After 4 months of winter and CSRA racing, it all came down to the season finale at Horseshoe Valley Ski Resort in Barrie, Ontario for the Dayco National Snowcross.
The Supertrax/ Byers Motorsports/ Polaris team was ready to put on a good show for the hometown crowd, still pumped after the performance at Kitchener. An amazing 60cm snow base made for one of the best tracks that we have had at this event.
Kyle came back from school to join us for the season finale to take on the Sport 600 class. Kyle was looking good in practice and didn’t take long to feel comfortable.
In Moto 1, Kyle got pinched out off the start but made up some time going up the hill being 6th at the top. He battled back and forth for positions all race and just after the white flag, he passed 2 riders in the bottom corner putting him in 4th.
At the bottom of the hill, he hit a rut and put the sled on the top of the berm loosing 1 position but holding onto 5th. In Moto 2, Kyle got a decent start and was 4th at the top of the hill. With one lap to go, battling for the 3rd position, Kyle hit a hole going up the hill that bucked him off the sled and sent the sled rolling hitting Kyle in the back. Kyle was ok after the crash but did not race the remaining of the weekend.
Jamie was ready to rock in the Semi-Pro Stock class after feeling good and looking fast in practice. Jamie got a great start in Moto 1 and was 2nd into the first corner after the long drag race up the hill. Jamie was running very close to first place and was looking for somewhere to make up some time.
On lap 3, Jamie went for the finish line triple to make up time but came up short and hyper-extended his knee on the landing and pulling off the track. Jamie iced his knee during the break and went out for moto 2. He finished 3rd in moto 2 but could tell he was favoring the knee. Unfortunately with 28 racers and a 10th and 3rd finish in the motos, for the first time in over 35 races, Jamie did not qualify for the final.
In Sunday’s Open class, Jamie took to the track for moto 1 and grabbed a 3rd place finish. In moto 2, Jamie’s Polaris IQ and Dayco XTX belt pulled hard all the way up the hill to put him into 2nd. He got to the inside of the leader at the bottom of the hill and made the pass for the lead.
Jamie led the rest of the race until the last lap, where he got passed in the second last corner but held on for 2nd at the finish. After qualifying 4th for the final, Jamie didn’t get the start he had wanted and was 6th going up the hill.
He ducked down to the inside of the corner at the top of the hill, where all the other racers had pushed out wide, and made the pass into 3rd. On Lap 4, Jamie cased a jump coming down the down-hill rhythm section, lost control of the sled and the sled went off the track hitting a light standard getting stuck, taking him out of the race finishing 15th.
“It wasn’t how we wanted to finish out the season. We had some tough luck and injuries didn’t help us.” Jamie said after the weekend. “We have to thank our dad and race tuner at the track, Rob, for having the sleds running great all season. We had a good and fun year of racing. We’ll take the summer off and prepare ourselves for next season.”
This season saw on average 25 racers competing in the Semi-Pro class. Some of this season best racing came from this class as it was very competitive with many close riders competing for the podium at every event.
Unfortunately injuries and bad luck kept us out of the National Podium after this weekend. We are happy with our Regional point’s results after not competing at one of the events when he went with Supertrax Magazine to ride the 2012 sleds at Snowshoot.
“Hats off to both our riders this season as they rode well, had some great results, and promoted us and our sponsors well.” said Team Owner/Tuner Rob Byers.
CSRA Season Overall Points Results:
#219 Jamie Byers
Semi-Pro Regional (Competed in 7 of 8 Events):
Stock – 6th
Open – 6th
Stock – 5th
Open – 4th (4 points out of 3rd)
#109 Kyle Byers
17th (Competed in 3 of 8 Events due to College)
We have teamed ourselves up with some really great companies and people who provide great products that withstand the extreme conditions of Snowcross Racing. We would really like to thank ALL of our great sponsors for their support once again this season.
Thanks to All our Great Sponsors: Supertrax Magazine, Byers Motorsports – Polaris, Gamma Sales- Fly Racing, Coldwave, Dragon Optics, Amsoil, Dayco Belts, Creechers Design, Woody’s, CM Sports/Clean Media – Photography, Powermadd, Sled Pro, TekVest