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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.”

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Gold Medal Wins for Team Arctic in Snocross and Cross-Country

Photo by John Hanson

Photo by John Hanson

It was a gold-medal weekend for Team Arctic Racing, with emphatic wins by Tucker Hibbert at the ESPN X Games and another dominating performance by the team in USXC cross-country.

Hibbert’s historic seventh gold was also his sixth in a row, the first X Games athlete to achieve this feat. When the then-15-year-old catapult himself into the world spotlight by winning his first X Games gold in the year 2000, it was clear that Hibbert was destined for further snocross greatness. Including his seven gold medals, Hibbert has won 11 medals in his X Games career.

Team Arctic racers Derek Ellis and Logan Christian earned eighth and 14th finishes in the Snocross final; Cory Davis took a silver medal in Speed & Style, a fourth in Best Trick and fifth in Freestyle; and Chris Heppding scored seventh in Snocross Adaptive.

Photo by ArcticInsider

Photo by ArcticInsider

For the first time this season in the USXC cross-country circuit, racers moved off of the lakes and onto ditch and river at the Oslo Merchants 100 in Oslo, Minn. The racers and their Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 and Sno Pro 500 machines proved equally dominant in the rough conditions, scoring wins in 17 of 20 classes including eight podium sweeps.

For the second time this season, Team Arctic Cat/Christian Brothers Racing champion Ryan Simons swept the Pro 600 and Pro Open classes at a single event, with his teammates Zach Herfindahl and Brian Dick taking second and third in the stock final. With help from pro teammates Wes Selby and Cody Kallock, Team Arctic took five of the top-10 places in both Pro events.

“It was another great weekend for Team Arctic,” commented Race Manager Mike Kloety. “Tucker’s dominant performance at the X Games highlights the effort he and his team put into that event. And our success at the Oslo cross-country proves that our ProCross sleds are every bit as dominant in the rough stuff as they are on the lakes.”

The next national events for Team Arctic are the ISOC snocross race      in Deadwood, S.D., Feb. 1-2, and the USXC I-500 in Thief River Falls   Feb. 7-9.

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Unstoppable at Grafton

Whooped-out ditch, winding river and carnage-causing rough conditions made their first appearances of the 2012 cross-country season at the USCC Grafton 100, and Team Arctic responded by delivering a whooping of their own, including 13 of 17 victories, seven podium sweeps and victory in both Pro classes.

Leading the charge in the Pro classes was Christian Bros. Racing’s D.J. Ekre, who started the day by winning the Pro Open class ahead of teammates Ryan Simons and Cory Davis. After the 20-mile course was transformed into a rough, half-dirt minefield by the many classes of competition throughout the day, Ekre lined up for the five-lap, 100-mile Pro 600 final as the favorite to win. Combining his blazing speed with the excellent handling of his Sno Pro 600 in the ProCross chassis, Ekre fulfilled the expectations with a winning time of 1:48:36, nearly two minutes faster than second place.

“This was one of the roughest courses I’ve seen in years, with more than half the field unable to finish,” commented Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “D.J. put himself into the lead early and then ran the perfect pace to preserve his win. Unfortunately Ryan Simons hit a rock halfway through the final lap, otherwise he’d have taken second in both Pro classes.”

Highlighting Team Arctic’s depth and the strength of the 2012 Sno Pro race sleds, 11 different racers claimed class wins at Grafton.

While the cross-country corps was tearing up the terrain in North Dakota, Team Arctic snocrossers delivered a solid performance at the ISOC National at the Pontiac Silverdome. Logan Christian notched his first podium of the season with a second in Pro Open, while Tucker Hibbert had to settle for third following a rare tip-over while passing for the lead.

Other top performances by Team Arctic in the abbreviated Pontiac event included Tyler Adam’s second in Sport, Samantha Tarnowski’s third in Pro Women and the one-two finish of Reid Runkel and Nicholas Horstman in Transition Limited.

Thirty-Two Win Weekend for Team Arctic

On Top in Eastern/Canadian Snocross and Western Hillclimbs

It’s the middle of the race season, and Team Arctic snocross and hillclimb racers delivered a 32-win weekend that makes the competition wish winter was over.  Leading the victory lap parade in snocross were Tucker Hibbert and Cody Thomsen, each winning a class at the ISOC Eastern National in Farmington, NY.

Hibbert’s win in Pro Open marked his 62nd career Pro class win, and overshadowed the troubles that derailed his efforts in Pro Stock, in which he finished fifth. Pro teammates Garth Kaufman, Logan Christian and Dan Ebert found additional speed in Farmington, with Kaufman taking a second in Pro Stock, while Christian and Ebert each notched a fourth place.

Factory Team Arctic standout Cody Thomsen continued his season-long onslaught of the Semi Pro class, winning one final, taking a second in the other and leaving New York with a commanding points lead.

While Team Arctic snocrossers were winning in Farmington, the hillclimb team set the high mark with 13 wins at the RMSHA season-opener in Bear Lake, Idaho.

It was a familiar family of names who once again proved the superiority of the M Series, as Chance Buckallew, Amy Zollinger, Kyle Tapio and Bryant Ropelato each won multiple events, including Kyle and Bryant’s King titles. They were joined in the winner’s circle by Nels Tapio, Todd Tupper, Taylor Siemers and Casey Morley, giving Arctic Cat the top spot in more than half of the class finals.

At the Soo International 500 enduro in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Team Arctic’s Isaac Wolfgang was oh-so-close to notching his first victory, finishing in the runner-up position just five seconds out of first.

“This was one of those weekends where Team Arctic racers won all-over the North American map in all forms of competition,” said Mike Kloety, Race Manager. “While we didn’t win every time we hit the track, notching 32 wins tells the story of our racers, crews and snowmobiles, while highlighting the strength of our program.”

Team Arctic Storms Through Grafton USCC Opener

Arctic Cat Racers Win 12 of 18 Classes with 11 Podium Sweeps

A winter storm blew into Grafton, ND, prior to the start of the United States Cross-Country (USCC) season opener, leaving a rough, cold and rugged cross-country race for those competitors who braved closed roads to get there. And with Arctic Cat’s unmatched support of all classes, Team Arctic racers won 12 classes – sweeping all top-3 podium positions in 11 of them – and sent a powerful reminder which brand will dominate for the rest of the season.

“Arctic Cat supports cross-country racing because our racers are passionate about it, our company learns from it and our customers benefit from it,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “Despite a storm that literally shut down travel in this region of the country, Grafton saw nearly 200 entries. And Team Arctic dominated by winning 12 of 18 classes.”

D.J. Ekre, Ryan Simons and Brian Dick served notice about who were the fastest pros of the weekend when they swept the Pro Open class early in the day; however, in the Pro 600 class each suffered the fickle fate of cross-country’s classic drama. Dick went out with a tweaked suspension component, Ekre battled multiple goggle changes due to fogging and Simons went from a 10-second lead to a 14-second deficit following a last lap crash.

A similar fate befell Chad Kyllo, Ryan Greening and Cole Nymann in the Semi Pro 600 final. After sweeping the top-3 positions in the Improved class early in the day, the trio suffered slush and ice build-up under their sleds’ hoods, slowing their speed considerably and preventing a second Semi Pro class sweep for the day.

Despite these setbacks, Team Arctic proved their overall dominance from top-to-bottom. Aboard his Sno Pro 500, Bryce Buchanan led a top-10 sweep of the Expert 85 class and a top-six sweep of Expert 85 Improved. Underlining the dominance of the Sno Pro 500, C.J. VandePutte led a top-eight sweep of Sport 85, Luke Perreault led a top-seven sweep of Trail and Jay Lura capped the top-six-sweep of Junior 10-13.

The next race on the USCC circuit is Jan. 15 in Grand Forks, ND. Go to www.usccracing.com for more information.

Seven-Class Feast for Team Arctic at Spirit National Snocross

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 29, 2010) – Team Arctic racers devoured the traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Spirit National Snocross in Duluth, Minn., claiming seven victories at the first stop on the ISOC National Tour, leaving only table scraps for the competition.

Tucker Hibbert delivered what has become his signature performance, taking the win in both Pro Stock and Pro Open with a monster display of speed and determination. Shaking off mediocre starts in both finals, Hibbert’s come-from-behind heroics brought the crowd to their feet and the competition to their knees.

Factory Team Arctic’s Cody Thomsen came within a couple laps of delivering his own sweep of the ultra-competitive Semi Pro class. He kicked off the weekend with a win in the Semi Pro X Games qualifier on Friday, took the first Semi Pro Stock final on Saturday, then came oh’-so-close to winning the Sunday Stock class final, finishing in second place.

Joining Hibbert and Thomsen atop the podium were Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Logan Christian and Garth Kaufman – each winning a Pro X Games Qualifier final – as well as Bradley Tatro who won the Transition 8-12 class.

In his first race on North American soil, Swedish snocross sensation Johan Lidman proved he’s a podium contender in the Pro class, taking a fourth in the Pro Open and third in his X Games qualifier final for the Arctic Cat/Sportech team.

“The first race of the season is always a pressure cooker, and it’s good that we’re the team that’s turning up the heat,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “The Sno Pro 600 proved itself ready-to-win out of the box and our contingent of racers and teams show the kind of passion that makes everyone at Arctic Cat proud to claim them.”

“As always, Tucker’s performance was outstanding, as was Cody’s. I’m equally pleased with Johan’s debut race here in America. We put seven Team Arctic racers in the Pro Open final, five in the Stock final and qualified six of our guys for Winter X Games. Duluth is typically a predictor of what’s to come, and I like what I see.”

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Dec. 10-11 in Fargo, ND.  Go to http://www.isocracing for more information.

Ten World Championship Titles for Team Arctic

World Domination in Snocross and Hillclimb

If there was any doubt about which snowmobile was the world’s best, Team Arctic snocross and hillclimb racers answered by winning a combined 10 World Championship titles and taking 29 podium positions.

At the FIM Snocross World Championship in Mala, Sweden, Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert won his first-ever World title in convincing fashion, going 1-1-2 in the round-robin format finals. Just as impressive was the history-making Team Arctic podium sweep, with Sweden’s Johan Lidman taking second and Alaska’s Cory Davis taking third.

On this side of the pond, Team Arctic hillclimbers applied their skill with the incredible climbing ability of the M Series snowmobiles to win nine classes at the Jackson Hole (Wyoming) World Championships, including two King of the Mountain titles.

Highlighting Arctic Cat’s strength in all engine categories, Team Arctic racers scored wins in the 600, 700, 800 and Open classes to once again confirm that M Series Mountain sleds are best-in-class.

“Winning 10 World Championship titles in a single weekend is a huge accomplishment for Team Arctic,” said Mike Kloety, race manager. “Sweeping the podium in Sweden put an exclamation mark on another winning season of snocross.

“Taking nine hillclimb World Championship titles across the full spectrum of classes confirms the strength of our racers and crews, the hard work of Al Shimpa our hillclimb coordinator, and the performance of our machines.”

Team Arctic Wins Four Snocross Championships

ISOC Semi Pro Championships Awarded to Thomsen and Christian at Lake Geneva

Team Arctic racers and crew put a wrap on the 2009-10 ISOC National snocross season at the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. And with it came a wrap on one class victory and four class championships, ending yet another winning season in National-level snocross.

The win came in the ultra-competitive Semi Pro Open final, where Factory Team rider Cody Thomsen held off Logan Christian for the victory, and for the season championship.

Christian wasn’t too upset, because he nailed his own Championship highpoint title in Semi Pro Stock #2 class. Both racers are headed to the Pro class next year, which leaves the door wide open for Factory Team Arctic racer Kyle Pallin to preside over the class next season. Pallin left Geneva with two second-place finishes and the runner-up spot in Semi Pro Stock #1 points, leaving little doubt about where he’ll stand next year.

Other notable performances: Class champions Britt Anderson and Les Anderson; Dan Ebert’s fourth in Pro Stock; Cory Davis’ fifth in Pro Open; Carly Davis’ second overall in Pro Women; Karl Christian’s third in Pro Plus 35; and Andrew Carlson’s second in Sport Stock.

“We had another excellent snocross season, culminating in the Semi Pro titles for Cody and Logan,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.

He added, “Looking back, we scored wins at all but one National and multiple wins at most events, confirming the dedication of our racers and teams, as well as the strength of our Sno Pro 600 race sled. This strong finish to the season will translate into winning momentum for next year.”

10 Wins and 14 Championships for Team Arctic

Cross-Country Domination in USCC; Top Finishes at ISOC Hayward Snocross


Photo Courtesy Tyler Mathwich

Team Arctic cross-country racers concluded their remarkable season at the USCC Warroad 100 in Warroad, Minn., winning 10 classes and taking 14 of 18 class championship titles to rewrite what “terrain domination” truly means.

From top-to-bottom and everywhere in between, Team Arctic racers, crew and Sno Pro race sleds left no doubt about which brand owns the rugged terrain that defines cross-country competition. The championship points tell the story:

Arctic Cat engineer/racer Brian Dick led a top-four sweep (and seven of the top-10) of the Pro 600 points, while his teammate D.J. Ekre took his second consecutive Pro Open championship. Team Arctic notched seven of the top-10 in Semi Pro 600, the top-12 positions in Expert 85, the top-25 in Sport 85 and the top-19 in Junior class points.

“I’ve had the fortune of witnessing Team Arctic dominate cross-country for nearly two decades, but I’ve never seen anything like this season,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “On behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, I’d like to congratulate everyone who raced on our team this season, with a special nod to the 14 class champions.”

As Team Arctic’s cross-country contingent crushed the competition in Warroad, the snocrossers delivered a solid performance at the ISOC Hayward 300 National in Wisconsin, notching eight podium finishes.

Team Arctic snocross racers will compete in the final round of the ISOC National Series at Nielsen Enterprises event in Lake Geneva, Wis., March 19-21. Team Arctic Hillclimb racers will compete at the Wisdom, Mont., RMSHA event.

Team Arctic Cleans House

Sweeps Away the Competition in Hillclimb, Cross-Country and Snocross

Team Arctic racers got out the broom again this past weekend, methodically sweeping their classes – and the competition – in snocross, cross-country and hillclimb events across the country.

The most complete class-cleaning occurred at the RMSHA hillclimb in Afton, Wyo., where Team Arctic racers won an astounding 14 classes – including a sweep of the 800 Stock, Improved and Mod classes with the best-selling M8 HCR – plus three King of the Mountain titles.

Add to the tally wins in 600, 700, 1000, and Open classes, and it’s evident that the ever-versatile Arctic Cat’s M Series can climb mountains and clean the competition’s clocks.

“We won more than half the classes in Afton, and at least one final in every engine category,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “This was just the third race in the RMSHA schedule and our best performance of the season, so clearly the team’s trajectory is pointed to the top.”

While the hill-climbers were standing the highest out west, Team Arctic’s eastern contingent welcomed USCC cross-country to Tug Hill, NY, for the first time. And with their welcome came the obligatory door-slam-in-the-face of the competition, as the guys in green stood atop of the podium in six classes.

The trip to Tug Hill by Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing star D.J. Ekre proved worthwhile, as he led a sweep of the Pro classes aboard his Sno Pro 600, while helping kick-off cross-country racing on the east coast.

National-level snocross racing made its first and only foray into Canada this weekend, at the ISOC Canadian Nationals/CSRA regional in Sarnia, Ontario. Four class victories highlighted the team’s success as it presses to finish the season strong and on top of the points’ battles. Semi Pro stalwarts Cody Thomsen and Logan Christian each won a class and took third on another, with Christian leaving Sarnia with the points lead in both classes.

This next weekend (Feb. 27-28) Team Arctic racers will tackle the USCC cross-country in Munising, Mich. See www.usccracing.com for more info.