On Saturday, 209 riders showed up for the practice sessions but on Sunday, 308 signed in.
Rain was the big story and it varied from a light sprinkle to a downpour for most of the day. However, the moisture actually set up the track and made for great racing.
But the weather didn't matter to a few riders, although one pro did encounter some difficulty in his first moto.
"Vision was my biggest problem in that race as my tear-offs broke and none of them were coming off so I as stuck with the same one the whole race," Adam Conway said after winning his first moto. "I got buried off the start but it came out all right."
After winning that moto he went on to sweep all his races in the 250/450 division as well as in Open Pro.
After that final win he said, "The track is awesome and it's the best I've seen this place in a long time."
Then the Minden rider gave thanks to his supporters, which included Big Valley Honda, Oakley Goggles, Tech One Designs, his parents and Layne Kolbet and everyone from the Gang for putting on the race.
Another rider having a great day came all the way from Elko. Coal Dils swept both the 250/450 Intermediate and Schoolboy races.
In fact, he flat out ran away from the rest of the field in his intermediate races even though his final race late in the afternoon, was run in drying conditions.
"After the rain stopped, it started getting sticky so you could get more traction but it's still a little bit slick underneath the sand. Other than that it's really good but getting really bumpy out there," he said.
Then he thanked his sponsors and supporters like his father, Let's Ride Power Sports, Nick from Let's Ride, Kenny from Inside Line, Fly Racing and 100% Goggles.
The other pro winner was Lake Tahoe resident Shawn Palmer, who topped the 30+ class. After his final moto he said, "I got a good start and it's a lot easier with a good start. The track is as perfect as it's ever been."
During the day, there were several side-by-side battles as well as race-long chases for positions. And a couple of younger riders showed their mettle as they swept their races.
One of them was Pee Wee racer Lux Turner, who scored victories in two divisions. But his final moto was a thriller for this youngster.
After taking the hole shot, he had a tumbling get-off after cresting a hill. Getting back up, he mounted his bike and took off in a distant last place.
Two laps later, he was second and with the leader in his sights. Then he grabbed the point and roared off to the victory.
Other Pee Wee winners were Dylan Duncan and Tyler Zahniser, who won their respective division. At the other end of the age scale Lonnie Madsen and Jerry Fox won he 50+ junior and intermediate/expert divisions.
The Women's motos have a mix of bikes with some smaller ones than the others. However the winner didn't let that deter her from a determined ride on her 85cc motorcycle.
In the first one young Kaylee Darby chased Hope Stillmock and wound up with the victory. In the second moto the early leader stalled her bike after a big jump and Kaylee roared away to claim the victory.
"They have bigger bikes and pull me on the straights so I try and catch up on the jumps and corners," she said.
Asked how she does that her answer was, "I just have to give it more gas."
With so much hard racing many riders went down. In fact during the second 65cc beginner moto it appeared a certain sandy section of the short course was going to eat the entire field, one rider at a time.
Fortunately all were able to continue. However some riders in other divisions weren't so lucky and this made a busy day for the medics.
Fortunately no one on Sunday had to be transported although at least a couple will need their injuries checked out by doctors. But on Saturday one rider went down hard enough to earn an ambulance ride to the hospital however his condition was unknown when this story was filed.
Overall, it appeared that most riders were glad to be back in the saddle once again and racing. And most didn't mind the rain.
Next week round 2 of the series moves to the Stead Motocross Track with the action beginning around 10 a.m. Sunday. The event is the Tim Dyer Memorial and honors a much respected and loved rider that passed away last year.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•After he suffered major injuries three weeks ago, it appeared that Gavin Clouser would be at Renown Medical Center for three months. However, he's made enough progress to be transferred to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Sacramento.
•MRANN hosts a two-day show this weekend. As usual, starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Pee Wees, Mini Bikes and V Women will race. The location is at the end of the frontage road on the south side of I-80 and accessed from the Nightingale off ramp.
On Sunday, the big bikes race in a point-to-point race designed by the Cheaters and Rim Benders motorcycle clubs. The start is on the west side of Lovelock with the first pit area by Trinity, after that they race to Saturday's pit area at Nightingale.
Then the fast riders will do a 45-mile loop to finish the race back at Nightingale. It's going to be a marathon for the racers.
•This weekend some local racers will journey to Mexico for the 27th annual Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250. More information can be found at the series website, www.score-international.com.
SMRA Spring Series - Round 1
Fernley Lion's Motoccross Track - March 2
— (Beg.) 1. Dylan Duncan, 2. Palmer Knoblock, 3. Cole Palotas, 4. Lala Turner, 5. Trey Maskaily
— (Jr.) 1. Tyler Zahniser, 2. Chase Cannizzaro, 3. Caden Carpinella, 4. Ashton Moncrief, 5. Nakana Domingo
— (Intr.) 1. Lux Turner
(Pee Wee Open) 1. Lux Turner, 2. Chase Cannizzaro, 3. Tyler Zahniser, 4. Caderi Carpinella, 5. Ashton Monorict
— (Beg.) 1. Ronnie Courtright, 2. Aren Duncan, 3. Hayden Fagundes, 4. Cody Zimmer, 5. Taren Turnage
— (Jr.) 1. Casey Carmichael, 2. Dylan Thorwaldson, 3. Ethan Lewis, 4. Wyatt Brixey, 5. Jared Mariscal
— (Open) 1. Dylan Thorwaldson, 2. Casey Carmichael
— (Beg.) 1. Dallas Serpa, 2. Nolan Stratton, 3. Tyler Crittenden, 4. Shane Johnson, 5. Dustin Gledhill
— (Jr.) 1. Gage Knecht, 2. Kaylee Darby, 3. Julian Domingo, 4. Tyler Gunn, 5. Alex Katzenbach
— (Intr.) 1. Colin McHaney, 2. Garrett Hueftle, 3. Garrett Darby
— (Super Mini) 1. Austin Serpa, 2. Garrett Hueftle, 3. Gage Knecht, 4. Julian Domingo, 5. Alex Katzenbach
— (Jr.) 1. Lonnie Madsen, 2. Brent Allen, 3. Steve Gard, 4. Vince Wall, 5. Greg Chapel
— (Int/Exp.) 1. Jerry Fox, 2. Al McElroy, 3. Peter Mayforth, 4. Eric Schacht, 5. Larry Brown
— (Jr.) 1. Lonnie Madsen, 2. Travis Hilbish, 3. Jeff Perrine
— (Intr.) 1. Tom Alexander, 2. Aaron Turnage, 3. Aaron Bissell
— (Exp.) 1. Tony Fagundes, 2. James Morningstar, 3. Gilbert Chick, 4. Marcus Gentry
— (Beg.) 1. Chris Gaarenstroom, 2. Dax Tucker, 3. Davi Blanchette, 4. David Bauer, 5. Robert Belinger
— (Jr.) 1. Sam Glaster, 2. Bill Soderquist, 3. Jeff Orr, 4. Manuel Santans, 5. Frank Homen
— (Intr.) 1. Brian Kuelper, 2. Jeston Ponciano, 3. Kirk Sego, 4. Jeramiah Brown, 5. Jeromie Sorhouet
— (Exp.) 1. Jason Shakespeare
— (Pro.) 1. Shawn Palmer, 2. Justin Mastalka, 3. Pete Cannizzaro
— (Beg.) 1. Mark Bevins
— (Jr.) Jeff Butler, 2. Brett Fay, 3. Chris McCuan, 4. Nolon Rudd, 5. Kyle Habberstad
— (Intr.) 1. Brain Kuelper, 2. Tyler Bryant, 3. Kyle Mason
Women - 1. Kaylee Darby, 2. Ashtyn Shepard, 3. Jordan Beck, 4. Samantha Monzo, 5. Kolby Assuras
Schoolboy - 1. Coal Dils, 2. Austin Walton, 3. Dylan Galliett, 4. Robert Cord, 5. Justin Lydick
2-Stroke Open - 1. Caleb Duster, 2. Jonathan Stamper, 3. Al McElroy
— (Beg.) 1. Cole Carmichael, 2. Eddy Minard, 3. Tyler Duran, 4. Devin Soderquist, 5. Austin Lewis
— (Jr., Div. 1) 1. Austin Walton, 2. Zach Kisman, 3. Brad Maga, 4. Auggie Roefer, 5. Justin Lydick
— (Jr., Div 2) 1. Chris Miller, 2. Kevin Fox, 3. Tervor Scrottish, 4. Scott Simmons, 5. Austin Serpa
— (Intr.) 1. Kyle Mason, 2. William Lee, 3. Robert Devins, 4. Cole Brokaw
Open Pro - 1. Adam Conway, 2. Alex Ficco
— (Beg.) 1. Cole Carmichael, 2. Dillon Clanton, 3. Zachary McElroy, 4. Michael Larosa, 5. Leland Graham
— (Jr.) 1. Greg Thiessen, 2. Zach Kisman, 3. Brad Maga, 4. Dennis Buckmeyer, 5. Chris Miller
— (Intr) 1. Coal Dils, 2. Austin Lahrer, 3. Anthony Walsh, 4. Cole Brokaw
— (Pro.) 1. Adam Conway, 2. Seth Johnson, 3. Tyler Pfeifer, 4. Alex Ficco