Elk River, MN (March 22, 2015) – The 2015-2016 Amsoil Championship Snocross season has come to a close upon the conclusion of the Nielsen’s Snocross Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, WI. The 2015-2016 season proved to be one of great challenges for the Carlson Moto riders and crew, but as is the case with most meaningful challenges, the pain of the season was accompanied with some much deserved gains. The inaugural Pro Open season for Ryan Springer and Andrew Carlson has ultimately equipped both riders with a few bumps and bruises, but also with a much better understanding of what it takes to compete at the highest level in all of snowmobile racing. And while the talented crew of Carlson Moto mechanics would be the first to admit that the sleds fell short of their expectations on the track this year, they too gained some valuable experience and are committed to charging into next season with an improved understanding of the “ante” and a fierce competitive commitment.
Elk River, Minnesota (March 7, 2016) – Route 66 Raceway (Joliet, Ill.) welcomed the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour for the second-to-last stop of the season. Rounds 13 and 14 took place on one of the more technical and challenging tracks that racers encountered this season. The large oval course had deep holes and a precarious whoop section, which claimed many riders throughout the weekend and gave the fans in attendance some spectacular crashes to witness.
Carlson Moto riders Andrew Carlson and Ryan Springer had a solid weekend tearing it up in the ever-diminishing Pro Open field, with Carlson qualifying in the front row of the final both nights due to his repeat win in the LCQ Friday and Saturday. Springer made the final both nights as well, though he battled some tough luck while fighting a nagging back injury. Carlson finished in the top-ten Friday night, coming across the line in ninth. Springer would go on to finish in 12th after getting tangled with another rider early in the race. Bad luck once again hit the team Saturday, with Springer collecting with another rider off the start and Carlson having an unfortunate dismount after making his way up to eighth place. Carlson was showing impressive speed and made some great passes before he hit a hard edge on the track, ending his chances of a top-five finish.
Elk River, Minnesota (March 1, 2016) – Front row qualifying and continued holeshot progression propelled Carlson Moto to its strongest finish of the season as Ryan Springer nabbed a fourth-place finish at the Ram Trucks Snocross National in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour set up shop at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort for rounds 11 and 12, where unseasonably warm temperatures created challenging track conditions that deteriorated throughout the weekend.
Elk River, Minnesota (February 23, 2016) – Months of preparation and planning by the ERX MotorPark and Red Bull staff came to fruition on Saturday at the inaugural Red Bull Snow Boundaries race at Carlson Moto’s home track. Over 12 million gallons of water were used to make enough snow for the 8-mile track, designed to push the limits of athletes and machines, and deliver a challenge and experience unlike any other snowmobile race. Despite the unseasonably warm weather, the course remained intact with the conditions only adding to the challenging track. The first of its kind event brought together both cross-country and snocross competitors as they raced all-out for more than one-hour on a course that combined high speeds, slushy ponds, big jumps and an unrelenting onslaught of whoops. Nearly 230 riders competed in two classes, giving the nearly 5,000 spectators in attendance a show they’ll never forget.
Elk River, Minnesota (February 9, 2016) – Green grass, temps in the 50s and large crowds greeted Carlson Moto to the East Coast for rounds nine and ten of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series in Salamanca, N.Y. Things looked a little different this year with mud puddles replacing the spectator parking lots full of snowmobiles as in years past.
Elk River, Minnesota (January 26, 2016) – It’s been more than 100-years since historic Deadwood, S.D. was home to gunslingers, gamblers and gold miners, yet as you walk the streets you can still feel their presence. This past weekend, the smell of gun smoke was replaced by the distinctive scent of race fuel as the world’s best snocross racers faced off in front of a sold-out crowd at the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds.
Elk River, Minnesota (January 12, 2016) – No one said it was going to be easy as both Carlson Motorsports drivers made the jump to the elite Pro Open class for the 2015-16 International Series of Champions (ISOC) AMSOIL Snocross tour. Both riders have shown the speed and skill necessary to affirm they belong amongst the best snocross racers in the world. With riders and crew making gains through testing and practice, a new elevated starting line was unveiled at this past weekend’s Canterbury Park national tour stop in Shakopee, Minnesota; placing a new hurdle to overcome at the iconic racing venue.
Elk River, Minnesota (December 15, 2015) – With season opener jitters behind them, Carlson Motorsports attacked the Buffalo River Race Park track with greater confidence and intensity as the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series visited Fargo, N.D. for rounds 3 and 4 of the national tour. Both Pro-Open rookie drivers flashed front of the pack with speed and ability as they battled the best snocross racers in the world.
Elk River, Minnesota (December 3, 2015) – As Plato once said, “The beginning is the most important part of the work.” The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series season opener in Duluth, MN this past weekend marked the start of Ryan Springer and Andrew Carlson’s Pro Open snocross careers. While their results may appear to be less than spectacular on paper, they both walked away with a better understanding of what it takes to run with the best racers in the world in the sport’s premier class.
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