Hayden dominates Timmins Snowcross

Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing’s Iain Hayden, riding the new Polaris Access, poured on the gas to claim both Pro Open finals at an eventful Round 5 of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championships in Timmins, ON this past weekend.

 

Hayden’s teammate, Dylan Hall – who had been missing in action since Round 2 due to injuries – shook off the cobwebs at the Timmins City Centre venue in Northern Ontario to claim 10th in the final on Saturday and fifth on Sunday.

 

A bad start in his first heat race on Saturday, which was further complicated when another rider landed on him, was not exactly an auspicious beginning to the weekend for Hayden. He did manage to get back into the fray with a damaged sled, however, and salvaged fifth at the finish line.

 

Some superhuman efforts by the team’s technical crew got Hayden’s Polaris repaired for the next heat; but not quite in time. The seven-time national champ missed the start and joined the race three laps down. He was credited with 10th at the finish line and qualified in eighth place.

 

In the final, Hayden was third off the starting line, quickly moved into second and by the halfway point was in command of the lead, which he took unchallenged to the checkered flag.

 

In his first national round since the third weekend in January, Hall pulled off a rapid start aboard his potent Polaris IQ600 to claim victory in his first heat on Saturday. He was a bit more tentative in his second heat, starting at the back of the pack and finishing eighth. In the final, Hall was unfortunately sidelined by a mechanical gremlin that left him stranded on the start line.

 

In Sunday’s heat races, Hayden was in top form, claiming second place at the finish line both times out. In the final, he nailed the holeshot to lead the race wire-to-wire.

 

“Other than having to deal with the damaged sled issues after my first heat on Saturday, to get it race-ready for the second heat, and losing some points in the title hunt, it was a good weekend for me. All in all I’m pretty happy with it. The new Access platform is truly amazing. Polaris has really pushed the envelope on this one,” Hayden said.

 

Although Hall did not lay claim to a heat win on Sunday, he rode consistent races to finish both his heats in fifth place. ‘Five’ proved to be the magic number for Hall in the final as well. He started in fifth and held that position until the finish line.

 

“It was definitely great to be back with the team this weekend. To be a spectator in the final on Saturday was a bit of a bummer but it is what it is. These things happen. Sunday went better all around. I knew I had the speed and was aiming for podium finishes. I had to contend with mediocre starts but was still able to grab fifth place finishes in all three of my races. So that was good,” Hall said.

 

The Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championships resume after a one-weekend break on March 26-27 in Kitchener, ON.

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