Ski-Doo X-Team Racers Ishoel, Taillefer Score First Wins

Tremblay, Pihlaja stay hot at Canterbury ISOC round

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BRP’s Ski-Doo X-Team racers Elias Ishoel and Max Taillefer each won their first races in Pro Open and Pro Lite on the ISOC National Snocross at the world class Canterbury racing facility south of Minneapolis last weekend.

Tim Tremblay continued to show speed and consistency in Pro Open, while Aki Pihlaja hit the podium in all three of his finals while taking the top step on Sunday.

In Pro Open Ishoel’s win on Friday was hard fought as he worked his way from a fifth place start down the first straightaway, to the front just past the mid point of the race. In many cases you would hear it was methodical and calculated—but that’s not how it works with Ishoel. His riding is aggressive and electrifying, and this race was no exception. The win attests to his ability and speed as a Pro Open racer.

Tremblay may have come out as the biggest winner of the weekend, winning all six heat races he was in and finishing 3rd, 6th and 4th in the finals. His speed was obvious—especially on Friday as he came from last to third in the final—and looked poised for better results as he consistently made passes for position, but an off track excursion or two moved him back at the flag Saturday and Sunday. He leaves Canterbury with a 35 point gap and the red number plate designating the series points leader.

In Pro Lite action Taillefer and Pihlaja made their presence felt as they never finished outside the top four. Friday’s final kicked off with the intense racing this class is known for and finished with Pihlaja grabbing second at the flag and Taillefer getting nipped at line for the last podium spot. Friday’s last lap might have sparked Taillefer on Saturday as he rode like a man on a mission. He was not going to be denied as he took an early lead in the final and stretched it throughout the race little by little to finish with a comfortable margin over Pihlaja.

Racing for a third day in a row was extremely draining on both the Pro and Pro Lite classes, but Pihlaja was up for the challenge. He took command of the race early by establishing a small gap that was enough to let him stay out of the intense snowdust behind him that made negotiating the cratered out track even tougher than normal. Pihlaja leaves the event with a 36 point lead and retains the red plate in the season championship chase.

In the rough and tumble Sport class Francis Pelletier took his first ever win when Hunter Patenaude ran into some bad luck on the final lap. This is only the second year young Pelletier has been racing snocross and he looks poised for more great finishes as he followed it up with a second place on Saturday while Patenaude had another good ride with no issues to finish third.

Results

Pro Open

Friday Night

1.) Elias Ishoel

3.) Tim Tremblay

4.) Lincoln Lemieux

9.) Adam Renheim

Saturday Night

3.) Adam Renheim

6.) Tim Tremblay

7.) Lincoln Lemieux

15.) Elias Ishoel

Sunday

4.) Tim Tremblay

5.) Lincoln Lemieux

7.) Adam Renheim

9.) Elias Ishoel

Pro Lite

Friday Night

2.) Aki Pihlaja

4.) Max Taillefer

5.) Danny Poirier

6.) Kevin Wallenstein

10.) Leo Patenaude

13.) Korbyn Anderson

Saturday Night

1.) Max Taillefer

2.) Aki Pihlaja

4.) Kevin Wallenstein

6.) Marcus Ogemar Hellgren

9.) Leo Patenaude

11.) Danny Poirier

Sunday

1.) Aki Pihlaja

4.) Max Taillefer

7.) Marcus Ogemar Hellgren

11.) Kevin Wallenstein

13.) Danny Poirier

Pro AM +30

Friday Night

2.) Kurt Bauerly

5.) Patrick Brodeur

Saturday Night

3.) Kurt Bauerly

4.) Paul Bauerly

6.) Patrick Brodeur

Pro Am Women

Friday Night

9.) Tatum Hax

Saturday Night

3.) Megan Brodeur

9.) Ryley Hasenack

Sport

Friday Night

1.) Francis Pelletier

6.) Brady Love

Saturday Night

2.) Francis Pelletier

3.) Hunter Patenaude

5.) Raphael Lemieux

6.) Brady Love

Transition 8-12

1.) Jordan Lebel

Junior 10-13

2.) Jordan Lebel

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