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TEAM ARCTIC PROVES THAT GREEN IS GOLD AT 2015 X GAMES

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Team Arctic proved that green is gold at the 2015 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., capturing two gold medals, a silver and one bronze, with outstanding performances by 17 athletes and crew members.

Tucker Hibbert kept his incredible win-streak alive, taking his eighth-consecutive gold medal after a dominant performance in snocross. Hibbert now has 13 overall medals in X Games competition dating back to his first appearance in 2000, at which he won his first of nine career gold medals. Joining Hibbert in snocross competition were Team Arctic racers David Joanis, Logan Christian, Cody Thomsen and Mike Bauer.

Ryan Simons scored his first career gold medal when he delivered a commanding win in Hillcross competition, an event that combined elements of hill climb and snocross. His path to victory included competition from teammates Kyle Tapio, David McClure, Rob Kincaid, Nathan Zollinger, Trace Tupper and Taylor Meuwissen.

Cory Davis captured the most medals of any snowmobile athlete at this year’s X Games, with a Silver in Long Jump and a Bronze in Speed & Style. Willie Elam and Brett Turcotte were the other Team Arctic competitors in Speed & Style.

Jeff Tweet was a whisker from collecting a medal in Snocross Adaptive. He finished fourth overall, with teammate Chris Heppding taking sixth.

“Everyone at Arctic Cat is proud of the 17 athletes and crew members who made this the most successful X Games in recent memory,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “It takes a huge effort to just make it to X Games. With millions of viewers watching from all over the world, Team Green gave an outstanding performance that brought medals and great competition.”

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ONE SNOCROSS GOLD AND 17 CROSS-COUNTRY WINS FOR TEAM ARCTIC

Photo by John Hanson

Photo by John Hanson

 

Team Arctic terrain racers struck gold again, winning the snocross at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., and taking 17 class wins at the USXC cross-country in Oslo, Minn. The X Games snocross gold once again belonged to Team Arctic/Monster Energy pro Tucker Hibbert, the winningest snocross racer in history and the first X Games athlete to win seven back-to-back gold medals. Hibbert dominated the snocross event from start to finish, winning by 13 seconds over second place to claim his eighth career gold and 12th career medal at the prestigious event.

“To win the X Games gold medal seven years in a row is an accomplishment that’s beyond words,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Tucker and his team dedicate themselves to winning this race, with untold hours of testing and practice. Tucker’s wins have elevated the sport of snocross while making him a genuine living legend among action sports athletes.”

Kloety also added, “In addition to winning gold at the ESPN X Games, Team Arctic placed four other pros in the snocross final with Dave Joanis, Cody Thomsen, Mike Bauer and Logan Christian. Chris Heppding took sixth in the Snocross Adaptive final; Cory Davis finished second in the Long Jump and sixth in Freestyle; and Willie Elam took seventh in freestyle.”

Team Arctic cross-country racers delivered their own gold medal-winning weekend, capturing the win in 17 of 21 finals at the first ditch event of the season in USXC. Zach Herfindahl led the victory march with a solid win in the Pro Stock class. After suffering a DNF while leading the Pro Open final – the result of a rock puncturing his sled’s heat exchanger – Herfindahl raced the stock class on the sled of his Christian Brothers Racing teammate Ryan Simons. Simons finished second in the Open class and would have been in contention to win the Stock class had he not graciously offered his sled to Herfindahl, who leads the point chase.

Timmy Kallock waited for the ditch races to start his season, and it paid off with his sweep of the Semi Pro Stock and Improved classes. Other double winners included Jon Arneson (Super Stock and Masters 40 Plus) and Hunter Houle (Sport 85 and Junior 14-17). Team Arctic racers swept eight class podiums while garnering 43 of 63 possible podium places.

“The first multi-terrain race of the season is always exciting, you don’t really know what to expect. It was good to see some new names at the front of the pack, as well as those names we’ve seen there all year. Oslo proved that Arctic Cat’s snowmobiles and racers are as good in the rough ditch as they are on the lake courses,” said Kloety. “The team will be ready for the I-500 beginning Feb. 6.”

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Season of Championship Titles for Team Arctic in 2012-2013

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As the last checkered flag dropped on the 2012-2013 snowmobile racing season, Team Arctic racers upheld the tradition of claiming the most high-point championship titles in the sport’s most prestigious circuits. Continue reading

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.

Sixth X Games Gold for Tucker Hibbert

Team Arctic superstar Tucker Hibbert claimed his sixth Gold Medal at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., with another dominant display of snocross supremacy. It was Hibbert’s fifth consecutive gold medal and his 10th medal in 12 years. His teammate and mechanic Jeff Tweet was equally impressive, finishing with a silver medal in the Adaptive Snocross final.

Racing his Monster Energy Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 with a Speedwerx modified motor and clutching package, Hibbert combined strong holeshots with his typical blazing speed and control to convincingly win his heat race and final. The only drama happened on the first lap of the final, when one competitor jumped the start and another partially landed on Hibbert before veering off the track.

Hibbert shrugged off both incidents, took the lead threw down a series of fast laps before cruising to an unchallenged win. The victory moved Hibbert past Blair Morgan on the all-time win list.

“This win feels amazing. Every win is special but this one means a lot to me. Beating Blair’s record for most snocross gold medals is really exciting, but I have to thank him for setting the bar high. He helped make me the competitor I am today and I really wish we were still battling on the track.”

Factory Team Arctic Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin finish an impressive fourth place in the final, leading a team green charge that included Dan Ebert (fifth), Cody Thomsen (sixth) Zach Pattyn (seventh) and Johan Lidman in tenth.

Jeff Tweet’s silver-medal in Adaptive Snocross was sweet retribution after breaking his leg in last year’s Adaptive race. Tweet double-jumped his way through the final technical section of the course to pass into second-place, and his first X Games medal.

Photos courtesy of John Hanson

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!