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Bostrom Brothers Once Again Win John Larson Memorial Ice Race

| 17 February 2013 11:39 pm

John Larson Memorial Endurance Ice Race
Flikabird’s Resort on Rush Lake

Story and Photos by Tim McBride
RUSH CITY, MN, FEB. 3, 2013

For the fourth time, the Bostrom brothers, Erick and Jake, brought home the premier “Heavy 250cc-Plus Division” Overall Championship Trophy from this year’s running of the John Larson Memorial Endurance Ice Race held at Flikabird’s Resort, located on the shores of Rush Lake. Through the efforts of the Boehlke and Larson families, as well as several unsung volunteers, 29 race teams made up from 75 riders gathered to pay tribute to longtime ice racer John Larson.

The John Larson Memorial three-hour Endurance Ice Race gets under way in Rush City, Minnesota. Jake Bostrom (1), aboard the “Bostrom Brothers” team’s Yamaha 450, started the race and set a torrid pace that eventually earned him and his brother Erick Bostrom the Heavy 250cc-Plus-class win and overall victory.

The John Larson Memorial three-hour Endurance Ice Race gets under way in Rush City, Minnesota. Jake Bostrom (1), aboard the “Bostrom Brothers” team’s Yamaha 450, started the race and set a torrid pace that eventually earned him and his brother Erick Bostrom the Heavy 250cc-Plus-class win and overall victory.

The rules were kept simple: Up to four riders and only two bikes per team were allowed. At the end of three hours, the team finishing with the highest number of laps would be declared the winner. However, only one number plate per team was handed out at the riders’ signup table. It was the competitors’ duty to swap the front number plate while switching machines. This was done so that Bayley Boehlke could score the bikes properly. (Scoring 29 bikes on the track at the same time for three hours straight had to be a daunting task in itself.)

The 1.8-mile-long Le Mans-style course featured a multitude of right and left turns that certainly challenged all of the riders’ abilities, and the chilly temperatures that remained in the teens throughout the day tested their true grit as well.

Jake Bostrom (left) and Erick Bostrom (right) won the premier Heavy 250cc-Plus and Overall Championship for the fourth time.

Jake Bostrom (left) and Erick Bostrom (right) won the premier Heavy 250cc-Plus and Overall Championship for the fourth time.

In the end, it was the two-rider “Bostrom Brothers” team, Jake and Erick, notching the Heavy 250cc-Plus-class victory with a total of 67 laps in the books after the three-hour grind aboard their 450F Yamahas.

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For some teams – such as the “Chaffey/ Thundersports” team, which ended up finishing fourth overall – the rider-changing strategy involved a spotter, who would receive a signal from a rider that he or she was ready to exit the track. The spotter would then notify the awaiting teammate (in the case of the Chaffey/Thundersports team, via a phone call) so they could be ready to go at a moment’s notice.

The “Chaffey/ Thundersports” team puts its rider-changing strategy into operation.

The “Chaffey/ Thundersports” team puts its rider-changing strategy into operation.

The Light 0-250cc class title went to the two-man “Ram Rod Racing” team of Mac McGrew and Dustin Karsten, who completed 61 laps aboard their M3 Racing-sponsored CRF250 and finished 12th overall.

The M3 Racing-sponsored team of Mac McGrew (right) and Justin Karsten (left) finished 12th overall aboard their Honda CRF250.

The M3 Racing-sponsored team of Mac McGrew (right) and Justin Karsten (left) finished 12th overall aboard their Honda CRF250.

This years’ Ironman championship went to Jay Waalen, who completed 63 laps while riding the entire three hours by himself on his Husaberg and finished an astonishing seventh overall.

Jay Waalen (23) completed 63 laps and raced to seventh place overall and captured the Ironman-class championship.

Jay Waalen (23) completed 63 laps and raced to seventh place overall and captured the Ironman-class championship.

The Quad 1.5-hour endurance race held earlier in the day was won by the “DPR Racing” team consisting of Nick Allen and Matt Earnhart, who completed a total 22 laps during the event.

A fifth-generation Larson – Will Larson, John Larson’s grandson – waves the checkered flag at the end of the John Larson Memorial Endurance Ice Race.

A fifth-generation Larson – Will Larson, John Larson’s grandson – waves the checkered flag at the end of the John Larson Memorial Endurance Ice Race.

Flikabird’s Resort on Rush Lake
Rush City, Minnesota
Results: February 3, 2013

MOTORCYCLE OVERALL: 1. Bostrom Brothers (Heavy 250+, 67 laps) Jake Bostrom, Erick Bostrom; 2. Team Smog (Heavy 250+, 66 laps) Adam Dolney, Bob Buck, Tom Mason; 3. Team Green (Heavy 25+, 66 laps) Rob Newport, Sean Mowry; 4. Chaffey/ Thundersports (Heavy 250+, 65 laps) Neil Pede, Brent Winans; 5. Thompson Trucks (Heavy 250+, 64 laps) Marc Haldeman, Garrett Hansen; 6. Willy & Peter (Heavy 250+, 63 laps) Kyle Ohnsorg, Brian O’Keefe; 7. Hyde Racing (Ironman, 63 laps) Jay Waalen; 8. Sheep Shippers (Heavy 250+, 63 laps) Weston Lind, Trevor Lind, Connor Ahlers; 9. Team Andotaya (Heavy 250+, 62 laps) Kevin Anderson, Nick Mataya, Jake Mataya; 10. Big Deal (Heavy 250+, 62 laps) Mark Deal, Bruce Gates, Rick Connelly; 11. Diesel Minnesota (Heavy 250+, 61 laps) Cole Anderson, Jake Cunningham; 12 Ram Rod Racing (Light 0-250, 61 laps) Macintosh McGrew, Justin Karsten; 13. SX-Serve (Heavy 250+, 60 laps) Brett Seiberlich, Tyler Seiberlich, Chris Shaughnessy, Jarrid Shaughnessy; 14. Jack Racing (Heavy 250+, 59 laps) Jack Parenteau, Levi McMain, Shawn Schweifel; 15. Fedder Racing (Heavy 250+, 59 laps) Josh Fedder, Andrew Grecula, J.R. Blomberg, Chad Valland; 16. Ogg Dog Racing (Heavy 250+, 59 laps) Justin Ogg, Nate McNeilly, Jeremy Ick; 17. Team Tingy (Heavy 250+, 59 laps) Scott Tingblad, Nathan Lekson; 18. Slim Jim (Heavy 250+, 59 laps) John Monroe, David Spizman, Jerry Lindvall; 19. Jimmy Cracked Corn (Heavy 250+, 58 laps) Dave Blazevic, Dan Sarazin, Jason Miller, Sam Schusted; 20. Broken Arrow (Ironman, 57 laps) Ryan Dean Einerwold; 21. Minster & Grecula (Light 0-250, 56 laps); 22. Buchta Brothers (Light 0-250, 56 laps) John Buchta, Joey Buchta, Brett Feills; 23. Bail Bonds (Heavy 250+, 55 laps) Aaron Peterson, Brian Grote, Kevin Pizak; 24. Team Orange (Light 0-250, 53 laps) Reece Valland, Jeremiah Lindberg, Cole Liimatinen; 25. Fedder Racing Jr. (Light 0-250, 52 laps) Josh Fedder Jr., Charles Anderson, Jaxon Opitz; 26. Team Funkoff (Heavy 250+, 51 laps) Tom Early, Kurt Funk; 27. Team Jeremiah (Light 0-250, 48 laps) Jeremy Kanne, Rick Washeck, Chris Spargo; 28. C&C Racing (Light 0-250, 48 laps) Curtis Biorn, Chase Webber; 29. Team CornerStone (Heavy 250+, 12 laps) Marc Haldeman, Garrett Hansen, Mike Heuer.

QUAD 1.5-HOUR ENDURANCE RACE: 1. DPR Racing (22 laps) Nick Allen, Matt Ernhart; 2. Polaris Boyz (22 laps) Andrew Wendorff, Ben Jenkins; 3. Logue Racing (21 laps) Shannon Logue, Anthony Markel; 4. Roessler & Arnold (20 laps) Jesse Roessler, Greg Arnold.

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