Team LaVallee Rewinds Top Moments at Winter X Games Aspen

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Longville, MN (February 2, 2016) – ESPN Winter X Games celebrated it’s 20th season in winter action sports and it’s 15th year being hosted in Aspen, Colorado at the base of Buttermilk Mountain. With the excitement of having two snowmobile events (snocross and snowmobile freestyle) at Winter X Games 2016, fans from all over the world created a record breaking attendance and for the viewers at home, they where able to stay connected through the live broadcasting on ESPN and online at watchespn.com

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Coming straight off of the ISOC Nationals in Deadwood, SD – Team LaVallee was geared up and ready for Winter X Games 20. LaVallee, who is no stranger to the Winter X Games scene and has earned himself 10 medals, 7 of which are gold, was the only snowmobile athlete invited to compete in both snowmobile events. Team LaVallee’s Pro Rider, Kyle Pallin, was one of the lucky 20 invited athletes to give his go in snocross.

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In the Snocross event kicking-off Thursday night, Kyle Pallin and Levi LaVallee’s Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Red Bull sleds were ripping and hole-shots would be key in order to make it into the 20-lap final. In the qualifier round, which contained 2 heats of 10 riders, you needed to place within the top 5 to make it into the final, the bottom 5 were done. Pallin and LaVallee were in the same heat. LaVallee came out swinging with ripping the holeshot but got pinched off of the corner and pushed him towards the back of the pack. Kyle Pallin ended up fighting for a transfer spot but was unable to snag that last position and finished in 6th place, just one spot away for the X Games Snocross Final. Levi LaVallee wanted to do something he has never done before, a back-flip during a snocross race. LaVallee waited to make sure all was clear on the snocross course and backflipped a snocross jump and unfortunately landed a bit off-kilter falling heavy to one-side and injuring his ankle. Which ultimately ended LaVallee’s chance of competing in Freestyle the next day. However, LaVallee was able to perform in the Freestyle practice (just prior to the snocross race) and showed huge extension on his superflips and also displayed a never-seen-before trick on a snowmobile called, a “Lazy Boy Backflip”. See the picture above, it’s pretty huge (first photo).

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Although Winter X Games medals were not in the cards for Team LaVallee this year, they continue to hang their heads high on the way their riders performed, how perfectly tuned their sleds were in the high altitude conditions, and how we (the snowmobile industry in whole) were able to be apart of one of the biggest stages snowmobiles has seen to date. And for that, we at Team LaVallee are grateful. Thank you, ESPN / X Games.

 

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COMING UP
Salamanca National / Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY – February 5-6, 2016 
 
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Team LaVallee Battles Through Deadwood National

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Longville, MN (January 26, 2016) – Historic Deadwood South Dakota was the host of Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2015/2016 ISOC Snocross Series. The races were held at Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds in the heart of downtown Deadwood. With a sold-out crowd on Saturday, fans from all over the area were in for some exciting racing. The warmer than average weather was great for fans, but tough on the track. The snow conditions track-side were wet, dense, and rough which was an added challenge for the riders and for their sleds.

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Team LaVallee’s Pro Lite Rider, Zak Mason sat out for Deadwood’s two-day National, as Mason suffered from a shoulder injury that had happened two weeks before at the Shakopee National. After extensive physical therapy leading up to the Deadwood race, Mason had to make the tough decision to sit out, as the risk of further injuring his shoulder, currently outweighed the reward. Mason is scheduled for surgery later this week.

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Kyle Pallin (Pro), had a good weekend of racing. His qualifying rounds were solid, and good enough to allow him to skip the LCQ’s and go directly into the front row of both the Round 7 and 8 finals. Pallin had tough starts in both Pro Open Finals but was able to keep his lines and ride at a consistent pace throughout both 22-lap finals and finish a notable 9th on Friday and 8th on Saturday. From here, Team LaVallee continues to head West and is gearing up for Winter X Games Aspen. Kyle Pallin and Levi LaVallee are to compete in Snocross on Thursday (Jan. 28th) and LaVallee will compete in the Snowmobile Freestyle event on Friday (Jan 29th). For more details and full TV Schedule, visit XGames.com

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“Deadwood is rough and tight track which adds a challenge to the riders and our equipment. Luckily we ended up having a pretty good weekend, Kyle rode strong and consistent and our mechanics had our sleds dialed. Looking forward to the Winter X Games this week in Aspen!” – Levi LaVallee
RACE RESULTS – Rounds 7 & 8
PALLIN Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 9th | Rd 1: 7th Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: — Final: 8th
MASON Rd 1: — Rd 2: — LCQ: — Final: — | Rd 1: — Rd 2: — LCQ: — Final: —
GRASSROOTS RESULTS – Rounds 7 & 8
Sport & Sport Lite Rider, Adam Peterson took 9th & 8th in Sport and 1st in Sport Lite. Evan Daudt also made both of the Sport Finals with a 7th and 9th finish over the weekend. Pro Rider, Andy Lieders was also on the injured list and did not compete in Deadwood.
COMING UP
Winter X Games / Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, Colorado – January 28-31, 2016
Salamanca National / Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY – Feb. 5-6, 2016
TV SCHEDULE
Deadwood National Episode 7 CBS Sports Network / January 20, 2016 @ 10AM EST
Deadwood National Episode 8 CBS Sports Network / February 14, 2016 @ 10AM EST

Tough Break for Team LaVallee at Shakopee National

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Longville, MN (January 12, 2016) – Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN was the host to Rounds 5 and 6 for the 2015/2016 ACS Snocross Series. With the cold weather amongst us, the crew was able to blow more than enough snow and make one of the biggest tracks we’ve seen at Canterbury Park. The track consisted of tight corners, big fly-aways, and something we’ve never seen before, a downhill starting line. Fans from all over the area packed the stands (indoor and out) and were in for an exciting weekend of racing.

 

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Friday night / Round 5 kicked off with highs and lows for Team LaVallee. Zak Mason took 3rd in Round one and suffered from two hard crashes in Round two and the LCQ, eliminating Mason’s chances for the Pro Lite final. Kyle Pallin had good qualifying rounds and was able to make his way into the Pro Open final in the front row. Off of the start, Pallin was mid-pack, worked his way up to 5th, and was on the prowl when an unfortunate off caused Pallin to fall back and finish in the 13th position.

 

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Saturday night / Round 6 the snow conditions changed with a cold snap moving in. The track was ice-packed underneath with a sugary snow consistency on top, which made for an added challenge throughout the day. Zak Mason was looking for redemption for day two of racing. Qualifying well in his first two rounds, Mason made it into the front row for the Pro Lite Final. Off of the line, Mason came out mid-pack and ended up staying in that position finishing out in 9th place. In Pro Open, Kyle Pallin was LCQ bound in order to make it into the Pro Round 6 Final. In the LCQ, Pallin was looking good and riding strong, with only a few laps to go, Pallin had a mechanical issue with his steering post causing him to go off-track and was unable to finish the race and make it into the final.

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“Shakopee was a tough one for our team. But this is racing and some days are great and some days, not so great. I am 100% confident in the ability of our riders, in our crew, and in our entire set-up. Looking forward to having a weekend off to do some more testing and get ready for Deadwood.” – Levi LaVallee

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RACE RESULTS – Rounds 5 & 6
PALLIN Rd 1: 5th Rd 2: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 13th | Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 5th LCQ: 8th Final: —

MASON Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 8th LCQ: 10th Final: — | Rd 1: 1st Rd 2: 4th LCQ: — Final: 9th

GRASSROOTS RESULTS – Rounds 5 & 6

Sport & Sport Lite Rider, Adam Peterson took 9th in Sport and 1st in Sport Lite. Evan Daudt made both of his Sport Finals with a 14th and 4th finish over the weekend. Pro Rider, Andy Lieders joined under Factory Polaris Team, Judnick Motorsports to fill in for an injured rider.

COMING UP
Deadwood National / Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood, SD – January 22-23, 2016

Winter X Games / Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, Colorado – January 28-31, 2016

TV SCHEDULE
Shakopee National Episode 5 CBS Sports Network / January 16, 2016 @ 10AM EST
Shakopee National Episode 6 CBS Sports Network / January 23, 2016 @ 10AM EST
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