Weather had been the story for weeks leading up to the season-opening AMSOIL Duluth national. A timely cold front and blast of snow just days prior to the race allowed officials to not only build a suitable race track, but one of the longest course layouts in the 25-year history of the event. In the end, Mother Nature still had her say in the matter as a Sunday morning blanket of fog off of Lake Superior forced the cancellation of round two, but the “hometown” AMSOIL/U.S. Air Force/Ski-Doo team from just up the road in Aurora, Minnesota, still managed to grab the spotlight by going 1-2 in Saturday’s Pro Open final with Lincoln Lemieux racing to his first career win in the premier division.
For Lemieux, the win puts a stamp on what started as a fairytale ride three years ago. The relatively unknown racer from Vermont was plucked from the East Coast Snocross series on-demand while the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour was making it’s annual stop in upstate New York. Already down a rider, team owner Steve Scheuring brought Lemieux into the trailer mid-weekend to merely have a presence on the track when Tremblay went down with a knee injury. Impressively consistent results landed the youngster a full-time spot on the team and after having his eyes opened to the requirement of Pro Open racing, he has responded with a number of podiums and flashes of being one of the all-out fastest riders on the track at times. Injuries plagued his 2015 season but he bounced back last year finishing third in the championship and with the confidence of this first win could challenge for a title this season.