Jess Racing scores big in Duluth

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Montana Jess earns a pair of podium finishes in Pro Lite debut in Duluth at 24th annual AMSOIL Snocross National

DULUTH, Minnesota (Nov. 30, 2015) – Massachusetts native Montana Jess exceeded all expectations over the weekend, leading laps and earning solid second-place finishes in his first-ever Pro Lite class finals during ISOC’s 24th annual AMSOIL Snocross National at Spirit Mountain.

Jess, 18, of Westminster, set the tone for his outstanding rookie debut on Saturday with a win and second place finish in qualifying action. In the grueling 14-lap final, Jess led several laps before settling for second. On Sunday, Jess carried that momentum to wins in both heats before powering his way to another podium appearance in the final. Overall, his immediate success in the ultra-competitive Pro Lite national class in Duluth was beyond expectations.

“It really was like a dream come true,” an elated Jess said after collecting his thoughts. “My new sled is launching off the line better than ever, and handling better through the rhythm section than previous models. I’ll give a big thanks to everybody at Arctic Cat for the improvements, and of course my Dad, my mechanic Ziggy, and our great marketing partners. Without all of their support, I couldn’t have run so well at this level. It feels fantastic; now I hope we can keep it going like this all season.”

Jake Scott, of Port Jefferson, NY, made his debut with Jess Racing in Duluth, while also competing for his first time on an Arctic Cat. Without a whole lot of practice time due to less than cooperative weather conditions prior to Duluth, Scott’s first races did not go as planned. The skilled, often blazingly-fast veteran missed both Pro finals, yet gained priceless seat time on his new machine.

“I was crushed to miss those finals over the weekend,” a more-than-dejected Scott said after Sunday’s Last Chance Qualifier. “It’s not like I forgot how to ride, I’m just not quite up to speed on my new sled. I have confidence in myself and my Arctic Cat; and I know Mike Bauer will guide me as I continue to practice during our preparations for Fargo. It’s a tough pill, but we’ll get back on track.”

In all fairness, competition this year in Duluth was off the charts. There were more European riders than ever before, not to mention a large class of talented rookies advancing from Pro Lite to Pro Open. This put the chances for many longtime veterans to simply make the show out of reach.

“Jake was up against some pretty tough odds over the weekend,” team owner Carl Jess said. “I knew it might be tough without a whole lot of practice. We’ve got snow moving into the region now, so the guys will be testing and tuning before they head to Fargo. I’m more than thrilled with Montana’s strong debut in Pro Lite, and I’m confident Jake and Mike will get that No. 42 sled up to speed shortly.”

Jess Racing would like to thank its fine group of marketing partners for their continued support, including Arctic Cat, Central Mass Powersports, Woody’s, Arctic Wear, Rox Speed FX and Malibu Boats. We simply could not compete at this level without your assistance.

Round 2 in the eight-race 2015-16 ISOC season is set for Dec. 11-12 at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota. For more, go to