Jamie Byers Tops the Podium in Kitchener

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Despite the warm weather and there being no snow left anywhere in Ontario, the CSRA was able to pull off the event this past weekend in Kitchener at Chicopee ski resort. It was a nice day on Saturday but the skies decided to open up and let the rain fall for Sunday’s racing.

Kyle started off the weekend with a 4th place moto 1 finish after getting a bad start, and passing riders through the rhythm section. In moto 2, Kyle got squeezed out on the start and was 5th into the first corner. Once again making him work for positions, passing two riders through the rhythm section to finish 3rd. 4th and 3rd in the moto’s gave him the final pick in the front row for the final.

Off the start, Kyle kept to the inside while the other riders were pushing out and bunching up, allowing him to get up to 3rd. He made a slight mistake on one of the downhill sections and the 4th place rider passed him but later bailed in the rhythm section putting Kyle back up to 3rd where he held on for the checkered and podium finish.

Jamie was on the throttle in the Semi-Pro Open class on Saturday grabbing the holeshot in every race. In moto 1, Jamie was having a tough time getting through the no-berm corners and was passed on the last lap for second place finish. In Moto 2, he had the lead for 2 laps before getting passed through the rhythm section at the bottom of the hill. Jamie held on for another 2nd place finish.

Jamie qualified 4th for the final and lined himself up on the outside for the start where he had started all day. Once again it paid off. He held on the throttle over the first jump putting him upfront to run his own race. Jamie led the race from start to finish for his 1st Semi-Pro Win. “I’ve waited a long time for this win. Everything came together for this race; the sled worked awesome.” Jamie said pumped after the win.

In Sport 600 Sunday, Kyle was running a strong 2nd pushing for 1st in Moto 1 before hitting a kicker going through the rhythm section, causing the sled to nose-dive and throw him off with one lap to go. With the 7th place finish in the first moto, he knew he had to go out for the win to qualify for the final. Kyle’s sled bogged off the start which put him to the very back of the pack. Kyle didn’t give up and charged hard to finish 5th but unfortunately did not qualify for the final.

In Moto 1 of Semi-Pro Stock, Jamie’s sled hooked up and put him up front coming out of corner 1 in second. He kept the pressure on the #217 Ski-Doo sticking the nose of his sled in view in a couple of the corners. Jamie was almost able to make the pass through the rhythm but settled in for 2nd. In Moto 2, Jamie was having trouble on the start line with his goggles fogging up because of the humidity and rain. Jamie was running 4th battling with 3rd until his goggles fogged up on the second lap. Jamie ran 2 more laps but fell off the pace due to the lack of vision falling back to 5th.

On the last lap, a frustrated Jamie tossed his goggles off giving him clear vision but it was too late and finished 5th. Jamie made some adjustments to the goggles and went out for the final looking for a strong finish. He grabbed a handful of throttle and took the short lived lead as he blew over a berm coming down the hill and got into the soft snow. Jamie had a good battle going majority of the race with #107 and finished 3rd at the checkered flag for another podium finish.

Our next event is the Season Finally April 10-11 at Horseshoe Ski Resort near Orillia and Barrie. The team is excited for this race as it is our hometown race and is usually t-shirt weather. The word is that Horseshoe still has lots of snow to make us a great track to wrap up the season.

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