Snocross Racer Levi Lavallee Hopes For A Healthy Season
by Scott A. Sumner
Last season was one of highs and lows for one of snowmobiles most popular figures, Levi Lavallee. He started the year with a world record snowmobile jump over open water at San Diego, California. Shortly after that he broke his leg and missed much of the season. Everything is healed up well now and it was fun to sit down with Levi at the Haydays event and ask him some questions about his upcoming season.
The Red Bull No Limits Distance jump went well for you this year after a crash the year before!
The New Years No Limits jump was incredible. We had been working on that project for two seasons. The first season we were able to go out and break the record with 361 feet. The next jump I had a carburetion problem that resulted in a huge crash. I am super excited that I was able to make it through that and come back the second year. Polaris stepped up huge and built us an 800 fuel injected mod motor and it was awesome. It was just flawless which allowed me to build confidence and from that point it was to New Years where we were able to jump 412 feet.
How did it feel flying a snowmobile 412 feet over water?
Probably the scariest thing was walking up to the top the ramp and seeing how far it was to clear the jump. That is a lot water. It was pretty nerve racking hitting 111 MPH at over 90 feet of ramp. You think to yourself is this the right thing to do but Red Bull made sure everything was spot on. All I had to do was execute the jump. Right now I don’t have any other jumps planned but it is just a matter of time before I get the urge to do something silly again! It was pretty nerve racking. I?was fortunate to make it through the first crash.
This season will have a different focus for you Levi?
Right now I just want to go racing and do my freestyle stuff at the X Games. Last season I had the first race in Duluth and then did the News Year’s jump and raced Canterbury. I broke my tibia practicing the next week for X Games in the foam pit at home. The bone split it all the way down to my ankle joint so they had to put it back together and put in a rod. It was 5 months before they turned me loose to do stuff again. I?eased into it with dirt bikes and wake board. I rode the wood chip track at home on snowmobiles and it felt good.
What will be your schedule this season?
It will be a very busy schedule with the full ISOC races, ?X Games and if we throw in any other races in the mix like Eagle River. We have some consumer rides coming up with Polaris as well. It is busy but at the end of the season it is riding snowmobiles, which is a good winter. I love riding the sled. We are fortunate to be able to do that for a living. When you are out there pounding laps at 20 below and you’re thinking man this is not ideal I just remember when you were running a shovel excavating. It is a heck of a lot better that that. When you don’t want to get up in the morning and work out well you remember could be running a shovel.
Who will be on the Levi Lavallee team this year?
We have Jake Scott and Kyle Palin a new Pro Rider who is a super good guy. I?will be in freestyle at X Games as well as snocross and potentially another rider will be there as well so it will be good. Bobby Lepage will not be on the team this year. He is a great guy but decided to go a different direction but he is super guy. The younger riders are 18 and 21 and I turned 30 so it is fun seeing these young guys.
What do you think of the 2013 Polaris race sled?
The Polaris sled it awesome. It is literally bullet proof. We have put that sled through everything but it keeps going. The performance is excellent and proven. It keeps getting better each year and I really believe in that sled and have a lot of confidence because we know it works and it is always there for you.
There will be many Polaris sleds at the Levi compound?
I?have a fair amount to sleds with the different riders, freestyle, snocross and distance sleds. This year I am actually getting some Polaris trail sleds (Indy and Rush) so I?can move around to the compound. I ‘m looking forward to that. It will be pretty much a semi load to deliver them here!
We wish Levi good luck for a successful season. See my video interview with Levi as well on this site.