Archive for February, 2016

Ski-Doo Leads Pack in Iron Dog Race

Posted on February 29th, 2016 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

(February 29, 2016 – Valcourt, QC)  – BRP Ski-Doo X-Team racers Tyler Aklestad and Tyson Johnson won the 2016 Iron Dog race in Alaska Saturday. The duo won in record fashion, shattering the existing time for the 3268 km (2,031 mile) race through the Alaskan bush by five minutes. The Ski-Doo team of Brad George and Robby Schachle took third.

iron dog 16The multi-day race is the ultimate test of snowmobile durability and performance as it runs over several days from Anchorage to Nome to Fairbanks – just 23 of the 41 teams starting the race made it to the end. At the finish, teams on Ski-Doo snowmobiles placed in 6 of the top 10 spots, and Ski-Doo had the highest percentage of finishing racers with 84% (vs. 53%, 50% and 25% for competitive brands).

This was Johnson’s 18th and Aklestad’s 13th Iron Dog races, and despite running near the front almost every event, this was finally the year they broke through for a win. And in impressive fashion, averaging 57 miles per hour and finishing a full 37 minutes ahead of the second place team. At the finish line, both the racers and their Ski-Doo MXZ sleds looked fresh and almost new.

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

Ski-Doo Reveals New REV Platform & 850 E-TEC Engine

Posted on February 24th, 2016 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Dallas, TX, February 23, 2016 – BRP, the number one snowmobile manufacturer in the world, presented a new snowmobile platform and a new engine together for the first time in 20 years during its semi-annual dealer meeting in Dallas, Texas. The combination delivers Ski-Doo snowmobiles that are effortless with precise handling and thrilling power.

new sdThis new platform/engine combination, available on 2017 Summit mountain, MXZ trail performance and Renegade crossover models, pushes the limits of innovation and creativity to unmatched levels.

“We revolutionized the snowmobile in 2003 with the original REV platform by completely changing how consumers rode. Once again, we challenged ourselves to re-think a snowmobile from a blank sheet of paper by designing it around the rider to give them the best experience on snow,” said José Boisjoli, BRP’s president and CEO. “The new Rotax 850 E-TEC engine is the most sophisticated snowmobile 2-stroke engine in the world, delivering an unmatched combination of power, responsiveness, fuel economy and oil economy, all in a lightweight, unique and durable package. The project’s code name was ICE, for Incredible Consumer Experience, and I am confident that is exactly what these new vehicles will be for snowmobilers.”

By specifically designing the engine and platform together, BRP is able to provide snowmobile riders with a host of benefits that redefine agility in deep snow and precision on the trails. The vehicle is extremely narrow and bodywork is minimized, giving the rider more room to maneuver. The additional room combined with new ergonomic improvements such as bevelled tunnel, Ergo-Step side panels, open toe holds and a unique forward-adjustable riser allow riders to customize their riding position to their style. The vehicle’s weight is also centralized from side-to-side, giving snowmobilers even more control over the sled.

Under the hood is the next generation of BRP’s E-TEC direct-injection technology in the form of the Rotax 850 E-TEC 2-stroke engine. It unleashes 165 horsepower, 10 more than its predecessor. Riders will also appreciate its 30% quicker response, which instantly delivers the extra power. This new powerplant provides Ski-Doo sleds with the best power-to-weight ratio in the industry for both mountain and trail segments. Even with these improvements in performance, snowmobiles with this engine cover 40% more distance per litre of oil and maintain the same impressive fuel economy when compared to the Rotax 800R E-TEC engine.*

More than 90 new accessories will be available for the new Ski-Doo models when they go on sale in the fall, adding function, features and style. The collection includes everything from windshields to GPS systems to several new items for customizing the fit to a rider’s style. Also of note are redesigned fuel caddy and tunnel bags using BRP’s exclusive and popular LinQ cargo system. The cargo bag can be attached to the top of the fuel can, so owners of shorter- tracked sleds can now attach both items, a feature requested by consumers.

Much of the Ski-Doo riding gear line was also redesigned for 2017 with dynamic color offerings and improved fit and style.

Full details on the 2017 Ski-Doo snowmobiles, Spring Fever promotion and spring tours are available at the all-new www.ski-doo.com.

* Based on internal BRP testing of MXZ X 850 E-TEC model.

Herfindahl Takes Second at Snow Boundaries Race

Posted on February 24th, 2016 in Sledder News

Fertile, MN (February 24, 2016) – Christian Brothers Racing cross-country rider Zach Herfindahl lined up against more than 50 other Pro riders to compete in the Snow Boundaries cross-country snowmobile race February 20, 2016. ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, hosted the event and its well-known snocross course was integrated into the 6-mile cross-country course, providing a format where the 5,000 fans could see a good part of each lap. Pro riders raced 10-laps and were required to make a fuel stop, although technically they did not have to take fuel, only make the stop in the refueling area.

herf sbHerfindahl was fastest around the course on the first lap and was leading on the time charts for the first half of the race. However, the reigning cross-country points champion began to run into problems mid-race.

“I came out strong the first few laps then I struggled with arm pump for a while,” Herfindahl said. “Towards the end it finally went away and I was able to put in some strong laps and finish in second place.”

The event was unique in that there were only two classes – Pro and Ditchbanger – with over 220 total riders entered across both classes. The format was unique as well, with riders leaving in flights of 8 at timed intervals. With only a sight lap to go off, the field was thrown in the deep end in true, old-school cross-country racing style.

“It was a ton of fun,” said Herfindahl. “I wish I could have finished on top, but I’ll take second. I can’t wait for next year’s event!”

Next up for Christian Brothers Racing is the Ram Trucks Snocross National February 26-27, 2016, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and the USXC Seven Clans Warroad 200 in Warroad, Minnesota.

Follow Christian Brothers Racing this season on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com.

Red Bull Snow Boundaries Draws 4,800 Fans to ERX

Posted on February 22nd, 2016 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

WinnerElk River, MN (February 20, 2016) – After conquering one of the most unique and difficult course layouts in the competitive snowmobiling world, Levi LaVallee (Open Class) and Anthony Smith (Ditchbanger Class) sat atop of the podium for the first ever Red Bull Snow Boundaries. Designed to push each rider and their machine to the limit, the first year event featured a grueling 8-mile loop where racers faced an unrelenting onslaught of natural and man-made terrain including tight wooded trails, high-speed swamps, vertical climbs, frozen ponds, and big air snocross.

Beating out a field of more than 60 professional racers, X-Games legend and Snocross champion Levi LaVallee came back from over a minute behind to take the lead in the grueling 75-minute “Open” race. After overcoming everything from disintegrating frozen swamps to 100-foot jumps, Levi was proud to be the winner of the intense competition.

“It’s awesome to win the first ever Red Bull Snow Boundaries. I didn’t anticipate it at all,” said LaVallee. “[The win] caught me a little off guard, because the goal here was to go out and have fun – and I’m great at fun, so that’s what I was going to do. It’s a timed race, so I wasn’t worried about it while I was out there, but after I wheeled myself through that last lap and found out I won, I couldn’t have been more excited.”

Zach Herfindahl, who was leading the opening half of the race, was engaged in a gritty man and machine vs. terrain fight as the unforgiving course destroyed his snowmobile’s windshield, and forced him to grind along without eye protection. Despite the challenge, he was able to finish second, being edged out by LaVallee. “The course was brutal, unbelievable, but I had a great time. I will definitely be racing in this event if it happens again, it was a lot of fun,” said the mud-covered Herfindahl.

CompetitorsWhile LaVallee’s feat of winning against fellow professionals was impressive, Anthony Smith’s victory in a Ditchbanger race featuring more than 150 competitors was perhaps more of an achievement. With nearly three times as many sleds on the same course as the pros, Smith was able to hang on to his fast start, traverse a course riddled with broken machines and racers who had given up, and outlast the competition.

Smith, said after his win, “I got really tired, was just trying to hold on to my lead. In the middle of the race I became exhausted, but as I closed in on the finish adrenaline kicked in and I gave it all I got.” Smith, a father of two, was honestly surprised he won, citing that “I’m the fastest of my friends, but I had no idea that this would happen. I know that my 12-year old son is going to be so pumped.”

A Deal to Start Your Weekend Right

Posted on February 19th, 2016 in Sledder News

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