Archive for November, 2012

Tucker Hibbert’s 2012 Duluth National Wrap Video

Posted on November 30th, 2012 in Sledder News

Tucker Hibbert kicked-off his 13th professional snocross season Thanksgiving weekend at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minn. Follow the current World Champ on the track and in the pits as he picks up a pair of fifth place finishes in the Pro Open class aboard his Monster Energy/Arctic Cat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHJgRBQ8lXc&list=UUSRwQzWiWaMMJIdGDPN4q7g&index=1&feature=plcp

Hibbert currently sits fourth in the ACS National Pro Open Points Championship – only three points behind third. His next event is the ACS Blackjack National in Bessemer, Mich. Dec. 7-8.

Despite Snow, Snowmobile Trails Not Ready For Riding

Posted on November 30th, 2012 in Sledder News

November 29, 2012 – Despite the recent snowfall throughout much of northern Minnesota, snowmobile trails are not yet ready for riding, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Minnesota’s snowmobile trails officially open Dec. 1; however, several conditions must be met before trails are open and ready for travel:

• The ground must be frozen to allow for crossing of wet areas.

• Adequate snow cover – about 12 inches – must be on the ground to allow for trail packing and grooming.

• Landowner permits that allow trails on private land must be in place.

• Trails must be cleared of dead falls, signs must be in place and gates must be opened; snowmobile clubs volunteers and DNR staff are currently working on these tasks.

“Although we have had a few cold days and many northern Minnesota lakes are forming ice, the ice is not yet thick enough on most lakes to support foot travel or snowmobiles,” noted Bob Moore, Grand Rapids area supervisor. “Ice thickness can vary greatly from one lake to another, and from different areas of the same lake.”

The DNR recommends a minimum of 5 inches of new clear ice for snowmobiles. Snowmobile clubs and trails crews are preparing trails, but it could be a few weeks before those trails are ready. Work in many wet or swampy areas cannot begin until those areas freeze. Many snowmobile trails cross private land. Landowners give permission for snowmobile use on the trails beginning Dec. 1. That permission is only for snowmobile use. Other uses are trespasses.

When the trails open, the DNR urges early season riders to use caution. Early season trails may have fallen trees or other debris across the trails, unfrozen areas, rocks or ruts, or standing crops and closed gates. Also, road ditches have obstacles to watch for under grass and snow, such as culverts, signposts and rocks.

Minnesota has more than 22,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails; more than 21,000 miles of them are maintained by local snowmobile club volunteers. Maintenance costs are partially funded through snowmobile registrations, trail pass sales, and the un-refunded gas tax attributed to snowmobile use. Donations and volunteer work by trail clubs make up the remainder of the costs and efforts to operate these trails.

Trail users are encouraged to call in advance or research online to get local conditions for the area they plan to ride. State trail conditions are posted each Thursday on the DNR website at www.mndnr.gov. Trail information and local contacts are on the same website and on the back of the Minnesota DNR Snowmobile Trails quadrant maps. The maps are also available online. Local trail conditions are often posted online by local tourist associations, chambers of commerce and volunteer snowmobile clubs. To find the nearest club, visit the Minnesota United Snowmobiler’s Association website at www.mnsnowmobiler.org

KLIM USA to Distribute Direct in Canada through KLIM Canada

Posted on November 30th, 2012 in Sledder News

Building on the solid business footing that partner DCI Sales has built; KLIM will work together with their former distributor to build the brand well into the future in Canada

Rigby, ID (November 26, 2012) — KLIM (Teton Outfitters Inc.) today announced they will assume all distribution responsibilities in Canada effective January 1, 2013 through a newly created branch, KLIM Canada.  The current distributor, DCI Sales, will not only support the transition process but will also become integrated into KLIM Canada as their staff joins the KLIM family.

“DCI Sales has done a truly remarkable job over the past 10 years growing the KLIM brand in Canada. We now look forward to serving our customers directly through KLIM Canada and improving every aspect of the KLIM experience for the Canadian market,” Justin Summers, KLIM founder, president and CEO, said.

This transition will allow KLIM to build on DCI’s efforts to partner with the best power sports dealers throughout Canada and bring the best possible brand experience to Canadian riders.  KLIM continues to strive as a business model that works as close as possible with our retail partners.

This commitment from KLIM continues through investments in our infrastructure within Canada to support the growing demand for KLIM products. KLIM Canada will increase business efficiencies and support the valuable KLIM customers and dealers in Canada better than ever.

ABOUT KLIM

KLIM Technical Riding Gear is the global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the snowmobile and motorcycle rider. Utilizing the world’s highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, KLIM builds gear for the most demanding riders. Driven by the continual feedback and input from dedicated test pilots and passionate customers, KLIM strives to do one thing above all—improve the riding experience without compromise. For more information, visit www.KLIM.com.

AMSOIL® Expands Dominator Line with SAE 60 Racing Oil

Posted on November 30th, 2012 in Sledder News

AMSOIL INC. of Superior, Wis. has introduced a new addition to the Dominator line, adding SAE 60 Synthetic Racing Oil to its series of premium racing oils. Dominator SAE 60 Synthetic Racing Oil’s durable formulation is designed to provide maximum horsepower without sacrificing engine protection. The product is heavily fortified with zinc and phosphorus anti-wear additives to provide additional protection against scuffing and wear in severe racing conditions.

Dominator SAE 60 Synthetic Racing Oil provides outstanding protection in temperature extremes. Its low pour point offers excellent cold-start protection and provides less drag when the oil has not reached stable operating temperatures. Dominator maintains superior film strength, even at elevated operating temperatures. Its thermally stable synthetic chemistry resists the effects of intense heat commonly found in racing applications.

AMSOIL Dominator SAE 60 Synthetic Racing Oil is engineered to provide maximum performance and superior protection to all racers. The same products used by corporately sponsored AMSOIL racers are available to everyone, regardless of their level of competition. Recommended for use in racing and high-performance engines. Check the owner’s manual or engine builder’s recommendations for correct viscosity.

AMSOIL has been the recognized leader in synthetic lubrication since 1972. For more information about AMSOIL synthetic motor oils and performance products contact your nearest AMSOIL distributor, or call AMSOIL at (715) 392-7101 or 1-800-777-8491. AMSOIL INC, AMSOIL Building, Superior, WI 54880.

2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Opens at Duluth – Malinoski wins Pro Open

Posted on November 28th, 2012 in Sledder Featured Article

Massive crowd packing Duluth’s Spirit Mountain to the brim is treated to a couple stellar main events in the ACS Pro classes

DULUTH, Minn. (Nov. 24, 2012) – AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas, kicked off its 2012-’13 season in front of a massive crowd at Spirit Mountain on Saturday for the Duluth National, presented by Bully Dog. And taking top honors in the Pro divisions were Ski-Doo racers Robbie Malinoski (Pro Open) and David Joanis in Pro Lite.

With limited natural snow officials with International Series of Champions (ISOC) and the veteran snow making crew at Spirit Mountain were able to pull together a solid racetrack despite the entire state of Minnesota being brown in the day leading up to the race. A couple inches of natural snow would act like some free advertising for the popular event, celebrating its 21st year this weekend, as thousands of fans packed into the bleachers, along the course and inside Spirit Mountain’s chalet to take in the first of two rounds of ACS racing in Duluth this weekend.

Pro Open

Like somebody shot a black and yellow arrow down the start straight, Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo) blew everyone off the hill with the Stud Boy Holeshot, marching into the first corner on his own and pulling out into the lead in front of Ross Martin (Polaris) and Ski-Doo teammate Tim Tremblay to start the year’s first AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open main.

Martin, fearless in his approach to tripling into the first corner off the finish line jump, would catch Malinoski with that daredevil move two laps into the contest, passing last year’s Saturday Duluth National winner and making it stick to take the lead on lap three. Back in the pack Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat) would slash past 2011-’12 ACS Pro Lite champ and Pro Open Duluth rookie Kody Kamm (Polaris) and set his site on Tremblay who had the third podium spot in hand behind Martin and Malinoski.

By lap nine (of 24) the Tremblay/Hibbert heavyweight battle would pull the two closer in to Malinoski and Martin and they separated from the rest of the field, only to pass and re-pass lapped riders on the short 24-second lap track. Hibbert, who qualified 2nd behind Tremblay for Saturday’s main, was all over the place trying out new lines to get past Tremblay, but the defending Pro Open champ wasn’t having any of it as he held off Hibbert’s high speed rushes.

With Martin up on Malinoski by three seconds on lap 19, Hibbert would blow off his sled and drop back to 5th behind Cody Thomsen (Arctic Cat). It was about this point in the race where race leader Martin took on a bunch of snow roost from lapped traffic and, two laps later, began to experience some engine issues with his sled. Malinoski tasted blood and closed the gap even further, before Martin’s sled all but conked out on the final downhill straight.

Malinoski, in the right place at the right time, took the lead from Martin and went on for the win. Martin was able to limp over the finish line in 2nd, followed by Tremblay in 3rd. Thomsen would hold off Hibbert for 4th, rounding out your Duluth National top five!

Quotes

Malinoski: “That was kind of a gift from Ross with his sled going down, but we’re pumped to be up here. I always work hard on my starts and it paid off tonight. But yeah, Ross was just ripping.”

Martin: “I took a lot of snow and my sled started running on one cylinder … barely made it to the finish line.”

Tremblay: “It was crazy out there with the lapped traffic. Then I bent my A-arm so I couldn’t go as fast as I’d have liked. But I’m pretty happy to be up here on the podium.”

Official – AMSOIL Duluth National Presented by Bully Dog – Pro Open #1 11/24/2012

Final

1 – 4 Malinoski Robbie Ski-Doo Lino Lakes MN

2 – 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI

3 – 11 Tremblay Tim Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc Quebec

4 – 62 Thomsen Cody Arctic Cat Nisswa MN

5 – 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN

6 – 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI

7 – 43 Christian Logan Arctic Cat Fertile MN

9 – 311 Renheim Adam Ski-Doo Sweden

10 – 271 Narsa Petter Ski-Doo Sweden

11 – 99 Pattyn Zach Ski-Doo Ravenna MI

12 – 168 Broberg Justin Polaris Waukesha WI

13 – 108 LaVallee Levi Polaris Longville MN

14 – 52 Lidman Johan Polaris Pitea Sweden

15 – 324 Pallin Kyle Polaris Ironwood MI

Pro Lite

Vermont’s Lincoln Lemieux burst onto the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite scene at Duluth, winning both of his qualifiers and leading Saturday’s Pro Lite main event through lap six. But a crash would rock Lemieux out of first place and well off the podium while circling sharks David Joanis (Ski-Doo), Jake Scott (Polaris) and Andrew Lieders (Polaris) were quick to strike – with Joanis fighting off Scott for top honors in the ACS Pro Lite opener.

“This Ski-Doo’s a rocket sled, faster than last year’s … which I didn’t think could happen,” said Joanis, accepting his gold medal for 1st place.

When Lemieux went down and off his sled on lap six, New York’s Scott would take the lead. Two laps later Canada’s Joanis, who pulled the Stud Boy Holeshot, caught and passed Scott and the two separated from the rest of the field. With visibility difficult, although the riders said it wasn’t that bad on the track (worse for the fans in attendance and the 100,000-plus watching the live webcast), Canada’s Alexandre Renaud (Ski-Doo) would pull up into 3rd place, with Lieders and Sweden’s John Stenberg (Ski-Doo) rounding out the top five.

With six laps to go the #115 sled of Joanis was clicking off fast lap after fast lap, putting four seconds on Scott – who in turn was four seconds up on Lieders, who had passed Renaud for third and final podium spot. Joanis, Scott and Lieders would hold their podium positions, followed by Canada’s Max Taillefer (Ski-Doo) in 4th place and Travis Muller (Ski-Doo) in 5th.

Official – AMSOIL Duluth National Presented by Bully Dog – Pro Lite #1 11/24/2012

Final

1 – 115 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario

2 – 42 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY

3 – 857 Lieders Andrew Polaris Colby WI

4 – 144 Taillefer Maxime Ski-Doo Laval West Quebec

5 – 436 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN

6 – 154 Johnstad James Polaris Beltrami MN

7 – 113 Lemieux Lincoln Ski-Doo St. Johnsbury VT

8 – 151 Carlson Andrew Polaris Elk River MN

9 – 793 Alexandre Renaud Ski-Doo Val-D’or Quebec

10 – 202 Sagan Joey Ski-Doo Elmvale Ontario

11 – 342 Kallstrom Nisse Polaris Sweden

12 – 259 Stenberg John Ski-Doo Lofsdalen Sweden

13 – 219 Byers Jamie Polaris Orillia Ontario

14 – 173 Watkinson Corey Ski-Doo Port Carling Ontario

15 – 126 Benoit Kaven Ski-Doo Bon Conseil Quebec

Photo credit: Wayne Davis & Lissa Marsolek

Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round in Duluth, Minn. (Nov. 23-25) and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. (March 15-17), CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 half-hour race shows – all in HD – on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. EST. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross – as an added bonus – will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week.

CBS Sports Network’s coverage of 2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross begins Sunday, Dec. 30th, at 10:30 a.m. EST.

About ISOC Racing

The International Series of Champions (ISOC) is the premier snowmobile race sanctioning organization in North America and sanctions national AMSOIL Championship Snocross, in addition to affiliating with nine regional circuits. Visit www.isocracing.com for more information, fan and racer memberships, schedule details and more.