It was another banner weekend for Ski-Doo Pro Snocross athletes in Jackson, Wyo. this past weekend. X-Team racers completed a rare double sweep filling the podium on Friday and Saturday night.
Lincoln Lemieux (Scheuring Speed Sports) set the tone for the weekend as he captured the checkers in Friday night’s main event. It was the second win in a row for Lemieux. After some difficult heat qualifying races, the Vermont-native started as the 8th-place qualifier, but an aggressive start in the final left little in doubt for Lemieux. He cruised unchallenged the rest of the race, crossing the finish line more than five seconds ahead of the pack.
Adam Renheim and Tim Tremblay – both racing out of the Warnert Racing trailer – placed second and third respectively to complete the Ski-Doo sweep. Boss Racing’s Elias Ishoel finished fourth and teammate Aki Pihlaja finished in fifth to make it an all-Ski-Doo top five on the night.
Saturday’s Round 4 racing action had a familiar feel as Ishoel, the series points leader, went wire to wire for the win. It capped a remarkable day for Ishoel who had his Ski-Doo MXZx RS on point all day winning both qualifiers as well. It was the perfect birthday present for his mother, who also happened to be in the stands watching intently.
“I said I was going to race for her, and I felt I did a good job there,” panned Ishoel.
Rounding out the podium were Renheim and Tremblay – again second and third, respectively – to capture the double sweep for Ski-Doo racers. X-Team Pro racers have claimed an amazing 11 of 12 possible podium places as the series hits the Holiday break.
Patenaude Brothers Finish 1-2
Sibling rivalry was taken to a new level in Friday night’s Pro Lite racing as brothers Leo (Ingles Performance) and Hunter (Scheuring Speed Sports) Patenaude battled it out in the finals.
Leo continued his dream start to the season as he pulled away from Hunter late in the race to take the checkers. The win proved his somewhat surprising green-to-checkered win in Duluth was no fluke with his second consecutive first place finish.
“I had to smile for the first few laps,” said Leo Patenaude. “I grabbed hold and got the lead, but was fun going against him for the lead.”
Hunter held strong to claim second place while Francis Pelletier turned in a solid run for the third step on the box to complete a Ski-Doo Pro Lite sweep.
Pelletier continued his strong riding on Saturday with another hard-fought third place finish. The double podium on the weekend keeps him in the lead for the series points championship a quarter of the way through the season.
Brodeur Goes 1-2 for the Weekend
Ski-Doo Pro Am Womens racer Megan Brodeur continued her dominating start to the season claiming her third straight win to start the season on Friday night. In a class that has featured some of the most competitive racing of the young season the defending champion has proven she’s still the one to beat, winning races both effortlessly and in nip-and-tuck fashion.
Brodeur nearly completed another weekend double on Saturday. Solid heat races had her in good position to start Saturday’s Round 4, but she got tangled up with several other riders just after the final went green. The incident set her well back in the pack. Showing her championship mettle, Brodeur stalked her way back through the pack. With a lap and a half to go she had the leader’s taillight in her sights. Charging hard, she crossed the finish line half a sled length behind the leader for second place to cap an amazing start to the season.