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    ISR Sets New Pro Open Snocross Rules

    Posted by Ross Halvorson
    on Monday, May 01, 2017

     Big changes are coming to Pro Open Snocross racing for the 2017-18 season. 

    At the ISR meeting this past week in Bloomington, Minn., it was announced that for next season all Pro Open sleds will be required to run the “stock” Pro Lite engine and chassis. According to ISR, the rule change was made with the goal of lowering the costs that they believe inhibit teams from entering the Pro Open class. 

    AmSnow Race Contributor Todd Myers was in attendance at the meeting.  

    “I see lowering costs will help racers in the long run, but you're still going to see the top teams at the top,” said Myers. “They have more resources than the privateer, and it just is the nature of racing,” he added. 

    While this latest change may seemingly level the playing field in theory, whether or not this change actually makes racing in ISOC’s top tier more accessible to more racers remains to be seen. If anything, this latest change seems to put more pressure on the OEMs to produce a winning race sled needing little to no modification to be competitive against the best racers in the world. Whereas in past seasons, the Open class was just that – open to race teams, tuners and mechanics modifying certain engine and chassis components to create the best sled possible for their driver. 

    The fans’ perception of pro Snocross racing may end up changing as well. But that is too early to tell. 

    “As a fan, nothing is better than a finely tuned mod sled,” said Myers. “It doesn't matter which brand, the tune the twin pipes sing will now be lost.” 

    What Myers sees as more concerning is the fact that manufacturers may no longer be able to use the race track as much for a proving ground for development or R&D. 

    “We’ll no longer be able to see manufacturers use the Open class to test new things,” he said. “Or teams to work with aftermarket companies on super trick parts.” 

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