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A.M. Report – ISOC Lake Geneva, WI

Frattalone Racing's Eric Downs finished the season with a perfect record in the JR 10-13 class.

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Presented by Polaris

By Matt Pranger

Lake Geneva is always the last stop on the ACS tour with three days of some of the best amateur racing you will ever see. As Geneva is the last race weekend of the season and most riders are riding at the top of their ability, or have improved greatly from the start of the season. Saturday and Sunday are the normal national classes we have seen all year but on Friday they run the Showdown at Sundown affiliate championship. Riders from four different series and two different countries come together at season’s end to settle the score and lay claim as the best rider in there respective classes.

Friday morning standing atop the massive ski hills of Lake Geneva Resort, now turned into a awesome race track, I heard the sound of 120 sleds as they rolled thru the staging lanes. And then the transition sleds and so on and so on. It was easy to see the kids were ready and eager to hit the track and get to racing.

As family and friends filled the stands the races were underway as there was a full slate of classes racing for there Showdown Championship.

Riders like  Anson Scheele, Drew Freeland, and Taven Woodie all put on a show for the fans as they had great races and close finishes that made for some great racing to watch. Frattalone Racing had an awesome morning with Eric Downs and Ryley Bester wrapping up their finals on the top of the podium.  Bester won Sport Lite, JR 15-16, And JR 16-17.

Taylor Cole won the affiliate Sport class and Evan Daudt had his hands full to fight off the Patenaude brothers to win the Pro Lite affiliate title.

Saturday was a new day and a different goal for the racers – last chance to podium for the season. So the racing was fast and fierce all day and during the finals the riders did not disappoint the massive crowd that had gathered.

Anson Scheele finished his season with a couple trips to the podium.

Anson Scheele finished his season with a couple trips to the podium.

Transition class – Anson Scheele picked up were he left off the prior day, Winning and coming from behind to do so. Drew Freeland finished second and placed an exclamation mark on his season in Transition. In third was one of my little Michigan hommies Brock Conger on the #154 Arctic Cat, Conger don’t get to ride very much with the loss of the Michigan regional series a couple years ago, so this was a big podium for the young man.

A father's love and pride creates a very strong bond especialy with Joe and Inanna Hauger.

A father’s love and pride creates a very strong bond especialy with Joe and Inanna Hauger.

JR Girls 9-13 –  Inanna Hauger won the first race in Duluth at the season opener, That would be the last time any other rider would stand on the top of the JR Girls podium other than #873 Taven Woodie. Woodie reeled off seven straight wins and served final notice that she was the dominate rider in the JG Girls class this season.

JR 14-15 & JR 16-17 – What else can I say about Ryley Bester that I haven’t already said this year. Bester would once again win both the JR classes and he would do it in a convincing way as there really wasn’t anyone to challenge him this weekend. The only hope for the other riders in the JR classes is that Bester moves up to Sport and never returns. Carson Alread finished second in the 14-15 class with Raphael Lemieux close behind in third. Ried Runkle grabbed the second spot on the 16-17 podium with Noah Pfeil standing next to him in third.

Woodies Racing's Jordan Brinkman,Taven Woodie Joachim Olsen all made trips to the ACS podium on Sunday.

Woodies Racing’s Jordan Brinkman,Taven Woodie Joachim Olsen all made trips to the ACS podium on Sunday.

Sport Lite 1 – This was the most exciting race of the day when first year racer Jordan Brinkman stunned the class with a huge hole shot and ran of looking like he would win. Fellow Woodie Racing rider Jochim Olsen found himself in sixth after the first time up the big hill. Olsen from Norway was feeling right at home on this massive race track with many difficult sections much like a track he is more familiar with. Olsen started picking riders off one at a time till he found himself in a battle for the win with his stable mate. Brinkman gave it everything he had and rode the race of his life time, but Olsen who had travel plans to return home on Monday would not be denied a win in front of the many fans that traveled all the way from Norway to watch there favorite racer race in the U.S.A. Brinkman finished second and stood on the podium for the first time nearly speechless. Third place was another great story as Steve Walter also grabbed his first podium and chose to take his podium  photo with his racing buddies.

Nick Lorenz wrapped up the FXR Sport Championship in front of his home town crowd.

Nick Lorenz wrapped up the FXR Sport Championship in front of his home town crowd.

FXR Sport 1 – Well here we are and the points battle in this class would come down to one final weekend between Nickolas Lorenz and Jake Yurk. Yurk would have his work cut out for him as this is Lorenz hometown race and a race he won last season. It is no secret that Lorenz is fast, but at LK Geneva he is even faster and this weekend would be no different  Jay Lura jumped out front early and was looking solid, But what he didn’t know was that Adam Peterson and Lorenz where coming. Lorenz was just to fast and would not be denied in front of his hometown cheering section. Lura grabbed the second spot, as he held of Peterson who stood in the third slot on the podium at the end of the day

120 Champ Sophia Hulsey got her first win of the year in front of her hometown fans and friends, Michigan’s Carson Berry salvaged a dismal season with a second and Logan Schlauderaff held of teammate and  older sister Autumn Schlaudraff for third.

Sunday would only have three classes in the amateur ranks.

JR 10-13 – Was the first on the schedule. #129 Eric Downs has been the rider to beat all season. Geneva would be no different as this young kid has the making of a future Pro stand out rider on the national tour. Downs and team Frattalone Racing completed a perfect season in JR 10-13 as Downs won every heat race and final of the 2015/2016 ACSS season. Raycer Frank finished second making a late race move to get the spot. Evan Christian  had his hands full with Taven Woodie, but managed to get by and finish his season on the podium in third.

Sport Lite 2 – Ryley Bester grabbed a early hole shot and was off and running. When Bester gets a start like that there is nothing else to do but fight for second and third. And that is what Baily Forst and Joachim Olsen would do. Forst landed in second with Olsen in third.

FXR Sport 2 – Coming into the day Lorenz had a 24 point lead over Yurk. Lorenz was focused. As he rode flawless and clinched the FXR Sport Championship for 2015/2016.It was a great season and and a great points battle we all witnessed, but only one could be the winner and this year it was Lorenz turn. Evan Daudt was all smiles as he found himself in second on the FXR podium and Jake Yurk wrapped up his great season with a trip to the box in third.

This leaves us at the conclusion on yet another season of awesome snocross racing. We saw new champions, first time winners, new armature classes and some amazing bar to bar racing. All leaving us wanting more. Well you will have to wait till November when the series returns to Duluth, But until then make sure you visit snox365 daily to get informed of all the off season moves and so much more.

I leave you with one final thought for the off season. Nothing bugs me more as a photographer and a sponsor to many of you kids out there. When and if you make a podium PLEASE SMILE, even if you are not standing on top. So many kids will race there entire life and never have the chance that some of you take for granted when you stand up there looking like you failed. Don’t ever take that for granted because you are fortunate to have the talent it takes to end up on the podium. I see it, fans see it, and most important your sponsors see it.

So until November, I hope you all have a great off season, stay in shape and remember it takes hard work and determination to achieve your goals. So keep your head up, be proud of what you have accomplished this season and work harder for next year. And remember SNOX365 will be there for you all summer and right up to race day.

See you all soon!

Steve Walter grabbed his first podium and chose to take his podium photo with his racing buddies.

Steve Walter grabbed his first podium and chose to take his podium photo with his racing buddies.

 

Schlauderaff Racing's Baily Forst finished second in the Sport Lite 2 class.

Schlauderaff Racing’s Baily Forst finished second in the Sport Lite 2 class.

Logan Schlauderaff held of teammate and older sister Autumn Schlaudraff for third. in the National 120 Champ class.

Logan Schlauderaff held of teammate and older sister Autumn Schlaudraff for third. in the National 120 Champ class.

Frattalone Racing with Milt fro FXR.

Frattalone Racing with Milt from FXR.

Evan Daudt was all smiles as he found himself in second on the FXR podium.

Evan Daudt was all smiles as he found himself in second on the FXR podium.

Drew Freeland is always excited to be on the podium.

Drew Freeland is always excited to be on the podium.

Mitchell Gross of MG RACING airing it out in the Sport Lite class.

Mitchell Gross of MG RACING airing it out in the Sport Lite class.

KC Motorsports entrie Jay Lura finished second in the FXR Sport 1 final.

KC Motorsports entry Jay Lura finished second in the FXR Sport 1 final.