Ingles Performance wraps up strong 2016 season with ECS Championship
Danny Poirier edges teammate Mathieu Morin in historic battle
PHOENIX, N.Y. (Apr. 4, 2016) – While Mother Nature did her absolute best to prevent several major winter events from taking place here in the northeast, the New York-based Ingles Performance snocross team battled the elements and came away with another Pro Open championship.
Quebec veteran Danny Poirier was dedicated to capturing his sixth regional points title in 2016, yet his fellow countryman and teammate almost took it away. Mathieu Morin was back in top form last winter, riding as fast and consistently as he did in 2011 when he won the ECS title. In the final tally after six weekends of racing (three races were canceled due to a lack of snow), Poirier edged Morin by a mere point to secure the crown. It was easily one of the closest battles in series history.
“I am so proud of this entire team,” team co-owner Robin Ingles said. “Everyone works so hard, from the crew at the shop, to the truck drivers and support crew, to the families and of course, the racers. With Danny and Mathieu finishing within one point of each other, it shows how hard they both work. They race each other with a great deal of respect. They all mean the world to Mike and I, and we are proud to have earned the East Coast Snocross Pro Open Championship.”
Among other highlights beyond the impressive efforts by Poirier and Morin was another solid performance on the ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross series by Vermont veterans Leo and Hunter Patenaude. In a highly-competitive Sport class where 25 rising stars battled in 16 finals, Leo hit the podium twice (and once in the Showdown at Sundown) and finished fifth in final points. Hunter also landed on the box three times and came home 10th in final points after another strong season.
“It wasn’t exactly the season we were looking for, but we were competitive at every venue and stayed healthy all winter,” Leo said. “That was our main goal, to stay healthy and ride smooth. The top-three finishes and points earned were a bonus. It was a blast racing with my brother; it was pretty cool when we both hit the podium together at Lake Geneva. We wanted to give Ski-doo and Ingles Performance another successful year, and we appreciate the support from both that allows us to keep doing what we love.”
Overall, the team fared very well on both the regional (ECS) and national (ISOC) levels.
“For the Patenaudes to finish second and third in that Pro Lite Showdown meant so much,” Ingles added. “To see Hunter earn double wins in Valcourt, the home of Ski-doo, was also very rewarding. All that remains is to celebrate another successful season with our team.”
Ingles Performance would like to thank our many highly-valued marketing partners for their continued support; including Ski-doo, Woody’s, C&A Pro Skis, ROX Speed FX, VP Racing Fuels, Fly Racing, 139 Designs, NGK Spark Plugs, SPI (Speed Punk Images), Ale-n-Angus Pub, RFH’s Restaurant and Motel, Triple 9 Optics and XPS Oils.