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Viking Clash is Back 2020 Version

9/6/2020

 

 

By Rolfe Otterness

September 6

 

Under early September skies the Viking Clash event returned to the Spring Creek track as it has for quite a number of years.   This year’s event was a bit challenging as untimely rain showers threatened to upend it but perserverance and track prep saved the day.  Saturday evening featured a fairly heavy rain shower which left the soil drenched so Johnny M and the gang scraped and dug and made it rideable if a little greasy.

 

One of the earlier classes in the the race order was the 250 C class.   Carson Johanningmeier (CJ) sliced through the traffic off the line to snare the holeshot and was feeling pressure soon from Garret Becker and Drake Dionne.   Becker washed out his front end in the slippery rutted corner at the bottom of Mount Martin and lost a good number of positions while he recovered.   CJ continued leading until shortly after the first lap was completed, when Dionne slipped by at the base of the announcing tower.  Becker was charging through traffic and was closing on CJ as the last lap wound down only for CJ to get squirrely and slither off the side of the jumps at the far south side of the track and he dropped back to fourth.   When the checkered brought the action to an end, Dionne had secured the win with Becker and Alex Rasmussen trailing.  CJ secured fourth over James Orres.

 

CJ and Dionne hustled through turn one side-by-side but Dionne took control and then Garret Becker stole second away from CJ in short order.   Dionne and Becker went at it for a couple of laps but then Becker biffed it big time and out of contention.   The moto win went to Dionne with CJ taking second over Josh Becker, Orres and Rasmussen. 

 

Isaac Opalewski led the pack as the 65cc 7-11 class hit the track for moto one, but Carson Wittman was running strong and moved his way up past Opalewski and then leader Cooper Couette to take over the lead and went on to the checkered.  Couette maintained second place over Opalewski with Ryder Halquist snaring fourth over Colin Megaw.  

 

Wyett Niedfeldt took over from early leader Opalewski in moto two and went on to take the win.  Wittman was charging up through the field but ran out of time to catch Niedfeldt and had to settle for second.  Opalewski was back just a bit for third while a battle raged between Cooper Couette and Halquist for fourth with Couette leading across the line by less than a bike length.

 

Josh Boaz was the top runner in the Open A class as he went 1-1 for the day.  Dylan Smith ran strong for second with some challenges by Josiah Hempen and Tyler Lowe during the day .  Lowe scored 3-3 over Hempen’s 4-4 with Luke Hempen completed the impeccably consistent class score structure with 5-5 finishes. 

 

 

 

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