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A.M. Report – ISOC Michigan

Yurk and Lorenz looks like it could all come down to Geneva for the FXR Sport Championship pranger

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Story and Photos: Matt Pranger

Once again the stage was set for another full weekend of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series racing. The ISOC opps crew had their work cut out for them, as weather issues continued to plague the series. But a little mud will not stop the diehard racers that make snocross what it is.

The Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort in Mount Plesant Michigan was the event location where the many Michigan racers in the series finally got there chance to race in front of friends and family. For a state that in the past has been known for having a strong regional series, there was a feel of excitement in the pits because finally we were racing in Michigan. 

And there was some great racing all day as ISOC held some regional classes early Friday morning giving the Michigan local racers a chance to race at the regional level of competition. After the regional rounds were done Sport Lite & the FXR Sport national classes were the only two amateur racers to race. There was plenty of excitement in theses two classes as they are both popular and very competitive in the amateur ranks.

Sport Lite 1- This class is in my opinion the best addition to the amateur ranks. So far it has done exactly what it was intended to do, help develop young riders coming from the JR classes into the overwhelming FXR Sport class. This also makes the odds for Sport riders chances of making the final better than the state lottery, Where at times we saw 90 to 110 riders entered in the Sport class at venues like Duluth, Shakopee, and Geneva.

Ryley Bester of Frattalone Racing & Joachim Olsen of Woodie Racing are two great examples of young talented riders working hard to make it thru the amateur ranks of the national snocross series. And Friday they both came into the Sport Lite final coming of recent wins and winning both there heat races earlier in the day. Olsen would get stuffed on the start and Bester would find himself in a battle with Raphael Lemieux of Terrebonne, Quebec. Bester rode a flawless race and claimed another win in the Sport Lite class, Lemieux who was fast all day finished second with Patrick Hamilton racing out of the Haala Racing rig finished his day in third. Jochim Olsen would only muster a sixth place hoping for a better day on Saturday.

FXR Sport 1 – The story line in this class just gets better with each round of the ACS. When we left New York Jake Yurk had suffered what looked to be a season-ending injury. With this he lost the red plate to fellow Polaris teammate and good buddy Nickolas Lorenz. Two weeks off would be all Yurk needed to heal up and get clearance from the Dr to go racing, As the #727 Polaris was on the starting line Friday morning ready to get back to work. Lorenz jumped out to a lead and would never look back in the final and claimed the top of the FXR Sport podium with his two very close friends standing on each side of him. Jake Yurk is one tuff and determined racer and should be very stoked to come back and finish second in front of a very fast Jake Geeseman who make the podium in third, Giving Polaris the top four spots and six out of the top seven in the final.

Saturday morning was time for the younger riders to race on the Soaring Eagle track, And a great day of racing and weather it would turn out to be.

Jordan Lebel a crowd favorite in the Transition class with some major air all day long.

Jordan Lebel a crowd favorite in the Transition class with some major air all day long.

Transition – Jordan Lebel from Chicoutimi, Quebec was the fastest sled all day during the heat races and continued his high flying ways in the final. Lebel cruised to a win and stood proud on the top of the Transition podium. Kyle Thome of Willson’s Sport Racing continues to be fast and finished the day in second followed by Nathan Mailloux in third.

Woodie and Hauger also race in the JR 10-13 class to stay sharp for the JR Girls class

Woodie and Hauger also race in the JR 10-13 class to stay sharp for the JR Girls class

Woodies Racing JR Girls 9-13 – Again we saw some great racing among theses young ladies as Taven Woodie and Inanna Hauger continued there battle on the track during the heat races, and the main as they had a great race going until Inanna came off her sled opening the door for Sophia Hulsey and McKaylee Meyerhofer to fill in the podium. Taven has won 12 out of 12 heat races and five out of six finals in the JR Girls 9-13 class.

Eric Downs continues to be the rider to beat and remained unchallenged in the JR 10-13 class

Eric Downs continues to be the rider to beat and remained unchallenged in the JR 10-13 class

JR 10-13 – “The streak continues” can be heard from Team Frattalone Racing as Eric Downs remains perfect with another sweep of the 10-13 class. KC Motorsports entry of Evan Christian continues to reel off podium finishes determined to be the one who “Breaks the streak”, finishing in second place. The little big dude Jordan Lebel joined them on the podium after winning the transition class a couple races earlier. Michigan rider Kaleb Kindsvatter raced hard and finished fourth in front of the Michigan crowd.

JR 14-15 & JR 16-17 – Ryley Bester would not be racing in the Sport Lite 2 class on Saturday as he has unfinished business in the JR 14-15 & 16-17 classes, and a streak of his own going. Bester started out number one qualifier in the 16-17 class, Going on to win the final and remain undefeated in all heats and finals for this class. Michigan’s Carson Alread rode very strong keeping Bester in reach the whole race finishing second in front of the Michigan race fans. Reid Runkel claimed the third spot of the box.

Ryley Bester continued to be strong and clearly showed that he is the fastest rider in the JR ranks and won the 14-15 class final, But not before Reid Runkle would beat Bester in heat two of round two snapping his unbeaten streak in both the JR classes. Raphael Lemieux had a good day going two,two, and second in the main. And Reid Runkle doubled up for the day on third place podiums.

Sport Lite 2 – Joachim Olsen and Raphael Lemieux would be the fastest qualifier’s both winning there heat races setting the scene for a great final. The two raced hard and fast with Olsen staying out front after a hole shot on the start to claim the number one spot on the national podium. Olsen’s Mother and girlfriend were here from Norway to watch him race in the U.S. Raphael Lemieux made a great race out of it and finished second.And Kyle Anderson raced his last snocross race in front of his Michigan hometown fans and family where he informed them of his retirement from the third spot of the podium.

FXR Sport 2 – Another exciting final was set as points leader Nickolas Lorenz and second in points Jake Yurk once again looked to be the sleds to beat. Yurk grabbed a early lead and was looking good until came off his sled in a corner watching Lorenz go by as he brought his machine back to life and joined back in the race. Lorenz added to his points lead with the win. Evan Daudt kept his head down and pushed on to a second place finish with Leo Patenaude from Ingles Performance right behind him in third. Yurk fell back to fourth and is looking for a way to make up the 56 points that Lorenz has over him all while holding off Eddie Neubauer who is only three points behind in third.

Cameron Cole was the racer on the top of the national 120 Champ class podium, Tucker Haala in second and Brady Freeland in third.

With two stops on the ACSS tour left we head down I-94 to the Hollywood Casino Snocross National – Route 66 Raceway, Chicago, IL. SNOX365 will be there to follow and bring you all the action from the amateur classes in the Chicago AM Report

Sophia Hulsey and Mechanic Dad on the podium in the JR Girls

Sophia Hulsey and Mechanic Dad on the podium in the JR Girls.

Norway's Joachim Olsen lands on the top of the Sport Lite podium for Team Woodies Racing

Norway’s Joachim Olsen lands on the top of the Sport Lite podium for Team Woodies Racing.

Kyle Thome aring it out Saturday in the Transition class.

Kyle Thome aring it out Saturday in the Transition class.

Frattalone Racing after a great day for Arctic Cat with Russ Ebert

Frattalone Racing after a great day for Arctic Cat with Russ Ebert.

Devin Malcein 720 ACSS Sport Lite

Devin Malcein in national Sport Lite.

C.J Petosky made the long trip down from Michigans U.P. to race in his home state national.

C.J Petosky made the long trip down from Michigans U.P. to race in his home state national.

120 Champ national podium.

120 Champ national podium – Cameron Cole, Tucker Haala and Brady Freeland.