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ROCKWOOD, Maine (Mar. 14, 2016) — Former series champion Mathieu Morin notched his first sweep of the Pro Open finals since his 2011 championship season, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) completed Round 6 on the 2016 schedule at historic Pittston Farm.

Morin, of Val-D’Or, Quebec, powered his Ingles Performance Ski-doo to victory on Saturday after a strong effort in qualifying. Swedish invader Mikko Osmo (Team Southside/Polaris) chased Morin throughout the final yet settled for second, while New Hampshire veteran Jake daSilva (daSilva Racing/Ski-doo) put in a strong performance to round out the podium in third. Points leader Danny Poirier (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) came off his sled, unhooked his tether and had trouble getting the sled refired. He would soldier on to finish fourth, while series newcomer Emil Hansson (Team Southside/Polaris) completed the top five.

On Sunday, Morin blasted off the line as if shot out of a cannon, handling his sled like a toy on the challenging track in Maine’s famed North Woods. Poirier was closer to his usual form in second, yet Morin, now in the best physical shape in years, would simply not be denied. Jake daSilva capped a stellar weekend with his second straight third-place finish, while Pieti Puhakka, of Finland, (Team Southside/Polaris) and Hansson finished fourth and fifth respectively.

In Pro Lite action, Hansson proved why he was brought over from Europe with a brilliant effort. The point leader notched another victory on Saturday ahead of Ontario native Vandeborne, while former Sport class standout Dalton Jacquier hit the podium in third. Defending class champion Cody Paolella (fourth) and veteran Austin Kodey filled out the top five in a hotly-contested final.

On Sunday, it was Vandeborne’s chance in the spotlight, as he showed the skills he brought to the table from his experience on the CSRA Canadian National circuit. This was his first win in New England, and most veteran observers knew it was just a matter of time. Hansson capped a stellar weekend by finishing second, while Paolella landed on the podium in third. Jacquier and Kodey were fourth and fifth with solid performances.

Jared Gessner powered his way to victory in Saturday’s Southside Sales/Team Southside Sport Super Stock 600 final. Former Junior class standout Tucker Kierstead (Kislowski Racing/Arctic Cat) was rock-solid and came home second, while Nathan Bourassa edged Ryan Dupont for third. Bruce Gaspardi Jr. completed the top five in one of the best Sport class finals of the season.

On Sunday, Gessner made it a clean sweep by outgunning Gaspardi for top honors. Dupont found redemption with a solid third-place finish, while Kierstead and Bourassa were fourth and fifth. Gessner also claimed the Sport Super Stock 600 Weekend Final, with Dupont and Gaspardi Jr. earning second and third-place finishes. The Sport class has delivered some of the most competitive racing all season, and will continue to do so at the finale.

In Pro Women competition at Pittston Farm, defending points champion Nykea Williams came out on top in an exciting final on Saturday. Maine native Kassie Thibodeau, also racing for Team Southside, Mystic Lubricants and Polaris, powered her way to second, while Alissah Ashline finished third. Thibodeau bounced back to claim top honors in Sunday’s final, while Williams settled for second. Ashline and Rachel Serra finished third and fourth as the Women closed out another solid weekend.

East Coast Snocross would like to thank Jennifer and Guy Mills, owners of historic Pittston Farm, for hosting the 2016 Northwoods Sledfest. Pre-race warmth and rain made it a challenge to pull off, yet those who march on despite less-than-ideal conditions get results. A special thank you goes out to our teams and fans who endured difficult travel in this remote wilderness area. In most winters, that mud would still have been weeks away, and those snowbanks would have still been eight feet high.

All that remains for the 2016 season is the season finale, set for Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3, at the beautiful Peek’n Peak Resort in Findley Lake, New York. It’s been a tough season, yet the finale is sure to be filled with plenty of emotion and thrills.

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR, is an ISR-affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the country, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed national Pro teams.

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Official Finish: ECS Round Six
Historic Pittston Farm
Rockwood, Maine – March 12-13, 2016

Pro Open Saturday:
1.      Mathieu Morin           Val-D’Or, Quebec        Ski-doo
2.      Mikko Osmo              Kauhajoki, Finland      Polaris
3.      Jake daSilva            Salem, NH               Ski-doo
4.      Danny Poirier           St. Theodore, QC        Ski-doo
5.      Emil Hansson            Rannelanda, Sweden      Polaris

Pro Open Sunday:
1.      Mathieu Morin           Val-D’Or, Quebec        Ski-doo
2.      Danny Poirier           St. Theodore, QC        Ski-doo
3.      Jake daSilva            Salem, NH               Ski-doo
4.      Pieti Puhakka           Kouvola, Finland        Polaris
5.      Emil Hansson            Rannelanda, Sweden      Polaris

Pro Lite Saturday:
1.      Emil Hansson            Rannelanda, Sweden      Polaris
2.      Scott Vandeborne        Denfield, ONT           Polaris
3.      Dalton Jacquier         Canaan, CT              Arctic Cat
4.      Cody Paolella           Wallingford, CT         Polaris
5.      Austin Kodey            Endwell, NY             Arctic Cat

Pro Lite Sunday:
1.      Scott Vandeborne        Denfield, ONT           Polaris
2.      Emil Hansson            Rannelanda, Sweden      Polaris
3.      Cody Paolella           Wallingford, CT         Polaris
4.      Dalton Jacquier         Canaan, CT              Arctic Cat
5.      Austin Kodey            Endwell, NY             Arctic Cat

Pro Women Saturday:
1.      Nykea Williams          Lyndonville, VT         Polaris
2.      Kassie Thibodeau        Rumford, ME             Polaris
3.      Alissa Ashline          N/A                     Ski-doo

Pro Women Sunday:
1.      Kassie Thibodeau        Rumford, ME             Polaris
2.      Nykea Williams          Lyndonville, VT Polaris
3.      Alissa Ashline          N/A                     Ski-doo

Sport Super Stock 600 Saturday:
1.      Jared Gessner           Cuddebackville, NY      Polaris
2.      Tucker Kierstead        Alton Bay, NH           Arctic Cat
3.      Nathan Bourassa         Newfields, NH           Ski-doo
4.      Ryan Dupont             Canterbury, CT          Polaris
5.      Bruce Gaspardi, Jr.     Cheshire, MA            Polaris

Sport Super Stock 600 Sunday:
1.      Jared Gessner           Cuddebackville, NY      Polaris
2.      Bruce Gaspardi Jr.      Cheshire, MA            Polaris
3.      Ryan Dupont             Canterbury, CT          Polaris
4.      Tucker Kierstead        Alton Bay, NH           Arctic Cat
5.      Nathan Bourassa         Newfields, NH           Ski-doo

Sport Super Stock 600 Weekend:
1.      Jared Gessner           Cuddebackville, NY      Polaris
2.      Ryan Dupont             Canterbury, CT          Polaris
3.      Bruce Gaspardi Jr.      Cheshire, MA            Polaris
4.      Nathan Bourassa         Newfields, NH           Ski-doo
5.      Michael Newman          Stamford, CT            Arctic Cat

* NOTE: This was a points race for Pro, Pro Lite and Sport teams only.