By: ISOC Racing
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (Jan. 7, 2017) – The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Presented by RAM lined up for round six in front of a packed house. Just when you expect to see repeat winners, the game is changed and new players begin to mix it up. Round five saw the rookie Elias Ishoel mark his name in the books with his first win, while Pro Lite rider Zak Mason brought his A game and landed his first win of the season. Round six promised more high-flying action and maybe some new faces on the podium.
Big things continue to happen for Aki Pihlaja, the Boss Racing rider from Finland, who captured the top qualifier again after two first-place finishes in the heats. Meanwhile, Maxime Taillefer found his own rhythm and took second- and third-place finishes. Round-five winner Zak Mason was forced to run the LCQ due to mechanical issues in the heats, but landed a transfer spot to the main. Rookie rider Nickolas Lorenz continued to pilot the Judnick Motorsports sled to top-three finishes, along with Cole Cottew, putting together solid qualifying rounds.
With no shortage of talent, it was anyone’s race to win. As the green flag flew, it was Lorenz who grabbed the Stud Boy holeshot by a ski over Cottew. Max Taillefer was on their heels as they went three-wide through the AMSOIL finish line jump and into the RAM corner, where Taillefer went big to the pass on the outside for the lead.
Points leader Pihlaja made a quick move on Lorenz to move into second and began to chase down Taillefer, while Mason and Angove battled for fifth and sixth. Angove made the move at the half-way point, but late in the race ran into some trouble and finished 15th. With a four-second lead early on, Taillefer continued to lead the field. Philaja began to make-up ground in hopes to challenge for the lead, but was unable to find the victory. Taillefer went on to grab his first win of the season, with Philaja in second and Lorenz third.
After the snow dust settled from round five, the field of Pro Open riders battled in the heats for a shot in the final round. Tucker Hibbert landed a pair of third-place finishes, while Tim Tremblay continued to find his way to the front and grabbed two first-place finishes. Round-five winner Elias Ishoel, with two mid-pack finishes, transfered to the main, while Kody Kamm grabbed a win and a fourth-place finish. Kyle Pallin netted a respectable second and third, while Ross Martin was forced to transfer to the final from the LCQ.
In the Pro Open final, the fans were on their feet cheering for the big dogs to take the green. Tremblay and teammate Lincoln Lemieux, the top two qualifiers, shot off the line and through the Country Cat corner. Tremblay won the Stud Boy holeshot, followed by Logan Christian. Hibbert went off his sled before getting to the AMSOIL finish line, but quickly remounted in pursuit of the field. Adam Renheim and Logan battled for second, with Renheim taking the position until making a mistake that gave it back to Logan. Tremblay, too, made a mistake, giving the lead to Christian, but it was the red-hot Kamm who began to reel in the leaders.
Rewind one year ago. Kamm suffered a season-ending injury while on his way to victory. Now in second place, he continued to trim the lead of Christian, trying to make his move lap-after-lap. Back and fourth the two battled for the top spot. Kamm tried the inside and the outside, but Christian continued to hold him off. Kamm set up Christian for an inside pass on lap nine and made it stick for the lead.
Hibbert continued to find trouble and was off his sled again, along with Ishoel, who was thrown off his sled through the Arctic Cat corner, ending his night. Current points leader Tremblay was off to a great start, but misjudged the FXR corner and landed outside of the track and out of contention for a podium finish.
As the laps wound down, Kamm continued to extend his lead and took the win for the Hentges Racing team. Christian Brothers Racing rider Logan Christian took second and Boss Racing’s Adam Renheim finished third. Hibbert was unable to make his way back through the field and finished 12th.
The series resumes Jan. 20-21 in Deadwood, S.D.
Source: Amsoil Racing