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MRANN ends spring season at Honey Lake
by Dan McGee
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — The course at Honey Lake Motocross Park included this water hazard or mud bowl. On his way to winning the Expert race Sunday, Reece Honea splashes his way through it during an early lap of the two-hour long event.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — The course at Honey Lake Motocross Park included this water hazard or mud bowl. On his way to winning the Expert race Sunday, Reece Honea splashes his way through it during an early lap of the two-hour long event.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Amateur winner Joe Gatie, from Susanville, Calif., splashes his way through the water hazard at the Honey Lake course on Sunday.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Amateur winner Joe Gatie, from Susanville, Calif., splashes his way through the water hazard at the Honey Lake course on Sunday.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Austin Wilson roars through one of the motocross sections at the Honey Lake course. The 13-year-old went on to win the Novice event in Sunday's MRANN event at Honey Lake.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Austin Wilson roars through one of the motocross sections at the Honey Lake course. The 13-year-old went on to win the Novice event in Sunday's MRANN event at Honey Lake.
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Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Chrystal Ponsock heads down a rocky wash during Saturday's V Women/Bomber/Vintage bike race at Honey Lake. She was the early leader, finished third overall and won the Women's class at the MRANN event.
Tribune photo by Dan McGee — Chrystal Ponsock heads down a rocky wash during Saturday's V Women/Bomber/Vintage bike race at Honey Lake. She was the early leader, finished third overall and won the Women's class at the MRANN event.
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MILFORD, CALIF. — The desert racers that compete in MRANN ended their spring season with the 4th annual "Go Big or Go Home, Corey Herring Memorial European Scrambles." It's becoming a Father's Day weekend tradition and once again the venue was the Honey Lake Motocross Park.

The course is a mixture of motocross and desert along with some technical sections including a water hazard riders had to negotiate.

"It was a pretty long day going up. I got a bad start then tried to keep it on two the best I could and that was pretty good. The hardest was probably the two loosey, rocky uphill, I struggled with them all day and it looked like everyone else was too," Reece Honea said after winning the Expert race.

Then he thanked Reno Motor Sports, Troy Lee Design, Oakley Goggles as well as his family and girlfriend.

Unlike most MRANN races, each big-bike group on Sunday had a separate event timed event. The Expert division's race was two hours long.

When the race started, Tucker Larrieu took off with the pack in hot pursuit. Unfortunately, he got a flat front tire and crashed right before entering the mud hole water hazard.

He was able to get back up and take off but retired after reaching the pits. Behind him a charging Robert Underwood also came to grief with motor problems.

Honea finally overcame his bad start and led for most of the race with Michael Berenbak and C.J. Crandall taking second and third.

The amateur race was an hour and 45 minutes long and Joe Gatie, from Susanville led from start to finish. In fact, he checked out after the first lap and left everyone in his dust.

Taking second was Dino Rosa followed by Max Freise.

After the checkered flag Gatie said, "The race was excellent, it compares to Virginia City with all those rocks out back but it's pretty good. My least favorite part was that mud hole when I got wet the first time. And I need to thank my family and the Lord for keeping us all safe out there."

Shortest race of the day was the Novice event as it ran for 75 minutes. Despite this the race was just as intense as the others.

The lead and win was disputed by two riders that finished one-two in Saturday's Mini Bike event. This time however the order was reversed.

After the start, 13-year-old Austin Wilson took the point with Austin Serpa giving chase. They soon had such a lead the race for the overall lead became their private battle.

One signature feature of Honey Lake is a huge hill. The course sent riders up then back down, through the mud pit, down a rocky wash and back up and over the hill. It was a test for everybody, especially as there were motocross sections before and after that.

At the end, Wilson won much to the delight of his family.

In the post race interview he said, "It was fun. I didn't make any mistakes, kept a smooth ride and never crashed. I liked the hill and the motocross track."

Sunday is reserved for the youngest racers as well as the Mini Bikes, V Women and any Bomber/Vintage bikes. They still race in timed events but on a short course that didn't include the big hill. Camie Ingram won the Pee Wee race followed by Lawson Williams and Collin Hutson.

Then it was time for the Mini Bikes to race. After the uphill charge from the starting gate to the course Austin Serpa held the point while Austin Wilson and Mason Parker were chasing him.

For several laps the two Austin's were very close to each other but in the end Serpa reached the finish first with Wilson not to far behind him in second place.

Saturday ended with the combined V Women/Bomber/Vintage race. And the Women got a head start over the Bombers.

Up front Chrystal Ponsock was on point and charging. Behind her both Sean Berryman and Sean Rhodes were giving chase.

It took a bit for the men to catch the flying Ponsock but even after they passed her, she never let up and chased them to the checkered flag finishing third overall and winning the V Women's class.

Once the dust settled she said, "Boy am I tired! It was fun but the lack of riding over the past few months has got me this time."

Up front the leaders, both riding Bomber bikes, not only scored first and second but also shared something special on this Father's Day weekend.

Winner Berryman said, "It was a lot of fun, I have a new respect for the guys that were racing 20-years ago. I raced an '82 Maico 250. The course was pretty good so the handling wasn't too bit a factor but I could tell the difference in the horsepower between the new bikes and the old bikes. Back in the day, horsepower was king, that's for sure."

Then reflecting on how he and his father, Jim Berryman, were in the same race, he added, "It was great and I think it was an experience we'll probably both never forget. It's been since '98 or '99 since we lined up on the same starting line together. I think that's what made it a lot more special than just going out and racing."

Taking second was Sean Rhodes for Roseville, Calif., who said, "I'm riding an '84 RM250 Suzuki held together by duct tape and zip ties. It was great and the best part is that it's Father's Day weekend, I'm up here racing with my daughter Kyleigh and I'm glad to come out here and support the Corey fund."

There is a scholarship fund set up for deserving MRANN racers and people donate money before the event and when they sign in at the track. T-shirt sales also help the fund.

Herring's parents were present and greeted the riders after they finished their races. They also handed out finishing pins as well as decals that honored their son.

•Sean Natenstedt scored a first by winning two different IMCA Modified races at two different tracks on the same night. After winning at Rattlesnake Raceway in Fallon, his crew packed the cars, one was for his wife Missey, and headed for Lovelock Speedway.

That track held their IMCA Modified main until Natenstedts could unload their cars. Despite starting in the back, he raced to his second victory that event.

•The results from Rattlesnake Raceway weren't posted due to protests in both the Gen-X and Hobby Stock divisions.

OTHER RACING NEWS.

•This weekend the Northern Nevada Kart Clubs hosts its first World Karting Association national event at Desert Park Raceway. Saturday is for practice sessions and racing begins around 10 a.m. on Sunday. Kart racers from several states are expected to compete in this event.

•The Reno/Tahoe/Fernley Speedway will be in action starting at 6 p.m. Saturday with a full list of divisions including KWS Lites sprint cars, Outlaw Karts and IMCA Modifieds.

•The Busch brothers spent the weekend at Michigan International Speedway. Kyle finished fourth in Saturday's Nationwide event then ended up fourth in Sunday's Sprint Cup race where older brother Kurt, after starting second, had problems and fell back to 35th.

•Promoter Robert Hansen, who is bringing Arenocross back in November, has some exciting news for those racers coming from out of the area.

John Ascuaga's Nugget will pick up the entry fees for all the professional riders and $10.00 of each amateur entry. The only requirement is staying one or more nights and the rooms will be discounted.

Now that the area's motocross and desert season are in their summer hiatus Hansen is offering those with dual sport bikes two-days of trail riding in the Topaz Lake area. The dates are July 20 and 21, for further information e-mail him at, ontrac702@gmail.com.

RESULTS

MRANN Racing Series - Honey Lake Motocross Park

4th Annual, Go Big or Go Home Corey Herring European Scrambles

Sunday, June 16

Novice:

Overall - 1. Austin Wilson, 2. Austin Serpa, 3. Philip Rhodes, 4. Max Parker, 5. Loren Hall, 6. Jay Well, 7. Brent Fay, 8. Kody Weil, 9. Will Allen, 10. Mason Parker, 11. Blaze Brucato, 12. Ryan Wilson, 13. James Ducey, 14. Jason Whinery, 15. Dillon Boyson, 16. Joseph Smith, 17. Jared Silva, 18. Tylor Vanderville, 19. Donvan Morris, 20. Ty Newman

Amateur:

Overall - 1. Joe Gatie, 2. Dino Rosa, 3. Max Freise, 4. Max Pecoraro, 5. Ed Sellers, 6. Stephen Helms, 7. Corey Fletcher, 8. James Leifer, 9. Eric Hensel, 10. Mike Kenney, 11. Mike Schwartz, 12. Matthew McKimmy, 13. Jesse Richardson, 14. Reese Rigsby, 15. Dennis Buckmeyer, 16. Kevin Wallace, 17. Grant Brothers, 18. Jake Walker, 19. Tony VanDover, 20. Dusten Baldwin

Experts:

Overall - 1. Reece Honea, 2. Michael Berenbak, 3. C.J. Crandall, 4. Kyle Townsend, 5. Tallon Newman, 6. Tanner Tremaine, 7. Stephen Tichenor, 8. Dustin Genovese, 9. Dakota Jamieson, 10. Ricky Dahlberg, 11. Randy Wood, 12. Patrick Lundgren, 13. Reese Barker, 14. Tyler Dahlberg, 15. Jake Osborn, 16. Josh Wilson, 17. Justin Legenbauer, 18. Adam Thissen, 19. Robert Nelson, 20. Chris Maas

•Saturday, June 15

Pee Wees Overall - 1. Camie Ingram, 2. Lawson Williams, 3. Collin Hutson, 4. Tristan Morrice, 5. Austin Hough, 6. Ryder Thomaselli, 7. Andrew Anderson, 8. Landen Williams, 9. Alyssa Pinkston, 10. Cynder Melton

6 & Under - 1. Austin Hough, 2. Ryder Thomaselli, 3. Landen Williams, 4. Ave Delaney, 5. Seth Rigsby

7 & Older - 1. Camie Ingram, 2. Lawson Williams, 3. Tristan Morrice, 4. Ollie Bonner

4-Stroke - 1. Andres Anderson, 2. Alyssa Pinkston, 3. Anthony Braun

65cc - 1. Collin Hutson, 2. Cynder Melton

Mini Bikes Overall - 1. Austin Serpa, 2. Austin Wilson, 3. Mason Parker, 4. Max Parker, 5. James Tenant, 6. Jonas Thissen, 7. Levi Wosick, 8. Alek Simone, 9. Riley Wood, 10. Ryder Schwartz

65cc Ama - 1. Riley Wood, 2. Ryder Schwartz, 3. Ezra Belingheri, 4. Jesse White, 5. Henry Anderson

100cc:

Nov - 1. AlekSimone, 2. Tristan Furlong, 3. Seth Ramsay, 4. Sean Dingley, 5. Brendin Pinkston

Ama - 1. Mason Parker, 2. James Tenant, 3. Jonas Thissen, 4. Levi Wosick

Exp - 1. Austin Serpa, 2. Austin Wilson, 3. Max Parker

V Women/Bomber/Vintage Overall - 1. Sean Berryman, 2. Sean Rhodes, 3. Chrystal Ponsock, 4. Jim Berryman, 5. Beth Legenbauer, 6. Joel Ellis, 7. Kyleigh Rhodes, 8. Michael Dixon, 9. Gary Moore, 10. Robert McAdam

V Women:

Nov - 1. Kyleigh Rhodes, 2. Nicole Rigsby, 3. Brittany Hutchings, 4. Jessica Rankin, 5. Cassie Searle

Ama - 1. Jessica MacHutta, 2. Janeen Rigsby, 3. Mackinze Dingley, 4. Devynn Muhlenben

Exp - 1. Chrystal Ponsock, 2. Beth Legenbauer, 3. Julianne Zotter

Bomber - 1. Sean Berryman, 2. Sean Rhodes, 3. Jim Berryman, 4. Gary Moore

Vintage - 1. Joel Ellis, 2. Michael Dixon, 3. Robert McAdam, 4. Devin Genovese

•Lovelock Speedway - June, 15

IMCA Modifieds:

Heat Winners - #1 Randy Artz, #2 Jeff Elerick Jr.

Main (20 Laps) - 1. Shawn Natenstedt, 2. Jeff Elerick Jr., 3. Randy Artz, 4. Alec Childs, 5. Don Childs

IMCA Northern Sportmods:

Heat Winner - Jeff Tuttle

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Zachary Cail, 2. Jeff Tuttle, 3. Shirley Reeves

Hobby Stocks:

Heat Winners - #1 Michael Ellison, #2 Loren Bianchi

Main (15 Laps) - 1. Michael Ellison, 2. Bryce Phillips, 3. Ricky Ellison, 4. Ray Quinn
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