Fireworks and Surprises at Snocross Grand FinaleMarch 23, 2017 - 10:04 PM
Ross Martin jumping in front of a packed crowd/house in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
All Photos: Gary Walton/RideX365.com
Over the weekend of March 17-19, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin hosted the final rounds for ISOC National Snocross season. FLY Racing athletes came out swinging with several points championships on the line. Starting with the Pro Open class, coming into the finals, Tim Tremblay had a four point lead over Kody Kamm and 50 point lead over Tucker Hibbert. The points chase would prove to be one of the most epic battles the class had seen over the last few years. On Friday night’s showdown at sundown, Tremblay looked strong during qualifying and once the final started, Tremblay took the lead and never looked back pulling a big gap on the 2nd place runner Kody Kamm. With two laps left and a giant lead, Tremblay blew a drive belt after the finish line jump costing him the win. Kamm took 1st giving him just a two point deficit going into Saturday’s action. Kamm raced well giving him a 10 point lead over Tremblay coming into Sunday’s final round of the season. Unfortunately, neither Tucker Hibbert nor Tim Tremblay could make up the lost ground from the previous day’s action giving Kamm the overall for the weekend and Pro Open championship.
Ross Martin taking his last pass after retiring.
Moving on to the popular Pro Lite class, where everybody is looking to finish the season on top for the opportunity to move to the coveted Pro Open field, Jake Angove sat in second going into the weekend and was on a mission. Angove won Saturday’s final (after a 1st and 2nd in his qualifier) and was looking good to win the final on Sunday but ended the day in fifth. This put him in 2nd place for the season.
2nd place Pro Lite rider Jake Angove about to give his Fly Racing F2 to a lucky fan.
The Pro +30 class saw Danny Poirer and Paul Bauerly finish 1st and 2nd in round 10, with brothers Paul and Kurt Bauerly in 1st and 2nd for round 11. In Pro Women, Megan Brodeur finished 2nd and 3rd for the weekend, Jakki farmer 3rd and 5th, and Markki Farmer 4th and 4th for the weekend.
There was also a bit of sad news from some WPS and FLY Racing sponsored teams. Leighton Motorsports, an Eagle, Idaho based team that was one our elite pro teams has made the decision to retire. The Leightons have worked with WPS and FLY Racing over the last nine years and have been a valuable asset in the development of our SNX snowmobile apparel. Leighton Motorsports is not done in the racing world though and the team looks to jump into the UTV and Light Truck racing world in the near futures.
Another of longtime sponsored team, Judnick Motorsports, also had one of their top riders retire. Ross Martin, one of the best pro racers (and great ambassador) decided to move on Sunday morning and officially retire. Martin had many accomplishments over his career: 34 Pro wins, 98 Pro podiums, 5 X Games medals, three Pro Championships, two Amsoil Dominator wins, and two Eagle River World championships. Ross will be greatly missed in the sport but look for him at regional Wisconsin moto tracks and mountain bike races. Pro +30 rider, and Canadian Snocross legend, Danny Poirier also retired, making Lake Geneva his last weekend of racing. We wish both Ross and Danny the best in their future endeavors.
Here’s how the season ended for Fly Racing snocross athletes:
Sport Class Champion Hunter Patenaude.
Pro +30 podium Paul Bauerly 2nd and now retired Danny Poirier in 1st.
Tucker Hibbert crossing the finish line with a 1st in Saturday’s Pro Open Final.
Danny Poirier with a Pro +30 win.
Paul Bauerly (Bauerly Racing) in Saturday night’s Pro +30 final.
DaSilva Motorsports Jake DaSilva (left), Fly Racing’s Rich Kumm (center), and Hunter Patenaude celebrate Hunter’s Sport Class championship.
Team Bauerly getting ready for the start.
KC Motorsports' Jay Lura launches across the finish line jump.
Racing was tight in Lake Geneva with several points titles on the line.
Bauerly Racing’s Kurt Bauerly on his way to the Pro +30 championship.
FLY Racing’s Rich Kumm with Judnick Motorsports' Jake Angove after a Pro Lite victory.
Tucker Hibbert takes advantage of the sunshine during the last race of the season.
All Photos: Gary Walton/RideX365.com