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Business Profile – Reno Motorsports

Reno Motorsports. I remember seeing the big RMS circular logo on a friend's truck back in the late 90's, wondering what all the hubbub was about. Why was this shop so revered? What was the big deal? Fast forward TWENTY years later and ten years inside the industry for this writer, and I finally realize why many people hold this shop so dear; it was, at that time, the only moto store opened to serve the weekend warrior and off-road rider. Dennis and Paul Ziegler, co-owner, friend and partner, opened the shop, and realized a section of the market had not been tapped in the Reno-Sparks area. Dennis Belingheri, co-owner of RMS, had this to say,"When we opened in 1996, we definitely saw the need for an off-road shop that catered to the weekend warrior who went out and rode trails. Off-road guys are definitely easier to deal with than say, your typical Harley guy." Dennis and Ziggy (as Paul Ziegler is referred to, affectionately) moved here from Las Vegas in the early 90's. Ziggy was employed by the Reno Hilton (casino marketing) and Dennis was a geologist in Beatty gold mining. Ziggy was burnt out, working at the Hilton (60 hours a week - paid...

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Rider Profile – Alex Ficco AKA Feeki

In this installment of our Rider Profile series, we interview Alex Ficco. Alex got his start early racing and has been a fixture for sometime now at the races. Most recently, you could see him at MotoSource. His recent claim to fame though, is being featured on Worldstar HipHop for this video - http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhM73G2NNa1382YX7l , garnering over 300K views on W.S.H.H. alone. He is soon to be bigtime in the hiphop game and he represents Northern Nevada and motocross with everything he does. We are stoked to have him as one of our profiles!   1. How old are you? How long have you been riding/racing? I'm 23 years old. Can't believe I've almost been riding for 10 years! I started seriously riding at 14 and racing right before I turned 15.  2. How did you get your start in racing? It was just something I always wanted to do. I grew up watching it on TV. When I finally got a bike, my buddies and I would just ride every day after school out in the Rancho Sandpits in Gardnerville. No water trucks or prepped tracks! I convinced my parents to take me and a friend to an open practice at mustang. We did...

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Nolan Rudd

Rider profile – Nolan Rudd # 658

Nolan Rudd, most famously, is the cousin of Drake McElroy. He is a fast local guy and he races the National Hare and Hound series (NHHA) in the newly minted 250 Pro class. Also, he frequently races local motocross, finishing at the top of the open class. He was gracious enough to answer some questions for us and we are proud to have him as our newest profiled rider! Thanks, Nolan!!!!!!   1. How old are you? How long have you been riding/racing? Just turned 25, I started riding when I was about 3 my first race desert race was when I was 4 and I went motoing at 6 2. How did you get your start in racing? My dad and the fact that I actually come from a big moto family the McElroys so racing is in my blood 3. What bike do you ride and what class do you ride? For moto I ride a KX450 in the plus 25 open class and for NHHA I ride a CR250 in the pro class 4. I see you are both an NHHA racer and a local motocrosser. Which do you prefer? I love moto and desert so that's a hard one to choose but blitzing big whoops 5th tapped...

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You Tell ‘EM, Melon! – Vol. 1

Welcome, MX775 readers, to my first installment of "You Tell 'Em, Melon!". Every few weeks, I will be spouting off about the races, news and other assorted crap that comes across my computer desk. Of course, I will also be waxing satirical, but really, how does the old saying go: "behind every joke is a nugget of truth"? Yeah.   First, lets talk about the absolute butt-whipping Eli Tomac put on #thediesel and the rest of the field. Eli said in interviews that he felt loose and could put the bike wherever he deemed. He didn't say "loose as a Goose" (shout out to my boy, Goose Trammel, you crazy mo fo!), but he did put more wax on the field that you did on your snowboard when it snowed last week in the mountains, bro. He looked like my old rival, Bad Billy Robinson on his Hurricane. Bad Billy used to get the best of me, but in the end, we were just good old friends racing because we loved it. That really has nothing to do with what happened last weekend, in moto 2 at Hangtown, but it's a cool way to feign inspiration, you know just by acting like...

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