ISOC Grand Finale | Photo Report
March 21, 2017
Photos by Crystal Wallem & Gary Walton
The AMSOIL Championship Snocross series wrapped up it’s 2016-17 season in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin with FXR athlete Kody Kamm overcoming a 28 point deficit to win his first Pro Open Championship on the final day of competition.
Finnish rookie Aki Pihlaja made it a sweep of the top two divisions for FXR, as he dominated much of the weekend in the Pro Lite, including a win in the class final on Sunday.
Lake Geneva is always a special event for the snowmobile racing community with large crowds, warm spring weather and a giant ski-hill based course that challenges even the best of riders. Grand Finale weekend also presents an opportunity for FXR to provide an early look at our new line of gear in snow, moto and outdoors.
In addition, this year’s race saw competitors debuting the latest race wear, along with custom one-off gear built specifically for the weekend.
Kody Kamm’s celebrates his first ever Pro Open Championship with his Hentges Racing Polaris team after winning Sunday’s final.
Kamm started the weekend with a big win on Friday, closing the gap by 24 points when championship leader Tim Tremblay DNF’d with a blown belt.
Hailing from Kenosha, WI, Lake Geneva is considered Kody’s hometown race. The crowd roared as Kody acknowledged all of his family, friends, and fans after taking the win.
Kamm swept all six of his heat races including this win over 10-time and defending champion Tucker Hibbert on Sunday.
Congratulations to the entire Hentges Racing team! 2017 Winter X Games and ISOC Pro Open Champions.
Finnish rookie Aki Pihlaja secured the Pro Lite Championship for his Boss Racing, Jimmy John’s team with his performance on Saturday night.
FXR’s Matt Hamm (L) and Milt Reimer join the Boss team on the podium.
Pihlaja was all business in Sunday qualifying.
Pihlaja salutes the fans as he takes the win in Sunday’s final.
Pihlaja presents his helmet to a lucky fan who had a front row spot at the podium on Sunday.
A number of Scandinavian fans were on hand in Geneva to cheer on countrymen such as Pihlaja.
The fans voted, and for the second year in a row Kyle Pallin, better known as “Senior Smiley,” claimed the title as Fan Favorite!
We had a couple of new faces bump up to Pro Open over the weekend. Woodies Racing’s Tyler Adams made an appearance in the class…
…while Andrew Lindholm #46 made his debut aboard his Geek Squad sled.
Cottew Motorsports’ Bobby LePage took the 3rd spot on the podium Friday night in the Pro Am Plus 30 final to start out the very winning weekend for our FXR riders.
Zak Mason was sporting fresh new pink gear in honor of his stepmom, Betsy Bard, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
Zak was a beacon of hope even under ominous clouds that filled the skies early Saturday.
At the end of the day Zak, shown here with father Rob and stepmom Betsy, made everyone proud with his performance that included a podium and a fourth overall in Pro Lite.
Our two favorite Snowbike riders were back on the podium Saturday night. Cody Thomsen in 2nd and Austen Madison in 3rd. Cody finished off the season 2nd in points and Austen with the 1st place title.
Petter Narsa was one of several FXR athletes donning the 2018 Race Division gear.
Malene Andersen is the girl on fire. We’ve seen her on the podium time after time, but never in the top spot… until now!
Malene smoked her Pro Am Women’s final, proudly claiming her first 1st place finish and putting on a show for all of her friends and family who came to the races all the way from Norway.
Ryley Bester was third on Saturday, wrapping up an outstanding rookie season in the Sport class, finishing second overall. PC: Matt Pranger
Jr. Champ Carson Alread jumped yp to the Sport class for the weekend where he shared the podium with national runner-up Bester.
Mitchell Thelen #239 finished the season off strong, going 2-2 in his heats and scoring 3rd in the Sport final.
It’s like de ja vu with these two. Eric Downs and Carson Alread have been battling back and forth all season long in multiple classes. On Saturday, Eric took 2nd in the JR 16-17 final, and Carson took the win. They placed in that exact order in the points championship for this class also.
Tyler Archambault with an outstanding 3rd in Jr. 14-15.
Drew Freeland had an amazing season. Besides taking 2nd in points in Transition 8-12, he also took 3rd in points in the JR 10-13 class.
In the JR Girls 9-13 final, Sophia Hulsey #800 took 2nd and Taven Woodie #873 took 1st. Coincidentally, these two impressive young ladies also finished in that same order in points for the JR Girls 9-13 class.
Taven Woodie #873
Kaden Woodie earned one of the biggest wins of his young career, topping the Showdown at Sundown final on Friday.
FXR racers swept the Sport Lite podium on Saturday with Taylor Cole leading the way.
Jordan Brinkman was 3rd in Sport Lite.
For the second day in a row, FXR swept the Sport Lite podium. Kenny Mandryk was 2nd behind Devin Malcein with the win.
Austin Stamm, third in Sport Lite.
On Saturday, Kellen Chapuran started off the day by winning one of his rounds and scoring 3rd in the Transition 8- 12 final.
Lawson Sterry won his first round and continued on with a huge 1st place finish in his Transition 8-10 final. Lawson finished the season 2nd in points in the Transition 8-10 class.
Cameron Cole #747 took 1st in points in the Transition 8-10 class.
Cameron Cole had a perfect day on Saturday, going 1-1 in his heats and scoring the big win in the 120 Champ final, sealing the deal on his 1st place in the points championship…
…clearly, he was pretty pumped.
Woodies Racing is honored to compete in FXR gear.