For Immediate Release
Winnipeg, MB (Decemeber 2, 2019) – 2019 national snocross Champion Elias Ishoel made the first defense of his title on Friday, going undefeated to win the Dominator head-to-head race at the snocross season opener in Duluth, Minnesota. Unfortunately, a severe winter storm rolled in from Lake Superior the next day, dumping 24 inches of snow in 24 hours, forcing race officials to cancel the remainder of the weekend.
Friday’s Dominator featured two rounds of timed practice which narrowed a large turnout of eligible Pro and Pro Lite racers down to a field of 16, who then faced off in elimination rounds. Both Ishoel and teammate Aki Pihlaja were automatic bids based on their 2019 season finishes and both easily raced into the semi-finals, before Pihlaja was eliminated in the round of four.
Twice, Ishoel traded placed with Polaris rider Kody Kamm in the main event before securing the lead and brining home the win. This was the Norwegian rider’s second $10,000 Dominator victory placing him among the sport’s elite Pros to have their name etched on the traveling trophy.
Jordan Lebel turned in a great performance in his first appearance in the Sport class, winning multiple heat races and finishing third in the class final on Friday night. Lebel was also off to a good start on Saturday, prior to the main event being cancelled.
Up next are rounds three and four just outside of Fargo, North Dakota. This will now be a three day event with one round from Duluth being made up during the weekend.