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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.

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Team Arctic Hits The Jackpot at Fargo National SnoCross

Eight-of-12 Class Wins and a Sweep of Pro and Semi Pro

Team Arctic rolled into Fargo, ND, for the Dakota Magic Casino Snocross, hit the jackpot and rolled away with the lion’s share of hardware on the second stop of the ISOC National Tour. After taking eight of 12 class wins, including every Pro and Semi Pro final, Team Arctic racers and crew proved the only magic in Fargo was the classic Arctic Cat Black Magic.

Tucker Hibbert continued his one man wrecking-ball approach to the Pro Class, with similar come-from-behind dramatics that brought Arctic Cat fans to their feet. Racing his Arctic Cat/Monster Energy Sno Pro 600s, Hibbert led a cache of Team Arctic Pros that accounted for nine-of-15 finalists in Pro Stock, and seven-of-15 in Open. He’s now four-for-four on the season.

Factory Team Arctic teammates Cody Thomsen and Kyle Pallin put on a clinic in the Semi Pro Stock classes at Fargo. In the first race, Thomsen started in the back row, chased down a fast-starting Pallin, got around him and took the highly-dramatic win. But Pallin would not be denied, and in the second Semi Pro final he again nailed the holeshot and simply checked-out, taking his first win of the season and Arctic’s third (of four) in this highly-competitive class.

Carly Davis returned to the top-step of the podium in the Pro Am Women’s class, putting her Christian Bros. Racing Arctic Cat at the sharp end of the field for the first time this season. Proving the depth of the Team Arctic race program, Jesse Hendrickson won the Sport Stock final, while Travis Kern won the Junior 14-15 class.

“Our riders had one of those amazing weekends, where we either won or finished on the podium in nearly every class,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Sure we love to see wins from top-class racers like Hibbert, Thomsen, Pallin and Davis, but it’s extra-satisfying when our Sport and Junior racers get some of the glory. Taking eight of 12 finals illustrates the strength of our Sno Pro 600, the talent of our racers and the dedication of their crews.

“At the first National in Duluth, we noticed our sleds needed help with the 50-percent-throttle rule for the Junior classes. Steve Houle from Speedwerx jumped in and, with the help of Russ Ebert and the great folks up at ERX Motor Park, made significant improvements. We saw the result of that effort at Fargo, and with more testing I suspect this package will only get better.”

The next race in the ISOC National Tour is at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 8. Go to www.isocracing for more information.

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.

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.”

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.

Arctic Gears Up for Winter X

Winter X Games, the premier action sports event in the world, is going on all this weekend (January 28th – January 31st) in Aspen, Colorado.

More than 200 of the best action sports athletes, including 51 past Olympians, will compete in skiing, snowboarding and most importantly, snowmobile racing.

Amongst the competitors are several Arctic Cat sponsored riders including Snocross Pro, Tucker Hibbert, who will be looking at an unprecedented four-peat gold medal for 2010, as well as competing in a new event called Knock Out. Equally important, Jeff Tweet, Arctic Cat snowmobile Dyno Technician, will be representing Team Green in the Adaptive Snocross race.

Make sure to catch all the racing action and cheer on our Team Arctic competitors!

Team Arctic Dominates at Quadna

The first snocross race of 2009-2010 season is in the history books, and with it a return to Team Arctic’s winning tradition. With the postponement of the ISOC National Series until Dec. 12-13, a Regional ISOC race at Quadna Mountain Park (QMP) in Hill City, Minn., served as a tune-up for many Team Arctic snocrossers. Eight class wins, including three of four Pro class victories, proves that only fine-tuning is needed to dominate the rest of the season.

Although many familiar Team Arctic racers stayed home, a handful of top National and Regional competitors were all the team needed to win the biggest classes. With a victory in the National Pro Open class and third in National Pro Stock, first-year pro Dan Ebert proved he’s ready to win at the highest level. His teammate Kyle Pallin, a Semi Pro on the National circuit, won the Pro Super Stock final, while Matt Pichner and Cody Thomsen went one-two in the Pro Open final.

Racers who normally compete in the National Series are required to bump up to the next category at Regional Events, which is why Pallin, Pichner and Thomsen were competing in the Pro classes rather than Semi Pro.

Team Arctic racers decimated the Semi Pro Super Stock #1 final, with Jacob Muller leading a sweep of the top-four placings. And Wesley Sweeney took the win in Jr. 14-15, completing the top-down victory run for Team Green.

Winning finals in all major categories answered any questions about whether the new 2010 Sno Pro 600 race sled was as formidable as it was the previous season, and what fans should expect from the team.

“We believe we have many of the top racers and that our Sno Pro is a top sled,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety, “But there’s always a question of what to expect at the beginning of each season. Our success at QMP proved that we’ve hit our marks for both talent and equipment.

“Two of our new racers, Paul Bauerly and Kyle Pallin, came from another brand and showed an immediate, marked improvement. With all of our top racers ready to do battle at the Spirit National this coming weekend, we’re confident that Team Arctic’s winning tradition will prevail.”

National Pro Open:

  • 1st – Dan Ebert
  • 4th – Paul Bauerly

National Pro Super Stock:

  • 2nd – Paul Bauerly
  • 3rd – Dan Ebert

Pro Open:

  • 1st – Matt Pichner
  • 2nd – Cody Thomsen
  • 6th – Justin Steck
  • 7th – Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Super Stock:

  • 1st – Kyle Pallin
  • 3rd – Justin Steck
  • 4th – Cody Thomsen
  • 6th – Matt Pichner

Pro Am +30 Super Stock:

  • 4th – Karl Christian
  • 5th – Roger Bastyr

Pro Am Womens Super Stock:

  • 2nd – April Moritz

Semi Pro Open:

  • 2nd – Andrew Carlson
  • 6th – Devin Bertoch
  • 7th – Jacob Blanshan

Semi Pro Super Stock #1:

  • 1st – Jacob Muller
  • 2nd – Andrew Carlson
  • 3rd – Nathan Moritz
  • 4th – Dusty Miller
  • 6th – Jacob Blanshan
  • 8th – Devin Bertoch
  • 9th – Levi Tipcke

Semi Pro Super Stock #2:

  • 2nd – Nathan Moritz
  • 3rd – Mike Hansen
  • 4th – Devin Bertoch
  • 6th – Levi Tipcke
  • 7th – Jacob Muller
  • 10th – Andrew Carlson
  • 12th – Dusty Miller

Sport Stock #1:

  • 2nd – Jesse Hendrickson
  • 4th – Johan Sundstrom

Sport Stock #2:

  • 2nd – Jesse Hendrickson
  • 3rd – Tyler Riewer

Plus 30:

  • 2nd – Les Anderson
  • 3rd – Roger Bastyr

Plus 40:

  • 2nd – Les Anderson

Novice Stock #1:

  • 1st – Nick Patterson
  • 2nd – Mickey Moore
  • 3rd – Drew Cook
  • 4th – Cody Roloff
  • 5th – Britt Anderson
  • 6th – Adam Wolfe

Novice Stock #2:

  • 1st – Mickey Moore
  • 3rd – Drew Cook
  • 4th – Cody Roloff
  • 5th – Nick Patterson
  • 6th – Britt Anderson

Jr. 16-17:

  • 2nd – Wesley Sweeney
  • 3rd – Johan Sundstrom
  • 4th – Nick Patterson

Jr. 14-15 Sun.:

  • 1st – Wesley Sweeney

Arctic Kudos All Around

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While some say that the jury’s still out on the best snowmobile of 2010, the results are already in according to American Snowmobiler magazine. Their “Best Sleds of 2010” list shows Arctic Cat reigning supreme with three awards out of eight, beating out Ski-Doo, Yamaha and Polaris. Am Snow’s top slot, “Best of the Best,” went to Arctic’s Sno Pro 500, a consumer version of Team Arctic’s Sno Pro 600 that’s “so nimble, so light and feels so racy that you’ll outperform most of your buddies.” Our TZ1 Turbo LXR took “Best Touring Sled”, which Am Snow called a 2-up that “runs faster than most shorttracks and is as luxurious as any tourer.” And Arctic’s M8 HCR 153˝, “the highest performance sled a consumer can get for the mountains,” earned “Best Mountain Sled.”* So, the next time somebody asks you if you believe everything you read, you can say, “When it comes to Arctic Cat, absolutely.”

But you don’t just have to read about it. See our “Best Sleds of 2010” in person at Hay Days on September 12-13, 2009. While you’re there, check out the exciting Hay Days Grass Drags, and snag an autograph from Team Arctic racers like Tucker Hibbert.

Check out other Hay Days events and get directions at www.snobarons.com.

*All sources – American Snowmobiler magazine (Volume 24, Issue 1)

Team Arctic Conquers Mud Nationals in Jacksonville, Texas

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Team Arctic mud racers have come full circle since last season’s introduction of the Thundercat. That full circle ran around the competition all weekend at Mud Nationals, this time aboard the TRV 1000H2.

“I’m unbelievably proud of our Team Arctic racers and the dominating results they posted at the Daytona 500 of mud racing; Mud Nationals,” said Ted Bettin, Team Arctic ATV Race Coordinator.

“At the end of last season, Arctic Cat promised our racers we would work on the problems that plagued them. This year we came back with new racing setups in the TRV chassis, and they kicked some serious butt. With the help of the Arctic Cat-built 1000 motor and a little more tuning, these TRVs will be unstoppable.”

Charles Touchet of Maurice, Louisiana, piloted his TRV 1000H2 to victory in the premier Open Class in the Mudda-Cross event. The next day, Touchet repeated with a second-place podium in the Open Class of the Mud Bog race.

Teammate Charlie Neese from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, found himself in the first-place driver’s seat as he won the Pro Class aboard a similarly prepared TRV 1000H2.

Other notable performances were from Anthony Abrameit aboard his 650H1 in the Bogger Class of the Mud Bog race. Representing Arctic Cat dealer Brazos Cycles in Richmond, TX, Abrameit took third place.

Look for other Team Arctic racers, Mark Kelly, Mike Johnson and Travis Tucker, at the next race on the CMR mud racing calendar April 24-26 in Choudrant, Louisiana. Go to www.championshipmudracing.com for more information.