Clear Lake, MN (March 29, 2022) – Elias Ishoel took command of the round 15 Pro final on lap four and crossed the finish line with a 2.47 second lead to win his ninth main event of the season and clinch his fourth Pro Championship.
The victory capped a dream season for Thene Motorsports, winning the prestigious title in our first season fielding a Pro entry on the ISOC national snocross tour.
“When I got that good start, I had in my mind set to win,” said Ishoel. “Every championship I’ve won, I have clinched it with a win that day. When I was behind Oskar (Norum), I was just going for it, and we made it. I’m so happy I can’t thank my whole team enough for this first year together. There’s so many people behind me that support me, and I can’t thank my family, my friends, and all the fans enough.”
On Saturday, Ishoel was squeezed out at the start of the main event, completing the first lap in fifth place. Never one to settle, even with the title in hand, Elias began picking off riders at a pace of one per lap until getting to the third position. With two laps to go he caught and passed the second place rider, finishing with his second podium of the weekend.
Adding to the season highlights was Marcus Ogemar’s Pro Lite victory on Friday night. This was the second win of the season for Ogemar and the second time that the team swept both Pro division finals on the same night. More importantly, the win added to Ogemar’s second place standing in the Championship.
On Saturday Marcus put a stamp on his best season ever in the U.S., collecting a third place podium finish to lock up second overall in the class. Ogemar was a late addition to the team and traveled from Sweden with little preparation time before jumping into the national tour. After scoring a podium at round five in January, Marcus continued to build steam scoring seven more podiums in the final 11 rounds.
Pro Lite rider Andy Pake finished eighth on Friday moving up five positions from a back row starting spot. Pake has been in a tough position after sitting out the first half of the season with a broken collar bone and rejoining the tour while his competitors were in full race trim.
It was a grinding but rewarding four week stretch to complete the season and the team is looking forward to stepping back to enjoy the success before jumping right back into preparing for 2023. Thank you to all of our team partners for the support this season, as well as all of the race fans who came out to support the team and series.