro line, many Arizona natives came out to compete on the rough course, including Enduro champion Max Gerston, Beta’s Mason Ottersberg and Joe Wasson, AZ Dirtbike Training’s Ryan Wells, and more. Off the line, it was a tight battle between Wasson, Gerston and WORCS racer Ricky Dietrich. Wasson would have the lead concluding lap one with Dietrich just behind, and Gerston one minute behind with Ottersberg just behind him. Lap two would bring Dietrich to the front, and he would hold that for another lap and a half before Gerston took the lead concluding lap four, with Dietrich in second and Wasson in third. Gerston would traverse the slick course and Endurocross section two more times in the lead, taking first place ahead of Dietrich and Wasson. Gerston would take home the grand prize of $5000 and the Bucky O’neil trophy proudly representing Prescott’s history. Fourth place would go to Ottersberg, who broke his collarbone on a last lap crash. AMRA Pro competitor Nick Brawner would round out the top five. NHHA champion Jacob Argubright took a ninth place finish, disappointingly low for the strong Hare Scramble rider. In the 250 Pro race, Beta rider Zane Roberts held a commanding lead the entire race, with Trey Jones and Dillon Sheppard rounding out the podium. Nick Fouts would take the Open A win ahead of GasGas support rider James Flynn V and Norcal MC’s Kenon Smith. Jeff Brownlee, Kolby Silkwood and Zachary Kerling took the podium in 250A, while Mason Klein and Eagle Safety Training’s Kyler Heimer battled for the 200A win, with Klein edging Heimer out. 30A had David Kertz, Brett Kimbal and Randal Pinney in the top three.40A had Kelby Pepper, Jason Trubey and Phillip Carlin on the podium, and 50A had Ken Kozlik, legendary rider Larry Roeseler and Hans Bindels taking top honors. Thomas Parrella, Nathan Bergner and Paul Rehn took top three in Open B, and Garret Martini, John Kaveny and Drake Hacker took the top three in 250B. Riley Wood won 200B, with Collier Martinez and Billy Kovacs following. Christopher Markle, Jeff Baker and Nicholas Fisher would be the top three in 30B, with David Croteau, Steven Keller and Shawn Barney rounding the top three in 40B. 50B had Marc Lambriex on top, followed by David Vogt and Lars Breidis. The round 2 stop of the West Hare Scramble series and the round 7 stop of the AMRA state championship series proved to be the coldest of the season with snow, rain, and plenty of mud. The racers braved the northern Arizona winter and came out victorious.