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Race Recap – Moto City Raceway Little Falls, MN

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Story & Photos: Susan Voss

With a few new track features and beautiful weather, riders from across the region signed up to race at Little Falls Raceway in Little Falls, Minnesota. This was the first race held at the track this season, and with the upcoming Loretta Lynn’s MX area qualifier being held there on May 14th and 15th, many riders came to get extra practice before the big day.

DSC_0041Now in his second full season on a 250, Austin Aspros from Brainerd, Minnesota showcased his speed and style at Little Falls Raceway. Aspros has won multiple District 23 class championships, and last year he qualified for Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship in the 250 C 12-16 Limited class.

In Sunday’s races, Aspros proved that moving up to B class was no struggle at all for him. He came out ahead of the rest in the 14-24 B class, where he went 1-1. In the 250 B class he also went 1-1. The only class that he didn’t sweep was Open B, which was won by Ryder Hanninen of Hibbing, Minnesota. 

Aspros has been training for the upcoming Loretta Lynn’s North Central area qualifier which will be held at Little Falls Raceway. If he moves on to the regional qualifier, he will be racing against the best B class racers in the region at Byron Motorsports Park in Byron, Illinois.

DSC_0066One Rider who dominated every class that he entered was Mitchell Thelen. Thelen, who races Snocross during the winter months, shifted his focus to Motocross after the ISOC season finale. 

Last weekend at the District 23 season opener at Moto City Raceway in Staples, he swept both the 250 C and Open C classes. This weekend he led laps in every moto he signed up for, and at the end of the day he was the winner of 250 C, Open C, and 14-24 C classes. In all of his classes, Mitchell spent the day battling with Snocross team mate and training partner, Cole Cottew. The duo spent each moto fighting for the first position, but Thelen ultimately road to the checkers first.

Like Austin Aspros, Mitchell is also preparing for the upcoming Loretta Lynn’s qualifier. Mitchell spent his early years racing hare-scrambles and enduros where he also won numerous class championships. A couple years back, Mitchell transitioned to Motocross and ever since then, he has worked hard to make a name for himself. 

DSC_0113Trent Wittwer from Bemidji was another fast guy in the B class, taking second in 14-24 B and third in 250 B.

DSC_0145Professional racer Philip Maus won both the 14-24 A Class and Open A class.

DSC_0246Cole Cottew was fast this weekend, but not quite fast enough to finish ahead of team mate Mitchell Thelen. Cottew will be leaving home in a couple of weeks to begin his residency at Club MX