Ski-Doo Snocross athletes rang in 2019 just as they left 2018, on top of the Pro class podium in Shakopee, Minn., as Canterbury Park hosted Rounds 5 and 6 of the National Snocross Series.
Saturday was a banner day for Ski-Doo’s Adam Renheim (Warnert Racing) as the big Swedish rider captured his first-ever Snocross win on North American soil and did so in impressive come-from-behind fashion. Sitting in second place for nearly the entire race, it wasn’t until lap 13 of the 16-lap final when Renheim made his move rocketing into the lead leaving the rest of the field in a cloud of snow dust.
A five-time FIM champion in Europe, Renheim knows how to celebrate wins and did so with a Super Man stunt as he crossed the finish line giving the Ski-Doo team its second win on the weekend.
Elias Ishoel finished on the box in third place. He was fast through qualifying rounds earning valuable points in the race for the season points championship. His strong performance on the weekend ensured he’ll be wearing the red Points Leader’s plate as the series heads to Deadwood, S.D., January 25-26, 2019.
With mild temps creating tricky track conditions, Lincoln Lemieux (Scheuring Speed Sports) sprinted out to a first-lap lead in Friday’s main, and cruised to his third victory in the season’s first five rounds. He was followed across the finish line by Boss Racing teammates Aki Pihlaja and Elias Ishoel in second and third, respectively, to complete the third consecutive Ski-Doo Pro podium sweep.
Lemieux continued his bad luck trend in qualifying with two difficult rounds and sat as the ninth-place qualifier. A strong hole shot had him charging into the lead after the first corner and he never looked back.
In his rookie season, Pihlaja continues to impress riding strong heading toward the halfway point of the season. He looks to be finding his groove at the perfect time.
Brodeur Back on Top
Megan Brodeur (Anderson Racing) got back to her winning ways under Saturday night’s lights claiming her fourth win of the season.
Jumping off the line with the hole shot, Brodeur looked to be on autopilot early on, but a fifth-lap get off created some suspense as the issue set her back into second. The drama was short lived, however, as Brodeur charged back to the lead just two laps later and secured the checkered flag.
It was a strong end to the weekend for Brodeur who brought herself back to the top of the box after finishing second in Friday night’s round 5. The two-race hiatus from the top step of the podium did was apparently not sitting well with the defending Pro Women’s champion.
“I don’t belong on the second or third spot,” said Brodeur. “I really fought hard for it tonight,” she added after Saturday’s victory.
Brodeur remains in control of the season championship points race with her strong performance and will look to continue her dominating season as the series continues in three weeks.
Sport Riders Claim First Podiums
It was a special weekend Ski-Doo Sport class rider Colton Luggert as he claimed his first podium finish of his career with a second-place effort on Friday night. The Minnesota native continued a strong season that’s seen him reach every final of the national circuit this season, and he finally got the run he’d been searching for all season.
Fellow Ski-Doo Sport rider Brian Peterson also had his best showing of the season on Friday night with a third-place finish.
Lugert followed up on Saturday with a solid fifth-place finish. He will head into Rounds 7 and 8 knocking on the door of the top five in the overall season points standings and looks to be hitting his stride as the season nears its mid-point.