Francis Pelletier made his mark during his first Pro season

Written by Vincent Lambert

08-04-2021

The athlete from Saint-Prime, Francis Pelletier, was quick to take his place amongst the best in the world during his first season competing at the Pro level in Snocross. Francis finished the season in second place, in the American National Rankings, behind Elias Ishoel. 

When he debuted his season in the Pro Category, and over the last few months, Francis Pelletier did not know what to expect. He went to the United States without too much of a plan. 

“When you change categories, you never know what to expect, said the athlete who races with number 220. When I arrived there [on the track], I did a jump, and I found it was all really fast. However, I have put in the work to stay in shape. All of the things that I have done over the years, they still work.” 

The results arrived rapidly, working with Warnert Racing. He chained up some good positions, even considering some of the bad luck he endured during the season. With the preparation and work he put in, he has been able to compete at a high caliber, and do so for a long time.

“You spend a lot more time on the Ski-doo in the Pro versus the Pro lite. It is close to double the time. Now, there are two practices, and the qualification, all of which last longer. After that, it is time for the final. It’s a good final for the men. 10 minutes, again, a long time. If I compare it with the Pro Lite, it is quite a bit longer.”

However, no matter how much time he spends on his machine, it is never enough for Francis, who always wants more. 

“When you are Pro, you  train for this time frame”,’ notes Franics. You arrive, and you know it is going to last 10 minutes. Yet, it’s not long enough at the end of the season; laps are still missing.”

“The last season allowed for Francis Pelletier to learn that “anything can happen, right up to the last second”, and that “it takes right up to the last minute”. He doesn’t hide the fact that his career makes him very proud. 

“I give it my all, all the time, and I did what needed to be done to make progress. I have to break the psychological barrier of being able to make the podium. I still have to watch for several riders on the other side. It’s really fun. I’m really happy to be here and to be able to give everything that I can. ”

Between now and the next season, Francis Pelletier will take the time to recompose and start training, including mountain biking, to return to the top of his sport. To follow and support Francis Pelletier, it is possible to do so via Facebook and Instagram .


GPSV ambassadors: the Arès are driven by speed

Written by Vincent Lambert

25-11-2020

The passion for snowmobile racing for the Arès family did not start yesterday. For several years, she was involved in the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt (GPSV). And the adventure in the industry has never stopped so well that she is now one of the ambassadors of the biggest motorsport event in the world.

It all started in 1995 with the GPSV and it continued until 2015 when Michel Arès held the positions of volunteer, coordinator and member of the board of directors.

“I remember that as soon as we had a little time, we went to see races for the adrenaline, the sound, the smell, the atmosphere of the crowd and above all, for the athletes who give everything to win at Valcourt », indicates the father.

Today, he shares his passion for racing with his two sons, Emrick and Charles-Antoine, who have been competing in snocross for several years. It’s hard to be more in the heart of the action! During his 20 years of volunteering, he has seen athletes wave checkered flags. And last season, he had the pleasure of seeing his two boys savoring their moment of glory too.

“I’m in the heat of the action  with my boys,” says Michel Arès. Since they were four years old, they have been attending the GPSV, comfortably installed in a box. No way to leave them at home, because they did not want to miss this weekend of races. For them, the passion started very young. “

Emrick and Charles-Antoine Arès received their first snowmobile at the age of six and four, respectively. If the two young athletes won several championships in motocross, they also quickly made their way into snocross.

At Valcourt, for example, they did not take time to shine, even finishing one behind the other in 2019 in the Junior 16-17 where Emrick took first place just ahead of his brother.During the SCMX Provincial Snocross Championship the following season, he added more by dominating the Sport class while Charles-Antoine finished first in the Junior 14-15, Junior 16-17 and Sport Lite classes.

“For several years, we have adopted a lifestyle focused on motocross and snocross racing,” explains Michel Arès. The whole family participates: preparation of the trailer, motorcycles and snowmobiles, suitcases, meals and registrations. Everything is  well organized; everyone has their task. Of course, you have to be disciplined, the academic results have to be good. Now we are proud to be an official GPSV Ambassador. “

To follow and support the Arès family, who live in Lawrenceville, it is possible to do so via Facebook (Team Arès Racing, Charlot Arès 66, ti-mé #88) and Instagram (its_time88 et charlot66ares).


GPSV ambassadors: the Arès are driven by speed

Written by Vincent Lambert

25-11-2020

The passion for snowmobile racing for the Arès family did not start yesterday. For several years, she was involved in the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt (GPSV). And the adventure in the industry has never stopped so well that she is now one of the ambassadors of the biggest motorsport event in the world.

It all started in 1995 with the GPSV and it continued until 2015 when Michel Arès held the positions of volunteer, coordinator and member of the board of directors.

“I remember that as soon as we had a little time, we went to see races for the adrenaline, the sound, the smell, the atmosphere of the crowd and above all, for the athletes who give everything to win at Valcourt », indicates the father.

Today, he shares his passion for racing with his two sons, Emrick and Charles-Antoine, who have been competing in snocross for several years. It’s hard to be more in the heart of the action! During his 20 years of volunteering, he has seen athletes wave checkered flags. And last season, he had the pleasure of seeing his two boys savoring their moment of glory too.

“I’m in the heat of the action  with my boys,” says Michel Arès. Since they were four years old, they have been attending the GPSV, comfortably installed in a box. No way to leave them at home, because they did not want to miss this weekend of races. For them, the passion started very young. “

Emrick and Charles-Antoine Arès received their first snowmobile at the age of six and four, respectively. If the two young athletes won several championships in motocross, they also quickly made their way into snocross.

At Valcourt, for example, they did not take time to shine, even finishing one behind the other in 2019 in the Junior 16-17 where Emrick took first place just ahead of his brother.During the SCMX Provincial Snocross Championship the following season, he added more by dominating the Sport class while Charles-Antoine finished first in the Junior 14-15, Junior 16-17 and Sport Lite classes.

“For several years, we have adopted a lifestyle focused on motocross and snocross racing,” explains Michel Arès. The whole family participates: preparation of the trailer, motorcycles and snowmobiles, suitcases, meals and registrations. Everything is  well organized; everyone has their task. Of course, you have to be disciplined, the academic results have to be good. Now we are proud to be an official GPSV Ambassador. “

To follow and support the Arès family, who live in Lawrenceville, it is possible to do so via Facebook (Team Arès Racing, Charlot Arès 66, ti-mé #88) and Instagram (its_time88 et charlot66ares).


A highly anticipated start to the season

Written by Vincent Lambert

11-11-2020

The pandemic may strike the province, but it will not prevent athletes from tackling the moguls and racing at full speed on the various circuits, including that of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt (GPSV).

 

The SCMX Provincial Snocross Championship recently unveiled its preliminary schedule for the next season, and everything indicates that racing enthusiasts will be stopping in the heart of snowmobiling the weekend of February 13th-14th, much to the delight of the organization.

 

“The GPSV team is very proud to be able to help support sport and its athletes,” says Executive Director Véronique Lizotte. The family and authentic values ​​of SCMX are perfectly aligned with those of the GPSV. “

Because sanitary standards and Public Health measures are continually evolving, the preliminary schedule may need to adopt changes during the season. But for the SCMX team, there was no question of giving up competitions.

“Snocross is booming in Quebec,” admits SCMX director Mathieu Buteau. We are forecasting an increase of about 30% in the number of Quebec athletes again this year in Valcourt, as in our entire circuit. The next generation is waiting for you, as are the pros who, for some, have reserved a season for us entirely in La Belle Province, given the pandemic. “

A snocross season in the current context requires many logistics. However, everything will be in place to respect the health instructions and ensure the athletes’ safety. The show will be no less captivating, on the contrary!

“We have the most impressive schedule in recent years,” assures Mathieu Buteau. The third round, which will take place in Valcourt, is one of the season’s most anticipated moments. More than ever this year, we are working with the GPSV team to provide a quality show. Our 125 athletes are already very excited to start the season! “

 

The 39th edition of the Grand Prix Ski-Doo de Valcourt will occur from February 12th to 14th, 2021, on the legendary Yvon-Duhamel circuit. One can expect an exciting spectacle for speed and thrill-seekers!

More details here