Monthly Archives: January 2010

Arctic Gears Up for Winter X

Winter X Games, the premier action sports event in the world, is going on all this weekend (January 28th – January 31st) in Aspen, Colorado.

More than 200 of the best action sports athletes, including 51 past Olympians, will compete in skiing, snowboarding and most importantly, snowmobile racing.

Amongst the competitors are several Arctic Cat sponsored riders including Snocross Pro, Tucker Hibbert, who will be looking at an unprecedented four-peat gold medal for 2010, as well as competing in a new event called Knock Out. Equally important, Jeff Tweet, Arctic Cat snowmobile Dyno Technician, will be representing Team Green in the Adaptive Snocross race.

Make sure to catch all the racing action and cheer on our Team Arctic competitors!

Team Arctic Pro Sweep at Canterbury Snocross

Plus Six Class Wins at RMSHA Hillclimb

For the first time this year – and perhaps the first time ever – one brand of snowmobile swept all four Pro classes at a National snocross, and won six classes at the RMSHA Hillclimb. It’s little surprise that Team Arctic owns the honor.

Once again, Team Arctic/Monster Energy legend Tucker Hibbert dominated the Pro Stock and Open classes. Yet it was his amazing eighth-to-first run in Open – the result of a poor start – that produced the most dramatic final in years and brought the partisan crowd to its feet. The win gives Hibbert terrific momentum heading into the upcoming ESPN X Games competition.

Joining Hibbert on the Pro Stock podium and X Games short-list is this year’s breakout racer, Factory Team Arctic’s Dan Ebert. Fresh off his brilliant win in the I-500 the week prior, Ebert carried his confidence and speed to win both heat races and take second in the Pro Stock final – his second such National snocross finish this season.

Nailing a wicked holeshot and skying the big double-jumps, last year’s ISOC Champion, Carly Davis, won her first Pro Women final of the season and served notice she’s intent to defend her class title. Likewise, Joshua Zelinski won his first Pro Plus 35 final of the season, making it a sweep of the Pro classes for Team Green.

Team Arctic’s Canterbury winning also extended to other classes, the most impressive of which was Logan Christian’s stunning run in the Semi Pro Open class. With a fifth-place start to contend with, Christian pounded out a series of Pro class lap times to take the lead, and then win the star-studded final.

Christian was on his way to winning the Semi Pro Stock #2 final when an out-of-control competitor crashed in front of him, forcing Christian to stop and get his sled unstuck. Following the melee, Christian rebounded to take sixth, while Factory Team Arctic’s Cody Thomsen found his way to second overall.

And scoring a heartfelt win in Junior 10-14 was Tyler Adams, who combined hard work and solid skills to win his first race of the season.

“We’re pleased to win all four Pro Classes and one Semi Pro final,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “And had we not suffered from a couple miscues in the Semi Pro Stock classes, it looked as though we’d have won both of those. But that’s racing, and it’s why our riders will return more hungry to win the next one.”

Team Arctic racers also claimed six class wins at the opening race of the RMSHA hillclimb series in Preston, Idaho. Competing with the formidable M-Series snowmobiles, Team Arctic racers claimed wins in Stock, Improved and Open mod classes, from the 600-800 engine classes, while getting a good shakedown of their machines.

The next snocross event for Team Arctic is the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., Jan. 29-31. Go to www.expn.com for more information. The next RMSHA hillclimb is Feb. 5-6 in Montpelier, Idaho. Go to www.rmsha.com for information.

This is what WE call TERRAIN DOMINATION

Dan Ebert Leads Team Arctic Domination of I-500

Overall Pro Win and 11 of 13 Class Victories

Faster Pro Stock time than Polaris Pro Open time


Photo courtesy of John Sandberg

In what many considered the toughest I-500 cross-country race in more than a decade, Team Arctic’s Dan Ebert combined solid preparation, raw speed and a dash of good luck to score the biggest win of his career. Ebert’s overall victory capped an emotional and wildly successful USCC I-500 for Team Arctic that included 11 of 13 class wins.

“This was the most brutal I-500 that I can remember, that simply to finish is a victory in itself,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “For Dan to win it in his second attempt is outstanding, as was the complete domination of Arctic Cat in all but two of the classes.”

Never further back than fourth overall after the first of three legs, Ebert raced in his typical style: fast, consistent and cool-headed. When his Team Arctic teammate D.J. Ekre suffered a breakdown while leading on the third leg, Ebert took the lead and never looked back. Ryan Huston showed speed and resilience by taking third, with Cody Kallock, Chad Lian, Arne Rantanen and Brian Dick adding to Team Arctic’s lion-share of the top-10.

The debut of the Sno Pro 500 in the event proved better than even the most optimistic expectations. In the Expert 85 class, Trevor John led an Arctic Cat sweep of the top-12, while Marty Feil led the top-nine finishers in Trophy 85 and Jeff Gruhlke leading the top-4 in Expert 85 Improved.

Other notable performances included Jolene Bute’s fifth career win in the Women’s class, and Cole Nymann’s rise to win the Semi Pro 600 class. With intent to better understand and improve the future of Arctic Cat production machines, Vice President of Engineering, Roger Skime, raced a Sno Pro 500 to fourth place in the Legends 50-Plus class while Arctic Cat Product Manager Joey Hallstrom finished fifth in the Expert 85 class aboard his Sno Pro 500.

“We’re proud of the wins, but we’re equally proud of the young and first-time racers who competed in the I-500,” said Kloety. “Combining what we learn about building better snowmobiles with what they learn about racing for 500 miles will produce future I-500 champions.”

The next race in the United States Cross-Country circuit is the Red Lake 200, Jan. 30-31, in Red Lake, Minn. Go to www.usccracing.com for more information.

Team Arctic Triumphs at First-Ever Utah National

At the first-ever ISOC National snocross race at the Rio Tinto stadium in Sandy, Utah – and in front of 10,000 western racing fans – Team Arctic racers delivered a triumphant performance that included five class wins and multiple podium placings.

As he has done throughout his storied career, Tucker Hibbert led the charge with a wire-to-wire victory in Pro Stock. And for the second time this season, Factory Team Arctic racer Dan Ebert stood on the podium with an impressive third place finish, with newcomer Zach Pattyn taking fourth.

All amazing win streaks must eventually end, and in the Pro Open final Hibbert went from a third-place start to an uncharacteristic tip-over in the corner, finishing seventh and ending an undefeated streak that began halfway through the 2008 season. Cory Davis, who last week won the USCC cross-country opener, finished just off the box in fourth.

Factory Team Arctic Racer Cody Thomsen won the Semi Pro Open for the second time in three races, laying down lap times that suggest future forays into the Pro class will be met with success. Taking third in this ultra-competitive class was Willie Elam, who impressed everyone because it was his first year on an Arctic Cat and his first race of the season.

Semi Pro Stock #1 saw the return of Factory Team racer Kyle Pallin to the number two spot, while Semi Pro Stock #2 proved another great battle between Logan Christian and Thomsen for two of the podium positions.

Utah’s own Dakota Keller gave the hometown fans reason to cheer, nailing wins in both Jr. 14-15 and Jr. 16-17 finals. Notching the fifth Team Arctic win of the weekend was Shane St. John in the Expert 30-Plus class.

“We’re satisfied with the success we had in Utah,” remarked Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Winning five finals is great. Just as important, guys like Willie Elam and Zach Pattyn had break-out finishes, while new names like Dakota Keller indicate a bright future for the team.”

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Jan. 22-23 in Shakopee, Minn. Go to ISOC Racing.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the ISOC Western National in Sandy, Utah

Pro Stock

1. Tucker Hibbert

3. Dan Ebert

Semi Pro Open

1. Cody Thomsen

3. Willie Elam

4. Logan Christian

Semi Pro Stock #1

2. Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Stock #2

2. Logan Christian

3. Cody Thomsen

Jr. 14-15

1. Dakota Keller

2. Dillon Thomas

Jr. 16-17

1. Dakota Keller

2. Matt Wenger

Sport

2. Austin Killham

3. Joel Long

Sport Stock #1

3. Scott Cheeney

Expert 30 Plus

1. Shane St. John

Red Lake I-500 Course Update and Mileage Notice

Racers and spectators should take note of the latest course information for this weeks Red Lake I-500. First, racers should be prepared for a route that will include at least one leg that may reach 60-63 miles. Although it is not finalized, the initial route run showed mileage varying by sled odometer, one of which registered 63 miles.

Spectators should check the U.S.C.C. website after 5 pm on Thursday, January 14th for the route map. That will allow spectators to find the optimum viewing areas to see the world’s top cross-country racers in action.

The current route plan is to begin and end all three race days at the Seven Clans Hotel and Casino south of Thief River Falls, MN. Day one will have
the racers head north through T.R.F., and then head east to Goodridge, MN for the first fuel stop of the day. Freshly fueled, the racers will head north of Goodridge up through the Grygla area before returning to Goodridge for fuel once again. After fuelling, the racers will head south back to the Seven Clans and the finish of day 1.

Day two will have the racers take a westerly route to the western Minnesota community of Warren where they will fuel for the first time. From there they will take a route that will see them run near many of the surrounding communities before returning to Warren for their final fuel stop of the day and the roughly 60 mile route back to the Seven Clans.

The final day is expected to be a duplication of the first day route which will see the racers again run the Casino to Goodridge route that will determine the winner of the 38th International 500 race, and the $10,000 cash prize that goes with the victory.

Race fans are encouraged to attend all the events associated with the race, including the award ceremony following the completion of the event on Sunday afternoon.

Click Here for more U.S.C.C. information.

Team Arctic Crushes Grafton Cross-Country

Cory Davis Sweeps Pro; Sno Pro 500 Undefeated in Debut

By the looks of it, 2010 will be a mighty fine year for Team Arctic. At the first USCC cross-country race of the season in Grafton, ND, Team Arctic delivered one of the most stunning performances of the past decade, winning 11 of 15 classes, including Cory Davis sweep of the Pro classes.

A winner at the USCC race in Munising, Mich., last season, Davis once again took advantage of a break in the National snocross season to focus on his family’s forte: cross-country. The result was the perfect blend of speed and conditioning, with Davis putting time into his rivals on each of the four laps of the Pro 600 class for a clear victory.

Davis’s Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Ryan Simons, D.J. Ekre and Brian Dick slotted into third, fourth and sixth. Add the strong rides by Chad Lian and Brian Carey, and Team Arctic notched six of the top-10.

“In 20 years of watching Team Arctic cross-country success, this ranks as one of the all-time great performances,” said Mike Kloety, Race Manager. “Better yet, Grafton was also the debut of our Sno Pro 500, which proved even better than we expected.”

How successful was the new Sno Pro 500 in its first cross-country? Bryce Buchanan led a Team Arctic sweep of the top-nine in Expert 85; Chris Klie led a top-14 sweep of Sport 85 and C.J. VandePutte led a top-8 sweep of Jr. 14-17, all aboard Sno Pro 500s. Just as impressive, Buchanan and second-place finisher Dave Dirkman clocked times aboard their Sno Pro 500s that would have won the Semi Pro 600 class!

“The Sno Pro 500 has transformed the 85-hp classes this year,” said Pat Mach, Race Director for USCC. “The sleds are easy to race for all abilities and are manageable, which brought new racers to the circuit and helped make our largest-ever event.

“Even better, there were 10 guys in the Sport 85 class that finished within one minute of fourth place. The racing was so close and enjoyable that most of these guys laughed and shared stories with each other post-race. That’s what cross-country is all about.”

While Team Arctic cross-country racers were crushing the Grafton course, the snocross contingent delivered a nine-win weekend at the ISOC Regional race at ERX Motorpark in Elk River, Minn. Factory Arctic Cat racers Dan Ebert and Cody Thomsen won a Pro class each; Andrew Carlson took Semi Pro Open, Britt Anderson won Sport Women and Tyler Riewer won Sport Stock, putting Arctic Cat on top of all race categories.

The next USCC cross-country race is the I-500 in Thief River Falls on Jan. 15-17. The next ISOC National is Jan. 8-9 in Sandy, Utah.

Team Arctic Podium Results from the USCC Cross-Country in Grafton, ND:

Pro 600

1. Cory Davis

3. Ryan Simons

Pro Open

1. Cory Davis

2. D.J. Ekre

Semi Pro 600

1. Chad Kyllo

3. Jeremy Tulenchik

Semi Pro Improved

2. Cole Nymann

3. Mike Dirkman

Women

1. Jolene Bute

3. April Moritz

Expert 85

1. Bryce Buchanan

2. Dave Dirkman

3. Jason Kangas

Sport 85

1. Chris Klie

2. Marty Feil

3. Timmy Kallock

Expert 85 Improved

1. Bryce Buchanan

2. Logan Christian

Masters

2. Bill Slominski

Sport 600

2. Brandon Bonham

3. Chris Hoff

Jr. 10-13

2. Adam Mach

Jr. 14-17

1. C.J. VandePutte

2. Chris Klie

3. Timmy Kallock

Trail

1. Luke Perreault

3. Casey Clement

120 Stock

1. Nathan Lorenz

2. Noah Arneson

3. Sara Larson

120 Improved

1. Scott McCoil

2. Sara Larson

3. Nathan Lorenz