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Even though we’re a few weeks away from the season opener of the 2017 USXC race season at Pine Lake, it didn't stop the racers from getting the race jitters out before the season starts at the AMSOIL Duluth Snocross National. Only three USXC racers ventured in to the world of snocross for the weekend, Wes Selby, Adam Mach, and Ross Ilstrup.

Duluth2300x200Ilstrup raced the Sport Lite class both Friday and Saturday and had tough races all weekend but kept pushing through and got better by weekend’s end. Ross said he had a lot of fun and says snocross is a good way to help train for the cross-country season. He hopes to make it to Duluth more in the future now that he is a full-time college student, Ross hopes to make it to all the terrain races this season. He is also moving up to the Semi-Pro classes and the 600cc sled.

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Mach also raced the Sport Lite class both days and had good, solid races but wasn't able to make the finals. The Arctic Cat pilot just came to race Duluth to have fun on his sled. 

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The 2016 USXC Racing Pro Open champion, Wes Selby, coming from a snocross racing background before coming over to cross-country racing, went back to his roots this weekend. Selby raced the Pro Am +30 class on Friday and won his first heat and had a tip over in his second heat. He finished 4th in the final. On Saturday, Wes ran the Pro Am +30 class again and also the newly formed SnowBike class on the new Arctic Cat SVX450. In the Snowbike class, Selby struggled with suspension settings but when it came to the final, the Cat pilot got a good start and ran 2nd all race long and that’s where he finished. In the +30 class, Selby had good qualifying all day and got a top 5 start in the final and moved his way into 2nd behind Polaris racer Iain Hayden where he finished the race. He said, "It feels good to get Arctic Cat up on the podium twice tonight in both classes." Wes plans on defending his USXC Pro Open championship as well as adding the Pro 600 championship this year. He says he likes racing Duluth to help get the body in shape and mind back into race mode for the season.

Now we wait for old man winter to come back to life for the Gerald Drydahl Memorial Pine Lake 200 coming up on January 7-8, 2017 in Gonvick, MN.

Duluth6301x200Ross Ilstrup battling thru the pack in his Sport Lite heat.

 

 

 

 

 

Duluth7300x200Adam Mach getting the feel for the snocross track in Duluth.

 

Duluth8300x200Wes Selby had a good weekend in Duluth finishing 2nd in the SnowBike class final and winning a heat in finishing 2nd in Saturday's Pro Am +30 class final.

 

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Article, photos and video by Casey Hultgren.