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TEAM ARCTIC WINS MORE AT ISOC SNOCROSS SPIRIT NATIONAL

Tucker Hibbert at 2015-16 Duluth photo by ArcticInsider.com 1

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

Team Arctic snocross racers launched into the 2015-2016 season and on top of the podium with a stunning performance at the ISOC National at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn., delivering six victories, 21 podium positions and a winning performance across all classes and categories aboard the mighty Arctic Cat ZR6000R SX.

Tucker Hibbert once again led the charge at Duluth with a dominant performance in the Pro Open class, taking the win on night one with his fifth consecutive victory at this venue, followed by a near-miss on the second day that saw him charge from mid-pack to second place, less than a half-second from passing for the win. Justin Broberg joined Team Arctic this season and immediately proved his place among the Pro Open elite with a fourth place finish that bodes well for the rest of the season. And David Joanis was the top qualifier of the weekend backing it up with a sixth place finish.

Montana Jess at 2015-16 Duluth photo by ArcticInsider.com 1

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

If there were questions about Team Arctic’s top Sport riders moving into the Pro Lite class for this season, they answered it with a show of force sure to make the competition nervous. Montana Jess claimed a pair of second place finishes, Dan Benham took a third place, and Team Arctic claimed five of the top-10 in one final and four of the top-10 in the other.

Ryley Bester hit a new level of speed and confidence to start the season, taking commanding wins in both Jr. 14-15 and Jr. 16-17. The winning continued in the youth classes with Eric Downs claiming Jr. 10-13, Inanna Hauger winning Jr. Girls 9-13, and Anson Scheele taking Transition 8-12. When Team Arctic wasn’t winning, they were a whisker away from it. Eddie Neubaur, Dylan Jansen and Brandon Lind delivered podium finishes in the Sport and Sport Lite classes, while Wes Selby made a strong return to snocross with a second in Pro AM 30 Plus.

“We’re happy and excited,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety, when asked about the team’s overall performance at Duluth. “For starters, it’s great to capture the big class with Tucker. That’s the headline win for sure. But it’s equally impressive to win every Junior category, with Team Green taking five of the top-6 in Jr. 16-17, four of the top-5 in Jr. 10-13 and seven of the top-10 in Jr. Girls. Plus we claimed podium positions in every Pro Lite, Sport and Sport Lite class. It proves how hard our racers and teams have worked, the power and handling of our ZR6000R SX race sled and the strength of our program.”

The next ISOC snocross national is Dec. 11-12 in Fargo, ND.

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TEAM ARCTIC DRAG RACERS UNLEASH ON THE COMPETITION AT HAY DAYS

Billed as the official start of winter, the Sno-Baron’s Hay Days grass drags proved to be a lesson in frustration for anyone that faced Team Arctic’s drag racers. Claiming 10 wins (of 19 classes), 23 podium finishes and victory in the biggest classes, Team Arctic was untouchable.

As two of the most compelling classes of the weekend, Stock 800 and Outlaw Shootout also epitomized Team Arctic’s domination at Hay Days. In the Stock 800 class, Dylan Roes led a 1-2-3-4 Arctic Cat sweep to prove the power, light weight and efficiency of Arctic Cat 8000 series XF and M mountain models compared to the competition. The Outlaw Shootout offered a look at the fully modified 4-stroke side of the spectrum, but the results were the same with Walter Joy leading 1-2-3-4 Arctic Cat sweep of insanely fast XF9000 Turbos.

Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The other Team Arctic racers who notched impressive victories included Will Ohara (who won two classes) Jade Gilland (who’s win in Pro Stock 600 was with a Speedwerx-modified Arctic Cat 600 DSI engine), Dave Gallano, Kyle Shilts, Jason Owens, Jim Neuman and Joseph Strong.

“Our amazing team of racers, tuners and crew members delivered an outstanding performance on drag racing’s biggest stage,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Dominating the Stock 800 final was particularly satisfying as everyone wants to know which brand’s 800 sled will come out on top. Our teams left no room for doubt that Arctic Cat is the one to beat!

“Seeing the incredible modified Arctic Cat 4-stroke machines in the Outlaw and Lake Racer classes was equally impressive. It’s a great reward for the amount of time and resources those teams pour into those machines!”

The success at Hay Days comes after a similarly dominant performance two weeks earlier at the Outlaw Drags in Princeton, Minn., where Team Arctic racers notched 14 wins.

“We greatly appreciate the effort and success shown by all the Team Arctic drag racers,” Kloety added. “They have already proved that Arctic Cat Wins More. Plus there are upcoming grass drag events where they’ll continue to lead the pack.”

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2015 WILDCAT 700 SPORT WINS AT WORCS SERIES

Photo by RCH Designs

Photo by RCH Designs

Team Arctic/D&P Performance race team consisting of Karl Munford, Dean Bulloch and Stacey Pike have sent a clear message that the 60-inch wide Wildcat Sport Limited continues to be competitive straight off the showroom floor.

Fresh off a 2nd place King of the Hammers podium in the Pro UTV Class, the D&P Performance team built three Wildcat Sport Limited’s in three days to compete in Round 6 of the WORCS series. The fruit of their labor was nothing but success as Karl Munford won the 700 Production Class while Stacey Pike and Dean Bulloch finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in 900 Production.

Dean Bulloch said on the podium, “These Wildcat Sports continue to amaze us. We literally pulled these three units off the showroom floor and prepped them to race spec in three days. To get a win and two podiums says something about the durability and capability of these 60-inch Arctic Cat UTVs.”

“We are impressed and proud of the D&P Performance team success in the Production classes at WORCS, said Greg Williamson, Arctic Cat Chief Marketing Officer. “It highlights what this team is capable of in a short timeframe, and it shows the capability of our Wildcat Sport Limited’s off the showroom floor.”

The next stop on the 2015 WORCS tour is July 31-August 2nd, 2015, at Straddeline ORV in McCleary, WA.

If you’d like to learn more about the WORCS series visit: worcsracing.com.

ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS: TEAM ARCTIC WRAPS UP 2015 HILLCLIMB SEASON

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Team Arctic Hillclimb racers swarmed the final two RMSHA events of the 2015 season, unleashing an unstoppable display of power, speed and handling to capture 15 wins, two King titles and three high point championships aboard Arctic Cat M series snowmobiles featuring the ProClimb chassis.

Nine wins and two King titles came at last weekend’s event in Grand Targhee, Idaho. Kyle Tapio stamped his authority on the big power classes, taking wins in both 800 and 1000 Improved classes before capping the weekend with the Improved King title. Joining Tapio with multiple class wins were Garth Kaufman, who took victory in 600 Stock and 700 Stock; David McClure, who won both 600 and 700 Improved; and Eben Abshire, who won Semi Pro Stock, Mod and King titles. Todd Tupper nailed the ninth victory for Team Green by winning Masters Improved, making it a Team Arctic sweep of all the Improved classes.

It was a similar story two weeks prior, at the penultimate round of the 2015 RMSHA season in Crested Butte, Colo., with Tapio, Tupper and McClure each winning a class, and Abshire sweeping all three Semi Pro events. The late season success by Team Green culminated for a combined 27 podium places from Grand Targhee and Crested Butte.

Team Arctic’s McClure, Tupper and Abshire proved their winning consistency by capturing a RMSHA season high-point championship title despite an abbreviated race season due to marginal snow conditions.

“Our success at the final two RMSHA races is the true measure of our fantastic racers and their HCR and M series snowmobiles,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Race Coordinator. “Ending the season on top and with so many victories will set the foundation for continued success next season. On behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, we’d like to thank all our racers and crews for their hard work and dedication during the entire race season. We’re proud of everyone on the team.”

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TEAM ARCTIC SHOWS TRUE TERRRAIN DOMINATION AT USXC WARROAD 100

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Team Arctic cross-country proved what terrain domination really means during their 14-victory performance at the USXC Warroad 100. Competing in deep snow conditions ranging from ditch, lakes and river aboard ZR 6000R XC and ZR 4000RR snowmobiles in the ProCross chassis, Team Green claimed 14 wins out of 19 classes, 39 out of 57 podium positions and ended the season with 15 of 20 class high point championship titles.

The competition-crushing performance was led by Zach Herfindahl, who claimed two emphatic wins en rout to championship titles in Pro Stock and Pro Open, edging out teammate Wes Selby for high point honors. Class-rookie Ryan Trout notched his first victory of the season in Semi Pro Stock, while Timmy Kallock took the Semi Pro Improved win and championship title. Additional class winners in Warroad include Brandon Wolter, Nathan Sillerud, Mike Lenarz, Mike Dirkman, Jolene Bute, Ross Ilstrup, Hunter Houle, Blair Herfindahl and Savannah Landrus.

Team Arctic’s 2015 USXC high point champions include Zach Herfindahl (Pro Stock, Pro Open); Lance Efteland (Semi Pro Stock); Timmy Kallock (Semi Pro Improved); Jeremy Grove (Expert 85, Expert 85 Improved); Mike Dirkman (Masters 40 Plus); Brandon Wolter (Sport 85); Ean Voigt (Trail); Savannah Landrus (Junior Girls); Hunter Houle (Junior 14-17); Keaton Black (Junior 10-13); Steve Martinson (Classic IFS); Jesse Watland (Vintage) and Gerry Mattison (Vintage 50 Plus).

“We couldn’t be happier and more proud of our racers and crews who dominated Warroad as well as the entire USXC cross-country season,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Their talent and hard work combined with our ProCross ZR snowmobiles delivered twice as many wins and championship titles as all other brands combined.”

Team Arctic hillclimb racers conquered the RMSHA White Pine event in Pinedale, Wyo., with five class wins and 14 podium finishes aboard Arctic Cat M Series snowmobiles with the ProClimb chassis. The top finishes occurred in a range of categories and engine classes, proving the versatility and range of the machines along with the expertise and preparation of the racers and crews.

Warroad Results March 2015

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TEAM ARCTIC PROVES THAT GREEN IS GOLD AT 2015 X GAMES

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Team Arctic proved that green is gold at the 2015 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., capturing two gold medals, a silver and one bronze, with outstanding performances by 17 athletes and crew members.

Tucker Hibbert kept his incredible win-streak alive, taking his eighth-consecutive gold medal after a dominant performance in snocross. Hibbert now has 13 overall medals in X Games competition dating back to his first appearance in 2000, at which he won his first of nine career gold medals. Joining Hibbert in snocross competition were Team Arctic racers David Joanis, Logan Christian, Cody Thomsen and Mike Bauer.

Ryan Simons scored his first career gold medal when he delivered a commanding win in Hillcross competition, an event that combined elements of hill climb and snocross. His path to victory included competition from teammates Kyle Tapio, David McClure, Rob Kincaid, Nathan Zollinger, Trace Tupper and Taylor Meuwissen.

Cory Davis captured the most medals of any snowmobile athlete at this year’s X Games, with a Silver in Long Jump and a Bronze in Speed & Style. Willie Elam and Brett Turcotte were the other Team Arctic competitors in Speed & Style.

Jeff Tweet was a whisker from collecting a medal in Snocross Adaptive. He finished fourth overall, with teammate Chris Heppding taking sixth.

“Everyone at Arctic Cat is proud of the 17 athletes and crew members who made this the most successful X Games in recent memory,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “It takes a huge effort to just make it to X Games. With millions of viewers watching from all over the world, Team Green gave an outstanding performance that brought medals and great competition.”

TEAM ARCTIC DELIVERS A SWIFT KICK AT THE USXC CROSS-COUNTRY SEASON OPENER ON PINE LAKE

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As the 2014-2015 USXC cross-country season kicked off at the Gerald Dyrdahl Memorial Pine Lake event near Gonvick, Minn., it was the hard working and talented Team Arctic crew who were doing the kicking. The results left painful imprints on the competitions’ back ends as Team Green captured 14 of 20 class wins and 36 of 50 podium finishes on production ZR6000 R XC and ZR 4000 RR snowmobiles with EFI engines, proving again that Arctic Cat wins more.

The wins came in all categories and at all levels, starting with Zach Herfindahl’s victory in Pro Open. Herfindahl and teammate Wes Selby delivered strong performances in the thrilling 100-mile Pro Stock final, with Selby finishing second and Herfindahl in fourth, less than three seconds separating the top-four finishers. Dylan Stevens debuted in the Semi Pro Stock class and on Team Arctic with a win. And Lance Efteland delivered the ironman performance of the weekend, winning Semi Pro Improved, taking a close second to Stevens in Semi Pro Stock and then jumping into the Pro Stock class where he finished eighth!

Other Team Arctic class winners at Pine Lake included Chad Dyrdahl, Jeremy Grove, Mason Kallock, Marty Feil, Hunter Houle, Ean Voigt, Keaton Black, Sara Larson, Savannah Landrus and Tyler Knutson. In addition to claiming the lion’s share of podium places, Team Arctic racers swept the podium in five classes at Pine Lake.

“We’re thrilled to win 70 percent of the finals and the podium places,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “The first race of any season requires a huge effort on the part of our racers and crews to set up and dial-in their snowmobiles. Especially for first-year sleds like the new ZR 6000 R XC with the 600 C-TEC2 engine and the new ZR 4000 RR in the ProCross chassis. We have some more work to do to help all of our racers better learn about these sleds, but earning 11 class wins with these new machines is a great start.”

The next stop on the 2015 USXC cross-country schedule is Jan. 3, 2015, in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Pine Lake 2014 Results

TEAM ARCTIC SENDS A MESSAGE AT 2014-2015 ISOC NATIONAL SNOCROSS OPENER

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If there were any questions about which brand would reign supreme at the 2014-2015 ISOC National Snocross opener in Duluth, Minn., Team Arctic delivered a resounding answer: We’re the ones to beat! It was an answer that echoed among the 20,000 race fans atop Spirit Mountain who witnessed Team Green victory in 8 of 15 classes, as well as 20 out of 45 possible podium finishes.

Leading the charge for the beginning of his 15th season atop the Pro category was Tucker Hibbert, who stomped his particular brand of authority on the premier class with wins in every heat and both Pro Open finals to notch his 96th and 97th career victories. David Joanis and Logan Christian also delivered inspired performances in the premier class, setting the stage for a strong season.

Montana Jess returned to competition for the first time since suffering what was nearly a career-ending hand injury last season, taking an emotional win in the Sport final. Other Team Arctic class winners at Duluth included Lee Butler in ProAm Plus 30, Trent Wittwer and Colin Kernz in the Amateur classes, Carson Alread in Junior Novice, and Anson Scheele in Transition.

“With the talented racers and mechanics on our team matched by the more potent 2015 ZR 6000R SX in the ProCross chassis, we expected to do well at the season opener,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager, “But you never know until it all plays out. To win more than half of the classes while taking 45 percent of the podium places proves that we are the ones to beat for the 2015 season. We’re proud of all the Team Arctic racers, crew and fans who made Duluth the perfect season opener.”

The next stop on the 2015 ISOC National tour is Dec. 12-13, 2014, in Fargo, ND.

Duluth 2014 Results

 

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