Rugged By Design MotorFirst and Martin Dominate in Friday’s Winner Take All Event at Duluth

Wearing his custom MotorFist Trophy jacket, Ross Martin skied it on route to winning it all and a cool $10,000 during the AMSOIL Dominator Race at Duluth. (Photo by Gary Walton)

Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 26, 2012) – The season opened with the slamming of fist atop the International Series of Champions’ (ISOC) podium as Team MotorFist athlete Ross Martin proved his mettle in the winner take all AMSOIL sponsored Dominator event. The bracket event pitted the best snocross racers in the world head to head in single elimination races and in the end Ross Martin stood alone.

Returning to competition after a disappointing end to the season in 2012 where Martin came up just short of the year-end title, Ross set a blistering pace early, knocking off Garth Kaufman, Kody Kamm (the 2012 Pro-Lite Champion), Robbie Malinoski (last year’s Dominator runner-up), and the legendary Tucker Hibbert in the final to take the crown and a whopping $10,000 in cash. The Dominator win and cash prize was Martin’s second in as many years.

“This is how I want to start the season,” said Martin afterward. “Momentum is key early on and hopefully this will set the tone for the opening rounds.”

That momentum from Friday’s showcase race looked to be paying huge dividends as Saturday’s qualifying led to the Pro-Open main event. With heavy snow pounding the hillside from an early season “lake-effect” squall, Martin broke out to an early lead in the 24-lap final. While arch nemesis Malinoski attempted to close the gap time and time again, Martin held his ground and appeared to have the victory in hand until trouble struck on the closing lap. Martin’s Polaris ingested snow and lost power, and with the finish line in site, Malinoski skirted around Martin for the win.

“Tough loss for sure,” said Team MotorFist/Judnick Motorsports owner Scott Judnick. “Ross ran a brilliant race and the victory was ours until we (the engine) sucked in a bunch of snow on the closing lap. It was freak deal, but the good news is we still finished second and grabbed a bunch of points.”

(Photo by Gary Walton)

Another freak mechanical plagued Martin on Sunday, forcing him to qualify for the final via the LCQ. Despite a back row start, tough visibility, and little room to pass, the MotorFist rider just missed the podium at the line, finishing fourth.

In Pro-Lite action, fellow MotorFist rider James Johnstad ran well in qualifying but was unable to finish strong in the Pro-Lite final against a field of veteran riders, many of whom race at the premiere Pro-Open level in other circuits. Despite the challenge, Johnstad still had a strong showing, finishing 6th in both rounds.

“It was great to be back on the snow and see the enthusiasm for this sport stronger than ever,” said MotorFist Vice President of Operations, Jennifer Jacobson. “The team (Judnick) is looking strong, and we are proud to be working with them for another season.”

Team MotorFist returns to action December 7-8, as the ISOC Championship Snocross tour invades Bessemer, Michigan. To follow Martin and the entire MotorFist racing crew, visit To learn more about MotorFist and their advanced line of technical outerwear, visit or like them on Facebook.

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