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The Head Start Is Over. Time For Team Green To Turn It Up.

Arctic Cat race fans can rest a little easier knowing Team Arctic/Monster Energy racer, Tucker Hibbert, put a serious beat down on the competitors in Sunday’s Pro Open snocross final in Bessemer, Michigan this past weekend.

Hibbert was well on his way to winning the Pro Open final during Saturday’s main event, only to break a spindle when putting a pass on Ross Martin for first place. With two laps remaining, Hibbert had to coast around the track settling on a fourth place finish.

“Once I passed Tremblay and Malinoski, I charged up to Ross (Martin) and put a pass on him for the lead. But our sleds contacted, which ended up breaking one of my lightweight spindles that we apparently lightened up too much,” said Hibbert.

Qualifying first for Sundays Pro Open Final, Hibbert was motivated to win more than ever. Feeling strong and fast, Tucker’s Sno Pro 600 captured the holeshot and he never looked back. When the checkered flag dropped, Hibbert sent a demoralizing message to the rest of the field with a commanding 15 second lead over second place.

Hibbert went on to say, “The whole situation (broken spindle) motivated me Sunday to try to win even harder. I wanted to prove to myself, my team and any other riders that Team Arctic was there to win.”

Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety said, “We are really happy with the quickly improving results of the new ProCross race chassis. We are very proud of Tucker’s near perfect weekend, as well as our great showing in the Vet and Junior classes with the new Sno Pro 600.”

Other notable performances came from Team Arctic Cross Country racer, DJ Ekre, who strapped on his snocross boots for the Plus 30 class with a third place finish. Leading the Junior 16-17 class was Ian Buchman and Tyler Adams placing first and third respectively while Austin St. Cyr led the Junior 14-15 class. The Sno Pro 500 swept the top five spots of the Junior Novice class with Trent Wittwer leading the way.

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Jan. 6-8 in Shakopee, MN. Go to www.isocracing for more information.

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Team Arctic is off and running

Photo by TJ Turner

The Snocross season has officially kicked off.  This past weekend, round 1 of the ISOC National Tour took place in Duluth, MN at Spirit Mountain.  Team Arctic was sporting a new look riding the all-new Sno Pro 600 in the ProCross chassis.  Even with minimal seat time on the new Sno Pro, many riders are showing that this new sled will be a welcomed addition to the Team Arctic family.

Defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Champion and Team Arctic rider Tucker Hibbert, showcased his ability and that of the new sled by finishing no lower than 4th in any of his races and charged his way onto Sunday’s podium in the Pro Open final with a 3rd place finish.  After the weekend was all over, Tucker has found himself in 2nd place for the overall points total.

The next stop on the ACSS Tour is in Ironwood, Michigan on December 10th & 11th.  With 14 total podium finishes in Duluth, look for Team Arctic to continue to give you reasons to cheer for green!  Or is it green and white now?

The All-New Arctic Cat 2012 Sno Pro 600 Race Sled

Thief River Falls, Minn. (9/10/11) – The official start to winter kicked off today at the largest snowmobile event in the world – Haydays.  Thousands of loyal Team Arctic race fans were treated to the first unveiling of the all-new 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled.

70’s fashion Icon, Cat Girl unveiled the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 and conducted a walk-around with Performance Product Team Manager Troy Halvorson. Halvorson said the all-new Sno Pro 600 will build upon last season’s winning success and the success of the recently introduced ProCross chassis. Key highlights include:

  • All new ProCross Race chassis – Stronger and lighter than 2011 Sno Pro 600
  • 600R race engine with 40mm Mikuni rack style TM carbs w/TPS
  • Front Arctic Race Suspension (ARS) – with Fox Float X Evol Shox
  • All-new Race Slide Action rear suspension equipped with Fox Racing Shox
  • 1.7-in. Snocross track or 1.25-in. Cobra 2-ply Cross Country track
  • Arctic Drive System (ADS) with magnesium chaincase and all-new Torque Overloading Sensing (TOS) bottom sprocket
  • Torque Control Link (TCL) – Links the drive to driven clutch
  • Radial Master Cylinder brake system
  • 5 gallon Snocross or 12 gallon Cross Country fuel tank

“Racing has been a strong cornerstone of Arctic Cat’s heritage and brand. An arena we have consistently used for testing and development.  It’s our commitment to race the ProCross chassis and show the world that our consumers can buy the same snowmobile to conquer the world’s toughest terrain,” said Brad Darling, GM Snow Division.

Defending his ISOC Pro Points Championship Title, Tucker Hibbert will race the full season aboard the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 as well as compete for his sixth-consecutive ESPN Winter X Games gold medal. If he wins, Hibbert will become the only athlete in the history of Winter X to six-peat. Hibbert has competed every year since 2000 and currently holds 10 medals, six of which are gold.

Arctic Cat CEO Claude Jordan stated, “Our talented engineers have built our best Sno Pro race sled to date, and that says a lot considering we won every major race or championship title last season. It’s going to be a tough year for our competition, but an even better year for our Team Arctic race fans!”

About Arctic Cat and Tucker Hibbert

Arctic Cat Inc., based in Thief River Falls, Minn., designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and snowmobiles under the Arctic Cat® brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories.  Its common stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.”  More information regarding the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600,  and other Arctic Cat products please log on to www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer. For more information on Tucker Hibbert, please log on to www.tucker-hibbert.com.

Tucker Hibbert Takes 3rd at FIM Snowcross World Championship

Photo by Erik Ahman.

Hibbert Overcomes Challenge for Third at FIM Snowcross World Championship

Tucker Hibbert wrapped-up a record-breaking snowmobile season Saturday in Finland with a third place finish at the FIM Snowcross World Championship. Hibbert consistently turned the fastest lap times of the day on the rough course in Tuuri but a drive belt failure in the second of three races took him out of contention for the overall win.
Hibbert went 1-16-1 in the three-race format to finish third behind Sweden’s Emil Ohman and Petter Narsa. The first 20-rider, 15-minute race, Hibbert had a dead-last start and put on an impressive charge to take the lead with only minutes to go.
He lined up for the second race confident and pulled a top-three start. Five minutes in, he moved into first but immediately knew something was wrong. Pieces of his drive belt began to break and fly off under the hood. Within moments, the belt completely shredded and he was forced to walk away from his snowmobile. He was not allowed to change the belt during the race because he was unable to get the snowmobile to the designated work area.
Hibbert entered the third and final race knowing the Championship was out of reach but was determined to win. He got a mid-pack start and quickly moved to the front. By the end of the race, he pulled a 27-second gap on second place Ohman, giving him enough points for third overall.
Once Hibbert returns to the U.S., he will shift his focus to preparing for select 450 AMA Pro Motocross Championship events.

FIM Snowcross World Championship Results – Tucker Hibbert
Race 1: 1st
Race 2: 16th
Race 3: 1st
Overall: 55 points – 3rd

Tucker Hibbert – #1 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat-
“I’m really excited about my performance at the World Championship. I don’t think I have ever felt so in control and confident in a race. Blowing a belt in the second race was disappointing but stuff like that happens – it’s racing. I can’t remember the last time I was taken out of a race because of a mechanical problem and that’s a testament to how solid my Monster Energy/Arctic Cat is and the talent of the crew working on the machine. It’s hard not winning the overall but honestly, I couldn’t be prouder of what we (the team) accomplished. We worked hard to get to this event and have no regrets.
Just like last year in Sweden, I was overwhelmed by the kindness and support of everyone in Finland. The European racing community is fired up about snowmobile racing. It’s cool to see so many countries come together to compete. The growth of the sport and level of the competition just keeps rising. The future of snowmobile racing is looking good.
This has been a long year for the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat crew and myself. Racing the full national series plus Winter X Games and the World Championship was a new experience for this team. Although I didn’t win the World Championship, I’m walking away from this season healthy and happy. I’m looking forward to a little rest then diving into preparing to race a few AMA Motocross events in the 450 class.”

Team Arctic Rules Red Lake USCC Cross-Country

20 Class Wins, 10 Podium Sweeps and Twice the Usual Beatings

Team Arctic cross-country racers took advantage of a two-race USCC weekend in Red Lake, Minn., notching 20 class victories and 10 podium sweeps while inflicting twice the usual beating upon the competition.

For the second weekend in a row, Team Arctic’s D.J. Ekre and Ryan Greening captained the corps, with Ekre winning Pro Stock and Pro Open while Greening snatched 3-of-4 Semi Pro wins. Ekre’s Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Garth Kaufman, Ryan Simons and Zach Pattyn occupied plenty of Pro podium real estate, while Chad Kyllo and Spencer Kadlec did the same in the Semi Pro class

Jon Arneson, Bryce Buchanan and Luke Perreault also scored double-wins during the weekend, adding to their hefty hardware haul this season.

“Ekre has definitely found his sweet spot for speed these past couple weeks,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “After bad luck plagued the start of his race season, he’s hungry for more wins while Ryan Simons is riding to maintain his lead in the championship points race.

“Plus Ryan Greening has been literally unbeatable in the Semi Pro 600 class so far this season, and we’ve seen a slew of Expert and Sport racers take turns winning the 85-hp classes. With two races remaining, Team Arctic racers appear ready to top most of the USCC class championships.”

The next race in the USCC circuit is March 12 in Warroad, Minn. Go to USCC for more information.

Mid-Season Momentum Continues for Team Arctic

The wins keep coming for Team Arctic cross-country and snocross racers, with another dominant performance at the USCC cross-country race in Walker, Minn., and Pro win at the ISOC National snocross at the Pontiac, Mich., Silverdome.

D.J. Ekre was the man-of-the-weekend, winning both the Pro 600 and Pro Open class at the USCC race in Walker to notch his first victories of the season. Racing for the dominant Arctic Cat/Christian Bros. Racing team, Ekre’s victories, along with teammate Chad Kyllo’s win Semi Pro Improved, set in motion an unstoppable wave of winning for Team Arctic racers who claimed 15 of 20 class wins during the day.

Ryan Greening scored another win in Semi Pro 600 – his third of the season – while Jon Arneson topped the highly-competitive Expert 85 class for the first time. Proving the depth of the Team Arctic program and the strength of the Sno Pro 600 and Sno Pro 500 race sleds, 12 different racers stood atop the podium in Walker, with six podium sweeps.

“When one team wins 15 of 20 class finals, I call it a phenomenal performance,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “Yet it was a bittersweet weekend for us, as we’re still grieving the death of USCC President Pat Mach, who guided the circuit into a premier venue for cross-country racing. One week after his passing, USCC crew provided a first-class event to honor Pat and the entire Mach family. I’m as proud of that as I am Team Arctic’s domination.”

Meanwhile, Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert delivered another scorching win in the Pro Stock class in Pontiac, where ISOC ran an abbreviated class program for the indoor event. Garth Kaufman notched his second ISOC podium in a row, with teammate Logan Christian just missing the box in fourth. Hibbert was on his way to another double-win before an uncharacteristic get-off in the Pro Open final shuffled him back to fourth.

Although bad luck prevented the usual podium-sweeping performance, Team Arctic motored out of Pontiac with the championship points lead in four of six classes.

The next race in the USCC circuit is Feb. 19 in Red Lake, Minn., while the next ISOC National is March 5-6 in Hayward, Wis.

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 Crushes I-500 Cross-Country

BRIAN DICK LEADS TEAM ARCTIC’S I-500 CROSS-COUNTRY-CRUSH

Arctic Cat Racers Dominate by Winning 15 of 18 Classes

Neither brutally-cold temperatures, record-breaking snow depth, nor the contagion of previous hard-luck could sway Brian Dick’s date with I-500 destiny. Piloting his Sno Pro 600 with unmatched speed and poise, Dick stamped his authority on the weather-shortened USCC Red Lake I-500 cross-country, leading a Team Arctic-sweep of the top-4 Pros and 15 of 18 class wins.

Dick set the fastest time on the first two (of three) days, ahead of his Arctic Cat/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Ryan Simons, Zach Pattyn and Cory Davis. Falling snow and 30 mph winds created near white-out conditions on the final day, forcing USCC officials to cancel the third leg. With a four-minute, 34-second lead over Simons, the reigning USCC Pro Champion claimed his first I-500 victory after a decade of near-misses.

“Brian has suffered multiple gut-wrenching losses in this race over the years,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “To see him finally win brings great pride and satisfaction to his family, fans and even his fellow racers.”

Indeed, when officials announced they’d cancelled the third leg, a steady stream of racers waited to shake hands with Dick, an Arctic Cat engineer and one of the people instrumental in designing the Sno Pro race sled. First in line was his father, Paul, who has competed in more I-500 races than any other competitor (and who took fourth in this year’s event).

In addition to Dick’s wins in Pro 600 and Pro Open, Team Arctic racers won 13 other classes at the I-500. Ryan Greening turned in two blistering-fast times to win the Semi Pro Stock and Improved classes by nearly 14 minutes. Jolene Bute continues to set cross-country records, taking her sixth career I-500 win in the Women’s class.

Team Arctic racers continue to dominate the 85-hp classes, with Tyler Johnsrud leading an Arctic Cat-sweep of the top-13 in Expert 85, and Jordan Holm leading a Cat-sweep of the top-five finishers in Trophy 85.

And in the first-ever I-500 Vintage class, Joey Hallstrom won ahead of former Team Arctic legend (and two-time I-500 winner) Brian Nelson, with Joey Potucek taking third, all three aboard 1979 Arctic Cat el tigre Cross-Country Cats.

“This year’s I-500 will long be remembered as one of the most difficult,” said Kloety, “With cold temperatures, snow dust and brutally-rough conditions from the deep snow. To win 15 of 18 classes reflects the determination of our racers and crews, and the commitment we’ve made to support cross-country racing.”

The next race on the Team Arctic race calendar is the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., Jan. 30.


Hibbert Continues Win Streak at Utah’s Piranha X Western National

For the second consecutive year, fans filled Sandy, Utah’s Rio Tinto Stadium to watch the world’s top snocross racers battle on a snow covered soccer field. Aboard his Monster Energy/Arctic Cat, Tucker Hibbert navigated a tight, unpredictable race course Saturday night at the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series’ Piranha X Western National to take his third pro sweep of the season.

For the first time this season, the track was built with natural snow. Qualifying rounds acted as testing grounds for Hibbert and his crew to prepare his sled for the inconsistent track conditions.
In the 25-lap, 15-rider Pro Super Stock final Hibbert came out of the first corner clean and in sixth place. By lap five, he made his way into third and began a heated battle for the lead. The top three riders brought the crowd to its feet by entering corners three wide and aggressively swapping positions multiple times. On lap 14, Hibbert made a clean pass for the lead and pulled away for the win.

Later Saturday night, Hibbert had a fourth place start in the 15-rider Pro Open final. On lap 11 of the 25-lap main event, Hibbert took the lead and rode unchallenged for his sixth victory of the season. The event will be highlighted by a one-hour VERSUS broadcast Sunday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. EST.

Hibbert is now in New York City for his first in studio appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America. His interview is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 during the 8 o’clock hour. Later this week will set up camp in Colorado to test for ESPN Winter X Games 15 where he will be racing for his tenth overall and fifth-consecutive snocross gold medal. Watch the event live on EPSN Sunday, Jan. 30.

Tucker Hibbert – Piranha X Western National Results

Pro Super Stock
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 2nd
Final: 1st

Pro Open
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 2nd
Final: 1st

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.