For one rider it was a day to remember, as it was his first time competing as a professional. And he was riding a bike he had never ridden before Sunday.
“I had a good time, the track is really good, it’s kind of rough and I like it rough,” Preston Joy said after winning one of the four motos he won. “Greg Chappel did my suspension and I want to give a big thanks to him as well as Michaels Reno, Scott Stillmock, my parents and God.”
After winning three of the four motos Joy found himself chasing Scott Stillmock when their final moto of the day left the starting gate. Stillmock was running in the 30+ pro class while Joy was riding a smaller bike in the 250/450 pro division.
Lap after lap, Joy was close behind Stillmock, who in years past ruled the sand of Fernley. Finally with only a couple of laps to go, Joy took the lead and rocketed away from the veteran, who won his class but was second overall in the race.
Stillmock also went on to win both Club Race motos in dominant fashion as he showed the field his heels right after both starts.
One rider in that final race that suffered bad luck was Butch Stillmock, who crashed hard in the first turn. Fortunately he was mainly shaken up in the nasty looking incident but his day was done.
In motocross if a rider can finish second in their first moto then win the second they take the day’s victory. One good example of this was in the 85cc Intermediate division.
When the first checkered flag fell Reno rider Caleb Frandsen was second behind Gerrett Hueftie. When the second moto began they left the gate in that order.
Soon afterwards Frandsen grabbed the point and the chase was on. It lasted until the final lap when Hueftie slipped back and Frandsen reached the checkered flag first.
Still a bit breathless after his win, Frandsen said, “Once I got around him I didn’t know where he (Hueftie) was. I was trying to stay focused and just keep pulling the gap. The track’s fun but pretty rough though.”
Another race long chase came in the final Pee Wee (50cc) junior moto when winner Wyatt Brixey as pursued by Dametre Proutsos, who had to settle for the runner up spot.
One encouraging sign for the future of motocross in this area was an almost full gate in the Pee Wee Beginner motos. Another was when the 125/250 Beginners lined up and virtually filled their gate.
It’s a sign of younger riders taking up the sport.
Collin Hutson won the Pee Wee Beginner division while Casey Carmichael roared away with the Pee Wee Open victory and Dylan Thorwaldson topped the 65cc Beginner class.
Both the Pee Wees and 65 Beginners race on a short course while everyone else uses the long course.
Dylan Galliett was the School Boy winner while Cheyenne Wosick won the Women’s division.
There were several crashes, besides Stillmock’s, but most of them didn’t require the medics to respond.
The medics were needed at a trio of crashes, one of which was just a few feet past the starting gate when a rider went down. Fortunately he was able to finally walk away.
Two other riders weren’t so lucky as they both went over the handlebars and had their bikes land on top of them. One was able to walk away but a girl in the Woman’s race was transported to the hospital, where her condition is unknown as they report was being filed.
Other than those incidents, everyone on hand seemed pleased that the racing season has begun at last.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This will be a big weekend for motorcycle racing fans.
Things get going Friday and Saturday evenings as the Arenacross series pays its annual visit to the Livestock Events Center. The pros ride both nights with a 7 p.m. start to their program.
Then on Sunday, beginning around 10 a.m. amateur riders get their chance after the course has been altered for safety.
•Desert racers that compete in the MRANN series will be about 10-miles north of the Nightingale exit on I-80 for the 14th annual Sahwave Hare and Hound race. It’s a two-day show and the Pee Wee racers get things started at 10 a.m. Saturday followed by the V Women and Mini Bikes then, beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday he big bikes race first on a 45-mile loop then on a 55-mile loop.
•On Saturday and Sunday, the motocross track at Exit 28 will once again host practice sessions that begin around 10 a.m. each day.
Sierra Motocross Racing Association - Round 1, Spring series
Lion’s Fernley Motocross Track
- Feb. 12
Beg. - 1. Collin Hutson, 2. Kai Kapahee, 3. Isaiah Frandsen, 4. Tyler Zahniser, 5. Caden Carpinella
Jr. - 1. Wyatt Brixey, 2. Dametre Proutsos, 3. Lux Turner, 4. Nakana Domingo, 5. Cody Zummer
Open - 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Wyatt Brixey, 3. Lux Turner, 4. Dametra Proutsos, 5. Cody Zummer
Beg. - 1. Dylan Thorwaldson, 2. Harley Fausey, 3. Wyatt Brixey, 4. Dylan Thiessen, 5. Nicholas Trainor
Jr. - 1. Chayce Barba, 2. Danny Hillyer, 3. Brock Grashuis, 4. Kody Gray, 5. Casey Carmichael
Intr. - 1. Mikey Hillyer
Open - 1. Danny Hillyer, 2. Ethan Lewis, 3. Brock Grashuis, 4. Mitchell Keen, 5. Dylan Thorwaldson
Beg. - 1. Travis Whitwam, 2. Cooper Lara, 3. Zane Clarke, 4. Tristin Tommila, 5. Jacob Hofer
Jr. - 1. Dallas Dussault, 2. Christian Gorham, 3. Jesse Mulock, 4. Tyler Gunn, 5. Austin Lewis
Intr. - 1. Caleb Frandsen, 2. Garrett Hueftle
Supermini - 1. Dallas Dussault, 2. Garrett Hueftie, 3. Alex Katzenbach, 4. Julian Corridori, 5. Gage Knecht
50+ - 1. David Brown, 2. Lannx Brown, 3. Tom Alexander, 4. Mike Walsh, 5. Dwight Snodgrass
Jr. - 1. Jeff Perrine, 2. Mike Fillmore, 3. Russell Petrosky, 4. David Blanchette, 5. Corey Kapahee
Intr. - 1. David Brown, 2. Jim Koschella, 3. Eric Collins, 4. Chris Leone, 5. Lannax Brown
Exp. - 1. Philip Wurster, 2. Marcus Gentry
Beg. - 1. Mark Held, 2. Paul Ewing, 3. Dax Tucker
Jr. - 1. George Forbes, 2. Bill Soderquist, 3. Sonny Snodgrass, 4. Frank Homen, 5. Kelly Hilbert
Intr. - 1. Jeramiah Brown, 2. Aaron Turnage, 3. Jim Koschella, 4. Matthew Wilkins
Exp. - 1. Jason Shakespeare
Pro. - 1. Scott Stillmock, 2. Rich Thorwaldson, 3. Pete Cannizzaro, 4. Butch Stillmock
Beg. - 1. Jeremiah Chapman, 2. Mark Bevins, 3. Joe O’Brien, 4. Jeramy Scoggin, 5. Todd Wagner
Jr. - 1. Kyle Mason, 2. Wes Gilmore, 3. Mike Krczkoski, 4. Pete Stewart, 5. Jeff Butler
Intr. - 1. Brandon Acquistapace, 2. Tyler Bryant, 3. Jesse Ferris
2-Stroke Open - 1. Willie Welch, 2. Dominic Panelli, 3. Dalton Leone, 4. Ethan Riddick, 5. Alex Ficco
Women - 1. CheyenneWosick, 2. Hope Stillmock, 3. Taylor Koschella, 4. Kolby Assuras, 5. Samantha Monzo
Schoolboy - 1. Dylan Galliett, 2. Robert Cord, 3. Auggie Roefer, 4. Anthony Santana, 5. Trent Cocking
Beg. - 1. Eric Stricklnd, 2. Sam Hutton, 3. Blaine Plummer, 4. Cody Force, 5. Anthony Panelli
Jr. - 1. Robert Bevins, 2. Dylan Galliett, 3. William Lee, 4. Clay Amezquita, 5. Caleb Duster
Intr. - 1. Kody Jackson, 2. Dalton Leone, 3. Cole Brokaw
Pro. - Preston Joy
Beg. - 1. Hayden Collins, 2. Sean Botelho, 3. Woodrow Thompson, 4. Timothy Trainor, 5. Mason Jackson
Jr. - 1. Corey Riddle, 2. Anthony Santana, 3. Pete Stewart, 4. George Stewart
Intr. - 1. Brandon Acquistapace, 2. Dominic, Panelli, 3. Jesse Ferris
Pro. - 1. Preston Joy, 2. Willie Welch, 3. Alex Ficco, 4. Christopher Manzini