Monthly Archives: March 2011

Team Arctic Takes Four ISOC National Championships

Photo by John Hanson

Five Class Victories at Lake Geneva to Conclude Championship-Winning Season

A season of victories in ISOC National snocross competition came to a close this past weekend in Lake Geneva, Wis., where Team Arctic racers threw down one final display of domination that notched five class wins and four class championships.

Fulfilling the promise made by his decision to race the entire snocross season, Team Arctic/Monster Energy’s Tucker Hibbert claimed both the Pro Stock and Pro Open championships with conservative rides in pouring rain conditions at Geneva. The cautious approach netted Hibbert both championships, leaving him healthy and primed to finish the season at the FIM World Snocross Championships in Finland.

Rising to the occasion in Lake Geneva with his best finish of the season, Team Arctic’s Dan Ebert took second in Pro Stock, followed closely by Garth Kaufman. Ebert ended the season fifth overall in both classes, with Kaufman finishing fourth in Stock and sixth in Open.

Even more impressive, between Hibbert, Ebert, Kaufman, Johan Lidman and Logan Christian, Team Arctic accounted for five of the top-10 in both Pro classes.

Cody Thomsen used Lake Geneva to put an exclamation mark on his season in Semi Pro, emphatically winning both finals during the weekend en route to the class championship. His factory Team Arctic teammate, Kyle Pallin, suffered tough luck at the final round and finished the season third in points.

With another win at Lake Geneva, Carly Davis successfully regained the Pro Women championship title that she first won in 2009, but narrowly lost last season. Joshua Zelinski took his first win of the season in the Pro Plus 30 class, where he finished second overall in points.

In addition to the high point championships, Logan Christian was named the ISOC Pro Rookie of the Year; Johan Lidman is the Pro Privateer of the Year; Christian Bros. Racing is Team of the Year; and Team Arctic won the Team Spirit award.

“Winning five individual classes, four of six ISOC National Championships and those additional awards emphasizes the talent of our racers, the capability of our Sno Pro race sleds and strength of the entire Team Arctic program,” exclaimed Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Every week I comment about the pride I and the Arctic Cat family of employees, dealers and riders have for these racers because it’s true, and because they deserve it.”

Hibbert, Kaufman, Christian, Lidman and Thomsen will conclude their 2011 snocross campaign at the FIM Snocross World Championships in Finland on March 26-27.


Team Arctic’s Ryan Simons Wins USCC Pro Championship

In three different racing disciplines, during two days of fierce competition, Team Arctic racers climbed farther, raced faster and flew higher to claim an astonishing 33 class victories, including the coveted USCC Pro Championship. Even for a team so familiar with the winner’s circle, this was one March weekend that won’t soon be forgotten.

In the final two races of the USCC cross-country season, Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates D.J. Ekre and Ryan Simons proved why they are among the fastest cross-country racers of a generation, with Ekre taking his third win of the season while Simons claimed the Pro High-Point Championship.

Their exploits were bolstered by the kind of dominance that has typified cross-country racing in recent years, with Team Arctic racers winning 21 separate classes during the two-race weekend in Warroad, Minn., including podium sweeps of the Pro 600, Semi Pro 600 and all 85-hp classes.

A similar story unfolded at the penultimate round of the ISOC National Snocross Series in Elko, Minn., where Team Arctic/Monster Energy’s Tucker Hibbert delivered another double-win weekend, taking both the Pro Stock and Pro Open classes to bolster his championship points lead heading into the final races of the season.

Factory Team Arctic’s dynamic-duo of Cody Thomsen and Kyle Pallin put on a veritable clinic in the Semi Pro classes at Elko. Thomsen took victory in the first final on Saturday, with Pallin taking second, then traded places with Pallin winning the Sunday final ahead of Thomsen. Like Hibbert, Thomsen appears locked-in to win his class championship next weekend in Lake Geneva, Wis.

At the David Sheppard Memorial Hillclimb in Lost Trail, Mont., Team Arctic’s high-mountain men and women notched eight class victories aboard their M Series machines, taking wins in the 600, 700, 800 and Open classes.

“Winning a total of 33 classes in the three premier race circuits during a single weekend of competition is a remarkable performance,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “I’d go so far as calling it legendary.

“It was especially gratifying to see Ryan Simons claim his first season championship, taking the Pro 600 title in USCC. Winning a championship is the dream of all top racers, but it’s an accomplishment experienced by a select few. Ryan and his crew battled through injury to prove their strength and constancy, which is something we’re all proud of.”

Pro Podium Sweep at Hayward Snocross for Team Arctic

Three of Team Arctic’s finest pro snocrossers delivered a dramatic, podium-sweeping performance at the ISOC National in Hayward, Wis.

With an incredible holeshot and blazing speed, freshman pro Logan Christian rocketed to a lead in the Pro 600 class while his training partner and mentor, Tucker Hibbert, recovered from a mid-pack start. Hibbert worked his way to into second, dogged Christian for several laps, then made the pass on the 16th (of 20) laps to take the win, while Christian’s teammate Garth Kaufman took the third podium position.

“This was our best performance in a Pro final in recent memory,” exclaimed an enthusiastic Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Making it even sweeter is the connection between these racers: Logan and Tucker are training partners; Tucker and Garth are cousins; and Logan and Garth are teammates on Christian Bros. Racing. That explains the hugs and high-fives on the podium.”

In addition to sweeping the final, Team Arctic racers claimed six of the top-10 in Pro Stock, and five of the top-10 in Pro Open.

Team Arctic fans had enjoyed even more victory celebration at Hayward, as Kyle Pallin scored his second Semi Pro win of the season, while Carly Davis also took her second Pro Women win of the season. And with two races remaining in the National schedule, Team Arctic leads most of the championship point races, with Hibbert on top of both Pro classes, Cody Thomsen leading the Semi Pro category and Davis leading Pro Women.

Making his own mark on history north of the border was Team Arctic’s oval star, P.J. Wanderscheid, who won the prestigious 49th Annual Canadian Power Toboggan Championship in Beausejour, Manitoba, to conclude his record-breaking season.

The next race in the ISOC circuit is March 12-13 in Elko, Minn. Go to www.isocracing.com for more information.

When the ISOC National season concludes, Hibbert, Christian, Kaufman and Thomsen will head overseas the FIM Snocross World Championships in Finland on March 26.

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