SHAKOPEE, MN | PIRTEK SNOCROSS NATIONAL
Snocross kicked off the 2022 season in Shakopee, Minnesota at Canterubry Park. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, it has been two years since Snocross was able to make the annual stop at Canterbury Park. Needless to say, riders, crew, and fans alike were ready to get back to racing at the “Daytona” of Snocross.
This year also marks the second season in a row with a January start, opposed to kicking off the season Thanksgiving weekend in Duluth years past. The late start seems to be a good option as it provides ample time for athletes and crew to practice and prepare before diving head on into racing.
The track at Canterbury Park has always been one of the best in the series, and this weekend was no different. With sweeping corners, big air opportunities, technical rhythm sections, multiple lane choices, and fast straightaways, the riders and sleds had their work cut out for them. FXR athletes topped the podium 17 times over the weekend and brought home 44 total medals.
On Friday, Trenton Peterson #28 started off strong, placing 2-5 in his heat races and moving on to take 3rd in the final.
After going 1-2 in his heat races, Tucker Kraling #707 claimed the #2 spot on the box in Friday’s Stock 200 final.
FXR swept Saturday night’s 120 Champ podium.
Tavin Knudson #722 earned double heat race wins on Saturday and took 3rd in the final.
Jaxon Houkom #407 placed a consistent 2-2-2 in the 120 Champ class over the weekend.
2021 reigning champion, Avery Hemmer #415, did not disappoint—earning the big win in the final as well as a 2-1 in her heat races.
On Friday, Riley Johnson #106 started the season off strong, going 2-1 in his heat races and claiming the top spot on the box in the final.
Avery Hemmer #415 with another podium appearance—taking 2nd in Saturday’s Transition 8-10 final after placing 3-1 in her heat races.
JR GIRLS 9-13
Victoria Dillon #609 went 1-3 in her heat races on Saturday and moved on to take 3rd in the JR Girls 9-13 final.
After going 2-2 in her heat races, Cecily Bernaiche #24 raced to 2nd in the final.
Sporting her new #1 red plate, last year’s points champion, Kendall Rose, earned triple 1’s on Saturday to start the season off strong.
Brody Srsen #198 placed 1-2 in his heats and took 3rd in Saturday’s Transition 9-13 final.
After scoring 2-1 in his heat races, Caiden Pflipsen #323 went on to claim 2nd in Saturday’s final.
After finishing top 5 in points last season, Tanner Johnson #313 kept the momentum going into this season, going 1-1-1 on Saturday.
ISOC added a second day of racing for the Transition 9-13 class this season. We saw a couple of familiar faces back on the podium for day #2 of racing.
Brady Freeland #831 started Saturday off with a 1-2 in his heat races, moving on to take 3rd in the final.
Brody Srsen #198 made his second podium of the weekend, advancing to 2nd in Saturday’s final.
Tanner Johnson #313 scored another perfect 1-1-1 in Saturday’s Transition 9-13 class.
Brady Freeland #831 was back on the box in the JR 10-13 class, taking 3rd in the final after scoring 4-2 in his heat races.
After a 1-4 in his heat races, Colin Taggart #159 went on to take the #2 spot in Saturday’s JR 10-13 final.
Tanner Johnson #313 rounded off the weekend undefeated—another 1-1-1 in the JR 10-13 class.
Lawrence Eeg #810 placed 1-3 in his heats on Friday and raced to 3rd in the final.
Isaac Peterson #612 looked fast on Friday, going 2-1 in his heat races and scoring 2nd in the JR 14-15 final.
After scoring 3-1 in his heats on Saturday, Deegan Johnson #369 went on to take 3rd in the final.
Isaac Peterson #612 was consistent over the weekend, taking another 2nd place in Saturday’s JR 14-15 final.
Connor Campbell #331 started the season off strong, going 2-1 in his heats on Saturday and taking 3rd in the final.
After scoring 1-3 in his heats, Cade Fleming #433 moved on to take 2nd in the final.
Jan Even Romsdal #117 placed 3-2 in his heat races on Saturday and went on to claim the big win in the final.
After scoring 1-3 in his heats on Friday, Gavin Love #59 raced to the #1 spot on the box in Friday night’s Sport Lite final.
A familiar face and fan favorite, Cameron Cole #747 made his 2022 season debut scoring a perfect 1-1-1 in the Sport Lite class on Saturday.
Domenic Hegman #113 had plenty of success last season, and this season is shaping up to be no different. Hegman scored double heat race wins on Friday and moved on to take 3rd in the final.
Eric Downs #129 is another strong rider backed by a solid support group. Downs went 2-3 in his heats on Friday and scored the big win in the final.
Last year’s Sport Lite champion, Kellen Chapuran #254, kicked off the season with a 2-2 in his heat races on Saturday. Chapuran went on to claim 2nd in Saturday night’s Sport final.
PRO AM PLUS 30
Devin Denman #972 placed 4-3 in his heats on Saturday and went on to take 3rd in the Pro Am Plus 30 final.
Team LaVallee’s Andy Lieders #57 continued to dominate the Pro Am Plus 30 class, scoring a perfect 1-1-1 on Saturday.
After finishing 2nd in points last season, Troy Horbaty #157 kept the momentum going, placing 3-2 in his moto’s for a 2nd place overall in the Pro Snowbike class on Friday.
2021 season points champion, Jesse Kirchmeyer #1 continued his reign in the Pro Snowbike class over the weekend. Kirchmeyer claimed a perfect weekend, winning both of his moto’s, resulting in double overall wins.
PRO AM WOMEN
Sporting a new last name on her jersey, Malene Cottew #93 was back with a bang. After a tight points race last season, the reigning champ continued her success over the weekend, scoring a perfect 1-1-1 on Friday. Unfortunately, in Saturday night’s Pro Am Women final, Cottew had an off resulting in a DNF for the night. We received word Cottew is OK, but are awaiting a more in depth update on her status.
Woodies Racing’s Taven Woodie #873 is one of the toughest riders on the track. After a crash in Friday night’s final and a broken nose, Woodie came back on Saturday and claimed the big win in the Pro Am Women final.
Typically racing in the Pro Am Plus 30 class, Andy Lieders #57 decided to sign up for Pro Lite on Friday since the vet class only races on Saturdays. Lieders went into Friday’s races with a positive outlook which greatly paid off. Lieders went 4-3 in his heat races and landed in the #2 spot on the box in Friday night’s final.
Team LaVallee’s Ryley Bester #151 has been a frequent podiumer over the years. Bester was looking fast all weekend, with a heat race win and 3rd place podium finish Saturday night.
Nick Lorenz #572 made his debut on a new team over the weekend—Hemmer Motorsports. Lorenz rode impressively, scoring 3-2 in his heats on Saturday and taking 2nd in the final.
Adam Peterson #3, sporting a new number and making his debut in the Pro class, proved himself over the weekend. The Team LaVallee athlete went 4-5 in his heat races on Saturday and raced to the 3rd place podium spot in the final.
Racing for a new team this season, Elias Ishoel #200 made his debut on Thene Motorsports. Ishoel’s speed is still second to none, earning double wins over the weekend and claiming a jump start on the points lead.
We have a quick turn-around this week, heading straight to Dubuque, Iowa for rounds 3 & 4 on January 14th and 15th. Hope to see you there!