A mild but windy day proved to be no problem for one Reno pro. And now the pros have a new hill and jump section followed by a separate set of whoops.
When the first 125cc pro moto began, Jeremiah Gottas got the hole shot and took off with Tony Evans on his back bumper. Ripping up the new hill section both men had a coming together.
"I just went sliding in and went for an inside move," Evans said. "I thought he was going to let me go but we just ran into each other. It was accidental."
Evans recovered first then took off and was never headed after that. And he won going away in the second 125cc motto, which clinched the 25 pro title for the day.
Although most of the day was windy it didn't seem to bother too many riders.
Asked about that Evans said, "It's a problem only on some of the big jumps but not real bad. On a lot of the jumps you're able to whip into the wind a little bit."
In both 450cc pro motos, Evans dominated even though Wayne Appleton gave it his all and tried to close the gap. After opening up a 4-second lead in the final moto, Evans stretched his lead to just over 13 seconds when the checkered waved.
Although he knew that Appleton was chasing him, Evans kept to his pace.
Then he said, "I think it could be hard to set a pace sometimes when you're out in front but I always like that because you don't have to pass anybody. And it's all on you."
He did like the new section for the pros and found it both challenging and fun.
In addition to the new section for the pros, promoter Shane Kisman explained that he's brought in over 3,000 yards of new dirt to make the surface more racy. And that there is a new Pee Wee course being built so the newest racers won't have to negotiate the ruts left by the bigger bikes.
Appleton won the 250cc Pro division while Donny Roberts was the 30 pro winner.
One very happy racer was North Valleys High School senior Sabrina Wosick, who not only won her women's division but also celebrated her 18th birthday by ripping around the track and soaring over the jumps.
In the youngest classes Travis Whitwam and Andy Fahey won their Pee Wee divisions. There was a dandy three-way battle for the win in the 50cc Open race and when the dust settled John Laplante took the day's overall victory followed by Sparks racers Breydon Stout and Tyler Gunn.
Sparks rider Weslee Valerio won both 250cc novice and schoolboy honors. Reno's Tyler Pfeifer took the Collegeboy victory as well as topping the 450cc intermediate and Four Stroke Open classes.
Seven quads showed up and their riders showed that these little 4-wheeled machines could get almost as much air as their 2-wheeled brethren. Davis Miles took the overall followed by Brandon Hinsz and Adam Hurley.
A couple of riders needed attention from the medics after some nasty looking crashes but none were transported by ambulance although their families probably took them to be examined.
The next round of the Nevada GFI series will be Saturday, March 28 at the Honey Lake Motocross Park.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•This weekend racing moves to the motocross track at Fernley as the Reno chapter of the Over the Hill Gang hosts round two of SMRA's spring series.
Saturday, beginning at noon is for the Pee Wees, 65 Beginners and Quads. Then, starting around 10 a.m. Sunday, the rest of the classes get their turn on this sandy, fast track.
Mustang Motor Plex - March 15
Nevada GFI Series - Round 1
50cc - (4-6 Mod) - 1. Travis Whitwam, 2. Austin Grant
- (4-6 Stock) 1. Andy Fahey, 2. Zack Rosenthal
- (Open) 1. John Laplante, 2. Breydon Stout, 3. Tyler Gunn, 4. Travis Whitwam, 5. Talon Schwall
- (7-8 Mod) 1. Breydon Stout
- 7-8 Stock) 1. John Laplante, 2. Tyler Gunn, 3. Vincent Del Barba, 4. Talon Schwall, 5. Hunter Lewis
65cc - (1st Timer) 1. Joey Stout, 2. Jayson (Peanut) Davis
- (Beg.) 1. Dillon Dycus, 2. Cole Hoffman, 3. Vincent Del Barba, 4. Benjamin Niles
- (Nov.) 1. Dallas Dussault, 2. Tony Giusti, 3. Jacob Baldwin
- (Intr.) 1. Gavin Clouser
- (Open) 1. Dillon Dycus, 2. Dallas Dussault, 3. Gavin Clouser
85cc - (1st Timer) 1. David Stephens, 2. Joseph Stepanian, 3. Matt McNee
- (Beg.) 1. Carson Stark, 2. Tony Giusti, 3. Travis Wosick, 4. Erik Dussault, 5. Madison Hagan
- (Nov.) 1. Garrett Kinsler, 2. David Catalina, 3. Christopher
- McPartlin, 4. Justin Davis, 5. Gavin Clouser
- (Open) 1. Billy Adams, 2. Gavin Clouser, 3. Justin Davis, 4. Eathan Hoffman
Supermini - 1. Josh Davis, 2. Billy Adams, 3. Zach Clauser, 4. Dean Mannschreck, 5. Austin Nelson
150 -(4-Stroke Nov.) 1. Dean Mannschrick, 2. Austin Nelson, 3. Eddie Gelineau, 4. Ethan Hoffman, 5. Cole Brokaw - (4-Stroke Mini Beg.) 1. Kole Ackerson
40 - (Nov.) 1. Rick Ackerson, 2. Chris Duran, 3. James Rabyor, 4. Bill Webb
- (Intr.) 1. Max Brokaw
- (Exp.) 1. Scott Spracklin
30 - (Beg.) 1. Kale Peery, 2. Tim Hagan, 3. Jim Kitchen, 4. Richie West, 5. Lonnie Madsen
- (Intr.) 1. Anthony Cassettari
- (Pro.) 1. Donny Roberts
25 - (Nov.) 1. Sedric Robinson, 2. Chris Padgett, 3. James Evans, 4. Joe Stout
- (Beg.) 1. Kale Peery, 2. Patrick Griffith, 3. Richie West, 4. Lonnie Madsen
- (Intr.) 1. Danny Tester
- (Pro.) 1. Tony Evans, 2. Jeremiah Gottas
Quad Open - 1. Davis Miles, 2. Brandon Hinsz, 3. Adam Hurley, 4. Brandan Harris, 5. Jason Lexa
Women (13 & Up) 1. Sabrina Wosick, 2. Chrystal Ponsock
Schoolboy (15 & Under) 1. Weslee Valerio, 2. Jesse Gore, 3. Zach Clauser, 4. Bradley Razo, 5. Geoff Taylor
Collegeboy (16-24) - 1. Tyler Pfeifer, 2, Micheal Worrall, 3. Colton Crosthwaite, 4. Will Hansen, 5. Alex Ficco
4-Stroke Open - 1. Tyuler Pfeifer
125cc (2-Stroke Nov.) - 1. Zach Clauser, 2. Josh Davis, 3. Eric Stringham, 4. Micheal Worrall
250cc - (Beg.) 1. Bradley Razo, 2. Cole Brokaw, 3. Coltan Dobson, 4. Jacob Holst, 5. Nick McCormack
- (Intr.) 1. Willie Welch, 2. Tyler Pfeifer, 3. Robert Perez, 4. Jimmy Woolsey, 5. Frank Cody
- (Pro) 1. Wayne Appleton
450cc - (Beg.) 1. John Phillips
- (Nov.) 1. Tom Stone, 2. Chris Padgett, 3. Sedric Robinson, 4. Drew Miles, 5. Zack Martinez
- (Intr.) 1. Tyler Pfeifer, 2. Danny Tester, 3. Dale Lundeen, 4. Robert Perez, 5. Colton Crosthwaite
- (Pro.) 1. Tony Evans, 2. Wayne Appleton, 3. Jeremiah Gottas