Winnipeg, Manitoba – 12.10.12
Team Jimmy John’s/ Ski-Doo/BOSS Racing travelled to Bessemer, Michigan over the weekend to participate in Rounds 3 and 4 of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series. The race course set on BlackJack Mountain is recognized as the toughest course on the tour—and it lived up to its reputation with an incredible 12 whoops section christened the “Dirty Dozen”.
Despite excellent snow conditions, the precipitous grade created real difficulties for the BOSS crew as the flat-landers attempted to adjust to the “toughest track ever assembled”at an ISOC national. Alexandre (#793) started slow on Friday with a 7th and 6th in his Pro-Lite heat races. Watkinson (#173) fared a bit better in the same class taking a 1st and 6th. Both riders advanced to the main after qualifying through the LCQ but experienced their share of hard luck in the final. Watkinson had to make up time after being pitched from his sled in the whoops section, resulting in a 9th place finish, while Renaud ended his day with a 6th place overall after being pushed deep into the pack in turn one.
Saturday saw dramatic improvement for Renaud, as he came to terms with the treacherous track. He took 3rd and 2nd in his heat races and secured the 3rd place podium slot for the Pro-Lite main. Watkinson had a rough go of things with an 8th and 5th in his heat races and was unable to make the final.
“The field this season is incredibly intense and there is no room for error with a track like that- every decision matters, more so than usual – its one of the most competitive seasons I can remember.” said team owner, Garry Querel.
New to the series this year, Pro Open athlete, Petter Narsa (#271) had his share of hard knocks this weekend. He qualified for Friday’s Pro-Open Final through the LCQ and finished in 10th place after getting tangled up in the first turn and finding it hard to recover the lost ground. Saturday he saw a similar fate as he again got piled-up in the first corner chaos—pushing him to the back. Overall Narsa was able to advance one spot in Pro Open National points after finishing 12th in Saturday’s Pro Open Final. The team is back on the road and preparing for one of the most exciting races of the year; the Canterbury Nationals, presented by Jimmy John’s in Shakopee, MN January 4 & 5th.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 half-hour race shows – all in HD – on Sundays at 10:30a.m. EST. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross – as an added bonus – will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week. Coverage begins Dec 30th!
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