Longville, MN (March 22, 2022) - Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin was the home to Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2022 Snocross Series and also was the location for the Amsoil Dominator race. The track at the top of the ski hill at Grand Geneva was one of the biggest tracks the racers and race fans alike have see this season; featuring a huge up hill start, fast down hills, big air, and technical rhythm sections. And if the course layout wasn’t challenging enough, a mix of rain and warm weather made for an ever changing track throughout the 3 day weekend.
The 3 day weekend kicked off with the Amsoil Dominator. The Dominator race first started as a head-to-head, winner-takes-all shoot-out at the AMSOIL Snocross National in Duluth, Minn. It opened the season with a $10,000 payday and focused primarily on the Pro class. Last season, the Dominator moved to a full-field extravaganza that featured both Pro and Pro Lites, and instead of a bracket racing format, the series now pitted a mix of ten Sport and Pro Lite qualifiers going against ten Pro qualifiers, who would have to start in the back row. With a ten minute plus two lap format, the goal was for the more experience pro’s to make a last second, heroic pass for the 10-k payday. Team LaVallee riders, Kyle Pallin and Dominator 2021 Winner, Adam Peterson lined up Friday night for the Dominator race. Both riders qualified well in seeding and secured a spot in the back row under the lights Friday Night. As the green light went and the clock starting winding down from the 10 minute plus two lap final, defending Dominator winner Adam Peterson, was able to secure the second place spot within the first 4 minutes. Peterson continued to put on a heavy charge but was not able to close the gap on the leader and Peterson ended in the 2nd place spot, taking home a $2000 check. Kyle Pallin rounded out the Dominator race in the 8th place.
Team LaVallee’s Pro Rider and series Fan Favorite, Kyle Pallin started out the Lake Geneva National with good qualifying earning a 6th and 4th place finish in his respective rounds and was able to secure a spot in the front row of the Round 13 final. Under the lights Saturday night, Pallin started out the 10 minute plus 2 lap final towards the back of the pack, however Pallin continued to navigate his way throughout the challenging race and was able to make awesome passes and finished out day one of racing in the notable 8th place spot.
On Sunday for Round 14, the day started out tough but ended on a high note for Pallin. In round one of qualifying, Pallin was not able to complete the first round due to contact from another rider. Pallin was suffering terrible pain in his leg and after an evaluation from FXR Mobile Medical, they determined Pallin would be ok to ride the remainder of the day. Pallin was able to secure a back row spot in the Pro Round 14 final, after taking a win the LCQ (last change qualifier). From the back row of the Pro Round 14 Final, Pallin came out towards the back of the pack and had an incident were he went off the track, but as the race continued on, Pallin was able to maneuver around some carnage from other races and was able to find fast lines and moved himself up to an impressive 4th place finish rounding out the weekend in Lake Geneva.
Pallin is currently sitting in 7th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Class.
Rookie Pro Rider (and 2021 Pro Lite Champ) Adam Peterson was eager for the Lake Geneva National and started out Round 13 with a bang! With a 3rd place and a win in his Pro qualifying rounds, Peterson was able to secure a 3rd place pick in the front row of the Pro Final that night. Off of the start of the 10 minute plus 2 lap final, Peterson and his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled shot out of the gate and was sitting around the 6th place spot going past the first corner and down the first downhill. As the race pressed on Peterson continued to move up positions and was sitting in th 4th place spot. With two laps left to go, Peterson was able to capitalize on a podium finish as the leader made a mistake allowing Peterson to move up a position into the 3rd place spot. This was Peterson’s 3rd Pro podium finish in the 2022 season.
On Sunday, for Round 14, Peterson was ready for day two and started out the day with a win in round one qualifying and after an off in round two, was still able to make impressive moves and finish in the 4th place spot. On the line of the Pro Round 14 Final, Peterson had a great gate pick in the front row. As the green light went for the 10 minute plus two lap final, Peterson ripped out of the gate and was sitting in a great spot towards the front of the pack. As the first lap continued on, Peterson had contact from another rider, causing him to go off track. After regaining his breath and composure, Peterson re-entered the race and still managed to finish in the notable 11th place spot.
Peterson is currently sitting in a tie for the 9th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Class.
Pro Lite Rider, Ryley Bester was excited to take on the huge track at Lake Geneva and to carry over his momentum from his second place podium the weekend prior in Elk River, MN. In Pro Lite qualifying, Bester was very consistent earning a second place finish in both of his rounds, allowing him the 4th place gate pick for the Pro Lite Round 13 final that night. Off of the start of the Pro Lite final, Bester had a good start but was pinched out after the first uphill and corner pushing him back. As the eight minute plus to lap final continued Bester was able to make some great passes and finished out the night in the impressive 5th place spot.
On Sunday, Bester was ready to take on the final day of racing in Lake Geneva. In Pro Lite qualifying, Bester’s results were similar to the day before with taking two 2nd place finishes in his qualifying and earning the 3rd place spot in the front row of the Pro Lite Round 14 final. Off of the line of the Pro Lite Final, Bester and his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled shot out of the gate towards the front of the pack. Bester continued to put on heavy pressure and while battling for the 3rd place spot Bester and another rider made contact causing a mechanical issue with his sled and ending his race early in Lake Geneva. Bester finished out in the 15th place spot.
Bester is currently sitting in 3rd place in 2022 Snocross Pro Lite Class.
Pro AM Plus 30 rider, Andy Lieders was back to his winning ways in Lake Geneva in the Pro AM Plus 30 Class and also competed on Sunday in the Pro Lite Class. On Saturday, in Pro AM Plus 30, Lieders swept the day taking two first place finishes in his qualifying rounds and earning the 1st place spot under the lights Saturday night in Lake Geneva. Lieders and his Team LaVallee, Polaris sled set the fastest lap of the race by more than six seconds and this marked Lieders fifth win of the season. Congratulations Andy!
On Sunday, for Pro Lite, Lieders took an excellent 2nd place and 5th place in his qualifying rounds, allowing him the 9th place gate pick in the Pro Lite Round 14 final on Sunday afternoon. Off of the start of the 8 minute plus 2 lap final, Lieders had a mid pack start but was able to make good line choices and his consistency earned him an awesome 6th place finish in Pro Lite.
Lieders is currently sitting in 4th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Plus 30 Class.
“The Lake Geneva Snocross race is always a favorite stop for me! The fans are awesome and the track is huge. Team LaVallee had an overall good weekend of racing. Huge hats off to our crew; our sleds were ripping all weekend long! The points battle continues and we've got one race left, see you guys in Michigan!" - Levi LaVallee
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