Clear Lake, MN (February 21, 2022) – Western New York is a hot bed of snowmobiling, not to mention home of some of the most rabid snocross fans in the country. It is also a place where Elias Ishoel has made a habit of dominating the action in recent years.
On Friday night Elias went 3-1 in his heat races and put on a clinic in the main event, leading wire-to-wire for his fourth Pro class win of the season.
On Saturday, Ishoel had to pull out all the stops racing from a second place start in heavy snow and wind conditions. On lap 12 of the 20 lap final, Elias was able to race alongside championship challenger Hunter Patenaude and then make his move as the two riders battled their way down the hillside hairpin turn and onto the start straight.
Once in control, there was no looking back as the Viking Rocket rolled to his fifth win of the season, extending his championship lead after regaining the top spot on Friday.
“When I caught Hunter I felt like I had better speed but the track was really hard to pass on because it was like really deep sugar on top and hard ice underneath. Even in the corners where there were two lines I felt like we would go through them at the same speed.
A couple times I had to drop back just to watch his lines and see where I might be able to make a move. It was like Formula 1 where you have to plan for two or three laps to make a good move in just the right spot.”
Marcus Ogemar had another great weekend in the Pro Lite division, narrowly missing a podium with a fourth place finish on Friday. On Saturday, Ogemar turned up the heat with what may be his best ride of the season finishing second.
Marcus held the runner-up spot from start to finish but had to dig deep to fend off a late race attack by Friday night’s winner Ryley Bester.
The team will have one final weekend off before returning to action in Deadwood, South Dakota on March 3-4, kicking off a run of four consecutive weekends to finish the last half of the season.