After a long summer, months of training followed by weeks of prepping my FLO Motorsports backed Husqvarna/Yeti bike. I was ready for Round 1 of the ISOC Snowbike Triple Crown Championship. Racing took place January 12 & 13 in Shakopee, MN.
I’m pumped to be back racing for my team Bailey Motorsports on a FLO Motorsports backed Yeti SnowMx kit. I’ve had great success with Yeti and glad we were able to work out a program for 2024. The Yeti 120ss is a great platform for the racetrack. It offers great handling and predictability so I can attack the track and focus on hitting the fast lines!
I showed up to the track after the long drive from Hearst and was met there by my mechanic Derek Uttley and team owner Stu Hunt. Mother Nature hasn’t been cooperating lately so the track was smaller than most years, but the Snocross crew did a good job making the best one they could. It had a couple big jumps, a sweet rhythm section and long sweeping corners I could really open up the power of the bike. We proved that snowbikes have their place among the snowcross sleds as I was able to put down some of the quickest lap times of the weekend.
On Friday I lined up for Moto 1 after setting the fastest lap time in Qualifying and feeling good. When the light turned green and I crushed the throttle, letting the deep lugs of the Yeti chew through the snow moving me to the front and from there I put in consistent laps and took the win. Moto two got off to a rough start as I got tangled up with another rider after the first jump taking both of us down. I’d get back up and would work my way from the back of the pack to second when the checkers came out. 1-2 moto scores gave me the overall for the day.
Saturday brought some cold temps and a slightly different track for us. Thankful for great gear from Fly Racing and products from C3 powersports for keeping me warm! The new layout suited me as it was more technical with more rhythm down the front straight. I felt good after day one and ready for more. Derek and I made some small adjustments to the set up that had me feeling comfortable. The night couldn’t have gone better as I got great starts and raced to the front holding the lead in both motos, pounding off laps that would keep me out front to take the win in both motos for the overall on the day.
It was great to be back at the races, finding the fast lines and pushing myself. Got to race some great competitors, hang out with friends and ride!
Thanks to everyone behind me.