By: ISOC Racing
Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN (Jan. 8, 2017) – The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Presented by RAM finished up the weekend with a makeup race from round two of the AMSOIL Duluth National, which was canceled due to foggy conditions. Riders again battled sub-zero temps for the final round of competition.
The current points standings have moved around a bit after some unexpected results throughout the weekend. Tim Tremblay (11) has moved his way up the ladder to the top, while Tucker Hibbert (68) has moved down in the ranks after some big weekend battles. Kody Kamm (53) made a huge statement with his win in round six, and Aki Pihlaja (128) stretched his point lead with another Pro Lite victory in round six as well.
After a big night of racing action, Pro Lite riders were back on track for their qualifying heats. Zak Mason (63), who tackled his first win in round five, had some mechanical issues that forced him to the LCQ round, but would transfer to the main. Pihlaja again grabbed a win, but it was Andrew Lieders (57) who was the top qualifier with two first-place finishes. Nickolas Lorenz (572) was the number two qualifier and Travis Muller(436) qualifed third.
After 10 races and two LCQ’s, the riders lined up for the final race of the weekend. While Pihlaja grabbed the holeshot and the early lead, Lieders soon passed him. Not letting Lieders get too far away, Pihlaja raced into the Ski-Doo corner to take back the lead.
It was bar-to-bar racing for the third and fourth as Lorenz and Evan Daudt (413) battled lap-after-lap. Daudt made an inside pass on lap four and moved into the final podium spot. Round five winner Maxime Taillefer (144) ran through the field to challenge Daudt, making the pass to push Daudt back to fifth. Up front, Pihlaja extended his lead and took the checkers for the win, followed by Lieders and Lorenz.
After a difficult weekend, the Monster Energy team came together and moved forward. Hibbert finished 12th in round six, but regrouped in qualifying with a second and third-place finish. Ross Martin (837) found the fast line in round two of the heats to rocket past the competition and through the Polaris rhythm section as he tripled into the lead. With a dominating performance, he was on his way to a victory when mechanical issues on the last lap allowed Tremblay to pass for the lead and the win, putting Martin in second. Adam Renheim (311) and Kyle Pallin (324) also had solid runs in the heats.
In the final race of the day, Hibbert hoped to find the checkers, while number-one qualifier Tremblay looked to extend his points lead.
Out of the shoot, it was Martin with the Stud Boy holeshot. Martin and his crew obviously resolved the mechanical issue from the heat race and took the fast path to the lead, followed by Hibbert. With only a few laps in the books, Martin and Hibbert put several sled lengths between them and third place.
Hibbert knows all too well the game of patience and slowly began to reel in Martin and challenge for the lead.
With a strong start, rookie rider Elias Ishoel (200) settled into third early on, but found trouble in the FXR Turn, throwing him off course and opening the door for round-five winner Kamm to step in. Big battles ensued for fifth, sixth and seventh as Pallin, Tremblay and teammate Lincoln Lemieux (13) raced bar-to-bar. Pallin held strong, but was eventually passed by Lemieux and Tremblay, putting him in sixth.
Up front, Hibbert chased down Martin, turning to the inside on the Jimmy Johns corner, drag racing through the Pirtek rhythm section and taking off like a rocket to make the pass for the lead. Martin took the number-two spot on the box, while Kamm held onto third to round off his weekend on the podium.
Source: Amsoil Racing