Much to Crapo’s and the team’s disbelief, Crapo ended up being sanctioned with a DQ, for allegedly running with an illegal ski back radius. The same fate would be handed out to an equally stunned Roy, who finished his Pro Lite final in third place, behind Ryan Hunt and Taylor McCoy.
“We were all quite taken aback by the DQs, because the sleds passed tech inspection on the morning before the day’s races and needless to say, nothing was altered to the sleds by us,” said team owner Gerhart Huber,
who promptly appealed his riders’ disqualification. The outcome of the appeal is pending.
On Sunday both Crapo and Roy were back in the saddle to take care of business, putting the previous day’s DQs behind them.
In the Pro Open heat races, Crapo grabbed 2-6 finishes. A starting incident in heat 2, which saw Crapo’ sled hit from behind and flipped over, put him at an immediate disadvantage. He soldiered on, however, rejoining the fray at the back-of-the pack and slicing his way into a sixth-place finish.
In the final, intent on claiming his first win of the season, Crapo nailed the holeshot to then battle for the podium with Joanis and Corey Watkinson. Joanis managed to squeeze by Crapo on the first lap while Watkinson passed him on lap 3. A few laps later Crapo reclaimed second place to then stick a pass on Joanis and take control of the race to checkered flag.
“Other than the DQs, the opening round was a good way to start for us. The sleds were working really well and the team did a great job. I’m looking forward to continuing on from here and put the Rockstar Polaris in the winner’s circle as often as I can,” Crapo said.