PRESS RELEASE FROM THE ISOC RACE CIRCUIT
NIELSEN’S SNOCROSS GRAND FINALE – PRESENTED BY DAYCO – LAKE GENEVA, WI. (March 20, 2016) – The Amsoil Championship Snocross Series 2015-2016 final day began with beautiful blue skies and mild temps – no better way to close the books for the final rounds of racing action.
The Pro Lite division as expected came down to the final rounds where Montana Jess (765) who had been consistent all season long with a podium finish every single round was crowned the Pro Lite Champion.
The Pro Open division champion Tucker Hibbert (No. 68) inked his name once again in the record books, while Tim Tremblay (11) and teammate Lincoln Lemieux (13) battled to the wire for second and third in the final points standings.
It had been an incredible season from the drop of the first green flag, leaving fans on their feet cheering for more at every venue and riders and teams hungry for the adrenaline of the victory. This is the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series, this is with out a doubt, “The Best Show on the Snow.”
Qualifying rounds finished up with Tucker Hibbert (68) as the top qualifier, Petter Narsa (54) had some mechanical troubles in the first round, but came back with a second in Round 2 and Lincoln Lemieux (13) had a solid second and first place finish.
The final Pro Open race of the season lined up at the Hayes start line with all eyes set on the ISOC starter. Out of the gate and earning the Stud Boy Holeshot award was local rider Ross Martin (837). Top qualifier Hibbert, meanwhile, got tangled up with another rider on the uphill section of the start, putting him far behind the field on the first lap.
Due to snow deterioration, ISOC officials were forced to change the Pirtek Fastline – a short cut the two previous nights that racers could use only once per race at their discretion – to the primary path of the race course, meaning on Sunday all riders would be required to take the long way – the run to the top of the track – one time within the race instead.
Martin continued to lead the race until Kyle Pallin (324) was able to move into first when Martin took the high side. As the laps winded down, Martin was able to close the gap and when Pallin took his high side lap, Martin was in the ideal position to run the Pirtek Fastline and move back into first.
The crowd was on its feet, with arms and cheers in the air as the local veteran Martin rode to the checkers to take his second win of the season. Hard charger Lemieux came on strong the last half of the season, making his way to several podium finishes makes a move on Pallin to bring home a second place finish while Pallin holds on for third. Season Champion Hibbert battled hard to catch up to the field but was unable to finish in the top five
FINAL RESULTS –
- Ross Martin (837) – Judnick Motorsports
- Lincoln Lemieux (13) – Amsoil/Air Force/Rockstar
- Kyle Pallin (324) – Mystik, Loctite, Polaris, Red Bull
- Petter Narsa (54) – Hentges Racing
- John Stenberg (259) – Warnert Racing
- Tim Tremblay (11) – Amsoil/Air Force/Ford
- Corey Watkinson (173) – Watkinson Motorsports, Arctic Cat
- Adam Renheim (311) – Boss Racing
- Jake Scott (42) – DOC /Arctic Wear / Arctic Cat
- Corin Todd (36) – Leighton Motorsports
- Andrew Lieders (857) – Lieders Racing
- Zach Pattyn (99) – Stud Boy Racing
- Michael George (307) – Woodies Racing
- Tyler Adams (705) – Christian Brothers Racing
- Tucker Hibbert (68) – Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Trucks
TOP TEN FINAL POINTS STANDINGS –
- Tucker Hibbert – 757
- Tim Tremblay – 646
- Lincoln Lemieux – 610
- Adam Renheim – 599
- Kyle Pallin – 582
- Corin Todd – 523
- Petter Narsa – 480
- John Stenberg – 450
- Ross Martin – 430
- Corey Watkinson – 419
Top three in points were the top three qualifiers with Elias Ishoel (200) qualifying first followed by Jake Angove (177) and Montana Jess (765). It was all about locking up points in the final Pro Lite final of the season, with only eight points separating second and third in points with Jake Angove in second and Ishoel in third.
Jess launched out of the start line to the Stud Boy Holeshot but got tangled up with sponsor signage in the first turn where Ishoel quickly took advantage and moved into first, followed by Jess and Angove.
Third place battle between Jess and Maxime Taillefer (144) continued lap-after-lap until Taillefer was able to capitalize with an inside pass, but Jess would fight back and move back into third. At the mid-point in the race, Ishoel had extended his lead by five seconds.
With only two laps to go, Taillefer made a hard charge in the Ram Runaway section to make the pass and move into third, on a rail and hooked up he tracked down Angove to overtake second. With the checkers in the air Ishoel took home his 10th win on the season followed by Taillefer and Angove holding on for third. While on the podium, Elias announced that he will be moving up to the Pro Open division for the 2016-2017 season. But the points champion this season was the consistent Montana Jess, who earned a National Championship in his Rookie Pro Lite year.
FINAL RESULTS –
- Elias Ishoel (200) – Warnert Racing
- Maxime Taillefer (144) – Amsoil/Air Force/Ford
- Jake Angove (177) – Judnick Motorsports
- Montana Jess (765) – Jess Racing
- Daniel Benham (221) – Factory Arctic Cat
- Travis Muller (436) – Cottew Motorsports
- Brett Nastala (248) – N2 Racing
- Cole Cottew (21) – Cottew Motorsports
- James Johnstad (14) – Cottew Motorsports
- Brady Love (444) – 444 Motorsports
- Shane Sewell (219) – Team Bauerly Racing
- Kyle Rau (25) – Rau Racing
- Brandon Lind (378) – RSDWinterRacing
- Kevin Wallenstein (122) – KW RACING
- Korbyn Anderson (17) – Anderson Racing
TOP TEN FINAL POINTS STANDINGS –
- Montana Jess – 583
- Jake Angove – 546
- Elias Ishoel – 543
- Daniel Benham – 511
- Maxime Taillefer – 485
- Kevin Wallenstein – 437
- Cole Cottew – 380
- Travis Muller – 365
- Michael George – 354
- Korbyn Anderson – 318