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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.”

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.”

Ready to Win: Team Arctic Racers for 2011

The Top Racers and Teams in all Forms of Competition

With a powerful, refined cadre of 2011 race sleds on which they’ll ride,, a legendary crew of Team Arctic racers are primed for another victorious season of snocross, cross-country, hillclimb, oval and drag racing in 2010-2011. The stakes are high, and the winning bet is on these accomplished racers whose triumphant legacy is unmatched.

“We’ve put together what we believe is the best overall race program in the sport, comprised of the strongest racers, most experienced crews, top-level sponsors and a fleet of snowmobiles that proved to be the best last season, and that have been further improved for 2011,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “I predict another record-breaking season.”

More than any other team in the sport, Arctic Cat is committed to supporting top-tier and grassroots racers, circuits and disciplines for 2011.

“We’re pumped up to have the very elite racers in a few circuits, because they’re great representatives who win the big events,” said Kloety. “Yet we’re equally proud of our regional racers, and those who compete in some of the less-publicized forms of racing.

“Arctic Cat has always committed itself to racing success, on every level, in every form of competition and across North America. It’s in our blood, it’s who we are and it’s why we win more than our share.”

Snocross: More Championships on the Horizon

There is no denying the winning formula for the Team Arctic Snocross program which, for 2011, looks like a sure-bet for championship domination.

Perhaps the biggest news is Tucker Hibbert’s commitment to race the entire snocross season. The four-time and defending X Games champion and FIM World Snocross Champion won nine ISOC National finals last season aboard his Monster Energy Arctic Cat. He’s the hands-down favorite to add a couple high-point championships to his resume this season.

The Arctic Cat Factory Team will consist of second-year Pro Dan Ebert, who last season won the famed USCC I-500 cross-country and scored multiple podium finishes in snocross. He’ll be joined once again by Semi-Pro Cody Thomsen, who last season won several finals and finished second in points, and fellow Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin who also stood atop of the podium on multiple occasions last year. The factory team will once again be managed by Russ Ebert.

Once again, Christian Bros. Racing (CBR) will field the largest private team in the industry, and with an added emphasis on cross-country. Pro riders will include perennial podium finishers Garth Kauffman and Ryan Simons, now joined by last year’s Semi Pro points champion, Logan Christian, who has made the jump to Pro. Zach Pattyn returns again in the Pro class, as will Cory Davis when he recovers from an off-season injury. And Carly Davis will compete in the Pro Women’s class at select events.

The Sportech/Arctic Cat race team now includes Sweden’s top Pro, Johan Lidman, silver medalist in the FIM World Championships of snocross. He joins Semi-Pro Andrew Carlson for a potent combination in the top two classes.

Arctic Cat is concentrating more effort and expertise on the east coast for 2011, with Green Mountain Racing (Matt Pichner, Emil Otteson, Chris Ackerman and Cody Flach) and CMT Racing (Corin Todd, Ash Waskob and Jesse Bonaduce) carrying the Team Arctic banner.

All Terrain Cycle Racing is Team Arctic’s Canadian contingent, with Dustin Vandrie and Katejun Coonishish in the Pro class, Sean MaCauley and Shawn Elmhurst in Semi-Pro, Wakenda Peters in Pro Women, and Joe Peters in Junior.

Cross-Country: Comprehensive Support at all Levels

Last season Arctic Cat stamped their supremacy on the USCC cross-country circuit, with three different Pro class winners and complete domination of the Semi Pro and Sport classes.

Flying the Christian Bros. Racing banner will be defending Pro 600 Champion Brian Dick (who won three races last season), defending Pro Open champ D.J. Ekre, plus the entire CBR snocross crew.

Brothers MotorSports is back on green again this season, with Pro Ryan Huston, Ryan Greening in Semi Pro, and Coltan Vandeputte in the Sport 85 classes.

Joining them will be several dozen racers in all USCC classes.

Legendary Iron Dog champion Scott Davis is ready to team up with his son Cory to tackle Alaska’s famed cross-country event. They’ll be joined by Todd Palin/Eric Quam along with many other AC Teams in an attempt to notch Team Arctic’s 12th win out of 27 editions of the famed event.

Hillclimb: The Kings Remain the Same

Year-after-year, the fast, fearless crew of Team Arctic Hillclimb racers has proven all but unstoppable on the slopes of Snow King in Jackson and every venue of the RMSHA mountain circuit. Families like the Tapios, Zollingers, Tuppers, Frisbys, Archibaulds and Frees are joined by Buckallew, McClure and others for a mountain-topping tour de force aboard the highly refined M Series snowmobiles.

Drag, Oval, Enduro and Watercross

Last season Cadarette Racing’s Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger put Arctic Cat atop the Soo 500 enduro for the first time in 42 years, breaking a hex that had jinxed the win on numerous previous occasions. It was a historic moment for the team and racers, and they’re back in 2011 to defend their historic win.

In oval race, Team Arctic is represented by the always-amazing, three-time World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid, as well as the emerging and youthful powerhouse, Hoglund Racing.

Team Arctic’s drag racing program continues to highlight the indomitable power of the 800 H.O. engine and the steadfast preparation of sport’s best racers. Whether it’s setting world speed records aboard the Z1 Turbo, winning the biggest grass drag events or dominating the winter ice, names like Hall, Shilts, Howard and others remain the backbone of the team’s straight line effort.

Team Arctic’s Dedicated Sponsors

Team Arctic’s success on and off the track is made possible in part because of the strong, loyal support of its sponsors, each of whom shares the same passion as our racers and Arctic Cat.

For 2011, Team Arctic is grateful to announce the return of these great sponsors: Camoplast tracks, APV Synthetic Oil, Fox Racing Shox, Speedwerx, Renton Coil Springs (RCS), Moto Tassinari/VForce3, TEAM, Figgins Transport, Mitsuboshi drive belts, Stud Boy traction, C&A Ultra Pro skis, Smith Optics and Sportech.

Team Arctic Wins 8 Classes at Beaver Mountain Hillclimb

Two King Titles and Five Class Championship Titles to Close RMSHA Season

Team Arctic hillclimbers put an exclamation point on another dominating season of RMSHA racing with an outstanding performance at Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah, taking eight class victories, two King titles and five season high point titles.

As has been the case all season, Team Arctic showed their depth at Beaver Mountain, with six different class winners that ranged from Juniors to Open Mod, from the M6 to the M8 HCR.

Les Keller put his M8 on top of the 1000 Stock class, and then went one better by taking the Stock King title ahead of the other class winners. Amy Zollinger delivered another stunning performance, winning all three Women’s classes and taking the championship title in each. And Bryant Ropelato took Semi Pro Stock win and the King title, beating all Improved and Mod class winners in the process.

“It’s great to end the hillclimb season with eight class victories and two King titles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Our racers go into the off-season confident that they have the best equipment to match their top talent and determination. And we’ll spend the next months incorporating what we’ve learned into the Team Arctic Hillclimb program to build upon its success.”

Team Arctic Wins 11 Classes at Pebble Creek

Complete Class Domination in RMSHA Hillclimb Competition

Fresh off winning 9 World Championship titles at Jackson Hole, Team Arctic hillclimbers delivered an encore performance at the RMSHA Pebble Creek race in Pocatello, Idaho, winning 11 of 22 class finals and taking the Improved King title.

Once again, the potency of the M Series line of snowmobiles proved decisive in the battle for the high country, accounting for wins in the 600, 800 and Open categories, including the all-important 800 stock class. Coupled with wins in the Junior, Semi Pro, Women’s and Pro men’s classes, it was comprehensive crushing of the competition by Team Green.

Ten different Team Arctic Racers scored wins, with Sid Archibald taking two class wins and Scott Cheeney winning both a class and the Improved King title. The Zollinger family continued their winning ways at Pebble Creek, with Nate, Tony and Amy scoring one win each.

“Our racers have worked hard all season, and it’s paid off with two dominant performances in the past two weeks,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “When we win half of the class finals and put 15 different racers on the podium, you know our racers and M Series sleds are the best in the world.”

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.

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.

2009: A Winter of Domination for Team Arctic

More Wins, More Podiums and More Championships

It’s true: You can’t win them all. But Team Arctic proved that you can win most of them.

For a company whose winning tradition stretches nearly five decades, Team Arctic’s 2009 winter snowmobile race season ranks among the most memorable. The winning started at the first snocross in November, expanded into cross-country arena and continued through the entire hillclimb series with a level of domination that placed Team Arctic alone and on top. After the final race in March, the results were tallied and told a story of record-breaking success and supremacy.

In the eight-race ISOC National Snocross Series, Team Arctic proved the potency of top talent matched by the phenomenal Sno Pro 600 race sled, winning 32 of the 60 possible finals comprised of Pro, Semi Pro and Sport classes.

Just as impressive, of the 180 possible podium finishers during the season, 85 wore the proud colors of Team Arctic. And three racers scored championship point titles: Carly Davis in Pro Women, Cory Davis in Semi Pro Stock, and Cody Thomsen in Sport Super Stock.

“The fact that we won more than half of all the finals says everything about the quality of our racers and snowmobiles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Plus, Tucker Hibbert went undefeated in the four Nationals he competed in, as well as winning the ESPN X Games. Had he raced the entire season, there’s no doubt he’d have won more finals and taken both championships.”

A similar story unfolded in the seven-race USCC cross-country circuit, where Team Arctic racers captured 39 of the 87 possible class victories, and 126 of the 261 podium positions.

Such domination netted seven class championships for Team Arctic, with D.J. Ekre grabbing Pro Open, Cody Kallock taking Semi Pro Improved, Adam Brandt winning both Amateur 600 and Amateur Improved, Marty Feil in Fan 600, Adam Mach taking Jr. 10-13 and Timmy Kallock winning Jr. 14-17.

“We support all levels of cross-country racing, and it shows,” said Kloety. “We had four different Pros winning in the top classes, and a similar range of winners in all the classes.”

Winning from the top on down was a hallmark of Team Arctic in the RMSHA hillclimb circuit, where the formidable M Series snowmobiles and a cadre of great racers combined to dominate the eight-race series.

Out of 172 possible first place finishes for the year, Team Arctic hillclimbers won 78 plus took 15 King titles along the way. Likewise, Team Green occupied 201 of the 519 possible podium positions, scored five highpoint championship awards and claimed 15 World Championship titles at Jackson Hole.

“In the race to the top, our hillclimb team was unmatched,” said Kloety. “We’re accustomed to winning, but their performance this season was beyond expectation.”

While the winter race season has ended, Team Arctic’s summer drag and asphalt racers are poised to extend the win streak. With a powered-up 800 engine on tap in the new 2010 models, along with the 177-hp Z1 Turbo, Team Arctic has unmatched firepower for the straightline battles that will soon begin.

Arctic Cat is King of the Mountain and the World


Photo Courtesy of BAM Film

15 World Championship Victories at Jackson Hole

Even for Arctic Cat, which has won more than its share of World Championship titles, the historic haul at the 2009 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimbs was unprecedented. When the last sled crested Snow King Mountain – an Arctic Cat, of course – and the wins were added, Team Arctic racers laid claim to 15 World Championship victories, included the overall King of Kings title.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator and a 20-year veteran of the Jackson, Wyo., event. “Even though we’ve dominated the hillclimb races all season, everyone comes to Jackson Hole ready to battle.

“To take twelve individual class championships, two King titles and the overall King of Kings victory was extraordinary. Congratulations go to our outstanding men and women racers.”

Chief among the outstanding performances were those delivered by Kyle Tapio of Battle Ground, Wash., who piloted his modified M8 to a win in 800 Mod, Open Mod, the Mod King competition and topped it all with the overall King of Kings title that’s awarded to the best of the best.

To win it, Tapio had to beat teammate Les Keller of Kalispell, Mont., who tapped the firepower of his M1000 to win 1000 Improved and the Improved King title (all King events pit against each other all the class winners in a given category).

Team Arctic racers were so dominant that, in addition to winning all of the 700 engine classes, they won two of three classes in the 600, 800 and 1000cc categories. If there was any doubt about the capability of M Series mountain sleds, it was erased as Team Arctic racers conquered Snow King Mountain, one after another.

“It was like a victory party on top of the mountain in almost every class,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “We captured 15 of 24 World Championship titles. Al Shimpa and Speedwerx worked hard to better our Stock, Improved and Open class sleds. The hard work is paying off big-time for our racers as well as our customers.”

The next race on the RMSHA hillclimb calendar is April 4 – 5 in Pocatello, Idaho. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyo.

600 Improved
1. Jeremy Archibald
3. Cody Clawson

600 Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger
2. Russ Tapio
3. Nels Tapio

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

700 Improved
1. Shad Free

700 Mod
1. Nels Tapio
2. Russ Tapio

800 Stock
2. Ty Free

800 Improved
1. Kyle Tapio

800 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio
3. Russ Tapio

1000 Stock
3. David McClure

1000 Improved
1. Les Keller
3. Ty Free

1000 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio

Open Mod
1. Kyle Tapio

Pro Masters Improved
3. Tony Ottobre

Pro Masters Mod
3. Derick Stone

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Danielle Grange
3. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Stock
1. Landon Archibald
2. Justin Sampson

Semi Pro Improved
2. Braiden Coleman
3. Landon Archibald

2. Parker Sampson

King Winners
Les Keller – Improved
Kyle Tapio – Mod

King of Kings – Kyle Tapio

Team Arctic Hillclimbers Post Impressive Results at Preston

Claim Eight Podiums and One King Title


From one end of the country to the other, weekend after weekend, Team Arctic racers are mopping up the snowmobile competition. This time Arctic Cat racers flexed their muscles in the mountains at the Preston Hill Climb season opener, claiming eight podiums and one King title.

There was plenty of snow, sun, and 167 racers combined for 578 entries. Race promoter and acting race director Bret Rasmussen was very pleased with the outcome.  “We qualified more racers in one day than we ever have,” said Rasmussen.  “The Preston Hill Climb is unique; it has the longest run when compared to other hill climbs, and we use two lanes up the mountain so we can send  two sleds up at the same time with nonstop action.”

Arctic Cat started their winning streak off early on Saturday with Nathan Zollinger from Logan, Utah winning the 600 Mod class and Nels Tapio from Battle Ground, Washington in third.

In 700-class competition, Arctic Cat’s Nels Tapio won the 700 mod class and Rob Kincaid from Victor, Idaho took third in 700 improved.

The all-new HCR M8 made its debut as Les Keller took third in 800 stock, where all machines have to be raced from the factory in stock form. Keller said, “The HCR was really strong and performed well, and in no time it should be at the top of the podium.” In the 800 improved class Todd Tupper ended in third. In the 800 mod class Nathan Zollinger also brought in third.

To round out all the classes, Arctic Cat handed it to the competition in the 1000 stock class with Russell Frisby from Caldwell, Idaho standing proudly on the podium in first.

The Women’s Class was equally as strong as they won 7 out of 9 podiums with all three 1st places. In the stock class Amy Zollinger from Providence, Utah won first, and Christy Frisby from Caldwell, Idaho took third. Arctic Cat’s women swept the improved class with Christy Frisby in first, followed by Jan Ottobre in second from Jackson Hole, WY, and Amy Zollinger taking third. In the mod class Amy Zollinger took first and Jan Ottobre took second.

To finish off the day Nels Tapio brought home the Mod King title, where he competed against all other mod class winners.