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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.


Sixth X Games Gold for Tucker Hibbert

Team Arctic superstar Tucker Hibbert claimed his sixth Gold Medal at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., with another dominant display of snocross supremacy. It was Hibbert’s fifth consecutive gold medal and his 10th medal in 12 years. His teammate and mechanic Jeff Tweet was equally impressive, finishing with a silver medal in the Adaptive Snocross final.

Racing his Monster Energy Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 with a Speedwerx modified motor and clutching package, Hibbert combined strong holeshots with his typical blazing speed and control to convincingly win his heat race and final. The only drama happened on the first lap of the final, when one competitor jumped the start and another partially landed on Hibbert before veering off the track.

Hibbert shrugged off both incidents, took the lead threw down a series of fast laps before cruising to an unchallenged win. The victory moved Hibbert past Blair Morgan on the all-time win list.

“This win feels amazing. Every win is special but this one means a lot to me. Beating Blair’s record for most snocross gold medals is really exciting, but I have to thank him for setting the bar high. He helped make me the competitor I am today and I really wish we were still battling on the track.”

Factory Team Arctic Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin finish an impressive fourth place in the final, leading a team green charge that included Dan Ebert (fifth), Cody Thomsen (sixth) Zach Pattyn (seventh) and Johan Lidman in tenth.

Jeff Tweet’s silver-medal in Adaptive Snocross was sweet retribution after breaking his leg in last year’s Adaptive race. Tweet double-jumped his way through the final technical section of the course to pass into second-place, and his first X Games medal.

Photos courtesy of John Hanson

Team Arctic Storms Through Grafton USCC Opener

Arctic Cat Racers Win 12 of 18 Classes with 11 Podium Sweeps

A winter storm blew into Grafton, ND, prior to the start of the United States Cross-Country (USCC) season opener, leaving a rough, cold and rugged cross-country race for those competitors who braved closed roads to get there. And with Arctic Cat’s unmatched support of all classes, Team Arctic racers won 12 classes – sweeping all top-3 podium positions in 11 of them – and sent a powerful reminder which brand will dominate for the rest of the season.

“Arctic Cat supports cross-country racing because our racers are passionate about it, our company learns from it and our customers benefit from it,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “Despite a storm that literally shut down travel in this region of the country, Grafton saw nearly 200 entries. And Team Arctic dominated by winning 12 of 18 classes.”

D.J. Ekre, Ryan Simons and Brian Dick served notice about who were the fastest pros of the weekend when they swept the Pro Open class early in the day; however, in the Pro 600 class each suffered the fickle fate of cross-country’s classic drama. Dick went out with a tweaked suspension component, Ekre battled multiple goggle changes due to fogging and Simons went from a 10-second lead to a 14-second deficit following a last lap crash.

A similar fate befell Chad Kyllo, Ryan Greening and Cole Nymann in the Semi Pro 600 final. After sweeping the top-3 positions in the Improved class early in the day, the trio suffered slush and ice build-up under their sleds’ hoods, slowing their speed considerably and preventing a second Semi Pro class sweep for the day.

Despite these setbacks, Team Arctic proved their overall dominance from top-to-bottom. Aboard his Sno Pro 500, Bryce Buchanan led a top-10 sweep of the Expert 85 class and a top-six sweep of Expert 85 Improved. Underlining the dominance of the Sno Pro 500, C.J. VandePutte led a top-eight sweep of Sport 85, Luke Perreault led a top-seven sweep of Trail and Jay Lura capped the top-six-sweep of Junior 10-13.

The next race on the USCC circuit is Jan. 15 in Grand Forks, ND. Go to www.usccracing.com for more information.

Seven-Class Feast for Team Arctic at Spirit National Snocross

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 29, 2010) – Team Arctic racers devoured the traditional Thanksgiving feast at the Spirit National Snocross in Duluth, Minn., claiming seven victories at the first stop on the ISOC National Tour, leaving only table scraps for the competition.

Tucker Hibbert delivered what has become his signature performance, taking the win in both Pro Stock and Pro Open with a monster display of speed and determination. Shaking off mediocre starts in both finals, Hibbert’s come-from-behind heroics brought the crowd to their feet and the competition to their knees.

Factory Team Arctic’s Cody Thomsen came within a couple laps of delivering his own sweep of the ultra-competitive Semi Pro class. He kicked off the weekend with a win in the Semi Pro X Games qualifier on Friday, took the first Semi Pro Stock final on Saturday, then came oh’-so-close to winning the Sunday Stock class final, finishing in second place.

Joining Hibbert and Thomsen atop the podium were Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Logan Christian and Garth Kaufman – each winning a Pro X Games Qualifier final – as well as Bradley Tatro who won the Transition 8-12 class.

In his first race on North American soil, Swedish snocross sensation Johan Lidman proved he’s a podium contender in the Pro class, taking a fourth in the Pro Open and third in his X Games qualifier final for the Arctic Cat/Sportech team.

“The first race of the season is always a pressure cooker, and it’s good that we’re the team that’s turning up the heat,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “The Sno Pro 600 proved itself ready-to-win out of the box and our contingent of racers and teams show the kind of passion that makes everyone at Arctic Cat proud to claim them.”

“As always, Tucker’s performance was outstanding, as was Cody’s. I’m equally pleased with Johan’s debut race here in America. We put seven Team Arctic racers in the Pro Open final, five in the Stock final and qualified six of our guys for Winter X Games. Duluth is typically a predictor of what’s to come, and I like what I see.”

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Dec. 10-11 in Fargo, ND.  Go to http://www.isocracing for more information.

Ready to Win: Team Arctic Racers for 2011

The Top Racers and Teams in all Forms of Competition

With a powerful, refined cadre of 2011 race sleds on which they’ll ride,, a legendary crew of Team Arctic racers are primed for another victorious season of snocross, cross-country, hillclimb, oval and drag racing in 2010-2011. The stakes are high, and the winning bet is on these accomplished racers whose triumphant legacy is unmatched.

“We’ve put together what we believe is the best overall race program in the sport, comprised of the strongest racers, most experienced crews, top-level sponsors and a fleet of snowmobiles that proved to be the best last season, and that have been further improved for 2011,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “I predict another record-breaking season.”

More than any other team in the sport, Arctic Cat is committed to supporting top-tier and grassroots racers, circuits and disciplines for 2011.

“We’re pumped up to have the very elite racers in a few circuits, because they’re great representatives who win the big events,” said Kloety. “Yet we’re equally proud of our regional racers, and those who compete in some of the less-publicized forms of racing.

“Arctic Cat has always committed itself to racing success, on every level, in every form of competition and across North America. It’s in our blood, it’s who we are and it’s why we win more than our share.”

Snocross: More Championships on the Horizon

There is no denying the winning formula for the Team Arctic Snocross program which, for 2011, looks like a sure-bet for championship domination.

Perhaps the biggest news is Tucker Hibbert’s commitment to race the entire snocross season. The four-time and defending X Games champion and FIM World Snocross Champion won nine ISOC National finals last season aboard his Monster Energy Arctic Cat. He’s the hands-down favorite to add a couple high-point championships to his resume this season.

The Arctic Cat Factory Team will consist of second-year Pro Dan Ebert, who last season won the famed USCC I-500 cross-country and scored multiple podium finishes in snocross. He’ll be joined once again by Semi-Pro Cody Thomsen, who last season won several finals and finished second in points, and fellow Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin who also stood atop of the podium on multiple occasions last year. The factory team will once again be managed by Russ Ebert.

Once again, Christian Bros. Racing (CBR) will field the largest private team in the industry, and with an added emphasis on cross-country. Pro riders will include perennial podium finishers Garth Kauffman and Ryan Simons, now joined by last year’s Semi Pro points champion, Logan Christian, who has made the jump to Pro. Zach Pattyn returns again in the Pro class, as will Cory Davis when he recovers from an off-season injury. And Carly Davis will compete in the Pro Women’s class at select events.

The Sportech/Arctic Cat race team now includes Sweden’s top Pro, Johan Lidman, silver medalist in the FIM World Championships of snocross. He joins Semi-Pro Andrew Carlson for a potent combination in the top two classes.

Arctic Cat is concentrating more effort and expertise on the east coast for 2011, with Green Mountain Racing (Matt Pichner, Emil Otteson, Chris Ackerman and Cody Flach) and CMT Racing (Corin Todd, Ash Waskob and Jesse Bonaduce) carrying the Team Arctic banner.

All Terrain Cycle Racing is Team Arctic’s Canadian contingent, with Dustin Vandrie and Katejun Coonishish in the Pro class, Sean MaCauley and Shawn Elmhurst in Semi-Pro, Wakenda Peters in Pro Women, and Joe Peters in Junior.

Cross-Country: Comprehensive Support at all Levels

Last season Arctic Cat stamped their supremacy on the USCC cross-country circuit, with three different Pro class winners and complete domination of the Semi Pro and Sport classes.

Flying the Christian Bros. Racing banner will be defending Pro 600 Champion Brian Dick (who won three races last season), defending Pro Open champ D.J. Ekre, plus the entire CBR snocross crew.

Brothers MotorSports is back on green again this season, with Pro Ryan Huston, Ryan Greening in Semi Pro, and Coltan Vandeputte in the Sport 85 classes.

Joining them will be several dozen racers in all USCC classes.

Legendary Iron Dog champion Scott Davis is ready to team up with his son Cory to tackle Alaska’s famed cross-country event. They’ll be joined by Todd Palin/Eric Quam along with many other AC Teams in an attempt to notch Team Arctic’s 12th win out of 27 editions of the famed event.

Hillclimb: The Kings Remain the Same

Year-after-year, the fast, fearless crew of Team Arctic Hillclimb racers has proven all but unstoppable on the slopes of Snow King in Jackson and every venue of the RMSHA mountain circuit. Families like the Tapios, Zollingers, Tuppers, Frisbys, Archibaulds and Frees are joined by Buckallew, McClure and others for a mountain-topping tour de force aboard the highly refined M Series snowmobiles.

Drag, Oval, Enduro and Watercross

Last season Cadarette Racing’s Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger put Arctic Cat atop the Soo 500 enduro for the first time in 42 years, breaking a hex that had jinxed the win on numerous previous occasions. It was a historic moment for the team and racers, and they’re back in 2011 to defend their historic win.

In oval race, Team Arctic is represented by the always-amazing, three-time World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid, as well as the emerging and youthful powerhouse, Hoglund Racing.

Team Arctic’s drag racing program continues to highlight the indomitable power of the 800 H.O. engine and the steadfast preparation of sport’s best racers. Whether it’s setting world speed records aboard the Z1 Turbo, winning the biggest grass drag events or dominating the winter ice, names like Hall, Shilts, Howard and others remain the backbone of the team’s straight line effort.

Team Arctic’s Dedicated Sponsors

Team Arctic’s success on and off the track is made possible in part because of the strong, loyal support of its sponsors, each of whom shares the same passion as our racers and Arctic Cat.

For 2011, Team Arctic is grateful to announce the return of these great sponsors: Camoplast tracks, APV Synthetic Oil, Fox Racing Shox, Speedwerx, Renton Coil Springs (RCS), Moto Tassinari/VForce3, TEAM, Figgins Transport, Mitsuboshi drive belts, Stud Boy traction, C&A Ultra Pro skis, Smith Optics and Sportech.

Team Arctic Wins Four Snocross Championships

ISOC Semi Pro Championships Awarded to Thomsen and Christian at Lake Geneva

Team Arctic racers and crew put a wrap on the 2009-10 ISOC National snocross season at the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. And with it came a wrap on one class victory and four class championships, ending yet another winning season in National-level snocross.

The win came in the ultra-competitive Semi Pro Open final, where Factory Team rider Cody Thomsen held off Logan Christian for the victory, and for the season championship.

Christian wasn’t too upset, because he nailed his own Championship highpoint title in Semi Pro Stock #2 class. Both racers are headed to the Pro class next year, which leaves the door wide open for Factory Team Arctic racer Kyle Pallin to preside over the class next season. Pallin left Geneva with two second-place finishes and the runner-up spot in Semi Pro Stock #1 points, leaving little doubt about where he’ll stand next year.

Other notable performances: Class champions Britt Anderson and Les Anderson; Dan Ebert’s fourth in Pro Stock; Cory Davis’ fifth in Pro Open; Carly Davis’ second overall in Pro Women; Karl Christian’s third in Pro Plus 35; and Andrew Carlson’s second in Sport Stock.

“We had another excellent snocross season, culminating in the Semi Pro titles for Cody and Logan,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.

He added, “Looking back, we scored wins at all but one National and multiple wins at most events, confirming the dedication of our racers and teams, as well as the strength of our Sno Pro 600 race sled. This strong finish to the season will translate into winning momentum for next year.”

10 Wins and 14 Championships for Team Arctic

Cross-Country Domination in USCC; Top Finishes at ISOC Hayward Snocross


Photo Courtesy Tyler Mathwich

Team Arctic cross-country racers concluded their remarkable season at the USCC Warroad 100 in Warroad, Minn., winning 10 classes and taking 14 of 18 class championship titles to rewrite what “terrain domination” truly means.

From top-to-bottom and everywhere in between, Team Arctic racers, crew and Sno Pro race sleds left no doubt about which brand owns the rugged terrain that defines cross-country competition. The championship points tell the story:

Arctic Cat engineer/racer Brian Dick led a top-four sweep (and seven of the top-10) of the Pro 600 points, while his teammate D.J. Ekre took his second consecutive Pro Open championship. Team Arctic notched seven of the top-10 in Semi Pro 600, the top-12 positions in Expert 85, the top-25 in Sport 85 and the top-19 in Junior class points.

“I’ve had the fortune of witnessing Team Arctic dominate cross-country for nearly two decades, but I’ve never seen anything like this season,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “On behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, I’d like to congratulate everyone who raced on our team this season, with a special nod to the 14 class champions.”

As Team Arctic’s cross-country contingent crushed the competition in Warroad, the snocrossers delivered a solid performance at the ISOC Hayward 300 National in Wisconsin, notching eight podium finishes.

Team Arctic snocross racers will compete in the final round of the ISOC National Series at Nielsen Enterprises event in Lake Geneva, Wis., March 19-21. Team Arctic Hillclimb racers will compete at the Wisdom, Mont., RMSHA event.

Team Arctic Cleans House

Sweeps Away the Competition in Hillclimb, Cross-Country and Snocross

Team Arctic racers got out the broom again this past weekend, methodically sweeping their classes – and the competition – in snocross, cross-country and hillclimb events across the country.

The most complete class-cleaning occurred at the RMSHA hillclimb in Afton, Wyo., where Team Arctic racers won an astounding 14 classes – including a sweep of the 800 Stock, Improved and Mod classes with the best-selling M8 HCR – plus three King of the Mountain titles.

Add to the tally wins in 600, 700, 1000, and Open classes, and it’s evident that the ever-versatile Arctic Cat’s M Series can climb mountains and clean the competition’s clocks.

“We won more than half the classes in Afton, and at least one final in every engine category,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “This was just the third race in the RMSHA schedule and our best performance of the season, so clearly the team’s trajectory is pointed to the top.”

While the hill-climbers were standing the highest out west, Team Arctic’s eastern contingent welcomed USCC cross-country to Tug Hill, NY, for the first time. And with their welcome came the obligatory door-slam-in-the-face of the competition, as the guys in green stood atop of the podium in six classes.

The trip to Tug Hill by Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing star D.J. Ekre proved worthwhile, as he led a sweep of the Pro classes aboard his Sno Pro 600, while helping kick-off cross-country racing on the east coast.

National-level snocross racing made its first and only foray into Canada this weekend, at the ISOC Canadian Nationals/CSRA regional in Sarnia, Ontario. Four class victories highlighted the team’s success as it presses to finish the season strong and on top of the points’ battles. Semi Pro stalwarts Cody Thomsen and Logan Christian each won a class and took third on another, with Christian leaving Sarnia with the points lead in both classes.

This next weekend (Feb. 27-28) Team Arctic racers will tackle the USCC cross-country in Munising, Mich. See www.usccracing.com for more info.

30-Win Weekend for Team Arctic

Crushing the Competition in USCC Cross-Country

It was a weekend that will go down as one of the greatest in Team Arctic history.

With two USCC cross-country races on tap, Team Arctic racers went on a winning spree that might never again be equaled: taking 15 of 18 class victories in Grand Forks and 14 of 18 wins in Fargo. Add a class win at the ISOC National snocross in New Hampshire, and this Valentine weekend was a victory love-fest of epic proportions.

Cross-country Pro racer and Arctic Cat engineer Brian Dick delivered an all-star performance, winning the Pro 600 class at both events, plus taking a first and second in the Pro Open classes, his teammate D.J. Ekre squeaking past for the Open win and three more podium finishes.

With three-of-four Semi Pro class victories, the top-9 in both Expert 85 classes and a Team Arctic podium sweep of 14 classes over the weekend, it’s never been more apparent that Arctic Cat owns cross-country racing.

“Our commitment to win in the most demanding terrain is unmatched and our Sno Pro 600 and 500s are the perfect sleds to win with,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.

He added, “Brian taking three of four Pro classes is a huge step for him. Teams like Brother’s Motorsports Racing have brought massive support and winning results. And our individual racers and crew members have reinvigorated the sport’s truest form of competition while completely dominating it.”

While the cross-country team swept the North Dakota rounds of the USCC schedule, Team Arctic snocross racers rolled into the ISOC New England Nationals in Salem, NH, where Factory Team pilot Kyle Pallin took his second Semi Pro Stock victory in two weeks. Pallin’s win was bolstered by the podium finishes of Logan Christian in Semi Pro Stock and Open, as well as Cory Davis’ third in Pro Open.

“Nineteen podium finishes in snocross coupled with 30 total victories is a weekend that might never be matched by a single team,” said Kloety.

The next ISOC National snocross race is Feb. 19-21 in Sarnia, Ontario, while USCC cross-country resumes Feb. 27-28 in Munising, Mich.

Tucker Hibbert 4-peat at Winter X-Games

If there were any doubt about who would win the ESPN Winter X Games Snocross final in Aspen, Colo., Tucker Hibbert set the record straight with his fourth-straight gold medal performance in the sport’s most visible event. Racing his Team Arctic/Monster Energy Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600, Hibbert turned the 20-lap final into his personal tour de force, winning by 28 seconds over second place.

The gold-medal-winning ride was Hibbert’s fifth career win at the made-for-TV event, and marked his ninth medal since he first won the event in 2000.

Hibbert lead a dominating performance by Team Arctic racers at the X Games. Ryan Simons (Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing) earned a bronze medal, while Team Arctic/Sportech’s Paul Bauerly finished fifth. Cory Davis, Garth Kaufman and Dan Ebert also reached the final, bolstering Team Arctic’s impressive performance. Arctic Cat engineer Jeff Tweet also represented Arctic Cat at the X Games, racing the Adaptive Snocross event on the Monster Energy Cat.

Click here to view exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from X Games.

The next National snocross race for Team Arctic is Feb. 5-6 in Farmington, NY. Go to isocracing.com for more information.

X-Games Snocross Results
1 Tucker Hibbert
3 Ryan Simons
5 Paul Bauerly

X-Games Snocross Adaptive Results
4 Jeff Tweet

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