Tuesday, February 15, 2011
LONGVILLE, Minn., February 15, 2011 – For the 5th stop on the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series (ACSS), the TRAXXAS Michigan National was the only race of the ACSS Tour that were held indoors. The legendary Silverdome in Pontiac, MI opened its doors for the 1-Day National and with truck loads of snow hauled into the stadium, the track was created. The track was technical with tight corners and with 15-rider finals, there was sure to be some great bar-to-bar racing.
Johnstad fought hard all weekend. With his Team LaVallee Polaris 600 IQ running great, Johnstad’s mind-set was to stay clean and consistent throughout the day. With a tight course and challenging rhythm sections, Johnstad’s qualifying rounds were good but unfortunately not good enough allowing him to miss both the Pro Open & Pro Stock finals by 3 positions.
LePage was ripping great hole shots throughout the 1-Day Indoor National and was eager to take a podium finish. LePage made both the Pro Open and Pro Stock final and with qualifying 5th for the Pro Open Final, he was ready to make his move. With the drop of the green flag, LePage was unfortunately pinched in between two neighboring sleds which caused him to be thrown off of his sled. With the hard slam, LePage went off the track and sat out for the rest of the Pro Open Final. A tough weekend for Team LaVallee, but with a 3 week break before the next National in Hayward, Wisconsin the team will be well-rested and ready to give it their all in Hayward.
Coming up for Team LaVallee: ACSS National: March 5-6, 2011: Hayward Powersports/Polaris Snocross Nationals LCO Casino - Hayward, WI
Pro Super Stock (LePage) Round 1: 6th - Round 2: 4th - LCQ: 4th - Final: 9th
Pro Open (LePage) Round 1: 6th - Round 2: 2nd - LCQ: --- Final: 14th
Pro Super Stock (Johnstad) Round 1: 6th - Round 2: 7th - LCQ: 8th - Final: ----
Pro Open (Johnstad) Round 1: 8th - Round 2: 8th - LCQ: 8th - Final: ----
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
LONGVILLE, Minn., February 8, 2011 – Team LaVallee was back on the road for the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series (ACSS) and the next stop on the tour was the Vision Kia Eastern Nationals held at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in Farmington, NY. Coming off of the last ACSS National, held in early January in Sandy, Utah, LePage earned his first podium spot and he was eager to do it again in New York. The track conditions at the Eastern National were technical with deep holes, and the snowy weather conditions caused the lines to change almost every lap making a podium finish even more challenging for all the riders.
The Results: Johnstad had great determination going into the Eastern National, with placing 5th and 6th in Pro Stock qualifying rounds, Johnstad found himself in the LCQ and placed 8th, just 3 spots shy of making the Pro Stock final. On day two in Pro Open, Johnstad qualified for the final through the LCQ. Coming from the back row in the final, Johnstad fought hard and made his way through the pack finishing a notable 10th place. LePage had great qualifying rounds for both the Pro Open and Pro Stock classes. However, where LePage shined the most over the weekend was in the Pro Stock Final. Coming from the back row for the 15 rider, 22-lap race, LePage started at the back of the pack, but that wasn’t going to stop him from working his way through. With finding the right lines and making clean passes, LePage went from 15th place and finished an amazing 6th in the Pro Stock Final.
Coming up for Team LaVallee:
ACSS National: February 12, 2011 TRAXXAS Michigan National, Pontiac, MI
Pro Super Stock (LePage) Round 1: 2nd - Round 2: 7th - LCQ: 2nd - Final: 6th
Pro Open (LePage) Round 1: 5th - Round 2: 2nd - LCQ: --- Final: 13th
Pro Super Stock (Johnstad) Round 1: 5th - Round 2: 6th - LCQ: 8th - Final: ----
Pro Open (Johnstad) Round 1: 3rd - Round 2: 6th - LCQ: 4th - Final: 10th
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
LONGVILLE, Minn., February 2, 2011 – This year, Buttermilk Mountain of Aspen, Colorado celebrated its 10th year of hosting the Winter X Games. With this year being already a milestone, Winter X 15 brought in record breaking crowds, ample weather conditions, and never-seen-before tricks.
With Levi LaVallee on the road to recovery one would think his schedule would be pretty low-key, however, it was anything but that. LaVallee received the honor of announcing both the Freestyle final and Best Trick final, followed by multiple interviews and autograph sessions LaVallee was still able to be very involved in Winter X 15.
“It was a lot of fun announcing this year, if I can’t be out on the course competing, this is the next best thing. I had a blast!” states LaVallee.
With LaVallee on the injured list for the rest of the season, Freestyle rider, Daniel Bodin was added to Team LaVallee’s roster for this years Games. Bodin competed in Freestyle, Speed & Style and Best Trick. On Thursday, Bodin started the weekend off with a bang receiving his first gold medal in Freestyle. He finished 4th in Speed & Style and to add to his first gold medal, he finished the weekend off with striking gold again in Best Trick. Bodin rode strong all weekend but what earned him his two gold medals were his consistent runs, full extensions, and pulling of a Double Grap Backflip in the Best Trick Final, a trick that had never been seen before on a snowmobile.
In SnoCross, LePage started off very strong winning his qualifying round for the final. With the top 10 riders in the front row, and top 5 rides of the LCQ in the back row, the 15 rider - 15 lap final was going to be quite the show. Off of the start, LePage found himself towards the front of the pack and about half of a lap in, an unfortunately crash left LePage sitting out for the rest of the final.
Coming Up: With the successful weekend at Winter X 15, Team LaVallee is back on the road for the next ACSS National: Vision KIA Eastern Nationals held at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in Farmington, NY this weekend, February 4-5th, 2011.
Video: Click to view Bodin's XGames Best Trick Gold Medal run.