Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) and Jake Scott (Team LaVallee) combined to give Polaris racers three of a possible four Pro Open and Pro Lite victories at the Deadwood, SD round of AMSOIL Championship Snocross.
The Polaris racers had heavy hearts and dedicated the weekend to Caleb Moore, the Polaris snowmobile freestyle star who died Jan. 31 as the result of injuries sustained while competing at the recent X Games.
Pro Open: Martin Tops the Podium
Ross Martin finished second in the Friday night Pro Open final, then told his team he was determined to break his string of reaching the podium without winning. “I told the guys on my team, ‘Dudes, I’m ending this thing,’” he said.
In Saturday’s final, Martin got off to a slow start but charged through the pack, surged into the lead and ran away with the victory, after which he paid tribute to Moore, a fellow X Games competitor.
“I want to dedicate this win to Caleb Moore,” says Martin. “We miss you but I know you’ve got your eyes on us and are keeping us safe.”
Polaris racers who earned top-10 finishes on Friday were Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) in sixth and Johan Lidman (Carlson Motorsports) in 10th. Martin and Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) finished 1-2 on Saturday and were followed by Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) in 10th, Lidman in 11th, Colby Crapo (Leighton Motorsports) in 13th and Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) in 14th.
Martin left Deadwood second in Pro Open points, while Kamm was sixth and Broberg was 10th. Other Polaris racers in the top 20 in points were: Pallin, 11th; Crapo, 13th; Lidman, 14th; Levi LaVallee (Team LaVallee), who was injured at the recent X Games and did not race at Deadwood, in 15th; and Bobby LePage in 20th.