Morin savors his last chance |

Morin savors his last chance

Jon Maletz
WX10 SC Morin, M SM 1-30

Fortunately for snocross racers, there are second chances.

In tonight’s last-chance qualifier ” the ticket to Tuesday’s final for four of the eight riders who failed to qualify on Sunday ” Quebec’s Mathieu Morin kept his chances for gold alive.

When the green start flag dropped, Morin accelerated out of the hole shot, jumping quickly into first; the rest of the field would see only the tailights of his Ski-Doo sled the entire race. Morin crossed the line close to two seconds ahead of Colchester, Vt.’s T.J. Gulla. Ryan Simons of Alberta, Canada, and Michael Island of Ontario finished third and fourth, respectively.

Garth Kauffman of Alta, Wyo., was close behind Morin in second after the first of the race’s eight laps, but finished fifth.

Looming large in Tuesday’s final, which starts at 8:15 p.m., is No. 1 qualifier Levi LaVallee, as well as Shaun Crapo. Blair Morgan qualified for the finals with just the seventh fastest time, but could be considered the favorite. Morgan, the 2005 Snocross gold medalist from Saskatchewan, has won this event four of the last five years.

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