Yamaha’s Matt Piche wins Pro Stock at Houghton Cross Coun­try sea­son opener

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(Pleas­ant Prairie, WI)— Team Yamaha Rider Matt Piche scored the first Pro Stock win of the Cross Coun­try rac­ing sea­son on his SR Viper race sled at Houghton, MI. “Ev­ery­one on the team wanted to come out strong at the first race of the year,” said Yamaha Cross Coun­try Crew Chief Brian Strawsell. “We knew we had a sled that would be com­pet­i­tive and that Matt and Re were ready to race. Every­thing just worked well for us to­day.”

The Yamaha Pro squad opened the day with strong re­sults in the Pro Fac­tory 600 class—a sec­ond-place fin­ish for Piche with team­mate Re Wadena just miss­ing the podium. That af­forded the guys an op­por­tu­nity to as­sess set­ups and scout the short­ened, sloppy course. “The new Elka shocks worked killer,” Piche said. “I was happy with the way the Viper was set up from our pre­sea­son test­ing.”

With light and course con­di­tions quickly fad­ing, race of­fi­cials opted to shorten the mar­quee Pro Stock race. “It was a rough course that was down to mud and rocks in some places,” Strawsell noted. The Viper rac­ers put on a good show, with Piche in front of his next clos­est com­peti­tor by 20 sec­onds. Wadena used his years of race ex­pe­ri­ence to smartly bring his Viper in fourth, with a de­vel­op­ing driv­e­line is­sue. “Re knew that it’s more im­por­tant to score points by fin­ish­ing a lit­tle far­ther back in the pack than it is to push the en­ve­lope and risk a me­chan­i­cal fail­ure and a DNF.”

Yamaha youth put in a great ef­fort dur­ing the day’s mid­dle rounds. New racer, Robby Resch claimed a 4th in Sport Fac­tory Stock and Mitch Se­bas­tian bat­tled to a fourth in Sport Stock. The Team Blue duo fin­ished 1-2 in the School­boy 16-24 class to but­ton up a strong day for the up-and-com­ers. “It was great to see the younger guys step up and do so well,” said Seth Thor­son, Se­bas­tian’s head me­chanic and race men­tor.

No stranger to com­pe­ti­tion him­self, Thor­son pulled in a pair of top-10 fin­ishes him­self in Semi-Pro Fac­tory 600 and Semi-Pro Stock classes.

Yamaha Fac­tory Snow­mo­bile Rac­ing is spon­sored by Elka Sus­pen­sions and Fly Rac­ing with ad­di­tional sup­port from Camo­plast, Woody’s, WPS and Ya­malube. Fol­low the Yamaha Fac­tory Rac­ing sea­son at face­book.com/ Yama­haSnow­mo­bilesUSA.

photo credit 447 Pho­tog­ra­phy

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