Nosara’s premiere motocross race kicked off under a dust cloud at Pista Ramirez, near Santa Marta on Sunday May 13.
Crowds gathered under cloudy skies in a field near the Rio Moñtana to watch the race.
Despite the constant threat of rain it was a dusty day and preceding the races a water truck sprayed water on parts of the track, turning dust into mud.
The race, which was the third round of the six race Guanacaste Motocross circuit. It featured riders from across Costa Rica and a few from the Nosara area as well.
In the rookie category, Luis Lopez, a Nosareño tied for first place. However, because he had only competed in the Nosara race and not the two previous rounds he was ranked 11th out of 20 riders in that category.
The race day overall was well attended.
Despite a lack of seating, hundreds turned out to crowd the sides of the racetrack, perching on hills to get a better view.
Bikes roared past spectators with only a meter or two of empty space between them.
The proceeds of the ticket sales, 2000 colones per person, and onsite food sales were donated to the Catholic Church. While the money is still being counted, based on the crowd size the Church can expect a big return.
More than 30 riders turned out to compete in six categories, which covered professional riders and amateurs alike.
The next race will be in Liberia although Wilson Guerrero Arias, one of the organizers of the circuit, is still unsure of the date.
There will also be two more races after that, although dates and locations still need to be determined.