A light rain in the morning, plus some cool temperatures, set the dirt for a day of hard racing. And for some racers it was a time to either return to the sport or get back into the groove after a layoff.
When the final 250/450 pro moto began Christian Huber and Seth Johnson led the charge. After a couple of laps Huber took the point then began to gap the field and stormed off to the victory.
After taking the checkered flag he said, "I'm just a little out of shape at the moment so halfway through I got a little bit of arm pump going and I just kind of pushed through it. He (Johnson) got the hole shot on me but I got past him on the second lap. The track is nice and wet, really grippy but it's rough as heck and I love the rough stuff."
Huber added that this was the first time he's ridden in the past few months.
The 30+ Pro last moto began as a duel between brothers-in-law Scott Stillmock, who got the early lead, and Rich Thorwaldson. Lap after lap they tore around the track but things went wrong when they encountered slower riders.
Thorwaldson explained that he was going faster than Stillmock but saw an opening and went for it. Unfortunately there was contact and Stillmock went down.
While Thorwaldson won the race the incident took luster of the victory. Later Stillmock said he was all right but would be sore tomorrow.
The other pro winner was Coty Loudenburg, who took the 125/250 victory.
One of the final motos of the day was in the 250/450 Intermediate class that ran with the 40+ Intermediate. After getting the hole shot, Preston Joy, a Fernley college student, made it a sweep for this class with a victory even though he was briefly challenged in the first laps by Sparks rider Anthony Walsh.
"It was fun, in the last motos I just hole shotted them," he said. "He (Walsh) was pretty close and we started battling then I just pulled him a little bit. The track was rough and I like it when it's rough as that's when I excel."
Another rider returning to the sport is Normanjean Jean-Blanchette, who used to dominate the women's classes in years past. Even after two years away she served notice that her speed is still there.
While Jean-Blanchette ran away with the race there was a family duel for second as sisters Shami Potratz and Shalie Thorwaldson dueled and wound up taking second and third ahead of their niece Hope Stillmock.
After taking the checkered Jean-Blanchette said, "It's my first race in two years. It feels great to be back on the bike again but I've got a lot of working to do."
As the dust settled OTHG president Layne Kolbet reflected on the day's racing.
"It went great and it was awesome today," he said. "Went smooth, no hiccups, no ambulance rides went good. The season looks promising and it looks better than last year."
Despite several riders having some nasty looking get offs, no one needed to be taken to the hospital although they might be a big sore in the morning.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend there will be no racing in our area but the Exit 38 motocross track will host practice session on both Saturday and Sunday. Then, on the following weekend there will be another practice session and on Sunday the track staged the first round of the Dealer's Challenge Series.
•Down in Laughlin, Nevada the team of Justin Soulè and Taylor Robert were first overall in their Best in the Desert race.
•The Busch brothers returned home to compete at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend. On Saturday a late lap crash dropped Kyle Busch from a possible win to 30th at the end.
In Sunday's Sprint Cup race Kurt Busch started 22nd and finished ninth while motor problems dropped Kyle to 38th place.
Lions Fernley Motocross Track - Sunday, March 6, 2011
SMRA Spring Series - Round 1
Beg. - 1. Lux Turner, 2. Greg Bradshaw, 3. Dametre Proutsos, 4. Chris Slobogin, 5. Trystin Tucker
Jr. - 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Andy Fahey, 3. Ben Knoblock, 4. Jeremy Torres, 5. Ayden Katzenmeyer
Open - Casey Carmichael, 2. Jeremy Torres
Beg. - 1. Julian Corridori, 2. Jaron Thompson, 3. Zac Bradshaw, 4. Bryce Tremaine, 5. Tristen Mathisen
Jr. - 1. Kurtis Gray, 2. Tyler, 3. Danny Hillyer, 4. Trever Tellez, 5. Andy Fahey
Intr. - 1. Hunter Miller, 2. Mikey Hillyer, 3. Alex Katzenbach
Open - 1. Hunter Miller, 2. Mikey Hilyer, 3. Kurtis Gray, 4. Danny Hillyer, 5. Hunter Lewis
Beg. - 1. Shane Paterson, 2. Evyn Smith, 3. Andrew Williams, 4. Jorden Beck, 5. Cody Force
Jr. - 1. Chad Heishman, 2. Auggie Roefer, 3. Austin Johnson, 4. Danny Manning, 5. Garrett Hueftle
Intr. - 1. Austin Walton
Supermini - 1. Austin Walton, 2. Chad Heishman, 3. Mason Olsen, 4. Jacob Baldwin, 5. Austin Johnson
Beg. - 1. Caleb Duster, 2. Tyler May, 3. Brett Thompson, 4. Hunter Doyle, 5. Devin Force
Jr., Div-1 - 1. Zach Clauser, 2. Corey Riddle, 3. Cody Carter, 4. Blake Hopkins, 5. Austin Rodgers
Jr., Div-2 - 1. Billy Adams, 2. Robert Tanner, 3. James Gonzales, 4. Coal Dils, 5. Ryan Lee
Interm. - Dean Mannschreck, 2. Nick Garcia-Sillis, 3. ChrisParas, 4. Jesse Sanchez
Pro - Coty Loundeburg, 2. Dylan Bauer
Schoolboy - 1. Preston Joy, 2. Alex Ficco, 3. Billy Adams, 4. Dean Mannschreck, 5. Coal Dils
Womens - 1. Normajean Jean-Blanchette, 2. Shami Potratz, 3. Shalie Thorwaldson, 4. Hope Stillmock, 5. Katy Samuels
Beg. - 1. James Estes, 2. Brett Thompson, 3. Tyler May, 4. Dav Tucker, 5. Caleb Duster
Jr. - 1. Jesse Ferris, 2. Clint Winship, 3. Michael Combs, 4. Tyler Artrup, 5. Jacob McCombs
Intr. - 1. Mitchell Bellamy, 2. Anthony Walsh, 3. Preston Joy, 4. Alex Ficco, 5. Brandon Acquistapace
Pro - 1. Christian Huber, 2. Seth Johnson, 3. Butch Stillmock, 4. Scott Stillmock
2-Stroke Open - 1. Coal Dils, 2. James Gonzales, 3. Nick Garcia-Sillis, 4. Jesse Shanchez
Beg. - 1. Kyle Habberstad, 2. Justin Edland, 3. Sam Richardson
Jr. - 1. Jesse Ferris, 2. Dennis Buckmeyer, 3. Bubba Mason, 4. Brett Fay, 5. Pat Olson
Intr. - 1. Mitchell Bellamy, 2. Preston Joy, 3. Brandon Acquistapace, 4. Cody Aguiltapace, 5. Mikey Chick
Beg. - 1. Bruce Hildebrand, 2. Travis Hilbish, 3. Shalie Thorwaldson, 4. Mark Held, 5. John Paras
Jr. - 1. Shaun Carmichael, 2. Kirk Sego, 3. Jeramiah Brown, 4. Patrick Griffith, 5. George Forbes
Intr. - 1. Kyle Wyant, 2. Bryan Hammond
Pro - 1. Rich Thorwaldson, 2. Scott Stillmock, 3. Butch Stillmock, 4. Pete Cannizzaro
Jr. - 1. Chris Duran, 2. Jon Keller, 3. Mike Fillmore, 4. John O'Neill, 5. Scott Jones
Interm. - 1. Larry Brown, 2. David Mothershead, 3. Chris Dyer, 4. James Lamonte, 5. Harry Trainor
Exp. - 1. Marcus Gentry, 2. Tony Fagundes, 3. Tim Dyer, 4. Carl Lucas
50+ - 1. Larry Brown