Ski-Doo’s Malinoski wins Friday’s ERX National at AMSOIL Championship Snocross in Elk River, Minn.

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Pro Open points leader Tremblay’s (Ski-Doo) 2nd, but Polaris’ Martin DNFs in the final, trails Tremblay/Malinoski for o/a title; Muller (Ski-Doo) wins Pro Lite 

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ELK RIVER, Minn. (March 9, 2012) – With some 3.5 million gallons of water pumped through multiple ski area-style snow making machines, Elk River’s (Minn.) Extreme Motorpark (ERX) delivered – despite the spring conditions in Minnesota – the season’s biggest track to date to test the world’s top professional snocross racers at round 13 of the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series – the ERX National, presented by Heinen Motorsports. And walking away with top honors in the premier Pro Open class was Ski-Doo racer Robbie Malinoski, while Travis Muller (Ski-Doo) took the support Pro Lite main event.

As 50-second laps and numerous rhythm sections put the racers in the air more than they were on the snow, the ERX course was likely the most grueling test in terms of overall conditioning that the ACSS athletes have seen all year. A sizable crowd packed into ERX grandstands and lined the fences on Friday night, foreshadowing what should be a wild time on Saturday when the temperatures are expected to hit60-degrees!

AMSOIL ERX National Pro Open Friday Final

While Minnesota homeboy Malinoski was light years faster than anyone at ERX on Friday, taking the checkers by a mile, the big news was the mechanical breakdown of Polaris’ Ross Martin – who was running a close 2nd in the overall points to Tim Tremblay (Ski-Doo) heading into tonight’s race. The DNF, couple with Tremblay’s solid runner-up finish to Malinoski, puts Tremblay up by 29 points over Malinoski (467-438), who leap frogged Martin (435 points) into 2nd place overall with three races/two rounds remaining on the 2011-’12 ACSS tour.

Pulling the massive 100-plus yard long Stud Boy Holeshot was Malinoski. In tight on Malinoski early was Martin, and racing well all weekend, Polaris’ Brett Bender, was right there in 3rd. Several turns into the opening lap defending ACSS Pro Open champion Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat) managed to jar his safety tether loose, the third-straight week that’s happened to the champion. So having gone from 7th to 4th in a quarter lap, Hibbert was relegated to the very back of the Pro Open class field on the very first lap.

Moments after Hibbert’s problem an even bigger issue took place in terms of the overall Pro Open title chase. Martin slowed to a halt on the side of the track, got off his sled, ripped his goggles off and chucked them in disgust. A huge, though not fatal, blow dealt to Martin’s title hopes.

With six laps to go in the 14-lap main event Malinoski continued to put time on the field. Tremblay would get past Bender and Martin (by default) and moved up into 2nd place, though Malinoski would continue to put time on the current Pro Open points leader though the checkers (8.8 seconds by race’s end). Bender would score his first podium of the year with a great day of racing and Hibbert would crash trying to catch up and ended up outside the top five.

Said Malinoski: “I live about 40 miles from here and consider ERX to be my home track. Came out swinging in the final and my Ski-Doo was just a rocket ship off the starting line. The team really had an awesome setup tonight.”

Added Bender: “I’m so excited … it’s been a long time coming this year. Dislocated my shoulder and all the other nonsense … feels so good to get up here. Hopefully I’ll be back up here tomorrow.”

Sledhead 24/7 Pro Lite Friday Final

Kody Kamm’s multi-race Pro Lite winning streak came to a halt at ERX on Friday, though the Polaris racer still enjoys a sizable lead over Derek Ellis (Ski-Doo) in the overall points chase. Winning on Friday was Minnesota’s own Travis Muller (Ski-Doo), recording his first win of the season in a thrilling come-from-behind race in which he beat Polaris’ Jake Scott to the finish line by 3/10ths of a second.

Kamm railed out to the early lead and, much like he has the past three races, looked to be in line to check out. But a mistake on the back rhythm section would send Kamm off the track – and glancing off a telephone pole. Fortunately the points leader was uninjured and his was still running so he was able to rejoin the race, dropping back outside the top five.

Bombing through traffic up towards the front, right around the time Kamm exited the track, was Muller – who took the lead from Kamm and was never challenged through the checkers. Scott and Ellis would battle hard during the mid laps of the nine-lap contest before passing Ellis and making it stick.

Said Muller: “That was the best race I’ve had all year! I’ve been waiting a long time for that and had a lot of hard work finally pay off.”

Added Scott: “That was probably the best race of my life. I got a good holeshot and held on for 2nd. Thanks a lot to my trainer Nick for helping me get in shape. Man that was fun!”

Elk River, Minn., Snocross National Pro Open Friday results

1st – Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo), Minnesota

2nd – Tim Trembay (Ski-Doo), Canada

3rd – Brett Bender (Polaris), New York

4th – Emil Ohman (Ski-Doo), Sweden

5th – Kyle Pallin (Arctic Cat), Michigan

6th – Darrin Mees (Ski-Doo), New York

7th – Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat), Minnesota

8th – Cody Thomsen (Arctic Cat), Minnesota

9th – Justin Broberg (Ski-Doo), Wisconsin

10th – Mike Bauer (Polaris), Wisconsin

11th – Mathieu Morin (Ski-Doo), Canada

12th – Dan Ebert (Arctic Cat), Minnesota

13th – Cory Davis (Arctic Cat), Alaska

14th – Ross Martin (Polaris), Wisconsin

15th – Bobby LePage (Polaris), Minnesota

Pro Open overall points (after 12 rounds)

1st Tim Tremblay (Ski-Doo), Canada – 467

2nd – Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo), Minnesota – 438

3rd – Ross Martin (Polaris), Wisconsin – 435

4th – Darrin Mees (Ski-Doo), New York – 369

5th – Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat), Minnesota – 365

6th – Justin Broberg (Ski-Doo), Wisconsin – 303

7th – Mathieu Morin (Ski-Doo), Canada – 285

8th – Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat), Idaho – 279

9th – Brett Bender (Polaris), New York – 277

10th – Cory Davis (Arctic Cat), Alaska – 254

Elk River Snocross National Pro Lite Friday results

1st – Travis Muller (Ski-Doo), Minnesota

2nd – Jake Scott (Polaris), New York

3rd – Derek Ellis (Ski-Doo), North Dakota

4th – Colby Crapo (Polaris), Idaho

5th – Kody Kamm (Polaris), Wisconsin

6th – Casey Boylan (Ski-Doo), Alaska

7th – Corey Watkinson (Canada), Ski-Doo

8th – John Stenberg (Sweden), Ski-Doo

9th – Andrew Carlson (Polaris), Minnesota

10th – Andrew Lieders (Polaris), Wisconsin

11th – Chase Rosemeyer (Ski-Doo), Wisconsin

12th – Chris Kafka (Polaris), Wisconsin

13th – Matt Bristow (Polaris), Minnesota

14th – James Johnstad (Polaris), Minnesota

15th – Matt Pichner (Arctic Cat), Minnesota

Pro Lite overall results (after 12 rounds)

1st – Kody Kamm (Polaris), Wisconsin – 467

2nd – Derek Ellis (Ski-Doo), North Dakota – 434

3rd – James Johnstad (Polaris), Minnesota – 344

4th – Andrew Lieders (Polaris), Wisconsin – 327

5th – Jake Scott (Polaris), New York – 323

6th – Travis Muller (Ski-Doo), Minnesota – 314

7th – John Stenberg (Ski-Doo), Sweden – 305

8th – Corey Watkinson (Ski-Doo), Canada – 300

9th – Andrew Carlson (Polaris), Minnesota – 274

10th – Brett Nastala (Polaris), Wisconsin – 260

Next up …

Who: World’s top snowmobile racers, including Wisconsin’s own Ross Martin, Martin’s rival Tim Tremblay, hard-charger Robbie Malinoski, defending ’11 champ Tucker Hibbert and New Year’s eve snowmobile jumping legend Levi LaVallee

What: Final rounds of the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series

When: March 16, 17 & 18, 2012

Times: Friday’s amateur day. Pro class racing begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, noon on Sunday

Where: Grand Geneva (Wis.) Resort & Spa

ISOC/ACSS photos by Gary Walton

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