LIEDERS' WINNING STREAK CONTINUES 🥇 AND PALLIN & BESTER FIGHT FOR TOP 5 FINISHES IN FARGO
Longville, MN (February 8, 2022) - With a three week break from the 2022 Snocross Season, due to a reschedule of the Deadwood National, the series was back to racing action in Fargo, North Dakota. Despite the temps below zero and wind chill reaching around negative twenty below, things were heating up track-side at the Red River Valley Raceway, as the crew at Snocross put together a massive track, featuring technical rhythms and big air for the two-day National.
Team LaVallee’s Pro Rider and series Fan Favorite, Kyle Pallin was eager for redemption in Fargo with missing a podium finish by inches in Dubuque. Pallin started out the weekend with a 4th in Round 1 qualifying and in Round 2, Pallin was charging hard in the 2nd place spot and with one lap to go in the second qualifying round, Pallin had a mechanical problem with his sled, causing him to finish in the 6th place spot. Pallin still qualified good enough for the 10th place pick in the front row of the Pro Round 5 Final. Under the lights Friday night, Pallin shot out of the gate and was sitting mid-pack for the 10 minute plus two lap final. Pallin continued to fight hard throughout the challenging final and with a few passes and battling with fellow teammate, Adam Peterson, Pallin finished out in the excellent 5th place spot Friday night. On Saturday, for Round 6, Pallin had similar qualifying results to Friday, with earning a 4th and 6th place, it again allowed Pallin to line up in the front row of the final, Saturday night. Off the line in the Pro Round 6 final, Pallin and his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled ripped out of the gate and was mid-pack going into the first turn. As the 10 minute plus 2 lap final continued, Pallin made some great moves on a track that did not have a lot of passing opportunities and rounded out the weekend in the notable 7th place spot. Pallin is currently sitting in 7th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Class.
Rookie Pro Rider (and 2021 Pro Lite Champ) Adam Peterson started out the Fargo National with a 6th place finish in his first qualifying heat and in the second qualifying heat, Peterson ripped the holeshot on his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled and won that heat. That win helped Peterson secure a great gate pick and qualified 5th for the Pro Round 5 Final. Under the lights of the 10 minute plus 2 lap Pro Final, Peterson had an awesome start and was up in the 4th place position. As the demanding race continued, Peterson had contact from another rider, causing him to fall back a few positions but he continued to navigate his way throughout the remainder of the race and finished just behind Pallin the notable 6th place spot. On Saturday, for Round 6, Peterson was consistent in his qualifying rounds, taking a third place in both heats, allowing him into the front row of the Round 6 Pro Final. Off the line in the final, Peterson ripped out of the gate and was towards the font of the back. Peterson continued to ride strong and was putting the pressure on. As the race was in its final laps, Peterson was threading the needle for the 5th place spot and unfortunately made contact with another rider and went down, finishing out Fargo in 13th place. Peterson is currently sitting in 8th place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Class.
Pro Lite Rider, Ryley Bester started out the Fargo National with an awesome third and first place finish in his qualifying rounds, allowing him a great spot in the front row of the Pro Lite Round 5 Final. Under the lights, Friday night, Bester and his Team LaVallee, Polaris, Red Bull sled ripped an amazing holeshot and Bester was riding flawless as he made his way around the track for the first lap, but the race was quickly shut down as a multi-sled pile up turned the race to a red flag stop. Due the race being red flagged early on, it was a complete restart, meaning no staggered restart and all sleds lined back up at the starting gate. As the green light went for the second time, Bester bolted off of the line and was flipped end-over-end before even making it into turn one. Bester somehow managed to get back up onto his sled and finished out the 7 minute plus 2 lap Pro Lite Final in the 10th place spot. On Saturday, Bester started out tough but ended strong. In Bester’s first qualifying round, a mechaical issue caused him to finish in the 6th place spot, but with a win in the LCQ (last chance qualifier), Bester was able to line up in the Round 6 Pro Lite Final in the back row. Under the lights and in the back row, Bester had a lot to overcome, but he put his head down and went to work. Bester rode incredibly smart and smooth and navigated his way to an impressive 5th place finish, rounding out his weekend in Fargo. Bester is currently sitting in 4th place in 2022 Snocross Pro Lite Class.
Pro AM Plus 30 rider, Andy Lieders signed up for the Pro Lite and Pro AM Plus 30 class in Fargo. With Lieders taking a 3rd place podium in the Pro Lite class at the 2022 Season Opener, Lieders was eager for Friday’s racing. With earning a consistent third place finish in both of his qualifying rounds, Lieders had a nice gate pick under the lights for the Pro Lite Round 5 Final. Off of the line, fellow team-mate Bester ripped out of the gate, but Lieders ended up having a mechanical issue and was not able to line up for the Pro Lite restart, ending his night early in Fargo. On Saturday, Lieders was back to his Pro AM Plus 30 class and continued his winning streak, 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 able to get out front early and picked up his third straight win of the season. Congratulations Andy! Lieders is currently sitting in 1st place overall in the 2022 Snocross Pro Plus 30 Class.
“What a weekend! We seemed to have a little bit of everything thrown at us in Fargo, but our perseverance spoke louder than the setbacks. Congrats Kyle (Pallin) and Ryley (Bester) fighting for those top 5 finishes and big congrats to Andy (Lieders) for his 3rd straight win of the season! Thank you to our sponsors and crew, we couldn’t do this without you! See you all in New York! " - Levi LaVallee
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