January 17, 2023 After a few weeks off for the Holiday Season, the Snocross Series returned for Rounds 3 and 4 at the “Daytona of Snocross” at Canterbury Park in Shakopee Minnesota. With a nice break from frigid temps and a hometown track for Pro Lite rider, Ryley Bester, the stands were packed (indoors and outdoors) for the two day national.
2022 Rookie of the Year; Adam Peterson (PRO) was ready to get back on the track after the few week break. Peterson started out Round 3 on Friday with good qualifying (5th and 4th) and was able to make it into the front row of the Pro Round 3 Final. Under the lights Friday night, Peterson pushed hard throughout the 10 minute plus two lap final. With smooth rhythm and finding fast lines, Peterson finished in the impressive 5th place spot, just missing 4th place by inches!
On Saturday, Round 4, Peterson started the day off with awesome qualifying, grabbing a win and 2nd place in his respective qualifying rounds, allowing him to be the second place qualifier for the Pro Round 4 Final. As the sleds lined up for the final race of the Shakopee National, Peterson ripped out of the gates on his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled and came out in the top 3. As the clock was winding down from the 10 minute plus two lap final, Peterson rode with ample speed and determination and finished out the weekend in the notable 6th place spot.
Pro Lite rider, Ryley Bester was excited to hit his hometown track in Shakopee. In Pro Lite qualifying, Bester took an excellent 2nd and 1st place finish. With ripping holeshots and riding very confident on his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled, Bester was ready for the eight minute plus two lap final. Under the lights Friday night, Bester shot out of the gate and was putting on heavy pressure for that first place spot. On lap four, Bester charged into that first place position. As the laps were winding down, Bester had the challenge of not only navigating through lapped traffic and yellow flags but also had an unfortunate goggle strap incident which hindered his eyesight and breathing. Bester was passed for first but was able to maintain his impressive 2nd place finish Friday night in Shakopee. Congrats Ryley!
On Saturday, Round 4, Bester started the day with a bang, taking another 2nd and 1st place finish in his respective Pro Lite qualifying rounds, which allowed him the number one gate pick for the Saturday night final. Under the lights for the Pro Lite Round 4 final, Bester again, ripping yet another impressive holeshot on his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull snowmobile and shot out of the gate and into the first place spot. Within the first two minutes of the eight minute plus two lap final, Bester looked to be pulling away from the field, but then a mistimed jump caused Bester to be thrown from his sled. After regaining his composure Bester, went from 13th place and managed to work his way up and finished out the weekend in the 9th place spot.
PRO AM Plus rider, Andy Lieders, signed up for the Pro Lite and Pro AM Plus 30 class in Shakopee. With no Pro Plus 30 class on Friday, Lieders entered in the Pro Lite class, as he has done various times throughout the past seasons. With earning an impressive 2nd and 4th in both of his qualifying rounds, Lieders had a nice gate pick under the lights for the Pro Lite Round 3 Final. Off of the line, fellow team-mate Bester ripped out of the gate, and Lieders came out mid-pack. As the time counted down and the laps pushed by, Lieders rode incredibly strong and finished out in the 6th place spot!
On Saturday, Lieders was back to his Pro AM Plus 30 class and continued his winning ways, dominating all day in the Pro AM Plus 30 Class. Earning two wins in his qualifying rounds and under the lights Saturday night Lieders was the number one qualifier. Off of the line of the Pro AM Plus 30 final, Lieders was able to rip a nice holeshot, rode a very strong race and picked up his third straight win of the season. Congratulations Andy!
Up next for AMSOIL Championship Snocross: U.S. Air Force Snocross National in Deadwood, S.D. on January 27-28, 2023. You can watch all 16 rounds of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross season plus the AMSOIL Dominator live on FloRacing with a subscription.