Writing and photos by Crystal Magiera / Crystal Wallem Photography

Snocross has officially reached the mid-way point in the season with five stops under our belts—Mt. Zion Ski Hill in Ironwood, MI, Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN, Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds in Deadwood, SD, Grand Prix de Valcourt in Quebec, Canada, and the Seneca Allegany Resort in Salamanca, NY.

We’ve had a mixed bag of weather so far this season including mud and rain, blustery and frigid conditions, and sunny and warm temps. With that being said, much skepticism had been floating around on whether or not there would be an ample amount of snow to build a track and host some of these events. The ISOC crew deserves a major applause for pulling off every single one of these events with a track sufficient for us to go racing.

Let’s check in with some of our FXR-backed teams for a mid-season update —

No doubt the biggest and saddest news in the sport this season is the accident involving 5-time Pro Champion Elias Ishoel #200. After going 1-1-1 on Friday in Deadwood, Saturday night was looking promising for another podium… until a scary crash in the third round of the evening’s Triple Crown resulted in a week-long hospital stay and even longer road to recovery for the beloved Champ. Elias suffered a variety of injuries including a fractured elbow, broken femur, collapsed lung, broken ribs, liver lacerations, and fractured vertebrae. The Champ is unfortunately out for the season but has displayed an incredibly positive attitude despite the circumstances. Ishoel made his first appearance, after the Deadwood incident, in New York as he took a parade lap both nights during opening ceremonies. Elias remained 5th in points at the start of Saturday night’s races in New York, despite being out for the season.


 After consistently placing within the top 10 for much of the season, Drew Freeland #28 finally had his break Saturday night in New York where he scooped up a 3rd place podium finish. Freeland looks to keep the momentum rolling into the next rounds in Sioux Falls.

Sport class rookie Brady Freeland #831 has earned podium spots at every event so far, including two wins. Freeland is sitting 3rd in overall points at the midway point in the season.

Skogquist brothers, AJ and Wyatt, have been dominating the Junior 14-15 class and making positive, learning strides in the Sport Lite class. The brothers have collected numerous podium finishes in the Junior 14-15 class, sitting 1st and 3rd in points, and have collected a handful of top-10 finishes in Sport Lite.

  • Elias Ishoel #200 – PRO (injured)
  • Drew Freeland #28 – PRO LITE
  • Brady Freeland #831 – SPORT
  • AJ Skogquist #113 – SPORT LITE, JUNIOR 14-15
  • Wyatt Skogquist #172 – SPORT LITE, JUNIOR 14-15


Thene Motorsports is turning out to be a frequent flyer of the podium this season. With 6 trips to the podium so far, Francis Pelletier #220 is looking to be one of the top competitors in the Pro ranks. Pelletier is currently 2nd in points with only a 14-point gap behind the leader, Emil Harr.

The unstoppable Pro Lite rookie Crayden Dillon #96 was looking to sweep the season, winning every Pro Lite final through the rounds in Valcourt. The Canadian was eventually dethroned in New York where he missed the podium by one position. Dillon holds a 47-point lead in the Pro Lite class at the midway point of the season.

Satellite rider Tanner Johnson #313 has shown great speed in his heat races throughout the season. Saturday night in Deadwood, it all came together for Johnson where he took the win in the Sport class. Johnson sits 8th in points.

Cole Cottew has remained on the sidelines this season due to an ongoing leg injury but can be seen hanging around the pits and track at every race. Despite being “sick of not being on the track,” there is always a classic-Cole smile on his face.


  • Francis Pelletier #220 – PRO
  • Crayden Dillon #96 – PRO LITE
  • Tanner Johnson #313 – SPORT (satellite rider)
  • Cole Cottew #14 – PRO (injured)  



Leading the team in the Pro ranks, Marcus Ogemar #9 has been making large strides in adjusting to his new team and new class. Ogemar earned his best finish in Shakopee, placing 7th overall in the Triple Crown, after taking 3rd in his final round. The Sweden native experienced a hiccup in Deadwood after a competitor’s sled landed on his hand, resulting in 13 stitches. Ogemar powered through the pain, despite the medical professional’s opinion, and got right back to racing straight after his trip to the FXR Mobile Medical trailer where he placed within the top 10.

3-time Pro Women Champion, Malene Cottew #93, sits in the lead with an impressive 58-point difference between her and 2nd. Cottew has had nearly a perfect season, winning every single one of her finals except for two—not to mention a multitude of heat races wins. Cottew secured her 50th win in the Snocross Pro Women’s class on Sunday in Valcourt and looks to notch on some more.

Coming off of a season-ending injury last year, Jeremy Beaulieu #122 has earned a handful of top-5 finishes so far this season. Beaulieu achieved his first podium in the Pro Lite class taking 3rd place in Valcourt.


As one of the youngest competitors in the Junior / Transition divisions, Holden Kuhn #180 has been continually learning and adjusting to his classes. In Deadwood, Kuhn won one of his heat races and qualified an impressive 3rd for his final. In between the national races, Kuhn also competes in regionals where one of his highlights was going undefeated in the 8-10 class.


  • Marcus Ogemar #9 – PRO
  • Malene Cottew #93 – PRO AM WOMEN
  • Jeremy Beaulieu #122 – PRO LITE
  • Holden Kuhn #180 – JUNIOR/TRANSITION
  • Hudson Kuhn #170 – JUNIOR/TRANSITION (injured)



Adam Peterson #3 continues his third season in the Pro ranks, showing much consistency in his results. Peterson steadily placed within the top-5, or close to it, in the majority of his finals and continues to display great speed. 


Pro rookie Ryley Bester #15 has shown improved confidence and results as the season progresses, including a handful of top-5 overall finishes. Bester finished his final season in the Pro Lite class 2nd in points—needless to say, there is a lot of pressure and eyes on him in his rookie Pro season.

Andy Lieders #57 truly races for the fun of it and continuously succeeds in the Pro Am Plus 30 class. Lieders has competed in two out of his five rounds so far this season, yet still sits 7th in overall points.


  • Adam Peterson #3 – PRO
  • Ryley Bester #15 – PRO
  • Andy Lieders #57 – PRO AM PLUS 30  



Daniel Benham #221 has become a rising star in the Pro class, taking the win both nights in New York. Benham has earned a handful of top-10 overall finishes throughout the season this far and has worked his way up to 5th in points.


By the halfway point in the season, Trent Wittwer #115 has accumulated a pair of podium finishes—3rd in Shakopee and 2nd in Valcourt—and currently sits 7th in the Pro Lite points race.

Taven Woodie #873 continues her recovery from an off-season injury but, in the meantime, has nestled into another role announcing for the circuit.


  • Daniel Benham #221 – PRO
  • Trent Wittwer #115 – PRO LITE
  • Taven Woodie #873 – PRO AM WOMEN (injured)



Tyler Archambault #901 had his best success so far this season during Rounds 5 & 6 in Deadwood where he captured a 2nd place podium spot on Friday in addition to a 5th in Saturday night’s Pro Lite final. Archambault is currently 9th in overall points.


Holeshot Inanna Hauger #331 has continued to grow her collection of medals and podium finishes as the season progresses—boasting seven of them so far—missing out on three due to crashes and tangles. Currently 2nd overall in the Pro Am Women class, Hauger continues her chase for the championship.

Dominating the Junior Girls class, Avery Hemmer #415 has topped the box in all four of her finals this season, making her the current points leader. Hemmer also competes in the Transition 9-10 class where she earned a notable 4th place final finish in Shakopee.

Lila Hemmer #005 is one of the top competitors in the 120 Champ class, yet she also competes in both the Transition 8-10 and Junior Girls classes. Lila has shown impressive speed and progress but unfortunately her momentum came to a halt after taking handlebars to the gut in Deadwood. The unfortunate result was a lacerated liver, sidelining her for the remainder of the season.


  • Tyler Archambault #901 – PRO LITE
  • Inanna Hauger #331 – PRO AM WOMEN
  • Avery Hemmer #415 – TRANSITION 9-10, JR GIRLS 9-13
  • Lila Hemmer #005 – TRANSITION 8-10, JR GIRLS 9-13, 120 CHAMP (injured)



Emeric Legendre #144 has had good success in his qualifying races this season but had struggled to put it all together in his finals until Rounds 9 & 10 in New York where he placed 5th both nights.

Representing the team in the Pro Am Women class, Ava McCurdy #42 has been consistent with her results and currently sits 6th in the points race.

Currently leading the Sport Lite class in points, Trenton Hilmerson #515 has earned 3 podium finishes so far this season as well as multiple top-5 finishes.



  • Emeric Legendre #144 – PRO LITE
  • Ava McCurdy #42 – PRO AM WOMEN
  • Trenton Hilmerson #515 – SPORT LITE



With a packed field of racers this season, the Pro Lite class has easily become one of the most challenging and competitive divisions. Oskar Englund #339 has been feeling the pressure and continues to fight for success in this demanding class.


Jordan Biese #228 kicked off the season in the Sport class where he scooped up a couple top-3 qualifier finishes. Unfortunately, Biese suffered a hand injury and bruised hip during Round 3 at Canterbury Park which left him sidelined until New York. Upon his return, Biese bumped up a class to try his hand in the Pro Lite division.

Starting in Rounds 9 & 10 in New York, GMR signed on Jenny Lundstrom #115 to represent the team in the Pro Am Women class where she placed an impressive 2nd in Saturday night’s final.


  • Oskar Englund #339 – PRO LITE
  • Jordan Biese #228 – SPORT
  • Jenny Lundstrom #115 – PRO WOMEN



Pro Lite athlete Eric Downs #129 has worked his way to 8th in overall points at the halfway point in the season. Downs earned his best finish in Deadwood, taking 5th place in the Pro Lite final.


  • Eric Downs #129 – PRO LITE



Currently 5th in points in the Pro Lite class, Kenny Mandryk #61 scooped up a 3rd place podium finish in Valcourt after going 1-1 in his qualifiers—not to mention a handful of top-5 finishes throughout the first half of the season.


Sport class rider Kellen Chapuran #254 earned an exciting win in Deadwood Friday night to add to his growing collection of podium finishes this season. Chapuran continues to climb the ladder in the overall points race, currently sitting in 4th.

At the midway point in the season, Caiden Pflipsen #323 has accumulated a whopping 10 heat race wins and 3 podium finishes, including a win in New York.


  • Kenny Mandryk #61 – PRO LITE
  • Kellen Chapuran #254 – SPORT
  • Caiden Pflipsen #323 – SPORT LITE



Representing the team in the Pro class, Evan Daudt #413 continues to adjust to his new team and brand. Daudt had his best finish of the season so far in Ironwood where he secured a 7th place in the Pro final. Though Daudt’s progress came to a halt during Triple Crown Round 1 in New York when another rider’s sled landed on his hand coming over the finish line table top jump. Daudt suffered multiple lacerations to his hand with exposed fractures and tendons. We hope to see him back on the track soon, though Daudt has not concluded what the rest of his season will entail.

Nikella Callan #432 has displayed consistent results in the Pro Women’s class and continues to make progressive strides.

Cale Callan #34 is one of two Pro Lite riders to represent Boss Racing. Callan has struggled to make finals this season but shows determination and progressing speed in his heat races.

Boss Racing’s second Pro Lite rider, Dylan Roes #12, has secured a handful of top-3 finishes in his qualifiers so far this season including a win in round 2 Saturday night in Deadwood. Roes’ best finishes in a final took place at Canterbury Park and Deadwood where he earned 6th place for both.


  • Evan Daudt #413 – PRO (injured)
  • Nikella Callan #432 – PRO AM WOMEN
  • Cale Callan #34 – PRO LITE
  • Dylan Roes #12 – PRO LITE



Snowbike continues the Triple Crown format for the second season, competing at three of the stops on the national tour—Canterbury Park, ERX Motorpark, and Spirit Mountain in Duluth. Snowbike has completed one of the three Triple Crowns at the midway point of the season.


R.J Marnoch #630 is proving to be a top competitor in the Snowbike class this season, placing 2nd overall both nights at Canterbury Park after placing no worse than 3rd in any of his Moto’s. Marnoch currently sits 2nd in the overall points race, 10 points behind the leader.

2022-2023 season points champion Troy Horbaty #157 returns for another season, taking 3rd overall Friday night at Canterbury Park after going 2-3 in his Moto’s. Horbaty ended the weekend with a 4th overall on Saturday. Snowbike’s next Triple Crown is scheduled for Rounds 15 & 16 at ERX, but in the meantime, Horbaty will continue to compete on a snowmobile in the Pro Lite division.

Next stop on the Amsoil Championship Snocross tour brings us back to South Dakota at the W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds in Sioux Falls. With only 4 stops and 8 Rounds remaining, FXR athletes need to be on their A-game for their contention in the Championship.

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