Press Release –
Which brand dominates in the steep and deep? Check the facts: Racers on Polaris RMK® deep snow models won 45% of the class titles and the Mod King of the Hill title at the 32nd annual Jackson Hole (WY) World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb.
The Polaris racers dominated the super-competitive 700 classes en route to winning nearly half of the titles and leaving Ski-Doo (30%) and Arctic Cat (25%) to split the rest.
“Jackson Hole is the biggest event in hill climbing and our Western guys used the RMK platform to win the lion’s share of the titles,” said Polaris Racing Manager Tom Rager, Sr. “Jeremy Osler and Rick Ward had great weekends and we ran strong in several 700 classes, proving the power of our new Liberty™ engines.”
JEREMY OSLER WINS MOD KING HONORS
Polaris hill climber Jeremy Osler (Bozeman, MT) won titles in the 600 Mod and 800 Mod classes and also won the Mod King of the Hill title.
Rick Ward, a legendary Polaris hill climber who still excels, won three class titles: 700 Stock, Pro Masters Improved Stock and Pro Masters Mod. He also finished second in Pro Masters Stock.
Others Polaris competitors to win class titles on Snow King Mountain were:
• Kirk Williamson (Young Ward, UT) won the 700 Mod class and was second in 800 Mod
• Erin Beukelman (Nampa, ID) won 700 Improved Stock
• Jay Stickney (Kalispell, MT) won 600 Stock and finished second in 600 Improved Stock
• Kyler Stone (Farr West, UT) won the Juniors title
POLARIS DOMINATES THE 700 CLASSES
Polaris hill climbers swept the top three positions in two 700 classes and ran 1-2 in a third 700 class. The podium sweeps came in the 700 Stock class, where Ward, Osler and Sandy Sletten (Pinedale, WY) ran 1-2-3, and 700 Improved Stock, where Beukelman won and was followed by Shane Hart (Lolo, MT) and Brook Beckstrom (Spanish Fork, UT).
Williamson won in 700 Mod and Cody McKinney (Pinedale, WY) finished second, and in the 800 Mod class, Osler won and Williamson ran second.
Such 700 class dominance was due in part to the incredible 2007 700 Dragon RMK, which was introduced at the start of the season to rave reviews by customers and media alike. Featuring the new RAW RMK chassis and a stout new 140hp 700 twin engine, the combination proved lethal to the competition at Jackson Hole.
NEW 800 RMK DRAGON DELIVERS WINNING PERFORMANCE
Building upon the success of 700 Dragon RMK; the 2008 Polaris 800 RMK and 800 Dragon RMK expand the dominance of the Polaris RAW RMK chassis with big twin power. Both the 800 Dragon RMK 155” and 163” feature the new 800 Liberty™ HO Cleanfire Injection™ engine pumping out a whopping 154 hp and pure, arm-stretching torque.
Both models are built on the RAW Polaris RMK chassis that is light, strong and balanced for sure, easy handling in the steep and deep. These models ride on the new Series 5.1 track (163” or 155”) with 2.4” lugs and an optimized lug pattern for 19% more forward lug contact.