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The Head Start Is Over. Time For Team Green To Turn It Up.

Arctic Cat race fans can rest a little easier knowing Team Arctic/Monster Energy racer, Tucker Hibbert, put a serious beat down on the competitors in Sunday’s Pro Open snocross final in Bessemer, Michigan this past weekend.

Hibbert was well on his way to winning the Pro Open final during Saturday’s main event, only to break a spindle when putting a pass on Ross Martin for first place. With two laps remaining, Hibbert had to coast around the track settling on a fourth place finish.

“Once I passed Tremblay and Malinoski, I charged up to Ross (Martin) and put a pass on him for the lead. But our sleds contacted, which ended up breaking one of my lightweight spindles that we apparently lightened up too much,” said Hibbert.

Qualifying first for Sundays Pro Open Final, Hibbert was motivated to win more than ever. Feeling strong and fast, Tucker’s Sno Pro 600 captured the holeshot and he never looked back. When the checkered flag dropped, Hibbert sent a demoralizing message to the rest of the field with a commanding 15 second lead over second place.

Hibbert went on to say, “The whole situation (broken spindle) motivated me Sunday to try to win even harder. I wanted to prove to myself, my team and any other riders that Team Arctic was there to win.”

Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety said, “We are really happy with the quickly improving results of the new ProCross race chassis. We are very proud of Tucker’s near perfect weekend, as well as our great showing in the Vet and Junior classes with the new Sno Pro 600.”

Other notable performances came from Team Arctic Cross Country racer, DJ Ekre, who strapped on his snocross boots for the Plus 30 class with a third place finish. Leading the Junior 16-17 class was Ian Buchman and Tyler Adams placing first and third respectively while Austin St. Cyr led the Junior 14-15 class. The Sno Pro 500 swept the top five spots of the Junior Novice class with Trent Wittwer leading the way.

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Jan. 6-8 in Shakopee, MN. Go to www.isocracing for more information.

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.”

Team Arctic Shows No Mercy at USCC Munising 300

13 Wins in 18 Classes plus Nine Podium Sweeps

In a familiar story line this season, Team Arctic racers showed no mercy at the USCC Munising 300 in Munising, Mich., thoroughly drubbing the competition with 13 class wins and nine 1-2-3 podium sweeps.

Racing with a newfound confidence from having won the previous two races, Arctic Cat engineer Brian Dick kept his streak going by taking the Pro 600 class in convincing fashion and establishing himself as the most likely candidate for the season championship. Dick’s teammate D.J. Ekre once again finished second, with these two leading a Team Arctic Sweep of the top-six finishers.

Dick led an all-out onslaught for the Christian Bros. Racing team. Taking a break from snocross, Cory Davis won the Pro Open class ahead of teammates Ekre and Dick, while Logan Christian won Semi Pro 600 and Semi Pro Improved. Not to be outdone, CBR’s Zach Pattyn won both Expert 85 classes, giving the team six victories for the weekend.

Other statistics underline Team Arctic’s utter dominance of USCC cross-country at Munising: Winning 35 of 18 classes, taking the top-eight in Expert 85, the top-nine in Sport 85 and the top-10 in Jr. 14-17.

Makes you question if the other brands even showed up? (They did, but left deflated and dejected from suffering another beating.)

“Every week in USCC cross-country, our drivers, teams and sleds prove absolutely dominant,” said Team Manager Mike Kloety. “We have a winning history in cross-country, and what’s happening this season in USCC is fueling that legend.”

This weekend also marked the conclusion of the Alaskan Irondog cross-country, and though Team Arctic didn’t win it this year, our teams took second through fourth – with Doug Dixen and Stephen Spence taking second followed by Brad Helwig and Eric Quam in third – all aboard F6 Sno Pros. Congratulations to everyone who competed in this historic venue.

This next weekend Team Arctic racers will compete in the USCC Warroad (Minn.) 200 and the ISOC National in Hayward, Wis.

Team Arctic Crushes Grafton Cross-Country

Cory Davis Sweeps Pro; Sno Pro 500 Undefeated in Debut

By the looks of it, 2010 will be a mighty fine year for Team Arctic. At the first USCC cross-country race of the season in Grafton, ND, Team Arctic delivered one of the most stunning performances of the past decade, winning 11 of 15 classes, including Cory Davis sweep of the Pro classes.

A winner at the USCC race in Munising, Mich., last season, Davis once again took advantage of a break in the National snocross season to focus on his family’s forte: cross-country. The result was the perfect blend of speed and conditioning, with Davis putting time into his rivals on each of the four laps of the Pro 600 class for a clear victory.

Davis’s Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Ryan Simons, D.J. Ekre and Brian Dick slotted into third, fourth and sixth. Add the strong rides by Chad Lian and Brian Carey, and Team Arctic notched six of the top-10.

“In 20 years of watching Team Arctic cross-country success, this ranks as one of the all-time great performances,” said Mike Kloety, Race Manager. “Better yet, Grafton was also the debut of our Sno Pro 500, which proved even better than we expected.”

How successful was the new Sno Pro 500 in its first cross-country? Bryce Buchanan led a Team Arctic sweep of the top-nine in Expert 85; Chris Klie led a top-14 sweep of Sport 85 and C.J. VandePutte led a top-8 sweep of Jr. 14-17, all aboard Sno Pro 500s. Just as impressive, Buchanan and second-place finisher Dave Dirkman clocked times aboard their Sno Pro 500s that would have won the Semi Pro 600 class!

“The Sno Pro 500 has transformed the 85-hp classes this year,” said Pat Mach, Race Director for USCC. “The sleds are easy to race for all abilities and are manageable, which brought new racers to the circuit and helped make our largest-ever event.

“Even better, there were 10 guys in the Sport 85 class that finished within one minute of fourth place. The racing was so close and enjoyable that most of these guys laughed and shared stories with each other post-race. That’s what cross-country is all about.”

While Team Arctic cross-country racers were crushing the Grafton course, the snocross contingent delivered a nine-win weekend at the ISOC Regional race at ERX Motorpark in Elk River, Minn. Factory Arctic Cat racers Dan Ebert and Cody Thomsen won a Pro class each; Andrew Carlson took Semi Pro Open, Britt Anderson won Sport Women and Tyler Riewer won Sport Stock, putting Arctic Cat on top of all race categories.

The next USCC cross-country race is the I-500 in Thief River Falls on Jan. 15-17. The next ISOC National is Jan. 8-9 in Sandy, Utah.

Team Arctic Podium Results from the USCC Cross-Country in Grafton, ND:

Pro 600

1. Cory Davis

3. Ryan Simons

Pro Open

1. Cory Davis

2. D.J. Ekre

Semi Pro 600

1. Chad Kyllo

3. Jeremy Tulenchik

Semi Pro Improved

2. Cole Nymann

3. Mike Dirkman

Women

1. Jolene Bute

3. April Moritz

Expert 85

1. Bryce Buchanan

2. Dave Dirkman

3. Jason Kangas

Sport 85

1. Chris Klie

2. Marty Feil

3. Timmy Kallock

Expert 85 Improved

1. Bryce Buchanan

2. Logan Christian

Masters

2. Bill Slominski

Sport 600

2. Brandon Bonham

3. Chris Hoff

Jr. 10-13

2. Adam Mach

Jr. 14-17

1. C.J. VandePutte

2. Chris Klie

3. Timmy Kallock

Trail

1. Luke Perreault

3. Casey Clement

120 Stock

1. Nathan Lorenz

2. Noah Arneson

3. Sara Larson

120 Improved

1. Scott McCoil

2. Sara Larson

3. Nathan Lorenz

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