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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 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.”

MARCH BRINGS 20 WINS FOR TEAM ARCTIC TERRAIN RACERS

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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.

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STRAIGHT TO THE TOP FOR TEAM ARCTIC AT BEAR LAKE HILLCLIMB

 

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The 2014 hillclimb race season kicked off with Team Arctic going straight to the top and winning 14 classes at the Bear Lake event in Montpelier, Idaho. Team Arctic racers amassed the 14 wins – including four King titles – while competing aboard a full range of Arctic Cat M Series snowmobiles with the ProClimb chassis.

“There is always a question mark at the first race of the season,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “We know our sleds and racers are ready to go and we’re hoping for some wins, but you never know how they’ll compare with the competition. With 10 class wins and four King titles at Bear Lake, we couldn’t be happier. And the team goes into the next six races with great confidence.”

There were eight different winners aboard Arctic Cat mountain machines, including three racers who each won two separate classes: Todd Tupper, Trace Tupper and Kaycee Balls. Balls won the Queen title at Bear Lake in addition to winning both Women’s Improved Stock and Mod finals, while Trace Tupper captured Semi Pro Improved Stock, Semi Pro Mod and Semi Pro King titles. Kyle Tapio was the fourth King title winner.

Highlighting their comprehensive success at Bear Lake, Team Arctic captured wins in Stock, Improved Stock and Mod categories, as well as wins in two New Members classes.

“It was gratifying to see David McClure win the Improved Stock 700 class and take second in the Improved 600 class with the new Arctic Cat M 6000 Sno Pro with the C-TEC2 600 engine modified by Speedwerx,” said Shimpa. “We’re making great improvements on this modified engine package, with even better things to come at next events.”

The next national events for Team Arctic are the USXC Park Rapids 100 on Feb. 22-23 in Park Rapids, Minn., the ISOC National Snocross in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Feb. 21-22 and the RMSHA hillclimb in Afton, Wyo. March 1-2.

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Team Arctic Crowned King at Hillclimb World Championships

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When the big guns arrive for the biggest battle of the year sporting the highest-powered artillery, you just know that domination will ensue. Continue reading

Team Arctic Wins the USXC Seven Clans Casino I-500 Cross-Country

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Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Ryan Simons Captures I-500 Victory; Tucker Hibbert Sweeps Michigan ISOC Snocross; Six Wins in RMSHA Hillclimb

Team Arctic racers and crews continued the magnificent history and tradition of the I-500 cross-country snowmobile race, capturing 13 wins in 16 classes including victory by Ryan Simons in the prestigious Pro 600 event. The three-day, 500-mile cross-country event in Thief River Falls proved both challenging and reflective of history, with rugged ditch and winding rivers testing the fortitude and speed of racers and machines.

Racing for the Christian Brothers Racing team, Ryan Simons delivered a blistering pace, setting the fastest time each of the three days en route to his first win in the I-500. Team Arctic’s Cody Kallock notched his first I-500 podium finish in the Pro 600 class, taking third, with Wes Selby, Cole Nymann, Nathan Moritz and Jordan Torgerson rounding out the top-10.

Numerous stand-out performances highlighted this year’s I-500, including Cole Nymann winning the Semi Pro 600 class with seven Team Arctic teammates in the top-10; and Mason Kallock leading a Team Arctic top-10 sweep of the first-ever Junior 12-17 class to conquer the famous event.

Race Manager Mike Kloety reflected on the success of the team while acknowledging the disappointment that always affects racers who weren’t able to finish: “Winning 13 of 16 classes in the I-500 highlights Arctic Cat’s commitment to build the best snowmobiles in the world as well as the dedication of our great team of riders and crews. Yet it’s also true that there’s room for improvement. What we learn with the ProCross Sno Pro race sleds is used to improve both our race and consumer snowmobiles.”

While Team Green racers cleaned up at the I-500, Team Arctic/Monster Energy sensation Tucker Hibbert swept the Pro Open finals at the ISOC National Snocross race in Traverse City, Mich., claiming his sixth and seventh wins (out of 10 finals) already this season. Hibbert went undefeated in his heats and finals to continue his class domination aboard the ProCross Sno Pro 600. Josh Zelinski, Carson Alread and Cora Hauger also notched class wins for Team Arctic in Traverse City.

And at the first Rocky Mountain Hillclimb event of the season in Montpelier, Idaho, Team Arctic’s Mountain Team scored six wins. Congratulations to all Team Arctic racers on another successful weekend of racing.

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Team Arctic is King of Kings at Hillclimb World Championships

Kyle Tapio Climbs into the Record Books with Five Wins aboard Arctic Cat ProClimb

It was a beating of epic proportions at the World Championships of Hillclimbs in Jackson Hole, Wyo., as Team Arctic racers out-climbed the competition to score 10 victories by six different riders, including two podium sweeps. The star of the weekend was Kyle Tapio, whose record-breaking performance aboard the 2012 Arctic Cat ProClimb produced two class wins; both the Improved and Mod King titles; and the ultimate King of Kings crown.

Facing the steep and wickedly-challenging Snow King mountain aboard Arctic Cat M sleds, Team Arctic racers notched victories in every category, from 600 to 800, and in Stock, Improved and Mod classes. Jeremy Archibald started the ball rolling by leading a podium sweep with Chance Buckallew and Ben Adams in the 600 Improved class. That was followed by another podium sweep in the 700 Improved final, this time by Rob Kincaid, David McClure and Archibald. Then Tony Zollinger claimed victory in the 700 Mod final.

Having dominated the Women’s classes for several years, Team Arctic’s Amy Zollinger, Jan Ottobre and Christy Frisby once again put on a winning clinic at Jackson Hole, with Zollinger claiming the Stock class (where Frisby took third) and Ottobre winning Mod and taking second in Improved, all on M8 HCRs.

In the big iron classes it was time for Kyle Tapio to reinforce his hillclimb legend status. Piloting his M8 HCR, Tapio won both 800 Improved and 800 Mod in convincing fashion. If Tapio felt any disappointment for taking third in the Open Mod final, he more than made up for it in the King competition, where the class winners in each category race for overall status. There, Tapio not only won the Improved and Mod King titles, he also scored the overall King of Kings crown as the best racer of the weekend.

“Team Arctic racers and crews did an outstanding job at the World Championship, especially the incredible performance of Kyle Tapio, who was in a class by himself at Jackson,” said Arctic Cat Hillclimb Coordinator, Al Shimpa. “Ten victories by six different racers is a testament to the depth of our team and the strength of our M machines.

“In addition, I’m especially proud of Rob Kincaid, who finally knocked the monkey off his back to win his first-ever pro class World Championship in 15 years of competing at Jackson. And I’d also like to thank the Speedwerx crew, who worked extra-hard to ensure the success of most of our Improved and Mod-class machines.”