The event used a different format as it started in Lovelock, with the first pits 50 miles away at Trinity. Next the riders headed west on a 34-mile long section, ducked under I-80 ending up at the second pits at the east end of the old highway at Nightingale.
Then those wishing to complete the full race did a 44-mile long loop to the finish line close to the pits. Almost from the start the race was between two riders, with a young lion being chased by a veteran.
"The race was good and a blast," Levi Hutchings said after crossing the finish line first. "I felt Dan (Capperelli) behind me the whole time. I was trying to conserve some energy on the first two loops as it was such a long race but he didn't let me as he just kept pushing, pushing and pushing."
While he didn't get the hole shot, Hutchings grabbed the point then was hounded by the veteran Capperelli. Coming into the first pits they were only 22 seconds apart.
Light winds made dust a problem for some riders but in Hutchings case it was a blessing.
"The course was awesome but it was dusty. I knew if that big 450 got around me on those roads it would be really hard to catch him so the dust definitely played in my favor," he said.
Then he thanked his wife, father and brother for their support. And added sponsors FMF, 5th Gear Power Sports and Fine Line Suspension.
Although they left the second pits only 10-seconds apart the gap grew to over two minutes by the finish line. Still Capperelli finished second.
Asked about that gap he said, "My age started showing and I started getting a little bit tired. I pushed and pushed but every time I got up on the back of him, I couldn't make the pass in the dust."
Then he thanked his wife and sponsors Dunlop, Fast Flex, RMS, FMF, PDI and Motul Oil.
While Capperelli is in his mid 50's, Hutchings is quite a bit younger so this time old age and treachery didn't win the day. But there was one time when he did lead Hutchings and that's when they were in the pits for the final time.
As usual in a MRANN race riders don't have to complete the full length to be classed as a finishers. In this event they only had to complete the first two stages.
One veteran coming back after taking last year off from racing was 58-year-old Michelle Danson, a fixture in local racing for the past several years. And she did complete all three sections of this race.
Behind the experts came the amateurs and they too had a race going until the final loop. But when the dust settled Joe Gatie took the class and finished 19th overall.
"That was an awesome course, a perfect mixture of rocks, whoops and sand. My favorite part was the waterfall out back, real nice, technical and I like the technical stuff," he said.
Trailing going into the final loop Gatie made the winning pass when the leader fell over going up the final loop's waterfall section.
"I was right behind him, got around and never saw him again," he said.
Then he thanked his family pit crew, a friend named Ryan and the Lord.
Most waterfall sections are downhill but this time the riders went up one. And not everybody had an easy time including one rider that said his bike just wouldn't go up it so he had to find an alternate way.
Both the amateur and novice lines start their race behind the experts after a time delay to allow the dust to clear. And both the Amateur and Novice riders soon caught the line ahead of them.
In the case of the Novice winner 14-year-old Mason Stone, he caught the slowest amateur rider about five miles after the start. A hard, fast ride took him to 37th overall.
"The race was tiring, real tiring but the sand washes with a lot of turns were fun. But the waterfall, oh my God, it sucked," he said.
The race was also a challenge for Stone as he lost the use of fourth gear and at the waterfall the chain came off his bike. Fortunately someone helped get it back in place so he could continue.
He also thanked his parents and CMS for their support.
On Saturday the Pee Wees, Mini Bike and V Women racers set up shop where the second pits on Sunday was located.
In the Pee Wee race young Carley Lengenbauer won the overall Pee Wee race followed by Rankin (No last name listed) and Ryder Thomoselli, who won their respective 50cc divisions.
Once again the Mini Bikes and V Women ran a combined race along with one Bomber rider. When the dust settled Chrystal Ponsock won the overall and V Women class followed by Austin Wilson, who topped the Mini Bike division.
Now everyone gets a week off until the Sand Box GP staged the weekend of the 23-24 where MRANN racers and area Motocross riders face off for a fun race at Fernley. Each day ends with team racing for bragging rights.
OTHER RACING NEWS
•Last year Tim Dyer, a loved and respected motocross racer, passed away. This weekend SMRA's second round of their spring championship series was named in his honor.
The event was held at the Stead Motocross track and an estimated 419 riders showed up not only to race but to honor Dyer's memory and contributions to the sport.
•Las Vegas is the Busch brother's hometown and they spent the weekend racing in both NASCAR events there. On Saturday Kyle Busch came 23rd to finish second in the Nationwide event.
On Sunday both brothers were in the field and Kyle ended up 4th after starting 13th while older brother Kurt started 24th and finished 20th.
MRANN, Round 2
Rimeaters 120 - Lovelock to Nightingale
•Saturday, March 9
65 Nov. - 1. Carley Legenbauer
50cc, 7+ - 1. Rankin, 2. Ty Milligan, 3. Tristan Morrice
50cc, 6- - 1. Ryder Thomoselli, 2. Peyton Daughheter, 3. Seth Rigsby, 4. Austin Hough, 5. Destry Rigsby
Overall - 1. Chrystal Ponsock (V Wom Exp.), 2. Austin Wilson (100 Ex.), 3. Gary Moore (Bomber), 4. Katie Rosenquist (V Wom.), 5. Jonas Thissen (100 Ama.), 6. Devynn Muhlenberg (V Wom Ama.), 7. Sean Dingley (100 Nov.), 8. Karlie Hiscock (V Wom Nov.), 9. Jessica Machofta (V Wom Ama.), 10. Mackinze Dingley (V Wom Ama.)
•Sunday, March 10
Big Bike Overall - Levi Hutchings (250 Exp.), 2. Dan Capperelli, 3. Tanner Tremaine (Open Exp.), 4. Kyle Townsend, 5. Michael Berenbak, 6. Adam Thissen, 7. Mark Dowers (50+ Exp.), 8. Taylor Dahlberg, 9. Josh Wilson (30+ Exp.), 10. Brandon Henning, 11. Joe Haney (200 Exp.), 12. Steve Arcouette, 13. Erik Hatch, 14. Justin Legenbauer, 15. Tim Fitzpatrick (40+ Exp.), 16. Randy Adams, 17. Jake Osborn (4-Stk Exp.), 18. Alan Cameron, 19. Joe Gatie (250 Ama.), 20. Ron Miner, 37. Mason Stone, (200 Nov.)
* - Unofficial, the full results will be posted later this week at www.racemrann.com.