Winter X Games 2015 Rewind

Longville, MN (January 27, 2015) - Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado has been the host of the Winter X Games since 2002. For 2015, four different snowmobile events were on the roster. 10x Winter X medallist, Levi LaVallee was to compete in all four, the only athlete in the Winter X Games to be in 4 different disciplines.
Speed and Style kicked things off Thursday night in Aspen. LaVallee, who was the reigning gold medallist in Speed and Style was digging for another gold. With huge air and perfect extensions LaVallee earned his way up to the semi-final round, when a tough crash caused LaVallee to finish Day One of X Games with a notable 4th place.
On Friday, LaVallee was looking for redemption in the Long Jump competition. The reigning gold medallist in Long Jump was looking to keep his title and with excellent practice, LaVallee’s gold looked promising. Just before the event was to go live, LaVallee was lining up to hit the ramp one last time and as he approached the ramp his sled bogged down and his motor gave out just as he approached the ramp. LaVallee rode the snowmobile off the ramp and flat landed onto the hard packed, icy front side of the landing. LaVallee did seek medical attention and was diagnosed with two bruised heels. LaVallee withdrew from the rest of the competitions and announced in the booth the rest of the weekend. With LaVallee out, Pallin was in! Kyle Pallin made is Long Jump debut by taking over teammate, LaVallee’s place. Pallin served Levi and Team LaVallee proud, by making his way to the semi final round and finishing with an impressive 4th place finish!

The much anticipated, Hillcross, was back at Winter X, an event that LaVallee had won gold at back in 2004. With LaVallee out, Jake Scott was on-deck as an alternate to replace LaVallee. Although Scott was excited and anxious to try his luck in Hillcross, all riders were present – so Scott watched on from the sidelines.
On the final day of Winter X Games 2015, Kyle Pallin, Jake Scott, and Andy Lieders were representing the Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris sleds in Snocross. To get into the Snocross final, you needed to place within the top 5 of Round 1. Round 1 consisted of 10 laps, 10 riders, 2 heats and the top 5 of each heat were headed to the final. In heat one, Pallin was late off of the start causing him to be last around the first corner. But that wasn’t going to stopPallin and his desire to get into the final. Each lap, Pallin inched closer and closer to the top 5, picking riders off one-by-one. And in a last ditch effort, Pallin tripple-tripled the last section before the finish line, and was less than a half a second behind the 5th place spot. Just missing his way into the final. Lieders and Scott were in heat 2. Scott came out strong off of the line but had an unfortunate off in the first corner. Lieders was sitting mid-pack and fought hard, worked his way up to 6th place but was not able to get that final position to go into the Snocross final.
“The 2015 Winter X Games was a tough showing for Team LaVallee but it wasn’t from lack of trying, that’s for sure. Our mechanics worked their tails off putting together numerous sleds and tuning them perfectly for the altitude. We always go into Winter X with the attitude of, you never know what will happen. I’m proud of our crew and our riders. We learned a lot and (most) of us left X Games healthy. I, for one, am already looking forward to next year! This years results will only push us to do better and go bigger next year. Thanks to our sponsors and crew for the never-ending support, we couldn’t do it without you.” Levi LaVallee


COMING UP 
Deadwood Shootout / Deadwood, SD – January 30th – 31st , 2015

Pallin Earns First Pro Career Win at Shakopee

Longville, MN (January 13, 2015) - After nearly a month off, Team LaVallee was back on the road for Rounds 5 and 6 of the ACS Snocross Series. The next stop, Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. One of the most anticipated and favorite tracks on the circuit this season. Each year, Canterbury Park never seems to disappoint. With record- breaking crowds and an action packed track, both racers and the fans were in for a memorable racing weekend.
Kicking things off on Friday night, for the 2-Day National, Team LaVallee riders (Pallin, Scott, and Lieders) were looking strong and with awesome qualifying rounds, each rider was able to make it into the Round 5 Final. Off of the start of the 15 lap Final, all three Team LaVallee riders were sitting mid-pack. Each rider was charging hard, but the opportunities to make clean passes didn’t present itself in order to move up positions. Scott and Pallin were able to finish behind one another with a 6th and 7th place (a new best finish for Scott this season), while Lieders just missed finishing within the top 10, with a notable 11th place finish.
Saturday night was sure a memorable one for Team LaVallee. All 3 riders, again, were able to make it into the Round 6 Final – with Pallin in the front row and Scott and Lieders in the back via the LCQ (last chance qualifier). Off of the starting line, Pallin ripped the holeshot and started his way to a victorious first place finish. Pallin rode one of the most consistent and smooth races he has shown in his Pro career. With the 15-lap final (feeling like a never-ending-final) the white flag finally showed it face – meaning Pallin had one lap to go. As the checkered flags were in sight, Pallin excitedly crossed the finish line with a huge fist pump (and undoubtedly, a huge smile on his face) as Pallin just won his first ever Pro final. Scott and Lieders rounded out the weekend in 11th and 14th place, and hurried to congratulate fellow teammate, Pallin, on his victory.
“This is what racing is all about! All of the training, time, and effort that goes into racing – winning is what makes it all worth it. I felt like a proud parent congratulating Kyle on his first Pro win. Taking home a first place finish is never just a one-man accomplishment. Moments like this are possible because of the support of our mechanics, sponsors, friends, and family that are there pushing our riders and helping them achieve their goals. It was a memorable night for Team LaVallee, and a race I am sure Kyle won’t ever forget. Congratulations Kyle!” - Levi LaVallee (Co-Owner/Pro Snowmobiler, Team LaVallee)

RACE RESULTS – Pro Round 5 & 6
PALLIN
Round 1: 2nd Round 2: 2nd LCQ: — Final: 6th
Round 1: 2nd Round 2: 1st LCQ: — Final: 1st
SCOTT
Round 1: 4th Round 2: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 7th
Round 1: 6th Round 2: 4th LCQ: 4th Final: 11th
LIEDERS
Round 1: 6th Round 2: 7th LCQ: 4th Final: 11th
Round 1: 5th Round 2: 7th LCQ: 3rd Final: 14th

COMING UP
Winter X Games / Aspen, Colorado – January 22-25th, 2015

High-Flying Fargo National Recap

Longville, MN (December 16, 2014) - Rounds three and four of the ACS National Snocross Series brought us to BRRP (Buffalo River Race Park) in Glyndon Minnesota, just outside of Fargo, North Dakota. With a big change in the weather pattern, where temperatures went from sub-below and plenty of snow, to above average warmer temperatures and no snow in sight. In fact the only snow for miles around the Glyndon area was at BRRP racetrack. Because of the warmer temps that meant for wet and dense snow conditions on the track. Making traction for the holeshots a bit of a challenge and lines constantly changing from lap to lap. Not to mention the poor visibility if you weren’t out front, the heavy snow would stick to goggles and make it nearly impossible to see at certain times throughout the weekend.
After a successful weekend at the Duluth Snocross Opener, Team LaVallee was eager to take on the FargoNational at BRRP. Kyle Pallin was the number 2 qualifier going into the Final on Friday night, when he wentone-one in his qualifying rounds. A strong finish looked promising for Pallin in the Round 3 Final, but a hard crash caused Pallin to fall back and finish outside of the top ten. Going into Saturday, Pallin was again able to avoid the LCQ (last chance qualifier) and finish a notable 7th place in Round 4. Lieders had impressive qualifying rounds as well and rode strong, but overall wasn’t able to finish in better standings Friday or Saturday night. Scott had a very consistent weekend, rounding out Rounds three and four within the top ten of both finals.
“The Fargo National had it’s highs and lows throughout the weekend. We will learn from both areas and keep pressing on. With this break before the next race, it allows us more time to test different snow conditions and different set-ups on the sleds. I am very proud of our riders and crew, little set-backs like the challenges we had this weekend only pushes us to do better and dig deeper. Looking forward to January for rounds 5 and 6 at Canterbury Park!” - Levi LaVallee (Co-Owner/Pro Snowmobiler, Team LaVallee)

RACE RESULTS – Pro Round 3 & 4
PALLIN Round 1: 1st Round 2: 1st LCQ: — Final: 13th | Round 1: 5th Round 2: 6th LCQ: — Final: 7th

SCOTT Round 1: 7th Round 2: 5th LCQ: 5th Final: 10th | Round 1: 4th Round 2: 7th LCQ: 2nd Final: 8th

LIEDERS Round 1: 4th Round 2: 4th LCQ: 9th Final: — | Round 1: 2nd Round 2: 10th LCQ: 8th Final: —


COMING UP
Canterbury National / Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota – January 9-10, 2015
Winter X Games / Aspen, Colorado – January 22-25th, 2015

TV SCHEDULE
Amsoil Duluth National Episode 2 CBS Sports Network / December 21, 2014 @ 8:00AM & 4:00PM
US Airforce Fargo National Episode 3 CBS Sports Network / December 28, 2014 @ 8:00AM & 4:00PM
US Airforce Fargo National Episode 4 CBS Sports Network / January 4, 2015 @ 8:00AM & 4:00PM
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