Plymouth, Minn. – Team Arctic racers sent a powerful and familiar message to their competitors in premier snocross, hillclimb and cross-country competition over the weekend. To win more, you must ride green.
The proof came in the form of 17 wins out of 21 classes at the USXC cross-country in Park Rapids, MN, gold and bronze medals at the Winter X Games and seven wins plus 22 podiums in RMSHA hillclimb competition.
Team Arctic/Monster Energy’s Tucker Hibbert led the hit parade with his ninth consecutive X Games gold medal in snocross to further add to his legendary career. Team Green teammate Logan Christian scored his best X Games result with a fourth place finish. In freestyle competition, Brett Turcotte and Cory Davis flipped their way to bronze and fourth place finishes.
National cross-country competition continues to be Team Arctic’s stomping ground, this time at the Park Rapids 106 lake race where Wes Selby captured wins in Pro 600 and Pro Open, with teammates Ross Erdman and Zach Herfindahl taking second in the respective finals. Team Arctic racers won 17 of 21 classes while notching 47 out of 66 podium positions. Class winners included Ryan Trout, Erik Nymann, Hunter Houle, Ean Voight, Matt Feil, Ryan Weidemann, Jordan Bute, Garet Grzadzielewski, Lydia Sobek, Paul Brown, Steve Martinson, Brian Brown and Gary Tintes.
Team Arctic hillclimb racers climbed to the top of the first RMSHA race of the season, proving the power, handling and performance of the M Series snowmobiles in the ProClimb chassis. Held in Bellevue, ID, Team Green captured seven wins and 22 podium positions, including one King of the Hill title. Todd Tupper served notice that he’s a man on a mission this season, winning all three Masters category classes. Other Team Arctic winners included David McClure (who also won Improved King), Gavin Balls and Ian St. John.
“Winning 25 classes and claiming more podiums in snowmobile racing’s toughest proving grounds – hillclimb, cross-country and snocross – proves the performance of our snowmobiles and the strength of our riders,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic race manager. “To win in so many classes is a testament to our racers, teams and snowmobiles. And hats-off to Tucker Hibbert for winning his ninth consecutive gold medal in X Games snocross. He’s a special talent whose career is unmatched.”
The next USXC cross-country race is the I-500 beginning Feb. 27-28 in Warroad, MN and the next RMSHA hillclimb is Feb. 12-13 in Bear Lake, ID.