SHAKOPEE, MN | PIRTEK SNOCROSS NATIONAL
January 6-8, 2017 Canterbury Park
Writing and Photos by Crystal Wallem
This past weekend, we made our way to Shakopee, Minnesota for one of the best races of the season; Canterbury Park, where there’s always a challenging track and a huge crowd with lots of energy. The original plan was to race Friday and Saturday, but after the cancellation of Sunday’s races in Duluth due to heavy fog, we got to race three whole days in Shakopee! This past Sunday’s races served as the make up day from Duluth.
It was another frigid weekend with the temperature consistently being in the single digits and below. But our FXR riders, once again, made numerous appearances on the podium all throughout the weekend—an amazing 31 total FXR podiums over the course of the three days. You guys all make us so proud.
We started Friday off with two very familiar faces. Eric Downs #129 and Carson Alread #631 both made it onto the podium for the Sport Lite final with 1st and 2nd places.
Cody Thomsen #62 and Austen Madison #410 were ripping their Snowbikes out on the snocross track this weekend, and took home the 1st and 3rd place spots.
In Friday’s Sport final, Adam Peterson #113 scored himself a 2nd place podium finish.
Malene Andersen #93 took the 2nd place spot on the box in Friday night’s Pro Am Women final.
Bobby LePage #244 races to 3rd place in the Pro Am Plus 30 final on Friday.
A 1st place finish in the Pro Lite final was achieved by Zak Mason #63 on Friday night.
Mason is congratulated by teammate, Kyle Pallin.
And then sandwiched in a congratulatory hug with Levi beaming.
Milt (FXR owner) was pretty pumped too.
Not far behind, was Aki Pihlaja #128 making yet another appearance on the podium for Pro Lite with a 2nd place finish.
On Saturday, the FXR podium parade was started off by Sophia Hulsey #800 scoring a 2nd place in her JR Girls 9-13 final.
Lawson Sterry #222 made his way on top of the box with a 1st place finish in the Transition 8-10 final.
These two very familiar faces were back on the box Saturday for the JR 14-15 AND the JR 16-17 finals. Eric Downs #129 took 1st in the 14-15 final and 2nd in the 16-17 final. Carson Alread #631 took 2nd in the 14-15 final and 1st in the 16-17 final.
In the Transition 8-12 final, Drew Freeland #821 proudly took the 2nd place win.
Austin Stamm #118 was back on the podium this weekend with a 2nd place finish in the Sport Lite final.
Everyone loves seeing Bobby LePage’s bright smile up on the podium, so he decided to make another appearance, this time with a 2nd place in the Pro Am Plus 30 final.
Here’s the future of Snocross standing in front of you! Cameron Cole #747 and Crayden Dillon #906 rode hard in the 120 Champ final and scored the 1st and 3rd place spots.
Malene Andersen #93 was dominating once again. Took the 2nd place finish in the Pro Am Women final on Saturday.
An excited Mitchell Thelen #239 took his very first 1st place finish in his Sport final Saturday night.
Mr. Consistent, Aki Pihlaja #128 was once again found on the podium for the Pro Lite final with a 2nd place finish.
It was a great night for the Boss Racing team, as Pro Open rider, Adam Renheim #311, also made it onto the podium with a 3rd place finish.
It was also an exciting night for Hentges Racing and Kody Kamm #53 as he scored a much deserved 1st place finish in the Pro Open final Saturday night.
A proud father, Cliff Kamm, congratulates Kody on his victory.
Petter Narsa celebrates with his teammate.
Cameron Cole #747 and Carson Berry #158 started Sunday off by taking the 1st and 3rd place finishes in their 120 Champ final, earning themselves a big congrats from Milt.
Malene Andersen #93 made her third appearance on the podium for the weekend, with another 2nd place finish in the Pro Am Women final.
Aki Pihlaja #128 also made his third appearance on the podium for the weekend, with a 1st place finish in his Pro Lite final on Sunday to finish off the race weekend.
Andy Lieders #57 had an awesome day and joined Aki on the podium, taking the 2nd place spot in the Pro Lite final.
Kody Kamm #53 finished off the weekend with a 3rd place in the Pro Open final.