Writing and Photos by Crystal Wallem Photography
What better way to spend Thanksgiving weekend than by kicking off the Snocross season with three action-packed days of racing?! This year’s track had a gnarly downhill first turn, forcing riders to battle it out for the perfect line. You either hammer through, or you end up over the berm. Our FXR riders made us proud with 40 podium appearances over the weekend!
A solid start to the season for riders Ryley Johnson #106 and Owen Matthies #734—both of which went 1-1 in their heats. Johnson and Matthies kept the momentum moving into their final where Matthies #734 placed 3rd and Johnson #106 took the win.
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Naeli Lebel #518 was consistent all day, going 3-3 in her heats and finishing off in the 3rd spot on the box.
Shane Beasley #924 started off the season right, going 1-1 in his heats on Sunday. Beasley snagged 2nd place in his final.
Last season’s points champion, Brady Freeland #831, also went 1-1 in his heats. Not only did Freeland have the fastest lap time in his final by 3 seconds, but he also claimed the win.
A celebratory fist bump from Kody Kamm was the cherry on top.
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FXR riders swept the Transition 8-10 podium on Saturday! Tanner Johnson #313 placed 3rd, Hunter Laase #373 in 2nd, and Dylan Lebel #522 with the win.
Cameron Cole #747 made consistent podiums in multiple classes over the past couple of seasons. This year seems to be no different. Cole took 3rd place in Saturday’s JR 10-13 final.
Kellen Chapuran #254 tore through his heat races, taking first in both. Chapuran kept the fast pace going into his final where he scored the top spot on the box.
Not to be confused with the last podium—both Cameron Cole #747 and Kellen Chapuran #254 do it again. This time, Cole in 2nd and Chapuran with another win.
Another FXRo pdium sweep! All three of these riders are keen to being up on the box. Brody Hasenack #722 placed 3rd in Friday’s JR 14-15 final.
Jordan Lebel #511 placed 1-1 in his heats and finished 2nd in his final.
Drew Freeland #821, last year’s points champion in two different classes, took the win.
FXR riders took over yet another podium! Brayden Kernz #811 placed 3rd, Jordan Lebel #511 took 2nd, and William St-Laurent #114 with the win.
William St-Laurent #114 made his second podium appearance on Friday, taking 3rd in the Sport Lite final.
With second fastest lap time in the final, Logan Frattalone #318 placed the 2nd.
Jordan Lebel #511 made his third podium appearance of the weekend, placing 3rd in Saturday’s Sport Lite final.
We’ve seen this face on the podium before—Drew Freeland #821 takes the number two spot on the box on Saturday.
Jesse Kirchmeyer #42 made two podium appearances in the Snowbike class this weekend.
FXR owner, Milt Reimer, joins two of our FXR Snowbike riders on the podium for celebration.
It was an exciting weekend for the Sport class, where FXR riders nearly swept the podium both days. In Friday night’s Sport final, Bailey Forst #341 placed 3rd and Kaden Woodie #980 took 2nd, after going 1-1 in his heats earlier in the day.
On Saturday, Taylor Cole #714 looked fast, placing 3rd in the final.
For his second podium of the weekend, Bailey Forst #341 took 2nd.
On top of the box was Eric Downs #129.
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Andy Lieders #57 went 3-2 in his heats on Friday and went on to bring home 2nd in the final, where he was just shy of having the fastest lap time by .005 seconds.
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Malene Andersen #93 rode strong, going 2-1 in her heats on Friday. Andersen landed 3rd place for the night. Joining her on the podium was last year’s Rookie of the Year, Taven Woodie #873, who placed 2nd.
Malene Andersen #93 made her second podium appearance of the weekend, taking another 3rd place in Sunday’s final.
Taven Woodie #873 had the entire crowd on the edge of their seats on Sunday. Woodie led nearly the entire race but got caught up in lap traffic on the final turn. Woodie accepted her 2nd place spot on the box.
Bumping up to a new class this season, Ryley Bester #151 made quite the Pro Lite debut. Bester went 4-1 in his heats on Saturday and scored a huge win to finish off the night. The podium was packed with friends and family in celebration.
In Sunday’s Pro Lite class, Martin Moland #75 looked solid, going 2-2 in his heats. Moland finished off the weekend placing 3rd in his final.
Elias Ishoel #200 was consistent and fast, going 1-3 in his heats on Saturday. Ishoel took the big win in the Pro final.
On Sunday, Elias Ishoel #200 kept the momentum going with another 1-3 in his heats and a 3rd place podium.
Despite a bit of a rough start to the weekend, Kody Kamm #53 rallied on Sunday. Kamm went 1-1 in his heats and, with the fastest lap time, placed 2nd in the Pro final to wrap up the weekend.
We’ll see you all in Jackson Hole, Wyoming December 7-8 for rounds 3 and 4 of Amsoil Championship Snocross!