FXR athletes headed out east over the weekend for Rounds 11 & 12 of Amsoil Championship Snocross. The event was hosted by the Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino, nestled in the rolling foothills of western New York, on the banks of the Allegheny River. With a strong regional circuit out east, rider count was up and the grandstands were overflowing with fans from near and far. Salamanca dished out a gnarly track—tight and turbulent—with ever-changing conditions as temps fell and rose throughout the two-day race event. FXR Race Division athletes brought home a whopping 42 medals over the weekend. With only four rounds remaining, every point counts when it comes to the race for the championship.
Riley Johnson #106 furthered his points lead on Saturday, breezing through his heat races with a 1-2. Johnson snagged a 3rd place finish in his final.
Avery Hemmer #415, Wyatt Skogquist #172, and AJ Skogquist #113 are the current top 3 in points in the 120 Champ class.
Avery Hemmer #415 placed 2-1 in her heat races and scored 3rd in Saturday night’s final. Hemmer is in a tight battle for the points championship, currently leading the class with 248 points—only 3 ahead of second place.
After a 7-3 in his heats, AJ Skogquist #113 claimed the #2 spot on the box.
Wyatt Skogquist #172 had a perfect day on Saturday, going 1-1-1. Skogquist is currently sitting only 3 points out of first place in the points race.
JR GIRLS 9-13
Victoria Dillon #609 went a solid 3-2 in her heats on Saturday, moving on to take 3rd in the final.
Kendall Rose #120 laid down the hammer, going 1-1 in her heats on Saturday. Rose placed 2nd in the Jr Girls 9-13 final.
Naëli Lebel #518 scored perfectly in Saturday’s Jr Girls 9-13 class, where she won both of her heats as well as the final.
Making his second podium appearance of the weekend—Wyatt Skogquist #172 scored 3rd place in Saturday’s Transition 8-10 final.
Ryder Harnois #220 earned his first national podium over the weekend, landing a 2nd place finish in the final after going 3-3 in his heats.
Carter Meyeraan #125 joined his teammate, Wyatt Skogquist, on the podium on Saturday. Meyeraan had a perfect day, with two heat wins and a regained points lead after placing 1st in his final.
Cameron Cole #747 went 3-1 in his heat races and went on to score 3rd in Saturday’s final. Cole is currently sitting in 4th for points—only 3 points behind 3rd place.
After placing 1-2 in his heats, Dylan Lebel #522 finished 2nd in the final. Lebel is also in a close battle for points, only 7 points behind the leader.
Triple wins for Tanner Johnson #313 in the Transition 9-13 class on Saturday. Johnson claimed the top spot on the box after winning both of his heat races.
Brady Freeland #831 scored 3-2 in his heat races on Saturday, moving on to take 3rd in the final.
Cameron Cole #747 made his second podium appearance of the weekend, scoring 2nd in the JR 10-13 final after placing 2-1 in his heats.
Tanner Johnson #313 rounded off the weekend on top of the box after a perfect 1-1 in his heat races.
Kellen Chapuran #254 has been a familiar face on the podium over the years. Chapuran went 3-2 in his heat races and claimed the #2 spot in Saturday’s JR 14-15 final. Chapuran is sitting in 3rd in the points race.
Hailing from Quebec, Canada, Jeremy Beaulieu #122 tried his hand at racing the ISOC national circuit over the weekend, and it certainly paid off. Beaulieu scored double heat race wins as well as first place in the final.
Back on the podium for the second time of the weekend, Kellen Chapuran takes 3rd place in the JR 16-17 final.
Frequent podiumer, Emeric Legendre Perron #144, scores 2nd in Saturday’s final after going 1-2 in his heat races. Perron remains the leader in the points race.
Jeremy Beaulieu #122 claims podium #2 for the weekend. Beaulieu went 2-5 in his heats and went on to win the JR 16-17 final.
Woodies Racing’s Taven Woodie #873 batted hard in her final, and furthered her points lead after scoring 2nd in Friday’s Amateur Snowbike final.
Jeremy Beaulieu #122 tacked on two more podium finishes, claiming the win in Friday night’s Sport Lite final, and snagging 2nd on Saturday. Beaulieu also placed successfully in his heat races, going 3-2 on Friday and 3-3 on Saturday.
Currently sitting 3rd in points, Drew Freeland #821 placed a solid 1-2 in his heat races on Saturday. Freeland went on to score the big win in Saturday night’s Sport Lite final.
Eric Downs #129 scored consistent 3rd place finishes on Friday—going 3-3 in his heats and claiming the #3 spot on the box in the final.
Currently 1st in points, Jordan Lebel #511 went 4-1 in his heats on Friday and 1-1 in his heats on Saturday. Lebel dominated the Sport class, taking the win on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Kaden Woodie #980, currently 3rd in points, placed 2-1 in his heat races on Saturday. Woodie claimed a 3rd place podium finish in Saturday night’s Sport final after an off in Friday night’s final that cost him a podium spot.
Kenny Mandryk #102 kept his momentum going after a solid 2nd place podium in Dubuque, Iowa. Mandryk won both of his heat races on Saturday and went on to score another 2nd place podium finish in Saturday night’s Sport final in New York.
PRO AM PLUS 30
After going 2-4 in his heats, Tomosuke Sano #106 claimed 2nd place in Saturday night’s Pro Am Plus 30 final.
PRO AM WOMEN
Mckaylee Meyerhofer #890 scored her first national podium on Friday in New York. After going 6-3 in her heat races, Meyerhofer went on to place 2nd in Friday night’s Pro Am Women final.
Taven Woodie #873 was running hard in Friday night’s Pro Am Women final, battling for 2nd against Malene Andersen #93. As Woodie went for the pass, she crossed into Andersen’s line, tapping the nose of Andersen’s sled with the rear of hers, resulting in a double crash. Woodie ended up with stitches and Andersen walked away unscathed.
On Saturday, Taven Woodie #873 continued to race despite being bruised and stitched up. Woodie scored double wins in her heat races. All season, Woodie has been looking for her first final win in the Pro Am Women class. When points leader, Megan Brodeur, bobbled and fell from her sled, Woodie was looking to capitalize. Alas, her first win again evaded her, and Woodie settled for a 3rd place finish in Saturday night’s final. Woodie remains 2nd in the points race.
Flashback to last season’s races in Salamanca, New York—Malene Andersen #93 underwent a gnarly crash which sidelined her for the remainder of the 2018-2019 season. Andersen had come off her snowmobile in the whoops section, and before she could run off the track to safety, was plowed into at full-speed by another rider. This resulted in a season-ending injury that Andersen is still recovering from. After Friday night’s crash, New York was looking to leave another bad taste in Andersen’s mouth. But when Andersen was 1st across the finish line in Saturday night’s final, her curse was broken.
Two-time X Games medalist, Jesse Kirchmeyer #1 continued his success over the weekend. Kirchmeyer currently leads the class in points, sitting 48 points ahead of 2nd place, despite missing the Deadwood race weekend in order to compete at X Games. Kirchmeyer had a rough start to Friday night’s Pro Snowbike races, crashing in Moto 1 and taking 4th. Kirchmeyer rallied in Moto 2 where he came back for the win—enough to boost him into 1st place overall for the evening.
On Saturday night, Jesse Kirchmeyer #1 claimed another win in Moto 1, but placed 7th in Moto 2. Kirchmeyer was able to snag a 3rd place overall podium finish to round off the weekend. Kirchmeyer was joined on the podium by one of his biggest fans, sporting a flashy cowboy hat in honor of his favorite Snowbike racer.
Racing for Plaisted Racing, Taylor Cole #714 made his debut on the podium in the Pro Lite class on Saturday. Cole went 5-4 in his heat races which was not quite enough for a front row start in the final. Instead, Cole was forced to battle through the LCQ, where he squeaked into the final with the last transfer spot—5th in the LCQ. On the first lap of the final, Cole was in 15th place, but charged hard and battled his way up to 3rd and onto the podium.
Team LaVallee Racing’s Ryley Bester #151 earned his first podium of the season after going 4-3 in his heats on Saturday. Racing through lap traffic on a rough and wet track, Bester claimed a 2nd place podium finish in Saturday night’s Pro Lite final. Bester is sitting in 5th in the points race, only 3 points out of 4th.
Elias Ishoel #200 chalked on two more wins over the weekend, making that 8 total wins over the course of 12 rounds of racing. The Boss Racing rider went a solid 2-1 in his heats on Friday, and kept his momentum going into the final where he snagged the holeshot and took the win.
Kyle Pallin #324, racing for Team LaVallee, was on a clear mission in The Empire State. Coming off of a heat race win on Friday, Pallin charged hard in the final, yet a podium finish evaded him. Pallin ended the night with a 4th. On Saturday, Pallin’s 6-5 in his heat races wasn’t enough to send him directly to the final. Pallin was forced to race through the LCQ to earn his backrow spot. Racing through wet roost and lappers in the final, Pallin fought his way up to 5th, where he battled with Aki Pihlaja for much of the race for that 4th place spot. In a flash, Pallin passed Pihlaja and, aboard his Polaris snowmobile, charged past Daniel Benham to claim the 3rd place podium spot in Saturday night’s final.
Hentges Racing’s Oskar Norum #40 earned his sixth podium appearance of the season after going 3-4 in his heats on Saturday. Norum has been Polaris’ top competitor in the Pro class this season, currently sitting 5th in the points race. Norum raced through lap traffic on a tight and rough track, taking a solid 2nd place finish in Saturday night’s Pro final.
Despite coming off the track in his first heat on Saturday, Ishoel regained control and salvaged a 4th place finish in Heat 1. The points leader and 2018-2019 reigning champ came back to win Heat 2. It was no surprise to see Ishoel back on the box in Saturday night’s final—win #2 of the weekend and #8 of the season.
Next stop on the Amsoil Championship Snocross tour will bring us to a new venue in Grand Rapids, Michigan—Cannonsburg Ski Area. See you there on March 13th and 14th!