The idea of this combined event came from a conversation between Rich Barker, president of the Trail Blazers motorcycle club and Over the Hill Gang president Layne Kolbet.
“About two months ago we made a phone call and thought it would be good to get both organizations together to do something fun,” Barker said. “We wanted to get it going before each one of our series started so we wanted to have the fun first.”
After his first race, Kolbet said, “The response we’ve gotten has been awesome. Wait till you see our trophies, they have in honor of Richard Thorwaldson on them.”
The late Thorwaldson, known as “Big Rich,” was arriving force behind the motocross world in our area. Many keep his memory alive as will these trophies.
Since this event pitted motocross racers against desert racers so there was a bit of added incentive for each group to do well. And their races were 45 minues in length.
Reflecting on his first race, which was by age groups, Kolbet said, “I won my class and the first five were all motocrossers.”
When the starting gate fell on the age grouped event Kolbet got the hole shot and took off with the pack in hot pursuit. Soon however he surrendered the point to Sparks rider Pete Cannizzaro, who stormed off the claim the victory.
After his victory, Cannizzaro said, “It was fun, the guys did great on the track today. It’s awesome and no where near as beat up as it usually is.”
Behind him Anthony Fagundas and Jason Shakespeare finished second and third while Josh Wilson and Gilbert Chick claimed the next two spots.
One rider in the group, who competed in the 60 and Over group, was Pete Prichard from Grass Valley, Calif. Two years ago he won both the MRANN title for his age group as well as the AMA District 63 title.
Before the race he said, “I love the sandbox.”
After finishing 26th overall, in a 37-bike field, Prichard added, “It was a lot of fun, too much fun. We practice down in Marysville at a track called E Street and it’s similar, very sandy and almost identical.”
Since MRANN and the motocross riders are grouped a bit differently the next event pitted racers using three different types of motors that were either Juniors, in motocross, or amateurs in desert racing.
Richard Bevins won the overall on a 250 while the 450 victor was Reno desert rider Ryan Roseman, who said, “It’s a little difficult in the sand as the front end wants to go everywhere but other than that it’s about the same as dirt. Lots of fun out there and yea I’m usually running about a 100 mile race and that was about a three mile course.”
The final of the three races was for the pros and expert riders and speed is their trademark. And two motocross racers vied for the victory.
When the gate dropped Tony Evans took off with Ian Naccarato in hot pursuit. Soon they had gapped the field and turned the race into a private duel.
Around the half-way point it appeared the Evans had everything well in hand as he put a gap between himself and Naccarato.
Then things went wrong for Evans as his bike ran out of fuel but fortunately it happened by the pit entrance. That quick stop was all Naccarato needed to claim the lead and roar away to the victory with Evans having to settle for second ahead of Toby Akins and brothers Matt and Ryan Manha.
After the dust settled Naccarato said, “I just moved here to Carson City from Spokane, Washington. The track is kind of like two motocross tracks put together so the overall layout was pretty good but the only thing was that the 45 minutes was a little tedious. I was stuck in second and received so much sand I paced off then the leader ran out of gas and so I took the win.
Then Evans said, “Well I didn’t really know how far my bike would go so I ran out of gas. I’m not sure who was behind me that won but he rode a great ride.
The biggest draw of the day was the two-hour long team race. In this race team riders would each to a lap at a time. And just about when this race was about to start the winds picked up and added an extra challenge of clouds of sand blowing everywhere.
When a rider finished their lap they handed off a wristband to the other, who took off. Most teams were comprised of two racers while others had three and some riders shared the same bike.
Just before the start all 104 first lap riders took their place, according to their group, on one of three lines. When the green flag dropped they were off and soon Evans, who rode with Team RMS held the point.
Soon the race became a blur of faster and slower riders all around the track with one teammate reaching the pit area, exchanging the wrist bank and the other tearing away.
Needless to say the MRANN scoring crew had one very busy day as all riders had bar codes that were read as they passed through a scoring chute at the end of ever lap. In the end they make 1,600 scans for the day.
However, with the team race the results were immediately known but will be posted this week on either www.racemrann.com or www.mx775.com.
Most riders agreed the Sand Box GP was a great idea and a lot of fun to race. And many said they wanted to come back for another one next year.
•Saturday was for the youngsters, mini bikes and V Women. Zachary Larsen and Colling Hutson won their respective Pee Wee classes while Justin Larsen was the 65 Beginner victor.
Other winners are listed in the results.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend area motocross action switched to the long, fast and technical track at Stead for the Silver State Classic. Sunday’s action should begin around 10 a.m. with a full slate of motos to follow.
•Shawn Natenstedt was in Chico this weekend for the Silver Cup. Piloting his new IMCA Modified he won his heat on Friday and finished fifth in the main.
On Saturday, he scored another heat victory and ended up ninth in the A main.
•NASCAR’s Nevada quartet visited the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend.
In Saturday’s Nationwide race Brendan Gaughan has the best result starting ninth and finishing fifth. Sparks native T.J. Bell ended up 38 while Kyle Busch had an early crash but came back to finish 33rd.
The Busch brothers, who are Las Vegas natives, didn’t have the weekend they expected with Kyle finishing 23rd and his older brother Kurt ending up 35th.
Sand Box Grand Prix - Fernley Lion’s Motocross Track
•Saturday, March 10
50cc/65c Beg. Overall - 1. Justin D. Larsen (65B), 2. Colin . Hutson (50c Jr.), 3. Zachary Larsen (50cc Nov), 4. Anthony Ebery (65cc Beg.), 5. Justin Renney (50cc Jr.)
— (Nov.) 1. Zachary Lrsen, 2. Jimmy Tracey, 3. Treyton Maskaly, 4. Blair Rankin, 5. James Larsen
— (Jr.) 1. Collin D. Hutson, 2. Justin Renney, 3. Kai Kapahee, 4. Ridley Shakespeare, 5. Lawson William
— (Beg. Nov.) 1. Justin Larsen, 2. Anthony Edbery, 3. Ezra Belingheri, 4. Alexzander Wilson, 5. Savanna Ziegler
Mini Bikes/V Women Overall - 1. Garrett Darby (100cc Intrm.), 2 Garrett Hueftle (100cc Interm), 3. Austin Johnson (100cc Jr.), 4. Austin Serpa (100cc Interm.), 5. Spencer Paterson (100cc Jr.)
- (Beg. Nov.) 1. Patricia Bardin, 2. Devynn Muhlenberg, 3. Brittany Hutchings, 4. Mackinze Dingley, 5. Denise Ponsock
— (Exp.) 1. Chrystal Ponsock
— (Women) 1. Jesse Mulock
— (Jr. Ama.) 1. Alek Simone, 2. Dalton Hoyos, 3. Seth Ramsay
— (Intrm.) 1. Dallas Serpa
— (Beg. Nov.) 1. Kai Williams, 2. Anthony Willis, 3. Jonas Thissen, 4. Dean Dingley, 5. Amanda Ross
— (Jr. Ama.) 1. Austin Johnson, 2. Spencer Paterson, 3. Tyer Gunn, 4. Ryan Maya, 5. Austin Wilson
— (Intr.) 1. Garrett Darby, 2. Garrett Hueftle, 3. Austin Serpa
— (Open Expt.) 1. Corey Fletcher
•Sunday, March 11, 2012
Age Groups Overall - 1. Pete Cannizzaro (30+Open Exp/Pro) 1. Anthony Fagundas (40+ Open Exp./Pro) 3. Jason Shakespeare (30+ Open Exp/Pro) 4. Josh Wilson (30+ Open Exp/Pro) 5. Gilbert Chick (50+ Open Exp/Pro)
60+ - 1. Pete Prichard, 2. Mike Wilson, 3. Albert Ponsock
— (Beg/Nov) 1. Tom Bush, 2. Ted Elswick, 3. Rick Reed
— (Jr/Ama) 1. Ray Sbriglia, 2. Daniel Spring, 3. Kurt Weil
— (Open Exp/Pro) 1. Gilbert Chick, 2. Mike Mieras, 3. Rodd Lighthouse, 4. Jay Heying
- (Beg/Nov) 1. Mike Molyuneaux
— (Jr/Am) 1. Trey Moncrief, 2. Corey Kapahee, 3. Rob Whisenand
— (Intrm.) 1. Layne Kolbet, 2. Mikey McGill
— (Open Exp/Pro) - 1. Anthony Fagundas, 2. Tim Fitzpatrick, 3. Timothy Frei
— (Beg/Nov) - 1. Casey Eckley, 2. Jeremy Rials, 3. Darin Bougeois
— (Jr/Ama) - 1. Jesse Melendy, 2. Dave Rennie, 3. Chrystal Ponsock, 4. Jamie Bonner, 5. Mike Stumbaugh
— (Intrm) 1. Bryan Hammond
— (Open Exp/Pro) 1. Pete Cannizzaro, 2. Jason Shakespeare, 3. Josh Wilson, 4. Josh Thomaselli, 5. Chris Ponsock
200/250/450 Beg/Nov Overall - 1. Samuel Jacobus, 2. Zach Zito, 3. Chris Miller, 4. Marcus Loll, 5. Raymond Ficklin
- 200 (Beg/Nov) 1. Samuel Jacobus, 2. Tyler Reid, 3. Brook Williams, 4. Kody Weil, 5. Elliott Joyce
— 250 (Beg/Nov) 1. Chris Miller, 2. Ed Sellers, 3. Brad Mega, 4. Colton Crist, 5. Tayler Rials
— 450 (Beg/Nov) 1. Zach Zito, 2. Marcus Loll, 3. Raymond Ficklin, 4. Jonthan Rotkamp, 5. Jonathan Remien
250/450 Jr/Ama Overall - 1. Robert Bevins, 2. Skyler Lemm, 3. Austen Zaugg, 4. Ryan Roseman, 5. Robert Cord
250 Jr/Ama- 1. Robert Bevins, 2. Skyler Lemm, 3. Austen Zaugg, 4. Robert Cord, 5. Kyle Moya
450 Jr/Ama - 1. Ryan Roseman, 2. Dennis Buckmeyer, 3. Brody Honea, 4. Jack Reader, 5. Ean McIny
250/450 Open Pro/Exp Overall - 1. Ian Naccarato, 2. Tony Evans, 3. Toby Atkins, 4. Matt Manha, 5. Ryan Manha
— (Interm) 1. Kody Jackson, 2. Dalton Leone
— (Open Exp/Pro) 1. Matt Zuir
— (Intrm.) 1. Johanthan Ayers
— (Open Exp/Pro) 1. Ian Naccarato, 2. Tony Evans, 3. Toby Atkins, 4. Matt Manha, 5. Ryan Manha