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    Few would question that one of the toughest tests of man and machine ever devised is the Tesoro Iron Dog, a 2,000-mile snowmobile (or snowmachine if you’re from the 49th state) race across Alaska.

    While only a select few compete in this epic race every year, some adventurous filmmakers have tried to capture as much of the action and as possible in a new documentary called Iron Dog: Seven Days to Survive. We haven’t seen it yet, but there is a three-minute trailer available and we’ve included it at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.

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      BRP has joined with airbag pioneer ABS to offer its avalanche airbag system through authorized Ski-Doo dealers. ABS has been refining its product since 1985, and now riders can find one even easier at their local dealer.

      “Their premium construction and long track record of excellent performance separate them from the rest of the packs,” BRP says in a release. “Experienced riders won’t take the risk of a lower priced bag when their life might depend on it.”

      The ABS Vario system is modular and the owner can choose which components they want – just the airbag, the airbag plus a 15 liter back pack or the airbag plus a 30 liter back pack, just zip on the desired size. Airbag activation units are also offered through Ski-Doo dealers to allow an owner the chance to test the systems as often as they desire, or recharge after using.

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        BRP has added two handlebar deflector kits to let riders better fit their needs for looks, style and functionality.

        The new Handlebar Air Deflector Extension kit is constructed of semi rigid material to provide additional protection. According to BRP, the kit is strong enough to avoid collapsing at high speeds but soft enough to not impede the rider’s hands. Designed to look great and offer additional protection, they fit 2011-2012 Ski-Doo handlebar deflectors and can be installed, or removed, in seconds to fit the day’s conditions. The kits only come in black and retail for US$64.99/C$74.99.

        For those wanting to glance at what or who’s behind them, BRP introduces the Handlebar Air Deflector Mirror kit. The mirrors fit cleanly and are designed to offer an integrated look. The kit includes two mirrors and mounting hardware that work with 2011-2012 handlebar deflectors. The mirror kit is available only in black and retails for US$24.99/C$29.99.

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          (Photo courtesy of Gary Walton/Action Graphics)

          It was a thrilling start to the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series on Friday, Nov. 25 as Polaris pilot Ross Martin sent a statement to the rest of the premier Pro Open class by winning the inaugural AMSOIL Dominator – a one-on-one, 16-rider bracket racing contest that was about as big a hit with the fans at Duluth’s (Minn.) Spirit Mountain as any snowmobile promotion in the 20-year history of ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series racing at the legendary facility.

          (Photo courtesy of Gary Walton/Action Graphics)

          Martin, the second seed behind Arctic Cat’s Tucker Hibbert, would meet Ski-Doo mounted Robbie Malinoski in the finals after Malinoski upset the favored Hibbert in the semis. Putting the hammer down on the start, Martin pulled the holeshot and led a feverously-charging Malinoski through the tricky downhill rhythm section and into the second turn. Martin bobbled a bit down the ensuing straight – and Malinoski tasted blood – only to wad up on the start line tabletop jump and hand the win – and a check for $10,000 from AMSOIL – over to Martin.

          “This is one of those races where anything could happen,” says Martin, hoisting the over-sized check with a lot of zeros above his head while fireworks blazed in the background. “I’m just glad I made it to the line first.”

          “We (AMSOIL) had four guys in the finals and the last race was neck-and-neck – what a great way to end the AMSOIL Dominator,” says Jeremy Meyer, race program manager, AMSOIL Inc.

          Here’s the breakdown of the bracket racing leading up to the finals of the AMSOIL Dominator:

          Semifinals …
          1st (Tucker Hibbert) vs. 4th (Robbie Malinoski) … Malinoski won the drag race to the first turn from the outside gate pick – which may have stunned Hibbert. In his effort to charge back, which you have to do quickly in a 2.5-lap race, Hibbert made an uncharacteristic mistake in the downhill rhythm section – got a bit sideways – and that was it. Malinoski ran fast and hard through to the checkers and Hibbert could never recover, making Malinoski’s AMSOIL Dominator holeshot in the semis the biggest move of the night. Winner: Malinoski

          2nd (Ross Martin) vs. 14th (Cory Davis) … Would Davis be able to hand out another upset? Would Martin continue to run flawlessly and dominate? The latter would be the case as Davis’’ luck/skill ran out as Martin turned the holeshot into a five-second victory and trip to the finals. Winner: Martin

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            Polaris Terrain Domination was on full display at the ISOC snocross season opener in Duluth, Minn., where Polaris racers won one of the two Pro finals, earned three Pro podium spots and Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) won the first-ever AMSOIL Dominator, a head-to-head Friday night elimination competition among Pros worth $10,000 to the winner.

            Martin also won the weekend’s second Pro final on Sunday, and was joined atop the podium by these Polaris racers who won class finals in Nov. 25-27 racing at Duluth: Justin Tate in Pro Am Plus 30; Jennifer Pare (JFP Racing) in Pro-Am Women; Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) in Pro-Lite 2; and Mike Pilotte in both Sport 1 and Sport 2.

            Pro Classes: Martin Cashes In; Polaris Racers Surge

            The top 16 Pro racers went through four rounds of head-to-head competition on Friday night, Nov. 25 in the first-ever Dominator. They ran 2.5-lap races on the demanding Spirit Mountain snocross track under the lights in a battle for the $10,000 first prize. Martin won all four rounds to earn the season’s first big payday.

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