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MRANN racers rock Moon Rocks
by Dan McGee
Oct 29, 2012 | 9605 views | 1 1 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/Dan McGee - Irving Powers heads downhill at the end of the first lap in Sunday's MRANN event at Moon Rocks. Not stopping for gas gave him the lead at the end of his first lap and he left everyone in his dust after that.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Irving Powers heads downhill at the end of the first lap in Sunday's MRANN event at Moon Rocks. Not stopping for gas gave him the lead at the end of his first lap and he left everyone in his dust after that.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - After a bad start, Tucker Larieu sliced his way through the pack to finish second overall at Moon Rocks on Sunday.
Tribune/Dan McGee - After a bad start, Tucker Larieu sliced his way through the pack to finish second overall at Moon Rocks on Sunday.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Brody Honea comes from a racing family and on Sunday was the first amateur to complete three laps on his way to finishing 12th overall at the Moon Rocks event.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Brody Honea comes from a racing family and on Sunday was the first amateur to complete three laps on his way to finishing 12th overall at the Moon Rocks event.
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Tribune/Dan McGee - Veteran motocross racer Ethan Hoffman won the novice class on Sunday but found the length to be a bit more than expected. After three laps, he was one tired rider and found the long section of whoops to be very hard.
Tribune/Dan McGee - Veteran motocross racer Ethan Hoffman won the novice class on Sunday but found the length to be a bit more than expected. After three laps, he was one tired rider and found the long section of whoops to be very hard.
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MOON ROCKS — This was the weekend for a Halloween tradition as the Rimbenders Motorcycle Club hosts its annual event at this recreation area. Great weather and a course designed by the Desert Fox, Dennis Belingheri, set the stage for a week of hard and fast desert racing.

Sunday is when the big bikes race and for one rider, even though he didn't lead at first, once in the lead everyone would eat his dust.

"I was just trying to pace him (Levi Hutchings), I had a bobble, he got away but I was a little bit fast in the tight stuff and that's where I was making up time," Irving Powers said after taking the checkered flag. "Came in the pits but was good on gas so I skipped stopping and that's how I made the pass."

Then he thanked his sponsors, which included Agent Orange Racing, McCoy's Off Road, BMS, Dirt Tricks, his family and friends as well as the Trail Blazers Motorcycle Club.

Before a start, and depending on their class, riders take their place in either the expert, amateur or novice lines. Each line starts when a banner drops, and after kicking their bikes to life, roar up a starting chute and on to the course.

Leading the expert charge was Levi Hutchings with the pack not far behind. While the Amateur launch had two riders side-by-side in the Novice start Ethan Hoffman got the hole shot and left everyone behind.

The race consisted of three laps on the 27-mile long loop and the leaders needed only about one hour to complete a full circuit.

Hutchings reached the pits first but only nine seconds behind him was the charging Powers. About a minute later came Tucker Larrieu, followed by Stephen Tichenor, Sean Berryman and Michael Barenbak.

Not needing gas, Powers swept through the pits and passed Hutchings, who stopped for more fuel. At the end of the second lap Powers would stop for gas but by then he had an over three minute advantage.

On the third lap, Powers led while Tucker Larieu was a distant second. Behind them Sean Berryman was third and engaged in a duel with Stephen Tichenor.

And they finished in that order.

Larieu, after finishing said, "It was pretty hard as I didn't get a very good start so I was in the dust almost the whole day."

He then expressed appreciation for his sponsors, which included TM Motorcycles, Jet Boots, and Works Connection.

Third-place Berryman said, "It was a tough day, tough course and a physical race. I think a guy in good shape had a good chance. I also need to thank Dirt Tricks, Mom and Dad, my family, Carson Motorsports and Factory Connections."

Tichenor, who finished fourth, had a seesaw battle with Berryman but they only passed each other when one of them either got stuck or their bike would stall.

After congratulating each other, Tichenor said, "Last couple of races we've had really good battles, just back and forth and this one was no different. Sean would get stuck or my bike would stall and the last time it stalled, he got past and kept me behind him the whole time. We had a really fun time and the course was well marked."

Then he gave thanks for support to his wife and kids, Rimbenders, Reno Motorsports and Dirt Tricks.

Brody Honea, a sophomore at Virginia City High School, was the first amateur finishing 12th overall after a determined ride. He's another young rider that's grown up in a desert racing family and is continuing the tradition.

"The race was tough but it was fun," he said after finishing. "I really liked Dennis's big waterfalls, that was fun as I like tight, technical stuff."

Then he thanked Chip Douglas with Agent Orange Racing, RMS, his mom and dad, Trail Blazers and everybody that's helped him.

Even further back veteran motocross racer Hoffman was the first novice to complete all three laps. Exhausted he rode past the finish then had to turn around so they could get his scoring label and mark the card on his bike's fender.

Finally officially finished he said, "It was ridiculous, first desert race ever, way harder than motocross. The whoops killed me so the part without them was the best. I'm not used to seven miles of whoops."

Then the Reno rider took a breath and thanked CMS, Capsize Clothing, his parents, grandparents, MSR, Dragon Goggles, Amsoil, Pro Taper and several others for their support.

Other finishers were Josh Wilson in 10th place of the 30+ division and titan McKibben, who finished 15th and topped the 40+ group.

•On Saturday the Pee Wees got their chance, as did the V-Women and Mini Bikes that raced on a 10-mile course.

Topping the women was Chrystal Ponsock while Marcus Loll won the Mini Bike race. In the Pee Wees it was Ashton Moncreif, in 6 & Under while Jesse White won the 7 & Over group while Evan Loring was the 4-Stroke winner.

In two weeks MRANN hosts their next to last event of the season. Topping the overall points championship are Belingheri and Zakk Audenreid, who finished sixth.

•On Saturday Rattlesnake Raceway hosted it annual charity event, the Kris Kringle. On tap was a demonstration race for 4X4 pickups, which might be a new class in 2012.

Russ Cazier won the Modified main while Katie Pope drove Shawn Hartzell's VW truck to the Gen-X victory. The Rat Mods main also included the only Hobby Stock driven by Charles Hooten, who took first overall while Jeff Jacobson, driving the car usually raced by Lee Ketten, won the Rat Mod group.

OTHER RACING NEWS

•The RMA series moves to the Sand Box, or the Fernley Lion's Club Motocross Track, this weekend where the Over The Hill Gang will host the event.

It's a two-day affair with practice on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and about 10 a.m. Sunday, when daylight saving time ends, the first moto should start.

•As NASCAR's season winds down the Busch brothers were the only Nevadans racing in Sunday's cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia. Kyle had the best result finishing second while brother Kurt ended up 15th.

RESULTS

MRANN Series - Round 7

Moon Rocks Recreation Area

•Sunday, Oct. 28

Overall Finish + Class - 1. Irving Powers (Open*). 2. Tucker Larieu (250*), 3. Sean Berryman (Open), 4. Stephen Tichenor (4-Stk*), 5. Michael Barenbak (250), 6. Zakk Audrenreid (Open), 7. Levi Hutchings (250), 8. Dustin Genovese (Open), 9. Kyle Townsend (4-Stk), 10. Josh Wilson (30+*), 11. Adam Thissen (Open), 12. Brody Honea (Ama. Open*), 13. Joe Haney (Ama. 200), 14. Cory Vannoy (4-Stk.), 15. Titan McKibben (40+*), 16. Kelly Knide (40+), 17. Steve Walkiencz (30+), 18. Shawn Petigove (40+), 19. Jim Menecini (40+), 20. Marcus Loll (Open), 21. Ryan Jackson (30+), 22. Ethan Hoffman (Nov. Open*), 23. Paul Zigler (40+), 24. Coty Munson (250 2-Stk), 25. Tim Fitzpatrich

* - Class winners

•Saturday, Oct. 27

V-Women - 1. Chrystal Ponsock, 2. Taylor Kemp, 3. Katie Rosenquist, 4. Judi Fell, 5. Jacqueline Stone

Bomber - Gary Moore

6 & Under - 1. Ashton Moncrief, 2. Austin Hough, 3. Olliver Bonner, 4. Landen Williams, 5. Ava Delaney

7 & Over - 1. Jesse White, 2. Lawson Williams, 3. Cameron Ingram, 4. Blair Rankin, 5. Tristen Morris

4-Stroke - 1. Evan Loring, 2. Gus Loring, 3. Andrew Anderson

65cc Nov. - 1. Ryder Schwante, 2. Henry Anderson, 3. Jojo Stone, 4. Karissa Guzicki, 5. Carley Lengenbauer

Mini Bikes - 1. Marcus Loll (100 Exp.*), 2. Corey Fletcher (100 Exp.), 3. Austin Serpa (100 Exp.), 4. Austin Wilson (100 Exp.), 5. Mason Stone (100 Exp.), 6. Donavyn Morris (100 Nov.*), 7. Jonas Thissen (100 Nov.), 8. Tyler Bagan (100 Nov.), 9. Dallas Serpa (65 Exp.*), 10. Tyler Spelts (100 Nov.), 12. Anthony Edberg (65 Ama.*)

*- Class Winners
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October 31, 2012
Great day of racing at Moonrocks. Always like to see Dan McGee, the only guy around who REALLY covers what the local folks are doing.

...WTG Sean!
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