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The biggest little motorcycle race
by Alanna Brown - Special to the Tribune
Oct 23, 2013 | 1435 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It’s back. ArenOcross, Reno’s original motocross race is returning this year after taking this past year off. The traditional race started in 1991 and has resided in Reno for 23 years.

The purpose is to get the Reno-Sparks community involved to come out and enjoy the one of a kind event.

“The first event I did was back in 1991, I took some time off after that and got back in it in 2000 and started working for a company that does this event, I got this old event back,” Robert Hansen said, the sales and marketing operator of the event.

The three-day-long event runs Nov. 15-17 at Reno Livestock Events Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 10 a.m. Sunday. Friday and Saturday are dedicated to the 40-50 racing professionals, and Sunday is dedicated to amateur riders. Between 250-300 amateur races that have registered.

Hansen put the whole event together, he worked hard to go out and get sponsorship, alerted the media, acquire the trophies and get all the track pieces together.

For any interested in racing in Sunday’s race, registration is $50 before the Nov. 1 cutoff and $60 after.

“What’s great is that it is indoors, you are sitting in the comfort of a seat, and the track is pretty small so you are able to see the whole race no matter where you are sitting,” Hansen said.

Thanks to KTM and Port of Subs, attendees have a chance to win a free KTM 50SX motorcycle. The winner also receives a $10,000 pro purse. Visit Reno KTM at 540 South Rock Blvd. in Sparks or any Northern Nevada Port of Subs located to submit your entry. The winner will be announced Saturday, Nov. 17.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, Reno Motor Sports, Summit Racing and many other places around the community.

“I’ve been a long time racer so this is exciting and fun, but this is a business too so if we don’t get enough riders than we can’t do it,” Hansen said.

Since the event is back this year, there is a unique touch that has been added to the event.

“At halftime there will be a freestyle show by a crew of riders where they perform and do tricks before the main event,” said Hansen. “It’s like your getting two shows in one.”

Safety is always something to worry about especially in a race like this located in a small arena. Hansen said that if the fans are happy and no one gets hurt than that makes for a successful event.

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