Elias Ishoel backed up his season-opening Dominator win with a full blown Pro Open main event victory on Friday night, racing his Makita, NSK, GMC, Ski-Doo through a field of top contenders including Ross Martin and Tim Tremblay. Ryan Springer grabbed the holeshot in the final and put a nice gap on the field in the early going. Springer would fad a bit in the closing laps finishing sixth, his best since joining the Open class last season.
For Martin it was his second straight podium after struggling a bit to start the season. The team found a new suspension setup over the holidays which was similar to what Martin had been riding at the end of 2015 and has injected new life into the Jack Link’s, AMSOIL, Axalta, Polaris team’s championship hopes.
Tremblay’s iron man run from last place after a first lap tangle, to the third step on the box was nothing short of remarkable in the snow dust blanketed final. He is now the only rider in the class to have finished on the podium at every round and will carry the red plate on his number 11 AMSOIL, U.S. Air Force, Ford Trucks, Milwakee Ski-Doo into night number two.
Zak Mason had a hugely redeeming win in the Pro Lite class aboard his Red Bull, Loctite, FXR Polaris, getting the holeshot and never looking back in the final. Mason has left Canterbury with season-ending injuries each of the last two years and with the win, gets back in the class points battle after missing a final earlier in the season. Jimmy John’s Ski-Doo racer Aki Pihlaja had another strong night finishing second and hangs on to the red plate as he actually put a larger gap on the field with the result.
Nick Lorenz made a charge in the closing laps to secure the third spot on the podium on his Jack Link’s, AMSOIL, Axalta Polaris, leap frogging teammate Jake Angove in the standings where he now sits third. Angove had an off night struggling in qualifying and missing the final.
Photos compliments of Gary Walton