Amsoil Championship Snocross Series Round 1, Duluth, MN
FLY Racing came out of the gates swinging last weekend at the Amsoil Duluth National presented by Bully Dog. It all started on Friday night with the Amsoil Dominator Challenge. The Dominator is a head to head, winner-take-all, two lap sprint race. Racers posted lap times in practice to qualify into the 16 rider field and then battle head-to-head to advance towards the final. Last year’s winner, FLY Racing’s Ross Martin, and the newest addition to the FLY Racing team, Tucker Hibbert, on his Monster Energy/ Arctic Cat, battled through the field to make it to the final. Ross Martin, on his Judnick Motorsports, Jack Links, Polaris fended off the challenge from Hibbert to remain undefeated in the Dominator challenge for a second year and take home another cool $10,000.
Saturday saw some good action in the Pro Open class with some interesting finishes. Ross Martin, trying to back up his win on Friday night, came out strong in his heat races and led most of the laps in the final when on the white flag lap he took some serious snow roost bogging his machine. Ross’ loss of power caused him to relinquish his commanding lead to WPS/Dragon’s, Robbie Malinoski on his Amsoil/Air Force/Makita, Ski Doo and barely stay ahead of last season’s champ, Tim Tremblay on his Ski Doo with Tucker Hibbert finishing in the 5th position. Sunday’s Pro Open class was a tough day of racing. Ross Martin was looking good in his heat races when he broke a drive belt causing him to battle back from the LCQ and earn a 4th place finish in the final. Tucker Hibbert had a trying weekend and finished the weekend with another 5th.
Ross Martin (Left) won the Dominator Challenge for the second year in a row.
FLY Racing’s hometown team, Leighton Motorsports, aboard their Bully Dog/Polaris machines had a great weekend with their newest addition, Andy Lieders, taking home a 3rd place finish in the Pro Lite class on Saturday and Sunday. Staying consistently strong throughout the whole weekend handed Leiders the points lead heading to the next round in Bessemer, Michigan. Colby Crapo broke a shock during one of his heat races taking him out of the final on Saturday, but he came back strong on Sunday to earn a 13th place finish in his first weekend of Pro Open racing. Last season’s Pro Women’s champion Jennifer Pare started her season out strong with a 2nd place finish in the final.
Another huge highlight of the event was that for the first time ever FLY Racing had multiple riders and teams debut the fantastic new FLY SNX snow apparel, which by the way, looked absolutely awesome on the track, and reportedly got the riders lots of compliments by fans!