Ski-Doo X-Team snocross racers left little doubt as to who the team to beat is this season after an incredibly dominant performance in Duluth, Minn. this past weekend. Claiming 5 of 6 Pro podium places on the weekend, plus wins in Women’s Pro-Am and Pro-Lite classes on the weekend.
Armed with a new Ski-Doo MXZx 600 RS E-TEC race sled, X-Team racers started fast and never looked back. Strong performances in qualifying heat races had riders setup well for the finals. Saturday’s opening round saw 5 of the top 6 qualifiers aboard Ski-Doo sleds, and they took full advantage.
An all-Ski-Doo assault on the podium ensued in Round 1 as Elias Ishoel (BOSS Racing) took the checkers ahead of Lincoln Lemieux (Scheuring Speed Sports) and Tim Tremblay (Warnert Racing) to complete the sweep.
Sunday’s Round 2 racing nearly saw a repeat Ski-Doo sweep. This time it was Lemieux pulling away from the field and riding smooth lines to victory. He had to fight his way through the LCQ in order to make the main, but finishing off the day leading all 18 laps for the win was the perfect way for the Vermont-native to celebrate his 25th birthday. Elias Ishoel finished in third to cap his own double podium showing on the weekend.
Friday Night Domination
Adam Renheim (Warnert Racing) started the 2018-19 Snocross race season in fine fashion winning the $10,000 Amsoil Dominator Cup Friday night in Duluth, Minn. Renheim’s win capped an impressive opening night of action for Ski-Doo athletes in the season’s opening event. The four semifinalists in the single elimination tournament-style competition all aboard the new Ski-Doo MXZx RS.
Renheim raced his way through the competition to meet with Warnert Racing teammate Tim Tremblay in the semifinals. On the other side of the bracket it was another pair of Ski-Doo teammates – BOSS Racing’s Aki Pihlaja and Elias Ishoel – squaring off in the second semifinal.
Renheim and Pihlaja advanced to the finals with their semifinal wins. Tremblay also advanced to the final round by virtue of being the next fastest semifinalist. The all Ski-Doo three-man race for the cash was led wire-to-wire by Renheim to cap a stellar start to the Snocross season for Ski-Doo X-Team racers.
Patenaude wins in Pro Lite
Leo Patenaude (Ingles Performance) capped a stellar weekend for the Ski-Doo X-Team racers with his first ever Pro-Lite win in Sunday’s Round 2 finals. He fought his way through a first corner pile up and was never seriously threatened again, flying across the finish line more than six seconds ahead of the next closest finisher – Ski-Doo’s Francis Pelletier (Warnert Racing) – who claimed is second podium on the weekend.
Saturday’s Pro-Lite action was filled with Ski-Doo flavor as well as 4 X-Team racers finished in the top 5 in the Round 1 finals. Hunter Patenaude (Scheuring Speed Sports) led the way in 2nd, Pelletier 3rd, Max Taillefer 4th, and Marcus Ogemar (Team Bauerly Racing) 5th.
Brodeur Starts Strong
Defending Women’s Pro-Am champion Megan Brodeur returned to the track at Duluth’s Spirit Mountain in fine form. Claiming a hard-fought win on Saturday and making a last lap pass for another win on Sunday, Brodeur picked up where she left off after dominating nearly every race a season ago.
Sunday’s Pro Women’s action was some of the most exciting of the weekend. Mid-way through the final race, Brodeur found herself more than three seconds behind the leader. Amazingly, she was able to turn in one fast lap after another to track down the leader. Her ferocious effort set up a drag race to the finish line with Brodeur making the pass for the lead just as the two racers crossed the line.