Monthly Archives: March 2014

TEAM ARCTIC WRAPS UP LAKE GENEVA SNOCROSS AND TERRAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

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When the checkered flag flew to end the 2014 ISOC National snocross season in Lake Geneva, Wis., Team Arctic stood atop the podium with seven class wins, two class championships and a podium place in each of the five championship points classes.

As the final event of ISOC National season, Lake Geneva saw another historic crushing of the Pro classes by Tucker Hibbert and Marica Renheim. Hibbert was victorious each of the three Pro Open finals, bringing his season win total to 15 out of 17 possible. Marica Renheim was equally impressive, staying undefeated in season finals to record her eighth win. In fact, Renheim lost only once the entire season: a heat race at the season-opener in Duluth.

“Tucker and Marica’s performances this season set a new standard,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “What makes their phenomenal win records even more honorable is the fact that both are great people and excellent ambassadors for snowmobiling.”

Having dominated their classes all season, Hibbert and Renheim also claimed their respective ISOC high point championship titles. In addition, Corey Watkinson capped an excellent season in Pro Lite with a third place overall title. Josh Zelinski did the same in Pro Am 30 Plus. And Travis Kern graciously accepted his second place point title in Sport despite being crashed out of the championship title by another racer at Lake Geneva while Kern was in third place, just two corners before the finish line.

Team Arctic’s contingent of USXC cross-country racers cleaned house in the season championship points war, taking the title in 16 classes including eight podium sweeps and 42 out of 60 championship podium positions. Zach Herfindahl capped his remarkable sophomore season in the Pro class by winning the Pro Stock championship and taking a close second in the Pro Open chase. Jolene Bute won yet another Women’s class championship. And Jon Arneson captured three class championships, including the tough-fought Semi Pro Stock and all-new Super Stock classes.

“The team’s performance in cross-country racing is unmatched in the sport,” said Kloety, and then added; “We dominated at the top end in the Pro and Semi Pro classes, as well as in the Junior, Sport and Expert 85 classes. Team Arctic’s current and future talent is exceptional, with class winners like Hunter Houle, Ryan Trout, Jon Langaas and many others pointing to dominance for years to come. I thank all of our snocross and cross-country racers, teams, crews and families for their dedication and excellence on behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat. It’s our greatest honor to build and support the snowmobiles that you race, and we’re grateful for your efforts.”

2014 Lake Geneva Results

VICTORY PARADE CONTINUES FOR TEAM ARCTIC TERRAIN RACERS

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Team Arctic terrain racers continued the season-long victory parade with another batch of wins, this time at the season-ending USXC cross-country in Walker, Minn., and the penultimate stop on the ISOC National Snocross tour.

The cross-country in Walker saw yet another impressive house-cleaning by Team Green, with 12 different racers winning a total of 13 classes on a twisty 6-mile course characterized by massive, unrelenting moguls and big berms. Arctic Cat racers showed their depth by taking 35 podium positions and sweeping six podiums.

“Our racers and machines win in all terrain and conditions – from the early season lake events to the gnarly ditch events and now at a lower-speed short-course event that had elements of a snocross course,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “We ended the cross-country season exactly like we started it: with great racers and teams competing in all the classes, and with the most impressive results of any brand.

One hundred miles to the west of Walker, Team Arctic snocross racers showed similar depth at the ISOC National double-header in Glyndon. Tucker Hibbert scored another Pro Open win during the Friday program, but a first turn bump in Saturday’s final put him on the ground, in last place and chasing back to claim fifth. Team Arctic’s Cody Thomsen claimed a pair of third-place finishes, while Logan Christian of the Christian Bros. Racing team notched a second-place finish.

Team Green showed similar domination in the other classes, with Travis Kern and Tyler Adams exchanging wins in the Sport finals and Marica Renheim staying undefeated in Pro AM Women.

“By claiming four of the top-5 positions each night, this was the most powerful performance we’ve seen from our team in the Pro Open class all season,” said Kloety. “Plus it’s just as satisfying to see our racers taking wins in the Sport, Junior and Transition classes.”

The final stop on the 2014 ISOC tour is this coming weekend in Lake Geneva, Wis., where a triple-header concludes the 2014 season. The next RMSHA event is Jackson Hole World Championships March 20-23 in Jackson, Wyo.

Walker & Glyndon Results

MARCH BRINGS 20 WINS FOR TEAM ARCTIC TERRAIN RACERS

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

The 2014 snowmobile race season might be winding down, but Team Arctic racers stayed wound-up to score 20 combined wins in cross-country and Hillclimb competition during the first weekend in March.

The team continued its season-long stranglehold of cross-country dominance with another crushing performance at the USXC cross-country event in Warroad, Minn., where riders battled through record snow cover, deep holes and bitter cold to notch 11 wins and a podium sweep of six classes.

Christian Bros. Racing pro Zach Herfindahl delivered a powerful performance in the Pro 600 stock class, racing with a broken left thumb and a casted hand. It didn’t slow the 18-year-old down, as he captured his third win of the season and put a near-lock on the championship. Wes Selby put himself back onto the Pro podium with a strong third place finish.

“We continue to be impressed and proud of all our cross-country racers and crew,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Warroad was a tough weekend, with a rugged race course that claimed a lot of riders and sleds. To have 11 different winners on Arctic Cat snowmobiles proves the depth of our team and the strength of our ZR ProCross and Sno Pro 500 machines.”

An equally dedicated crew of hillclimb competitors topped the RMSHA Hillclimb in Afton, Wyo., scoring wins in eight classes and taking one King title. The wins came in Stock, Improved Stock and Mod classes aboard M Series Arctic Cat snowmobiles with the ProClimb chassis. Kyle Tapio proved on top of his game, winning 800 Improved and the Improved King title as well as taking second in 800 Stock. And David McClure piloted a M6000 to third in Stock and second in Improved Stock.

“Seven different Arctic Cat racers won classes at Afton,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “We saw victory in the Men’s and Women’s categories, plus the New Members and Semi- Pro classes. That highlights the team’s depth as well as the adaptability of our ProClimb chassis for all kinds of riders.”

The final USXC event of the season is March 7 in Walker, Minn. The next RMSHA event is March 8-9 in Afton, Wyo. The next ISOC snocross national is March 7-8 in Fargo, ND.

Warroad-Afton Results 2014

TEAM ARCTIC’S DEPTH SHOWS WITH A 23-WIN WEEKEND IN TERRAIN COMPETITION

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Team Arctic terrain racers showed their mettle and strength during a dramatic week that saw 23 victories and gutsy performances aboard the Arctic Cat ZR 6000R ProCross and Sno Pro snowmobiles.

The season-long onslaught continued at the USXC cross-country race at the two-day, combined-points event in Park Rapids, Minn., where Team Arctic racers notched 16 class wins, including a full sweep of the podium in seven classes. Christian Bros. Racing pro Zach Herfindahl led the charge with a win in the Pro Open and then shrugged off a broken thumb suffered in the Pro Stock class during the first day to finish second overall for the weekend and retain his championship point’s lead.

Proving the depth of Team Arctic’s cross-country contingent, 16 different racers scored a win in Park Rapids, including Cole Nymann who led a team sweep of the Semi Pro 600 stock class.

Similar success highlighted the ISOC national snocross in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., where Team Arctic racers recorded seven class wins. Tucker Hibbert continued his historic run in the Pro Open class, sweeping another weekend of competition. He was joined on the podium by factory Team Arctic pro Cody Thomsen, who scored a second and fourth during the two rounds. Logan Christian also scored a pair of fifth place finishes on the weekend, putting three Arctic Cat riders in the top-5 of the premier class.

Trent Wittwer and Carson Alread joined Hibbert with double-victories at Mt. Pleasant, with Wittwer sweeping the Junior classes and Alread leading podium sweeps in the Jr. Novice and Transition classes.

Five Team Arctic teams contested and finished the brutal 2,000-mile Iron Dog in Alaska, where low snow conditions and tough luck challenged the two-person teams and their chance for overall victory. A spectator’s errant move onto the course caused a tough first-day crash for Pro contenders Brian Dick and Eric Quam. They rebounded to salvage a fifth place finish while the Christian Bros. Racing team of Ryan Simons and Cory Davis soldiered to a ninth-place finish following a broken track midway through the grueling event.

“We’re extremely proud of all the Team Arctic racers, crews and teams, and we’re thrilled with all the wins and top finishes this past week,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.

The next USXC event is March 1 in Warroad, MN, with an ISOC national March 7-8 in Fargo, ND.

Mt Pleasant-Park Rapids Results