Clear Lake, MN (March 9, 2022) – The fan-favorite bullring course in Deadwood, South Dakota produces some of the most action-packed racing of the season. But with the close quarters action comes a not so healthy dose of contact which can often make or break a race.
Such was the case for a good part of the weekend for Thene Motorsports riders Elias Ishoel and Marcus Ogemar. Pro championship leader Ishoel moved from a seventh place start on Friday up to the second position and was on pace to extend his point lead when he was taken out by another, dropping all the way back to 10th. Ishoel was able to remount and gain two sports before the checkered flags, finishing eighth.
On Saturday, Elias was third off of the start and maintained that spot to the end. The Viking Rocket had the pace to match the front-runners but marginal snow conditions on the course made for few passing opportunities. When it was all said and done, Ishoel was able to leave South Dakota with a still comfortable 37 point lead in the standings.
Pro Lite rider Marcus Ogemar had his own share of Deadwood destruction on Friday. Ogemar was running in second place when he had to check up for a lapped rider in the middle of a gnarly whoop section. As a result, Marcus was tagged in the back of his sled by the third place rider causing him to get bucked off his machine as it left the track. As bad as it looked, he was quickly able to get back on his sled and finish in sixth place.
On Saturday, Marcus picked up his second heat race win of the weekend. He then went on to have a relatively trouble-free main event where he slotted into the fifth spot early in the race, holding that position to the finish.