Team Arctic Racers Ready for Gold at ESPN’s Winter X

The modified Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 sleds are ready. The racers are acclimated to the rarified mountain air. The practice laps are complete. Now all that’s left is to show the world why they are the most formidable force in ESPN Winter X history. On the eve of the most-watched and revered snocross race of the season, Team Arctic racers are poised to deliver a historic performance that will be seen by X million people throughout the world. These are racers who will vie to win the coveted gold, silver and bronze medals at Winter X in Aspen, Colo.:

Brett Turcotte #16
On the heels of a season-best second-place finish in the Open class at the Canterbury snocross, Brett Turcotte comes to Winter X with both talent and confidence, two ingredients necessary to battle what has historically been a monster track and amped competition. Better still, the 21-year old from Clearwater, B.C., took the silver at last year’s X, so he knows what it takes to reach the podium.

Garth Kauffman #48
Confidence is also a weapon in Garth Kauffman’s arsenal, having notched a very solid second place in the Pro Stock class at the most recent ISOC National. Strong, determined and accustomed to mountain riding (he’s from Driggs, Idaho), the 25-year old Kauffman is unflappable when the pressure is on.

Matt Piche #51
In his second year as a national level Pro, Matt Piche of Detroit Lakes, Minn., is at that point in his career where The Big One will happen, and soon. He’s healed up from an injury at the season opener in Duluth, Minn., and comes to Winter X hungry to prove he’s ready and able to make his mark.

Carl Schubitzke #6
Another racer who can show incredible speed and agility, Carl Schubitzke of Duluth, Minn., is ready to bust out of what has so far been a tough season. Playing in his favor is the fact that’s he’s a holeshot artist who usually emerges from the first corner in the lead (or close to it). Holeshots have always played well at Winter X, and for the 27- year old Schubitzke.

Dan Ebert #602
Fresh off his Semi Pro Open win at the ISOC National in Canterbury, Dan Ebert (21) of Lake Shore, Minn., arrives in Aspen with confidence, speed and a wicked holeshot: three ingredients that have produced gold medals for other racers in previous editions. Ebert (has competed (and won) in the Pro class at regional events this season, so he shouldn’t fear the jump to the top class at Winter X.

Ryan Simons #67
Few racers can get off the line as quick as Ryan Simons, the 26-year old from Camrose, Alberta, and few display his amazing combination of fearless talent and strength. Piloting an expertly-prepped sled, Simons grabbed two podium positions at the season opener in Duluth, and comes to Winter X hungry to regain the prestige he saw when he nearly won Winter X in 2007.

Tucker Hibbert #68
When the green flag drops for Winter X, all eyes will be on three time gold medal winner (and two-time defending champion) Tucker Hibbert of Goodridge, Minn. The irrepressible champion has won every race he’s entered this season, dominating as never before. In what will be his 10th appearance at Winter X, Hibbert brings a depth of talent and confidence that is unprecedented in the sport of snocross.

Noteworthy: Thursday night, during the Snowmobile Speed and Style event, Hibbert will be doing a “Live Athlete Chat.” During the event, long on to to send him your question.

Cory Davis #160
The multi-talented racer/freestyler from Soldotna, Alaska, will be Team Arctic’s ace in Speed & Style, which combines the speed of snocross and the style of freestyle in a judged, timed event. Fresh off of winning the Eagle River World Championships of snocross, Davis arrives in Aspen with a grudge from having not been invited to the snocross event. Look for that anger to translate into gold.

Chris Burandt
The back-country rider many consider to be the most talented overall rider in the sport, Chris Burandt comes to the Freestyle event ready to regain the gold medal title he won in 2007. Hailing from nearby Kremmling, Colo., Burandt combines immense raw talent, mega-work ethic and unmatched showmanship. He will be on his game and ready to wow the world.

Tune in to ESPN’s Winter X Games 13 from Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo., from Jan. 22-25, 2009.

Snocross racing begins with qualifying on Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m. (MT), followed by the LCQ on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7:15 p.m. (MT) and the finals at 8 p.m. (MT).

The Speed & Style finals will air beginning at 7 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, Jan. 22. Freestyle competition begins at Noon (MT) on Saturday, Jan. 24.


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  1. Posted January 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Arctic Cat winner in Europes largest snowmobile X, Arctic Cat Cup.

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