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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.”

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.

Victory Across America for Team Arctic

Major Wins in Snocross, Enduro and Hillclimb

For Team Arctic it was a transcendent – and Transamerica – winning weekend for Team Arctic, with six snocross wins in the Empire State and eight hillclimb wins in the Rockies and the Soo 500 Enduro victory in Michigan.

“That was one of the best weekends of racing in our team’s history,” said manager Mike Kloety. “Fifteen major wins in three disciplines and spread across North America proves the depth of our Team; the quality of our racers, crews and sponsors; and the performance of our snowmobiles.”

Team Arctic took control of the ISOC National in Farmington, NY (which also served as a RMR Regional race), with six major wins and multiple podium finishes. As he has done throughout his career, Tucker Hibbert dominated the Pro ranks with career wins number 54 and 55. This was the last snocross race of the season for Hibbert, and he leaves with a commanding lead in both championship points.

With final appearances and high finishes in New York by other Team Arctic Pros like Dan Ebert, Ryan Simons, Cory Davis and Garth Kaufman, the stage is set for some new names atop the podium for the rest of the season.

The most emotional win of the New York weekend was scored by Factory Team Arctic’s Kyle Pallin, who took his first Semi Pro victory this season by combining excellent starts and technical savvy. His Factory teammate Cody Thomsen nailed another win in the Semi Pro Open class, making for an enthusiast celebration for the entire team.

A dedicated corps of Team Arctic racers made a huge impact in the RMR Regional races that ran in conjunction with the ISOC National, with victories by Nick Pattyn and Tyler Adams highlighting the effort.

On the other side of the snowbelt, Team Arctic hillclimbers ascended the RMSHA Bear Lake race in Montpelier, Idaho to notch seven class victories and the Pro Mod King title.

With six class wins recorded on the Arctic Cat M8 HCR, Bear Lake proved a stunning display of what happens when the best racers aim the most potent sleds at the top of the mountain.

“The Team Arctic hillclimbers are the class of the field,” said Team Arctic Coordinator, Al Shimpa. “Six different racers won their class, and nearly 20 others finished on the podium.”

Topping the weekend off was the incredible win at the Soo International 500 enduro by Cadarette Racing’s Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger. Despite racing with broken bones, this dynamic duo made history as the first Arctic Cat team to conquer this monument of snowmobile competition.

“Winning the Soo is a monumental achievement,” said Kloety. “That team and those drivers were simply incredible.

“Much of the winning success this weekend (and all season) is the result of the incredible work and products offered by Factory Team Arctic Sponsor Speedwerx. From modified motor packages to expert clutch calibration, Speedwerx has played an important role in nearly every win this season.”

The next ISOC National snocross race for Team Arctic is Feb. 12-14 in Salem, NH, while the next RMSHA hillclimb is Feb. 20-21 in Afton, Wyoming.

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.

A Perfect 10 (Wins) for Team Arctic at Beaver Mountain Hillclimb

The Competition is Glad the Season has Ended

The end of the RMSHA hillclimb season couldn’t come soon enough for anyone not riding an Arctic Cat M Series. So when the last sled crested Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah, with Team Arctic claiming 10 more victories, there was a collective sigh of relief from the competition.

“There was no denying our racers and teams this year, and Beaver Mountain was another example of their dominance,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Even though a few of our top racers weren’t there, we still won more classes than any brand.”

While five different Team Arctic racers claimed wins at Beaver Mountain, Ty Free and Nathan Zollinger were the clear standouts. Both won two classes and a King title during the event, leaving no doubt that they and Arctic Cat rule the big horsepower classes.

Nearly as impressive was the continued domination of the Women’s classes by Christy Frisby and Amy Zollinger, who together finished first and/or second in all three events.

“It didn’t matter if it was a Stock, Improved or Modified class, from 600cc to 1000cc, we won everywhere,” said Kloety. “And knowing what’s in store with our powered-up 800HO engine for model year 2010 and hearing the positive test reports from our engineers, I’m certain that our current success is just a primer for what’s to dominate next season.”

Team Arctic Results from the Beaver Mountain Hillclimb in Logan, Utah.

600 Stock
2. Chance Buckallew
3. Tony Zollinger

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
2. KC Stone

700 Improved
2. Ty Free

700 Mod
3. Nathan Zollinger

800 Improved
1. Ty Free

800 Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger

1000 Improved
1. Ty Free
2. Jeremy Archibald
3. Les Keller

Open Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger

Women’s Stock
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby
3. Mindee Zollinger

Women’s Improved
1. Christy Frisby
2. Amy Zollinger

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Stock
3. Kyler Stone

Semi Pro Improved
2. Justin Sampson

King Winners
Improved – Ty Free
Mod – Nathan Zollinger

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.