Asselin claims Triple Crown final in Valcourt for East Coast Snocross series,
Presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction
Wallenstein, Pilotte notch Pro Lite wins
VALCOURT, Quebec (Feb. 18, 2013) — Quebec native Donovan Asselin stole the headlines with a dominant performance last Friday afternoon, winning the high-stakes final round of the inaugural Triple Crown series for Pro and Pro Lite riders in Super Competition Motorsport (SCM) and East Coast Snocross (ECS).
Asselin’s victory was part of Day 1 in the 31st annual Grand Prix Ski-doo de Valcourt, presented by FOX. Finishing second in the Triple Crown Pro final was Corin Todd (Bailey/Hulten Polaris), while Lincoln Lemieux (Lemieux Racing/Ski-doo) filled out the podium in third. Asselin led from start to finish on a very well-prepared Ski-doo.
In the Pro Lite Triple Crown finale, Mike Pilotte (Team Southside/Polaris) carried the momentum he’s been building all winter into another victory. The red-hot rider from Fall River, Mass., has been nearly unstoppable for weeks, claiming seven of the first 10 ECS points finals. Fellow Bay State rider Montana Jess (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) powered his way to second, while Vermont’s own Leo Patenaude (Patenaude Racing/Ski-doo) was impressive in third.
Quebec native and defending International Series of Champions (ISOC) national champion Tim Tremblay dominated the Pro Open action all three days in Valcourt. Tremblay (AMSOIL/Ski-doo) easily outgunned David Joanis (Royal Dist./Ski-doo) and Scheuring Speed Sport teammate Robbie Malinoski for top honors on Friday.
Saturday’s notable performance came from ECS regular Corin Todd, as he landed on the podium behind Tremblay and former northeastern regional star Darrin Mees (AMSOIL/Ski-doo). This was the second podium finish for the red-hot athlete from Otego, NY, after an impressive third-place run at Canterbury Park last month.
In Pro Lite action Saturday, Kevin Wallenstein (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) notched his third win of the season with a huge effort. The rising star from Cadillac, MI, overpowered the talented Jesse James Bonaduce (Miksen Racing/Ski-doo) and CSRA regular Chris Robertson for top honors. With riders from Ontario, Quebec, New England and points beyond, the action in Pro Lite was non-stop.
Sunday’s Pro Open final brought another incredible performance from Tremblay. Yet the defending ECS champion Danny Poirier(Bailey/Hulten Polaris) was also impressive in his home province with a solid fifth place finish.
In Pro Lite action Sunday, Pilotte held off a hard-charging Bonaduce to claim the final, while CSRA regular Eric Barton filled out the podium in third. With just three races remaining on the schedule, Pilotte is well on his way to the 2013 Pro Lite title. ECS riders also dominated the Sport class final at Valcourt. Connecticut native Connor Roscoe (daSilva Motorsports/Ski-doo) powered his way to victory over weekly rivals Hunter Patenaude and Wade Acker. All three have set the pace in Sport competition this season and showed their finely-honed skills in the Grand Prix de Valcourt.
Each time our northeastern regional athletes, whether they’re from ECS or one of our friends from SCM in Quebec, runs against the national stars – they make a very solid showing. It should be a source of great pride to those who train hard and extend the huge effort it takes to be competitive.
Next up for Pro and Pro Lite teams from ECS is a trip to western New York this coming weekend, Feb. 23-24, joining ISOC riders at theSeneca Allegany Casino. This is a new venue for ISOC in New York, one that should be ideal for a major snowmobile race like the eastern nationals.
ECS officials would like to thank everyone at SCM and the staff in Valcourt for making the 2013 Triple Crown a huge success. East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction, is the lone eastern regional of ISOC.