Mason Tops the Podium at Hometown Race in Michigan

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Longville, MN (February 27, 2017)
– Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan was the host to rounds 11 and 12 of the 2016-2017 ISOC Snocross Series. It was a question mark if this National race would go on, as there was no snow within many areas of the Mid-West, including Mt. Pleasant. The crew at ISOC and Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino re-assured the show would go on and they did a great job preserving enough snow for a jam-packed two day National.

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On Friday / Day 1 / Round 11 of snocross racing, the track conditions were (in one word) wet. Lightning did also cause a few weather delays throughout the day. With the dense, wet, slush-like snow it added in an extra challenge for the riders and their sleds. In Pro Open, Kyle Pallin had a tough day of racing, with hard offs in his qualifying rounds and in the Pro Open Final, Pallin was able to charge hard from the back row and finish a notable 8th place! In Pro Lite, Zak Mason was looking to make a great debut at his hometown race in Mt. Pleasant, after a 3 year hiatus of not racing there, due to injury. Mason went 1-1 in his qualifying rounds and on the line of the Pro Lite Final, Mason ripped the hole-shot and rode one of the most comfortable and confident races of this season. Mason finished on the top of the box Friday night, winning the Pro Lite Final.

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On Saturday / Day 2 / Round 12 the weather changed to cold and windy, changing the snow conditions on the track. In Pro Open, Kyle Pallin had a great day of racing, qualified well in his respective rounds and in the Pro Open Final rode smooth and consistent rounding out the weekend in an awesome 5th place position. In Pro Lite, Zak Mason made his way into the Pro Lite Final via the LCQ and finished the Round 12 Final in the 12th place position.

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For Team LaVallee’s grassroots riders, Adam Peterson (Sport) had tough luck Friday night and missed the Sport Final from a tough off in the LCQ. Saturday was redemption day for Peterson and it showed on the track. Coming from the back row of the Round 12 Sport Final, Peterson rode really strong, picking off riders lap-by-lap and finished out the weekend in an impressive 6th place. Evan Daudt (Pro Lite) was very consistent throughout the two-day National, great qualifying allowed Daudt to bypass both LCQ’s and be in the front row of his finals. Daudt took 8th on Friday and an awesome 6th place on Saturday night.

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RACE RESULTS – Round 11 & 12

PALLIN Rd 1: 7th Rd 2: 7th LCQ: — Final: 8th // Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 5th LCQ: — Final: 5th

MASON Rd1: 1st Rd 2: 1st LCQ: — Final: 1st // Rd 1: 9th Rd 2: 7th LCQ: — Final: 12th

GRASSROOTS RACE RESULTS – Round 11 & 12

DAUDT Rd 1: 4th Rd 2: 4th LCQ: — Final: 8th // Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: 5th Final: 6th

PETERSON Rd 1: 4th Rd: 6th LCQ: 10th Final: — // Rd 1: 4th Rd 2: 5th LCQ: 1st Final: 6th

COMING UP

Dubuque National – Sundown Mountain Resort, Dubuque, IA – March 3-4, 2017

Lake Geneva National – Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI – March 17-19, 2017

TV SCHEDULE

Mt. Pleasant, MI National Round 11 // CBS Sports Network // 03/05/2017 @ 11AM EST (Check Local Listings)

Mt. Pleasant, MI National Round 12 // CBS Sports Network // 03/12/2017 @ 10AM EST (Check Local Listings)

Team LaVallee’s Grassroots Riders Shine in Salamanca

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Longville, MN (February 7, 2017) – Immediately following the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, Team LaVallee traveled to the East Coast, where Rounds 9 and 10 of the ISOC Snocross Series took place at Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca, New York. With rumors flying around that the race would need to be postponed due to unseasonably warm temps, old man winter decided to show up and give Salamanca a couple feet of snow just a week prior to the races, allowing us to have one of the biggest tracks we’ve seen at Salamanca.

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Throughout the two-day National, Team LaVallee’s Pro Rider, Kyle Pallin had a good weekend of qualifying but tough luck in both finals Friday and Saturday night. For Round 10, Saturday night – Pallin started from the back row, and had his work cut out for him in the 22 lap final. After a tough off, Pallin continued to ride hard and make his want into the top ten and finished a notable 8th place. In Pro Lite, Zak Mason was also riding strong in his qualifying rounds and was looking for a great finish on Saturday night. Mason was the number one qualifier coming into the Round 10 Final and came out fourth off of the line. A few laps into the 16-lap final, Mason had an unfortunate off, causing him to finish in the 9th place position.

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The highlights over the weekend were from Team LaVallee’s grassroots riders, Adam Peterson (Sport) and Evan Daudt (Pro Lite). Peterson’s shining moment was his great riding in the Round 9 Sport final Friday Night, with finishing up on the podium in the 2nd place position! In Pro Lite, Evan Daudt wanted to prove his first Pro Lite win in Deadwood, wasn’t a fluke and he did just that. For Round 10 on Saturday night, Daudt came into that final as the second place qualifier. Off of the line, Daudt ripped the holeshot and stayed in that number one position to win his second Pro Lite final this season. Awesome job, Evan!

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RACE RESULTS – Round 9 & 10

PALLIN Rd 1: 5th Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: — Final: 9th // Rd 1: 5th Rd 2: 6th LCQ: — Final: 8th

MASON Rd1: 5th Rd 2: 5th LCQ: 3rd Final: 12th // Rd 1: 2nd Rd 2: 1st LCQ: — Final: 9th

GRASSROOTS RACE RESULTS – Round 9 & 10

DAUDT Rd 1: 7th Rd 2: 4th LCQ: 4th Final: 14th // Rd 1: 1st Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: — Final: 1st

PETERSON Rd 1: 3rd Rd: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 2nd // Rd 1: 4th Rd 2: 5th LCQ: 10th Final: —

COMING UP

Mt. Pleasant National – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI – February 24-25th, 2017

Dubuque National – Sundown Mountain Resort, Dubuque, IA – March 3-4, 2017

TV SCHEDULE

Salamanca, NY National Round 9 // CBS Sports Network // 02/19/2017 @ 11AM EST (Check Local Listings)

Salamanca, NY National Round 10 // CBS Sports Network // 02/27/2017 @ 1PM EST (Check Local Listings)

LaVallee Takes Bronze in X Games Snowmobile Freestyle

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Longville, MN (January 31, 2017)
– Buttermilk Mountain in beautiful Aspen, Colorado has been the host of the Winter X Games since 2002. For 2017, the Winter X Games welcomed back the return of Snowmobile Best Trick, Freestyle, and Snocross. Team LaVallee’s Kyle Pallin (pro) was invited to compete in snocross, while Levi LaVallee dedicated his time to focus on one event, snowmobile freestyle.

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Thursday was Day 1 of the Winter X Games 2017 and snocross was one of the opening events. In this year’s snocross event, the race structure had changed. Two heats were ran, the top 4 riders were taken from each heat and placed into the front row of the 8-rider final. No last chance qualifier and no back row for the final. Pallin had solid practice and seeding times, and was eager for his qualifier. After having two red-flags in Pallin’s qualifier races and two restarts, Pallin was hoping the third restart was his lucky charm. Unfortunately, off of the short start and tight first turn corner, Pallin’s shock was rubbed with another riders sled, causing Pallin’s shock to blow and unable to finish the qualifier round, leaving Pallin without the chance for the snocross final.

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In Freestyle, Levi LaVallee was looking for redemption. It has been four years since LaVallee has been able to compete in snowmobile Freestyle and LaVallee put all of his time and focus into this one event. Eight riders were competing for a medal and with two runs of 75 seconds each, LaVallee’s first run was good, but not good enough. For round two, LaVallee knew he needed to put down a solid run in order to finish within the top spots and LaVallee did just that. In the 75 seconds allowed, LaVallee was able to get seven tricks in and with the anticipation to see his score, LaVallee’s second run scored a 90 and secured himself a with a bronze medal. This is LaVallee’s 11th X Games medal. Congratulations Levi!

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“This bronze medal really means a lot to me. I have been out of the X Games the past few years, due to injury – so it feels great to be back! However, this medal was not earned by just me but by my whole team. Our mechanics put in tons of extra time on my sled to get it ripping at the higher altitude, and if my sled wasn’t running up to par, then I know I wouldn’t have been able to have the confidence to do the run I did. Thank you guys for your endless effort and help in achieving this bronze medal!” – Levi LaVallee

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COMING UP

Salamanca National – Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY – February 3-4, 2017

TV SCHEDULE

Deadwood, SD National Round 7 // CBS Sports Network // 02/05/2017 @ 11AM EST (Check Local Listings)

Deadwood, SD National Round 8 // CBS Sports Network // 02/12/2017 @ 11AM EST (Check Local Listings)

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