Archive for January, 2013

Martin Pilots Champion®-Powered Sled to Silver Medal at Winter X Games

Posted on January 31st, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Southfield, Michigan, January 30, 2013 – Ross Martin and his Champion® spark plug-powered Polaris sled earned the silver medal in last weekend’s Winter X Games snocross competition in Aspen, Colo. Martin, who now has four X Games medals, completed the 16-lap final in 17:21:37, nearly 15 seconds faster than the next finisher. The Judnick Motorsports-owned sled is equipped with “Performance Driven™” Champion® Copper Plus® spark plugs from Federal-Mogul (NASDAQ: FDML).

Sunday’s final round brought together 15 of the world’s leading snocross racers on a highly technical track featuring huge air jumps and a challenging rhythm section. Martin scored a holeshot off the start and ran in the top two the entire race. “Ross was first on the throttle and the sled just rocketed away from most of the field,” said Champion Product Manager Michael Kollenberg. “Champion Copper Plus and Power Sport™ spark plugs are ideal for engines needing instant throttle response and maximum power in very challenging conditions.”

Martin and the Judnick Motorsports team return to Amsoil Championship Snocross competition this weekend at the Deadwood Shoot Out in Deadwood, S.D. In addition to Martin (Bib 837), Judnick’s James Johnstad (Bib 154) and Mike Bauer (Bib 717) rely on Champion plugs and display the brand’s iconic red-and-black bow tie logo. Each of the Judnick Polaris sleds is equipped with Champion Copper Plus plugs #RN57YCC, the same plugs available through leading snowmobile parts dealers.

For additional information regarding Champion Copper Plus and Power Sport spark plugs and other Champion products, contact a replacement parts provider or visit www.AlwaysaChampion.com. To identify the right Champion spark plug for any application, simply visit www.FMe-cat.com. Federal-Mogul also offers a convenient electronic catalog of Champion plugs for small-engine applications – including snowmobiles – at www.GetChampion.mobi. This catalog is optimized for smart phones and other mobile devices.

Yamaha Snowmobile Racers Podium Across The Snowbelt!

Posted on January 29th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Four-stroke Yamaha snowmobiles enjoyed a tremendous January 26-27 race weekend in everything from the snowy X Games in Aspen, Colorado, to frigid cross-country competition in Minnesota and Maine. Spectacularly leading the charge was Yamaha legend Doug Henry, formerly a motocross champion and now a snowmobiling inspiration, who led most of the X Games SnoCross Adaptive race aboard his FX Nytro RTX before ultimately finishing a close second. In Minnesota, Ben Lindbom won the 50-mile USXC Semi Pro Improved event, while in Maine, Erik Frigon grabbed a strong third in the 20-mile USSC East Pro Open race, both aboard Nytro RTXs.

Doug Henry led nearly the entire final and claimed a silver on his specially outfitted four-stroke Nytro RTX.

Doug Henry led nearly the entire final and claimed a silver on his specially outfitted four-stroke Nytro RTX.

Henry rewrote the motocross rule book when he won the 1998 AMA Motocross title on Yamaha’s revolutionary YZ400F four-stroke. After suffering a career-ending spinal injury in 2007, he then rewrote the rule book for handicapped athletes by outfitting a Yamaha snowmobile with a special shock-absorbing seat to race snocross. After taking a bronze in X Games 14, this weekend Henry returned to Aspen and led nearly the entire final aboard his specially outfitted sled before finishing second to Mike Schultz and claiming a silver medal. “My Yamaha gave me a great start and put me out front, and after that I just tried to have fun,” Henry said. “Thanks to Yamaha Snowmobiles for getting me the equipment and to ESPN for putting on the event.” Yamaha Snowmobile Racing’s Eric Josephsen added, “Doug started the four-stroke motocross era for Yamaha, and it’s awesome to see him continuing today with the four-stroke Nytro RTX. But even more important, Doug continues to prove that even the toughest challenges can be overcome with vision, focus and hard work.”

After drawing last of 16 for the starting lineup, Semi Pro racer Ben Lindbom passed every other sled in his class after two laps, ultimately winning by an amazing 2 minutes and 30 seconds.

Semi Pro racer Ben Lindbom ultimately won by an amazing 2 minutes, 30 seconds.

Cross-country racers in Oslo, Minnesota, faced brutal weather for the USXC Oslo 100, with temperatures of -5 degrees plummeting to -25 degrees due to icy winds. The 24.6-mile course was just as difficult, with half made up of natural terrain and the other half following a winding river – and plenty of concrete-hard snowdrifts in the ditches. “Racing over this type of terrain is like driving a car over railroad tracks,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Racing technical coordinator Brian Strawsell. “It’s so unpredictable that it makes setting up the sleds particularly hard.” Nonetheless, despite various challenges during the day, Lindbom had it all sorted out by the time the Semi Pro Improved race lined up. Although he drew the last starting position of 16 drivers, he passed every other sled in his class after two long laps to win by an amazing 2 min. 30 sec. – a total domination of the event. In other results for Yamaha during the day, Ross Erdman and Lindbom both put in top-10 performances in the morning Pro Open event. Yamaha’s Josephsen added, “I’m proud of Ben and Brian for working through their early setup issues, and then coming back to win the Semi Pro Improved race.”

 

In spite of the brutal wind chill and snow dust adding to the challenge at the Lake Parlin 100, Erik Frigon set the third fastest Pro Open time to podium in the top race of the day.

Erik Frigon set the third fastest Pro Open time to podium in the top race of the day at the Lake Parlin 100.

Over in Parlin Pond, Maine, the 2013 USCC East series began with the equally frigid Lake Parlin 100. Here a five-mile course featured half woods trails and half frozen lake surface. Besides brutal wind chill, snow dust was a significant challenge, regardless of whether you were a race leader catching lappers or else a lapper yourself. Erik Frigon found this out after starting in fifth place and then working his way past the four sleds ahead of him one by one, ultimately setting the third fastest Pro Open time to grab a podium in the top race of the day. “It’s awesome to ride this Nytro RTX on such cold days – the motor runs so good!” he said happily. “Some of the two-strokes teams have to mess with jetting on a day like this but the Yamaha’s EFI gets the mixture right automatically. Plus the motor has a great powerband and tons of torque!” Backing up Frigon’s podium finish, 19-year-old Raymond Petrin finished second in the Pro 600 race on another Nytro RTX, a great result for his first-ever event on a Yamaha. As well, Scott Brownell finished third in Semi Pro Improved on a Nytro RTX and Michael Ewaschuk finished third in Sport Improved on a Nytro XTX. Congratulations all!

See the next episode of the Yamaha Racing Show covering the Oslo 100 cross country race and the broadcast footage of Doug Henry’s Adaptive Snocross race on the Yamaha Snowmobiles, USA Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/YamahaSnowmobilesUSA.

Parsons Collects Three Medals, Schultz Three-Peats

Posted on January 29th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Joe Parsons earned a silver at the X Games with his crowd pleasing Gator Wrestler backflip, with the added twist of landing it backward.

Joe Parsons earned a silver at the X Games with his crowd pleasing Gator Wrestler backflip.

Aspen CO January 28, 2013 – Joe Parsons topped all snowmobile competitors at Winter X 2013, collecting medals in each of the three events he entered, including silver in Freestyle and Best Trick. Parsons stepped up his game to carry the torch when his teammate and defending Best Trick winner Heath Frisby suffered two hard practice crashes on Thursday.

Frisby was forced to withdraw from the Freestyle competition and limped through the Speed and Style event, in which Parsons earned the bronze medal. Frisby did take part in Best Trick on Sunday night and appeared to have a winning run when he threw out his signature Underflip, but judges saw it differently. In his second run, Frisby tried to raise the bar even higher with a variation, but was unable to land the trick. Parsons then unleashed his Gator Wrestler backflip and added a new twist by landing it backward to the roar of the crowd, earning the silver.

In Snocross, Tim Tremblay raced to the first medal of his career finishing third and collecting the bronze. Tremblay was third off of the start and held his position throughout the race with a sizable margin over fourth. That position belonged to Warnert Racing’s Emil Ohman who battled back and fourth for the position before closing it out for his best career finish at Winter X.

Sweden’s Petter Narsa was competing in his first X Games and made an impressive debut in fifth, giving Ski-Doo three of the top five spots.

Mike Schultz put himself among rare X Games company, winning his fourth gold medal and third straight in Adaptive Snocross. Although Schultz is a perennial favorite in the event, the feat was not accomplished without drama.

In the morning practice session Schultz crashed, badly damaging his sled. Virtually everyone in the snocross pit area came to his aid, as mechanics from Warnert Racing and Scheuring Speed Sports stepped in to get Monster Mike to the starting line on time. Then, as the Adaptive final launched, Schultz tangled with another competitor and tipped over in the first turn restarting last. As the laps wound down, Schultz picked off competitors, making the pass for the win with one lap to go.

Garret Goodwin rounded out the podium in third, competing in his first X Games.

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GOLD MEDAL WINS FOR TEAM ARCTIC IN SNOCROSS AND CROSS-COUNTRY

Posted on January 28th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Tucker Hibbert Six-Peats at ESPN X Games; Ryan Simons Sweeps Oslo Cross-Country

Team Arctic's Ryan Simons at Oslo USXC (photo by ArcticInsider)

Team Arctic’s Ryan Simons at Oslo USXC
(photo by ArcticInsider)

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Jan. 28, 2013) – It was a gold-medal weekend for Team Arctic Racing, with emphatic wins by Tucker Hibbert at the ESPN X Games and another dominating performance by the team in USXC cross-country.

Hibbert’s historic seventh gold was also his sixth in a row, the first X Games athlete to achieve this feat. When the then-15-year-old catapult himself into the world spotlight by winning his first X Games gold in the year 2000, it was clear that Hibbert was destined for further snocross greatness. Including his seven gold medals, Hibbert has won 11 medals in his X Games career.

Team Arctic racers Derek Ellis and Logan Christian earned eighth and 14th in the Snocross final; Cory Davis took a silver in Speed & Style, a fourth in Best Trick and fifth in Freestyle; and Chris Heppding scored seventh in Snocross Adaptive.

For the first time this season in the USXC cross-country circuit, racers moved off of the lakes and onto ditch and river at the Oslo Merchants 100 in Oslo, Minn. The racers and their Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 and Sno Pro 500 machines proved equally dominant in the rough conditions, scoring wins in 17 of 20 classes including eight podium sweeps.

For the second time this season, Team Arctic Cat/Christian Brothers Racing champion Ryan Simons swept the Pro 600 and Pro Open classes at a single event, with his teammates Zach Herfindahl and Brian Dick taking second and third in the stock final. With help from pro teammates Wes Selby and Cody Kallock, Team Arctic took five of the top-10 places in both Pro events.

It was great weekend for Team Arctic.(Photo by John Hanson)

It was great weekend for Team Arctic.
(Photo by John Hanson)

“It was another great weekend for Team Arctic,” commented Race Manager Mike Kloety. “Tucker’s dominant performance at the X Games highlights the effort he and his team put into that event. And our success at the Oslo cross-country proves that our ProCross sleds are every bit as dominant in the rough stuff as they are on the lakes.”

The next national events for Team Arctic are the ISOC snocross race in Deadwood, S.D., Feb. 1-2, and the USXC I-500 in Thief River Falls Feb. 7-9.

 

 

 

Team Arctic Race Results from the Oslo Merchants 100 in Oslo, Minn.

Pro 600

1. Ryan Simons

2. Zach Herfindahl

3. Brian Dick

Pro Open

1. Ryan Simons

Semi Pro 600

1. Nathan Moritz

3. Tyler Johnsrud

Semi Pro Open

2. Timmy Kallock

Expert 85

1. Cole Lian

2. Chad Dyrdahl

3. Lance Efteland

 85 Improved

1. Benjamin Langaas

2. Chad Dyrdahl

3. Cole Lian

Masters 40

1. Jon Arneson

3. Steve Arneson

Masters 50 Plus

1. Don Rogers

2. Todd Hoyhtya

Sport 85

1. Wyatt Alby

2. Nathan Sillerud

3. Ross Engelstad

Sport 600

1. Garrett Johnson

2. Brandon Brodehl

Sport 600 Improved

1. Garth Reinking

3. Nathan Peters

Trail

3. Nathan Sillerud

Vintage 50 Plus

1. Gerry Mattison

Classic IFS

1. Brad Naplin

3. Tom Kallock

Women

1. Jolene Bute

Junior 10-13

1. John Langaas

2. Ean Voigt

3. Thomas Junglen

Junior 14-17

1. Cody Chubaty

2. Nathan Sillerud

3. Austin Reinertson

Jr. Girls 10-15

1. Mayce Brodehl

2. Cecily Nordstrom

3. Marissa Kallock

Jr. Girls 16-17

1. Callie Slominski

2. Kelsey Pladson

Tucker Hibbert Makes History at X Games with First-Ever Gold Medal Six-Peat

Posted on January 28th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Hibbert-Gold_©JohnHansonJanuary 28, 2013 – Monster Energy/Arctic Cat’s Tucker Hibbert permanently stamped his name in the record books Sunday afternoon by winning the first-ever gold medal six-peat at a (winter) X Games event at X Games Aspen 2013. Hibbert won his eleventh overall medal in a dominating run against the world’s top snocross riders on a one-minute long track stacked with big air jumps and technical rhythm sections.

Hibbert turned the fastest lap in practice giving him the number one seed for his qualifying round. He rode with aggression into the first turn and entered the first rhythm section third of 12 riders. With the top-five transferring into the final, he knew he was in a safe position but wanted to push his way to the front. By the end of lap two of eight, he moved into the lead and ran away with the win.

After spending time analyzing the track and start line before the final, he chose the second from the inside starting position. He launched off the line, slid into the first corner and got hooked with No. 837 Ross Martin. After momentarily balancing on one ski, he regained control and slotted into second place behind Martin. Near the end of lap one of 16, Hibbert made a clean pass on Martin in the sweeping right corner under the monster 100-ft double. From there, he pulled a gap and settled into the lead to win his seventh gold medal and the first-ever gold medal six-peat.

Next up for Hibbert are rounds seven and eight of the ISOC National Snocross tour this weekend in Deadwood, S.D. where he currently holds the points lead in the Pro Open Championship.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat:

Hibbert-XGames_©JohnHanson“The first corner of the main event got intense. I drove in pretty hard, slid sideways and got hooked with Ross (Martin). I thought for a second I was going to get spun around backwards but then realized it was okay. I knew I was second or third out of the first turn so I played it safe in the second corner because I knew there were a lot of guys around and behind me. Once I got around Ross, I kept pushing as hard as a could for a few laps to open a gap. Fortunately, I opened that gap pretty quick then just focused on going fast and not making any mistakes. By the last lap, I figured I was in a safe position so I started fist pumping a little early.

The track was awesome. It was super technical and got really rough, which is not normal for X Games. That mixed with the long lap times made it really fun. We don’t always get those big jumps and rhythm sections at a national event so it makes X different and special.

At first, I was just excited about the win and was thinking about how hard we (the team) worked to get ready. I was relieved a little bit. I didn’t think about the six-peat until people started asking and talking about it. It’s a cool feeling getting the six-peat. Maybe it hasn’t sunk in yet but I know it’s a honor to hold this record and it’s really cool to see Shaun White (Snowboard Superpipe) follow with his six-peat.”

Photos by John Hanson

Resources: tucker-hibbert.com • monsterenergy.com • arcticcat.com • xgames.com

Watch Tucker’s gold medal run: http://xgames.espn.go.com/video/8887977/tucker-hibbert-wins-snowmobile-snocross-gold