Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Team LaVallee’s Winter X Preview

LONGVILLE, Minn., January 18, 2011 – With testing already underway for the upcoming Winter X Games 15 held January 27th - 30th at the beautiful Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, Team LaVallee is hoping to continue great results this year as they did last. If you remember from Winter X Games 14, Levi LaVallee took home both a Bronze medal in Best Trick and a Gold medal in Knock Out (snowmobile long-jump competition). With LaVallee out for this years games and for the rest of the 10-11 ACSS National Series, the search was on to find a new rider to fill Levi’s spot. As noted at the ACSS Western Nationals held in Sandy, Utah - Pro Rider, Andrew Johnstad was added to the team to fill the boots for LaVallee for the rest of the SnoCross season, but what about Freestyle?

LaVallee was to compete again, in four snowmobile disciplines at this year’s Winter X Games (SnoCross, Freestyle, Best Trick and Speed & Style) - and with him being out, Polaris/Red Bull Rider, Daniel Bodin was quickly added in.

“I’m exited that we could bring Daniel on board for this years X Games, he took silver last year in Best Trick and has rode very well in Freestyle in the past. We are pumped to have him on the team.” states LaVallee.

Daniel will be competing in Freestyle, Best Trick and Speed & Style. Team LaVallee’s Pro SnoCross Rider, Bobby LePage is qualified for SnoCross and Andrew Johnstad may also have his chance at SnoCross, but as of right now he sits as an alternate. Levi LaVallee will be attending the Winter X Games and will be as involved as he can. He will be doing autograph sessions/appearances and also announcing some of the Snowmobile Events.

Winter X Games 15: January 27th - 30th, 2011 This month, Winter X Games 15 returns to Aspen for its 10th year. Look for 24 hours of live HD programming on ESPN and ESPN2, 10 hours of exclusive live video on ESPN3.com, and 18 hours of original coverage on ESPN 3D. Visit http://espn.go.com/action/xgames/winter/2011/ for more info.

Image provided: ©Wayne Davis Photography

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

LePage Takes 3rd in Pro Stock!

LONGVILLE, Minn., January 11, 2011 – After a couple of weeks off, the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series (ACSS) was back on the road, for the 3rd National of the season, Piranha-X Western National presented by Fly Racing was held at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

Team LaVallee was geared up and ready to go for the Western Nationals, with days of testing for the higher altitude, the Team LaVallee’s Polaris IQ 600’s were ready to rip! With Levi LaVallee out for the rest of the 2010-2011 Season (due to his accident while practicing for his long distance record jump), pro rider Andrew Johnstad was added to the team to fill LaVallee’s boots.

The Results: Johnstad qualified for both Pro Stock and Pro Open Finals - with the holeshot being key for the tight track at Rio Tinto stadium, Johnstad pushed his way into 9th place in the Open Final, and after a minor crash in the Pro Stock Final, Johnstad finished 14th. LePage had a phenomenal weekend of racing, with qualifying 2nd for the Pro Stock Final, LePage ripped an awesome holeshot off of the start, kept his 1st place half-way through the 25 lap final, and was eventually passed by Hibbert and Martin, but rode a great race and finished 3rd! LePage’s first podium of the year for Team LaVallee! LePage again had ample qualifying for Pro Open, but with a crash off of the start for the Final race, LePage was pushed back to 14th and stayed there for the remainder of the 25 lap final.

“I couldn’t be happier with my results this past weekend, my Team LaVallee Polaris was ripping, and a podium finish is huge for me! I worked really hard over the Christmas break, and it definitely paid off.” states LePage.

Coming up for Team LaVallee- Winter X Games 15: January 27th - 30th, 2011

Race Results – AMSOIL Duluth National
Pro Super Stock (LePage) Round 1: 2nd - Round 2: 1st - LCQ: --- Final: 3rd
Pro Open (LePage) Round 1: 3rd - Round 2: 1st - LCQ: --- Final: 14th

Pro Super Stock (Johnstad) Round 1: 8th - Round 2: 5th - LCQ: 5th - Final: 14th
Pro Open (Johnstad) Round 1: 6th - Round 2: 3rd LCQ: --- Final: 9th

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