Longville, MN (February 22, 2022) - After two years, the National Snocross Series was back on the Eastern swing as Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca, NY was the host to Rounds 7 & 8, bringing the series to the halfway point of the 2022 season. With warm temps and a full day of rain the day before the 2-day National, the snow held up well despite the unseasonable weather. The crew at Snocross did not disappoint with the design of the track; one of the longest we’ve seen in Salamanca, hosting technical steep and deep rhythm sections, an up-hill feature, whoops, and big air.
PRO / PALLIN
Team LaVallee’s Pro Rider and series Fan Favorite, Kyle Pallin started out the Two-Day National with great qualifying rounds. Pallin took a second and third place finish in his respective Pro qualifying and was able to secure a nice pick in the front row of the final. Under the the lights Friday night, Pallin had a good start off of the line and was sitting in the 5th place spot. As the 10 minute plus 2 lap final pressed on, Pallin fell back a position but was able to maintain his momentum and finish out the Pro Lite Round 7 Final in the notable 6th place spot.
On Saturday, for Round 8, the day started and continued with visibility challenges due to heavy snow and wind but that didn’t stop Pallin’s determination. In Pallin’s Pro Qualifying rounds, he earned a second and seventh place, allowing him to earn a spot in the front row of the final. Under the lights, Saturday night, Pallin and his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled ripped off of the line, towards the front of the pack. Pallin was sitting in the 3rd place spot for the 10 minute plus 2 lap final, and with a strong and steady pace, Pallin was able to secure his first podium of the 2022 season with an exciting 3rd place finish. This also allowed him to be back in to the top five overall in the Pro Points Championship race.
Pallin is currently sitting in 5th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Class.
PRO / PETERSON
Rookie Pro Rider (and 2021 Pro Lite Champ) Adam Peterson was searching for redemption in New York and started the weekend out with a bang. Peterson was very consistent in his qualifying rounds and earned a 4th place pick in the Pro Round 7 Final, after taking two 4th place finishes in his qualifying rounds. Off on the line of the Pro Round 7 Final, Peterson and his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled ripped out of the gate towards the front of the pack. Peterson was sitting in the 3rd place spot and put tremendous pressure on the 2nd place rider throughout the entire 10 minute plus 2 lap final. With trying different lines and searching for ways to pass, Peterson was not able to get around the second place rider, but was able to earn his second podium of his Rookie Pro season, in the exciting 3rd place spot!
On Saturday, for Round 8, Peterson had excellent qualifying rounds with a 2nd place and a win, allowing him to be the number one qualifier in the Pro Round 8 Final that night. On the line for the final race at the New York National, Peterson came out mid-pack and with a tough tangle with another rider, Peterson was set back to the 10th place spot. Peterson continued to push through the tough visibility in the 10 minute plus 2 lap final and rounded out the weekend in the 10th place spot.
Peterson is currently sitting in 6th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Class.
PRO LITE / BESTER
Pro Lite Rider, Ryley Bester started out the 2-Day Salamanca, NY National on a high note. With excellent qualifying, taking a win and 3rd place in his Pro Lite qualifying rounds, Bester earned a 3rd place gate pick in the Pro Lite Round 7 final. Under the lights Friday night, Bester shot out of the gate and into the first corner towards the front of the pack. Bester continued to put heavy pressure on for the next 7 or 8 laps and when the timing was right, Bester passed for the lead. With a couple laps left to go, Bester continued to ride a solid race and earned his way to winning his first Pro Lite final of the 2022 season.
'“I felt really good out there,” said Bester. “Practice went well. My heats went well. So, I got a really good hole shot right behind Ogemar and I just tried following a little bit at the start and then found a few fast lines and I was able to get around him.
On Saturday, Bester started out Round 8 with great qualifying rounds, taking a second and forth in his respective Pro Lite rounds. Off of the line of the Pro Lite, Round 8 Final, Bester came out of the gate towards the front and was sitting in the 3rd place spot. As the race went on, Bester was able to pull away from the field and secured his second podium of the weekend in the awesome 3rd place spot. Bester’s two podium finishes in New York marked his best weekend of racing so far this season and moved him into the 4th place spot overall in the Pro Lite Points Championship battle. Congratulations Ryley on a great weekend in New York!
Bester is currently sitting in 4th place in 2022 Snocross Pro Lite Class.
PRO AM PLUS 30 / LIEDERS
Pro AM Plus 30 rider, Andy Lieders did not compete at the New York National, but is scheduled to be back racing for the remainder of the 2022 National Season.
Lieders is currently sitting in 2nd place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Plus 30 Class.
“Super excited and happy to see Ryley, Kyle, and Adam on the podium this past weekend in New York. Knowing how hard the team works, it's really rewarding seeing the success this past weekend. Congrats guys! Let's carry this momentum in Deadwood." - Levi LaVallee
UP NEXT: DEADWOOD NATIONAL - MARCH 4-5, 2022