Winnipeg, Manitoba -11.25.12 - Team Jimmy John’s/ Ski-Doo/BOSS Racing kicked off the International Series of Champions snocross season in Duluth, Minnesota this past weekend under the watchful eye of CBS Sports as film crews poised their cameras on the intensely competitive field of riders. The Spirit Mountain course reunited the world’s best snocross athletes after an 8 month off season and the competition proved to be very intense —with most pros often running less than a one second difference in their lap times. Track conditions were difficult due to a sugary man-made base and intermittent heavy snowfall producing low visibility throughout much of the weekend. Less snow forced a shorter, more violent course than usual and riders from the US, Canada, France and Sweden all struggled to keep things together.
Round One (Saturday)- All three Team Jimmy John’s riders qualified for their main events during the first round of the season. In the Pro-Lite Final Renaud Alexandre (#793) finished 8th after holding 3rd for 16 laps in heavy snow and poor visibility. Corey Watkinson moved into the final after his 3rd place finish in the LCQ (#173) and finished near the back of the pack in the Pro-Lite Final. Pro athlete Petter Narsa (#271) qualified 5th for the Pro Final on Saturday night after going 3rd and 2nd in his heat races. In the main Narsa’s modified Ski-Doo pulled fast off the line and tangled up in the mayhem of turn one pushing him back to the rear. The shorter course
made passing very difficult and lines were rapidly changing under the man made snow. After a brutal 25 lap final with a tight field, Narsa finished 10th place overall.
Round Two ( Sunday) – Renaud Alexandre had the best showing of the day on Sunday going 1st and 1st in his qualifying heats makinhim the lead qualifier for his Pro-Lite main. At the start he pulled off the line in 3rd, and finished first overall with a commanding 3 second lead, capturing the number one podium slot. Petter Narsa took 7th in Pro Open Heat 1, 4th in Heat 2 and a 6th in the Last Chance Qualifier missing his Pro Open Final by one spot.
Beginning with the AMSOIL Championship Snocross season opening round in Duluth, Minn. (Nov. 25-27) and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. (March 16-18), CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 half-hour race shows – all in HD – on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. EST. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross – as an added bonus – will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week. So tune in on Dec. 30th for the Duluth airing!