Pallin Earns Double Podium at Salamanca, NY National

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Longville, MN (February 9, 2016) – Immediately following the Winter X Games in Aspen, CO, Team LaVallee traveled to the East Coast, where Rounds 9 and 10 of the ISOC Series took place at the beautiful Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino in Salamanca, New York. Due to the unseasonably warm weather, all of the snow for the snocross track was created with all man-made snow. And because of the warm weather, the track conditions were constantly changing throughout the day and into the night for the 2-Day National. With the biggest crowd we have seen in Salamanca, snocross fans from all over the area were in from some high-flying action packed racing.

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In the Pro Open Class, Kyle Pallin was riding with a new found confidence and strong determination throughout the weekend. Awesome qualifying allowed Pallin to avoid both LCQ’s and go directly into each final Friday and Saturday night. In the Pro Open Round 9 Final Friday night, Pallin qualified 3rd. Off of the start of the 16-lap final, Pallin came out in the 5th place position. With smart riding and fast technique through the rhythm sections Pallin was able to work his way up to an exciting 2nd place! Carrying that same moment as the night before, Pallin was hungry for another podium finish. Off of the line in the Pro Open Round 10 Final, Pallin got pinched off of the start and found himself in the 6th place position. Pallin passed his way to 3rd place and then was black-flagged for passing under a yellow flag (which Pallin regrets he did not see). Falling back two positions (per the black flag regulations) Pallin had his work cut out for him to snag a podium finish. With less than half of the laps left to go, Pallin found a fast line, made smooth passes, and was able to take the final podium spot in an impressive 3rd place. Pallin was all grins standing on the podium, leaving Salamanca with not one but two podium finishes.

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For Team LaVallee’s Grassroots riders, it was a victorious weekend for Sport Rider, Evan Daudt and Sport Lite / Sport Rider, Adam Peterson. Peterson placed 1st in Sport Lite #1 Final and also won his first Sport final  on Friday. Evan Daudt placed just behind Peterson on Friday, taking 2nd place. And on Saturday Daudt finished an exciting 3rd place and Peterson rounded out the weekend in a notable 6th place.

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Team LaVallee’s Pro Lite Rider, Zak Mason will be out for the rest of the season, due to a shoulder injury he suffered at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN. After trying to practice at the Deadwood National, the strength in Mason’s shoulder was not there and surgery was scheduled for later that week. Mason is expected to make a full recovery. We wish him well and look forward to next season!
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PRO OPEN RESULTS
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Round 9  RD 1: 1st   RD 2: 2nd   LCQ: —   Final: 2nd
Round 10  RD 1: 4th   RD 2: 2nd   LCQ: —   Final: 3rd
COMING UP
Mt. Pleasant National / Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant, MI – February 26-27, 2016
Chicago National / Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, IL – March 4-5, 2016
TV SCHEDULE

Salamanca NY National Episode 9 CBS Sports Network / February 21, 2016 @ 10AM EST

Salamanca NY National Episode 10 CBS Sports Network / February 28, 2016 @ 10AM EST

 

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
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