Archive for March, 2015

Christian Bros. Wrap Snocross Season in Lake Geneva

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

Fertile, Minnesota (March 19, 2015) – Looking to finish strong in season  points, Christian Brothers Racing entered the final event on the snocross national calendar this past March 13-15 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. The event was held on the slopes of the Grand Geneva Resort’s Mountain Top ski area and is perhaps the most anticipated event on the schedule. A three-race format for Pro Open riders, the team was busy all weekend trying to secure as many points as possible in this final event.

CB genevaSet solidly in the Top 5, Logan Christian entered the weekend determined to secure his season points. The first night of racing didn’t go as had hoped with Christian finishing in 12th. However, on Saturday Christian came out swinging and brought home a 5th place finish. He followed the up on Sunday with a 6th place finish. Christian ended the season 5th place overall in points on the ISOC National Championship Snocross Series.

“This was my best race weekend ever at Lake Geneva,” said Christian. “Then I capped my season off with a Top 5 points finish which made it even better. I have to thank the team, crew and sponsors for making it such a great season. I’ll be working hard to get ready for next season.”
Dave Joanis was looking to carry momentum from his Canadian sweep the weekend prior. Joanis scored a best finish of 7th on the weekend and finished in 7th place in season points.

“I’m happy to finish up the season in 7th place,” said Joanis. “There was no room for error at Lake Geneva and things went well, we got some good finishes. I can’t thank the Christian Brothers Racing team and crew enough for their support this season.”
Pro Lite riders only faced two finals in Lake Geneva, but the competition was tough and Tyler Adams fought to a best finish of 8th place on the weekend. The rookie Pro Lite rider finished 7th place in season points.

“Lake Geneva was tough, but a lot of fun,” said Adams. “With 1 win and three podiums, I couldn’t have asked for a better rookie Pro Lite season. I have to thank Christian Brothers Racing, my parents and my mechanic Mike for everything they did for me this season.”

Brian ThometzNine-year-old Brian Thometz from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, was the lucky winner of the final Arctic Cat ZR120 giveaway snowmobile. Congratulations Brian!

For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com.

ISOC Interview with Ryan Springer

Posted on March 23rd, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

MINNEAPOLIS (March 18, 2015) – Prior to the start of 2014-’15 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, season Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports/Polaris) wasn’t on the experts’ short list of potential champions. Springer himself said before start of the season he’d hoped to make the top five overall, along with maybe some front row starts in the main events.

springer interviewAnd if Springer’s very first Pro race at the Duluth (Minn.) National – where he didn’t even make the main event – was any indication, 2014-’15 was going to be a learning year for the rookie Pro Lite racer and defending National Sport class champion.

“Coming into the season and coming off the National Sport class championship I knew I had some speed,” said Springer. “But I knew I definitely had a lot of things to work on. There’s lot of fast guys in this class so I knew I not only had to be consistent, but that I could also never give up.”

Buckling down and grinding things out is nothing new to Springer. A high school varsity football three-way player/starter (DL/OL/Special Teams) and varsity baseball player, Springer understood well that relentless practice of your craft is paramount to success. And it didn’t hurt either that his first passion, which far out-weighed team sports, was the love of dirt bikes and motocross racing.

“I made the All-Area teams in both sports, but I was the kind of kid that was more focused on motocross, so I never tried that hard in the high school sports,” he said. “I made all the practices, went to all the camps, but my mind wasn’t into school sports – only motocross.”

What with the discipline that comes with daily practices and participating in team sports, along with a strong work ethic instilled by his parents and small farm-owning grandparents, Springer would parlay his passion for motocross to snowmobiles and set out to see what he could accomplish as a pro.

ISOC caught up with Ryan Springer and got his take on how this year’s AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite title would come his way, the road he took to get here and where that road’s leading him now.

ISOC: From motocross to snocross – that’s a transition that’s not at all uncommon in AMSOIL Championship Snocross. But you were a late-comer to the sport of snocross, only having raced for a couple years before turning pro. Talk a bit about how you crossed over, and what you learned in motocross that’s helped you with your snocross career.

Ryan Springer: “Growing up as a kid my dad always had old enduro sleds and I’d ride them for fun around the farms. But motocross definitely helped with my success on the sleds, along with all the hard work. I train year ‘round and paid for everything, l00-percent out of my pocket when I first started this sport (snocross). My parents said ‘We covered you racing motocross, now you’re on your own.’ So I know how much it cost for gas, food, a place to stay, entry fees, parts – all that. I can give you the exact dollar amount.”

ISOC: You didn’t get off to the greatest start on the opening day at Duluth, but then rallied big time on day two. And in the next two events (Fargo, N.D. & Shakopee, Minn.) you didn’t quite put up championship numbers either. So when did the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite title really start to come into full frame for you this year?

Ryan Springer: “You’re right, it started out pretty rough. First day at Duluth I didn’t even make the final. But the second day I won by 15 seconds. We went into Fargo, and that was also a bad weekend for myself. Canterbury was better, but I wasn’t able to put together a win. So as far as when things turned around I’d have to say Deadwood (S.D.). The first day I finished 5th or something, though I thought I raced pretty well. Then the second say I won.”

ISOC: That brought us to New York and the Seneca Allegany U.S. Air Force National where you went 1st/1st. From there, if there was any question as to who the favorite was as season’s midpoint, your name now had to be mentioned amongst Leighton, Carlson, Muller and Johnstad.

Ryan Springer: “I think that’s where I definitely started climbing up in the points, and I can look back at New York knowing that we did very well.”

ISOC: Did the season surprise you at all, or were you confident all along that you could race with the returning stars of the Pro Lite class?

Ryan Springer: “I never thought – before Duluth – that I’d be the one leading the championship. I was hoping to make the front row in the main events, dabble for the podium a couple times there. But never did I think I’d win almost half of the races. So I think I surprised myself, along with a lot of other people. And I couldn’t be happier with that.”

ISOC: By midseason the points were really close. Your teammate Andrew Carlson was in the hunt, Trevor Leighton was leading, Travis Muller and James Johnstad were close, and Elias Ishoel came out of nowhere as was in the top five. Including yourself, there was like six guys that could have won this. But out of all of them you became the guy to beat. Was there any added pressure on you being up in front?

Ryan Springer: “The first half of the season there was like six different winners and the points were really tight and I knew anything could happen. So when I did well in Deadwood, then swept New York, people started to realize that ‘Alright, Springer’s starting to turn it up.’ And some of the guys I was racing against had been in this class for four or five years. Myself, in my rookie year, I didn’t have the pressure that everyone else did. I was just going out there and having fun, did the best I could. So I think after I held that red plate for a bit, especially coming out of Michigan (Springer went 1st/1st again), that turned the pressure into confidence.

“I told myself ‘Hey, I won the last six out of seven races and I know for sure if you just get a top five start, ride smart and smooth, that’s all I gotta do.’”

ISOC: So you pretty much wrapped up the Pro Lite title prior Lake Geneva (Wis.). Was that fun to be able to share the championship with your team, then run the Pro Open class on the final day?

Ryan Springer: “Yeah, I hopped on the mod there Sunday at Lake Geneva. Felt I rode pretty well, but granted, I made couple mistakes.”

ISOC: One rewarding aspect of the Carlson Motorsports/Polaris team is that your mechanic, Josh Groen, is actually your boss in real life. That’s a rather unique relationship given the pro racer is usually the boss – and hires the mechanic. How did that relationship between you and Josh work out so well, or could it be difficult at times?

Ryan Springer: “Oh, no, not at all. I don’t get that worked up about mechanical stuff. I stay really focused. (Note: Springer’s workmates call him the “Surgeon” given his precise skills on heavy equipment.) Granted, I’ve only been in this sport for a couple years, but I know how it goes. You’re going to have mechanical failures, you’re gonna have bad weekends, you’re gonna fall, you’re gonna crash … there’s so many different things that can happen, and that’s why it’s called Racing. If an engine goes down or I break the suspension I never get worked up … that’s just the way it goes.”

ISOC: Well, again, congrats from everyone at ISOC on your Pro Lite title and Pro class Rookie of the Year crown. To win one’s huge. To win both in the same year’s unbelievable. What do you have going on here this summer, and are you returning to AMSOIL Championship Snocross next year to defend you Pro Lite championship?

Ryan Springer: “We’re busy tearing down some sleds now, putting them all back together for next year. I’ve also got a (Polaris) Razor deal with Bikeman Performance out of St. Croix Falls, Wis. I’ll be running the GNCC Series, along with a bunch of Iowa stuff as well. There’s 20-some races this summer and I’ll be racing a Polaris 900s and a Polaris 1000 Open. So I’ll be moving over to those rides here next week, start getting them dialed in and comfortable.

“After that the plan is for both Andrew (Carlson) and myself to likely run Pro Open next year.”

ISOC: Right on. Well thanks again, Ryan, for taking the time to talk about your improbable Pro Lite championship run in your rookie year. Best of luck racing UTVs this summer. We’ll for sure keep an eye out for you on the GNCC Series.

Ryan Springer: “Thanks and I look forward to seeing snocross fans at the races this summer, Hay Days and back at Duluth this November. Have a great summer!”

Carlson Motorsports/Polaris is backed by: AMSOIL, Sportech, PMC, Best Western, FXR, Fox, Cornerstone, Lube Tech, MN Bolt and Bayer.

ISOC would like to thank its series sponsors, as without them the “Greatest Show on Snow” would not be possible. A hearty “Thanks” to: AMSOIL, Ram Trucks, the United States Air Force, Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, FXR, Dayco, Hayes Brakes, Stud Boy, Pirtek, Prinoth, Jimmy John’s, Nielsen Enterprises, Fox Shocks an Michelob Golden Light.

Team Arctic Earns ISOC 2015 Top Honors

Posted on March 18th, 2015 in Sledder News

Thief River Falls, Minnesota (March 18, 2015) – Team Arctic’s world class contingent of snocross racers capped a successful 2015 ISOC National tour by scoring six wins and the premier championship title during the final rounds of competition in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Hibbert and his team redefined what it means to be #1.

Hibbert and his team redefined what it means to be #1.

Tucker Hibbert once again delivered a performance for the ages, winning three consecutive Pro Open finals at Lake Geneva while capturing his ninth career high point championship title. Hibbert’s season was beyond compare, with the tenacious drive scoring 13 of 17 ISOC Pro open finals, breaking the 100 National win mark (with 108 wins by season end) and donning his eighth consecutive X Games gold medal.

Team Arctic’s Montana Jess made a successful return to racing at Lake Geneva after sitting out several rounds to recover from an injury he suffered earlier this season, with the resilient racer taking a big win in the Sport class. Trent Wittwer extended his lock on the Amateur class at Lake Geneva by scoring yet another win. And Ryley Bester delivered a truly dominant performance in the Jr. Novice class, winning every heat and final.

“We run out of superlatives to say about Tucker Hibbert and his team,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Their dedication and success set the standard, while pushing the boundaries for what’s possible.

“Likewise, we’re grateful for all the Team Arctic racers and crews who compete in ISOC snocross. Their dedication and success inspire us to build better snowmobiles, and to aim for even greater success next season.”

Springer and Carlson Go 1-2 in ISOC Pro Lite Points Championship

Posted on March 18th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Elk River, Minnesota (March 18, 2015) – A perfect ending to what can only be described as a season of domination by Carlson Motorsports unfolded at the Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin this past weekend. Pro-Lite rookie Ryan Springer won the year-end crown with relative ease and teammate Andrew Carlson finished strong on Sunday with a podium and enough points to slot in behind Springer for second place overall in the Pro-Lite rankings.

Springer and his well deserved awards.

Springer and his well deserved awards.

“I’m not sure we could have ever predicted this kind of finish to the season,” said an obviously jubilant team owner Chris Carlson. “This was an entire team effort…everyone worked together seamlessly and obviously both riders rode with unbelievable conviction and confidence. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Conviction might be an understatement, especially when considering how fresh Ryan Springer is to the national tour. He burst onto the scene last season as a rookie in the National Sport division, where he won the year-end championship. He followed it up this year with one of the most commanding performances ever witnessed in the Pro-Lite ranks, winning early and often, taking his first pro win in Duluth and following it up with a string of six wins in seven races to put a stranglehold on the top spot. His season performance also earned him Rookie of the Year honors.

As surprising as Springer’s performance might be, the consistency of Andrew Carlson is just as impressive…maybe more so. In three seasons in the Pro-Lite ranks, Carlson has been a consistent top-performer, collecting a slew of podiums and finishing fifth, second and second respectively in the year-end standings.

Consistent riding earned Carlson the #2 points spot.

Consistent riding earned Carlson the #2 points spot.

Lake Geneva was another weekend of success for the team, even with Springer riding “safe” in Saturday’s final and finishing second, ensuring himself the championship. Carlson also gained a podium finish on Sunday with a third, and National Sport rider Andrew Lindholm captured a second place finish on Saturday.

With the championship locked up, Springer made his debut in Pro-Open on Sunday and quickly dismissed any doubts that he has the speed to compete with the best riders in the world. Despite crashing out in the LCQ, Ryan finished second in a qualifying heat, besting year-end runner up Tim Tremblay in the process.

Next season both riders will compete in the sport’s premiere Pro-Open class and both appear to have the skills and mental toughness to succeed. What’s more, Andrew Carlson will only take a brief hiatus from racing before settling in behind the wheel of a trophy truck as he makes his first full-season debut in the TORC off-road closed-course series starting in May.

Racing highlights from the weekend will be televised on CBS Sports with complete day one (round #16) coverage airing April 12 at a time yet to be determined (check www.isocracing.com for details); and day two (round #17) broadcast April 19 at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (central).

The entire Carlson Motorsports team would like to give a special thanks to all of their sponsors and fans who helped to make this past season one of the most successful ever! You can stay abreast of all the team happenings throughout the off-season and follow Andrew Carlson and his TORC series endeavors on their website www.carlsonmoto.com or follow them on Facebook @CarlsonMotoor Twitter #CarlsonMoto. You can also follow Pro Lite racer Andrew Carlson via Twitter @151Carlson.

 

Ski-Doo Racers Snag ISOC Points Championships

Posted on March 18th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

Valcourt, Quebec, (March 18, 2015) – BRP Ski-Doo X-Team racer Elias Ishoel rode at a torrid pace no one could match to take both Pro Lite wins at the ISOC Snocross Racing season finale March 13-15 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Ski-Doo racers Kurt Bauerly (Pro Vet), Marica Renheim (Pro-Am Women) and Garret Goodwin (Adaptive) joined him on the top step of the podium to wrap up a great season for the ISOC X-Team Racers and the MXZx 600RS sled.

Bauerly and Renheim won season championships in their classes; Ishoel grabbed second in the penultimate Pro Lite class and Tim Tremblay placed second in the Pro Open class.

Ishoel soars to another Pro Lite victory

Ishoel soars to another Pro Lite victory

Young Elias Ishoel really stole the show all weekend as he put on a demonstration of skill and determination around the brutally punishing Lake Geneva track – even winning from the back row after being penalized for jumping the start on Sunday. His downhill leaps were awe-inspiring as he made his way to the front of the pack in each of the finals.

In Pro Open, former champion and top contender Tim Tremblay had a rough weekend but managed to retain his second place in the season points championship standings.

The Bauerly family has a long history of snowmobile racing and the latest to step up with a big trophy was Kurt. He has been strong in the Pro Vet class all year and continued his winning ways in Geneva with the win and season championship, but the guy pushing him hardest was cousin Ross who finished third on the weekend and second overall in points.

Class champs Renheim and Kurt Bauerly

Class champs Renheim and Kurt Bauerly

Women Pro-Am racer Marica Renheim has been dominant all year, winning every final and the season championship. But she had some serious competition from fellow Ski-Doo racer and new comer Megan Brodeur who made Renheim work for the wins on more than one occasion – often times leading race laps. Congrats to both ladies on their domination of the class.

In Sport class Kamryn Anderson had a breakout weekend, finishing on the podium twice with a third place on Saturday and a second on Sunday – his first top three finishes of the year on the longest, toughest (and most fun) track.

Notable Lake Geneva Finishes:

-Adam Renheim 4th Pro Open on Saturday

-John Stenberg 5th Pro Open on Sunday

-Maxime Taillefer 6th Pro Lite Saturday

-Maxime Taillefer 5th Pro Lite Sunday

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