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Moto season starts in Fernley
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Christian Huber (872) heads for victory in the final 250/450 pro moto at Fernley on Sunday.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Christian Huber (872) heads for victory in the final 250/450 pro moto at Fernley on Sunday.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Preston Joy, a college student from Fernley, rips down a hill at the Lions Fernley MX track, as he heads for victory in the Schoolboy class.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - Preston Joy, a college student from Fernley, rips down a hill at the Lions Fernley MX track, as he heads for victory in the Schoolboy class.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee - After a two-year lay off Normajean Jean-Blanchette (552) showed she was just as fast as ever when she swept the Women's motos. Here she's being chased by Shalie Thorwaldson after the start of their final race.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee - After a two-year lay off Normajean Jean-Blanchette (552) showed she was just as fast as ever when she swept the Women's motos. Here she's being chased by Shalie Thorwaldson after the start of their final race.
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Tribune/photo by Dan McGee - One of the most unusual tangles at Sunday's motocross came at the start of the 85cc Beginner moto. When Cody Estes got one leg caught in the rear wheel of Steffen Laundenslager's bike. After getting untangled both riders proceeded to compete in the race.
Tribune/photo by Dan McGee - One of the most unusual tangles at Sunday's motocross came at the start of the 85cc Beginner moto. When Cody Estes got one leg caught in the rear wheel of Steffen Laundenslager's bike. After getting untangled both riders proceeded to compete in the race.
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FERNLEY — Sierra Motocross Racing Association started area racing with their first event at the Lions Fernley Motocross Track on Sunday. Staging the event, which drew 376 entries, was the Reno chapter of the Over the Hill Gang.

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.

RESULTS

Lions Fernley Motocross Track - Sunday, March 6, 2011

SMRA Spring Series - Round 1

Pee Wee:

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

65cc:

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

85cc:

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

125/250:

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

250/450:

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

20+:

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

30+:

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

40+:

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
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