Archive for May, 2013

International Snowmobile Congress Coming to Green Bay, Wisconsin June 6-8

Posted on May 31st, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

ISCThe Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs invites the snowmobile world to Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 5-8 for the 45th annual International Snowmobile Congress.

The 45th annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) will be held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, on June 6-8, 2013, hosted by the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs.  ISC 2013 will bring together nearly 500 attendees, most of which are the leaders in snowmobiling on the state, providential and national level.

ISC is held once a year to bring snowmobilers from the US, Canada, Sweden, and Russia together for three days of meetings and exchanging of ideas.  The event will include meetings of all of the major snowmobile organizations including the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA), the International Snowmobile Council (ISC), the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO), the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA), the International Snowmobile Media Council (ISMC), the International Snowmobile Tourism Council (ISTC), and the Iron Dog Brigade.

The three day event will begin with Wisconsin Department of Tourism Secretary, Stephanie Klett as the welcome speaker.  There will be numerous breakout sessions on a variety of topics addressing important issues affecting snowmobiling.  The sessions will educate the registrants on such issues as multiple use of trails, landuse, environmental clean snowmobiles and tips on the use of trail grooming equipment.  Many of the manufacturers of trial grooming equipment will have their latest machines on display.  Thursday evening will treat the attendees to a trip to the famous Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, including passes to the Packer’s Hall of Fame and the Packer Pro Shop.

The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is honored to host ISC 2013 and want to thank all of the Wisconsin businesses that are helping to sponsor the event.

More information on the event can be found at www.isc2013.org .

BRP and the F1 Grand Prix Du Canada: A Perfect Fit

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

Valcourt, Québec, May 30, 2013 – BRP (TSX:DOO) is making its debut at the Formula One (F1) Grand Prix du Canada on June 7-8-9, 2013 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal, Québec. While BRP has, for the third straight year, designed and produced the winning trophies, it will welcome the public at its booth near the Pont du Cosmos. BRP has also loaned 40 Can-Am vehicles to be used by F1 teams and race administration.

“We are very pleased to have BRP as a partner this year,” said François Dumontier, president and CEO of Octane Racing Group Inc., promoter of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. “To have a Québec-based manufacturer and reputed company like BRP exhibit its products and have access to their high end vehicles is certainly a great help.”

BRP will further host all F1 fans at its booth, and provide an opportunity for all to have their photograph taken with the 2013 F1 Grand Prix du Canada 1st place trophy. A display of many of its products will be presented to the general public, and they will have the chance to participate in a contest. BRP will also have a special karting display, including a kart simulator, to highlight the 30th anniversary of Rotax kart engines.

“All F1 pilots started their careers on racing karts. Considering that BRP’s Rotax engines have been powering karts for the past 30 years, many F1 champions, such as Jenson Button and Kimi Räikkönen, participated in the Rotax MAX Challenge,” said José Boisjoli, president and CEO. “Racing goes back a long way at BRP. We started with Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobile racing, Sea-Doo PWC World Championships, and the Grand National Cross Country series for ATVs and SSVs. It is a logical–and thrilling–step for us to participate in such a premium powersports event.”

Car racing and BRP are closely linked. BRP organizes the annual Rotax MAX Challenge racing series that culminates with the Grand Finals, playing host last year in Portugal to over 275 racers from among 60 countries. The winner of these Grand Finals over the past two years were racing for Canada – Ben Cooper (2012) and Pier-Luc Ouellette (2011) – and they will both be on site during a special karting event on Friday. This year’s Rotax MAX Grand Finals will be in held in New Orleans, Louisiana – the first time in North America.

Forty BRP vehicles will be circulating at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during race weekend. Three of these, Can-Am Commander side-by-side vehicles, have been on site for three months now helping to prepare the scene for the great race.

Polaris Hillclimbers Win 11 of 15 RMSHA Pro Points Titles

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Keith Curtis Wins 5 Titles, Erin Beukelman Wins Three

POL_MY14_Race-550x260_v1MEDINA, MN (April 24, 2013) – Polaris snowmobilers hillclimbers demonstrated total terrain domination on the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Assn. (RMSHA) circuit this past winter, winning 11 Pro class points titles, all three Semi-Pro points crowns, two Women’s points titles and the lion’s share of King of the Hill honors at the circuit’s five points events.

Leading the way were Polaris racers Keith Curtis, who won points titles in five Pro classes and won Stock King of the Hill at all five points events, Erin Beukelman – winner of three points titles and a three-time King of the Hill winner (two Modified, one Improved Stock) – and Luke Rainey, Cole Willford and Tyson Thomas, who each won a points championship.

Polaris terrain domination was most dramatic in the Pro Stock classes, where Polaris hillclimbers won all four of the premier classes and filled the top 10 in the standings. Polaris racers:

• Finished 1-2 in Pro 600 Stock points and claimed six top-10 spots.

• Finished 1-2-3 in Pro 700 Stock points and earned six top-10 positions.

• Totally dominated in Pro 800 stock, which a Polaris racer won at every event, leading to Polaris hillclimbers finishing first through sixth in points.

• Claimed five top-10 spots in Pro 1000 Stock points, a class won by Keith Curtis at four of five events.

Polaris Racers Claim 11 Pro Class Points Titles

The RMSHA has 15 Pro classes, and Polaris racers earned the points titles in 11 of those classes. Polaris champions included:

• Keith Curtis, who won points titles in Pro 600 Stock, Pro 800 Stock, Pro 1000 Stock, Pro 800 Modified, and Pro Open Modified.

• Erin Beukelman, champion in Pro 800 Improved Stock, Pro 1000 Improved Stock and Pro 700 Modified. He was also second in Pro 800 Modified and third in Pro 800 Stock.

• Luke Rainey won the Pro 700 Stock points title and was second in Pro 1000 Stock, third in Pro Open Modified, and fourth in Pro 800 Stock and Pro 800 Modified points.

• Cole Willford won the Pro 600 Modified title and was third in Pro 700 Modified, fourth in Pro Open Modified, sixth in Pro 1000 Stock, and eighth in Pro 800 Modified.

• Tyson Thomas won the Pro Masters Modified championship and was fourth in Pro Masters Stock and Pro Masters Improved Stock, 14th in Pro 600 Modified, and 15th in Pro Open Modified.

Polaris Racers Pack The Top 10 In Several Class Standings

• Tyler Crockett claimed second place in three classes: Pro 800 Stock, Pro 1000 Improved Stock and Pro 600 Modified. He was also fourth in Pro 800 Improved Stock and fifth in Pro 700 Modified.

• Dolan Phelps finished second in Pro 600 Stock points, fifth in Pro 1000 Improved Stock, and seventh in Pro 700 Stock and Pro 800 Improved Stock.

• Les Keller finished second in Pro 700 Stock points, fifth in Pro 1000 Stock, sixth in Pro 800 Stock and Pro 1000 Improved Stock, and seventh in Pro 600 Stock.

• Michael Crockett finished second in Pro 700 Modified points, fourth in Pro 600 Modified, ninth in Pro 1000 Stock, 10th in Pro 800 Modified, and 11th in Pro Open Modified.

• Sandy Sletten took third in Pro 700 Stock and Pro 600 Improved Stock points, fourth in Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700 Improved Stock, and ninth in Pro 800 Improved Stock.

• Brandon Titensor was fifth in Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700 Stock points, eighth in Pro 700 Modified, ninth in Pro 600 Modified, and 13th in Pro 600 Improved Stock.

• Aaron Sterck was fifth in Pro 800 Stock and Pro 600 Modified points, sixth in Pro 700 Modified, seventh in Pro Open Modified, and 12th in Pro 800 Modified.

• Charles Lopeman took fifth in Pro Masters Stock and Pro Masters Modified points, and seventh in Pro Masters Improved Stock.

• Travis Spencer was sixth in Pro Masters Improved Stock points, seventh in Pro Masters Stock, eighth in Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700 Stock, and 13th in Pro Masters Modified.

• Robert Jaskolski was sixth in Pro Masters Modified points and eighth in Pro Masters Improved Stock.

• Keith Jackson finished eighth in Pro 600 Improved Stock points, and 13th in Pro 600 Stock, Pro 700 Stock and Pro 700 Improved Stock.

• Jim Marshall was eighth in Pro Masters Modified points and ninth in Pro Masters Improved Stock.

• Babe Meyers finished 12th in Pro Masters Modified points and 13th in Pro Masters Improved Stock.

• Rick Marshall was 14th in Pro Masters Improved Stock and 17th in Pro Masters Modified.

Polaris Racers Claim the Most ‘King’ Crowns

At each RMSHA event, class winners compete for King of the Hill honors, and Polaris hillclimbers earned the most “King” crowns throughout the season.

Keith Curtis won Stock King of the Hill at all five RMSHA points events and he won Modified King of the Hill at three of five points events, giving him eight of a possible 15 Pro King titles for the season. Erin Beukelman won Modified King of the Hill honors at two events and won Improved Stock King of the Hill once.

Justin Thomas won Semi-Pro King of the Hill twice, Toby Shepherd won Semi-Pro King honors once, and Shelley Heap won Women’s Queen of the Hill honors once.

Polaris Racers Earn Three Semi-Pro & Two Women’s Titles

Justin Thomas won points titles in Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Improved Stock, and he finished third in Semi-Pro Modified points.

Toby Shepherd won the Semi-Pro Modified title and was third in Semi-Pro Stock points. He was also named RMSHA Racer of the Year.

Taylor Wilkes finished fourth in Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Modified points, and eighth in Semi-Pro Improved Stock. Tavren Rupp took third in Semi-Pro Improved Stock points, eighth in Semi-Pro Stock, and 14th in Semi-Pro Modified.

Polaris racer Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock points title and the Women’s Improved Stock crown. She was also second in Women’s Modified. Raysha Nielsen finished second in Women’s Stock and Women’s Improved Stock points and third in Women’s Modified.

Polaris racers claimed the top seven spots in the Juniors points standings, led by champion Tanner Meyers. Finishing firth through seventh, in order, were: Tanner Meyers, Kameron Lindsay, Costner Eborn, Rayden Gladfelder, Hunter Ledford, Seth Coiner, and Tristan Spencer.

Congratulations to Todd Suhs of Waupaca, Wis.

Posted on May 15th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Winner

Congratulations to Todd Suhs of Waupaca, Wis., for winning the first SnoPod “Tell Us About This Photo” drawing. Suhs, who is a regular commenter, wins a new HMK Stealth snowmobile jacket and a special prize from the C.J. Ramstad archives: C.J.’s bib from the 2002 Ride With The Champs.

This also means SnoPod has clicked re-start on the contest for the next year. If you can give any information about SnoPod images — such as location, the event or people — you will then be entered into a drawing for a way cool prize package, just like Todd received. New images are posted daily, and drawing entries are limited to one per day, per person. Drawing will be held on April 30th, 2014 – winners will be notified by email. Join us on Facebook; get the Picture Of the Day, and more chances to win!

2014 SKI-DOO MX ZX 600RS – SNEAK PEEK

Posted on May 8th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Valcourt, QC May 7, 2013 – The Valcourt Race Shop team is working hard this summer to finalize snowmobile configurations in preparation for the coming season. While it will be September before all the final specs are released on the 2014 MXZ x 600RS race sled, a few general things are known and can be shared.

2014 MXZx 600 RS Basics

• New Body Style

• New Rear Suspension

• New Track

• New Tunnel

• New Front Suspension Geometry

• New Steering Geometry

• Increased cooling capacity

• Improved Clutch Calibration

• Improved ECM Calibration

• More HP

Concentration has been on improved holeshots, easier steering and better suspension calibrations for the snocross set-up with more details to follow September 6 at Hay Days.

Racers can go to http://xteam.ski-doo.com/en-us/racers-resources, to download an application before the deadline of May 15.

For more information on Ski-Doo snowmobiles visit www.ski-doo.com, or the On Track blog site for racing specific information.