It’s true: There is no Duluth Snocross on Thanksgiving weekend this year. Don’t despair, however, because there is a bright snocross season ahead.
This year in particular, it’s probably best that we’re not trying to start the season right now. Aside from the COVID restrictions and concerns, the pandemic’s influence on the supply chain for the manufacturers has many folks scrambling – we’ve heard stories of sleds being built without shocks and other vital components that are definitely needed for the racers to take to the track.
Still, preparation is very much in high gear, of the racers personally and also of their machines. Everything should be dialed in, though, long before the season-opening ISOC Amsoil Championship Series event January 8-10 at ERX Motorsports Park in Elk River, Minnesota. And, once the season gets rolling, it’ll happen quickly – rounds in Iowa and Deadwood follow in January; Fargo, and New York come in February; and the Canterbury, Lake Geneva and Grand Rapids wrap it up in March. See the full schedule here.
To help you get your mind set, let’s take a real quick peek at how the Pro class is lining up for the 2021 season.
There have been a couple of changes. For instance, Trent Wittwer is said to be going back to Arctic Cat, most likely at Stud Boy Racing, while Adam Renheim and Emil Harr stayed within their brands but switched teams. Renheim moves from Warnert Racing to the Green Mountain Racing group, while Harr – who came stateside to fill in Hentges Racing after Kody Kamm was injured – will jump to a full-time ride at Judnick Motorsports.
There are also a couple of new additions, as the two men who dominated the Pro-Lite class last season and battled to the very end seeking the championship – Schuering Speed Sports’ Hunter Patenaude and Warnert Racing’s Francis Pelletier – both jumped up to the top Pro ranks this year. And both could be competitive for podiums before the season is out.
Aki Pihlaja at this point doesn’t have an announced ride, but we’re hearing he’ll end up back on a Ski-Doo somewhere. Or, maybe he’ll be the new driver that brings Yamaha back into snocross? OK, there aren’t any rumors of that happening – we’re just stirring up trouble!
Let’s run it down by brand:
CHRISTIAN BROS: Logan Christian
MULLER MOTORSPORTS: Travis Muller
STUD BOY RACE TEAM: Trent Wittwer, Nick Pattyn
ZANDSTRA MOTORSPORTS: Jake Yurk
COTTEW MOTORSPORTS: Cole Cottew
HENTGES RACING: Kody Kamm and Oskar Norum
JUDNICK MOTORSPORTS: Emil Harr
TEAM LAVELLEE: Kyle Palin
BOSS RACING: Elias Ishoel
GREEN MOUNTAIN RACING: Adam Renheim
SCHEURING SPEED SPORTS: Lincoln Lemieux and Hunter Patenaude
WARNERT RACING: Daniel Benham and Francis Pelletier