Press Release –
In a town famous for great snowmobile racing, the Team Arctic staged what will go down in history as the Bad River Massacre.
Led by another sweep of the Pro classes by Monster Energy/Arctic Cat star Tucker Hibbert, Team Arctic racers won both Semi Pro finals, both Sport finals and the Pro Women’s’ final at the second stop of the ISOC National snocross tour, sponsored by the Bad River Lodge & Casino.
“I’ve never seen a more complete dismantling of the competition during one weekend of racing,” said a jubilant Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Winning eight of 11 classes in incredible, and a testament to our amazing racers, teams and potent Sno Pro 600 race machine.”
The historic weekend began with Hibbert of Goodridge, Minn., extending his dominance in the ISOC Pro class, once again winning every heat and both Pro Super Stock and Pro Open finals in what was another romp in the premier class.
Even when he spun at the start of the Pro Open final, leaving him deep in the pack by the first turn, it only took a handful of laps before he’d demoralized the front runners and checked out with his fourth victory of the season.
The beating continued into the Semi Pro classes. In the wake of a preseason injury that sidelined him for the first two weeks of the season, Dan Ebert of Lake Shore, Minn., wasted no time finding his top speed by winning the Semi Pro Super Stock final ahead of teammate Cory Davis of Soldotna, Alaska, in second.
With a convincing victory in the Semi Pro Open final and the top qualifier in both classes, Christian Salemark clearly proved that Swedish snocrossers can win in North America, while Ebert and Davis showed their consistency with third and fourth place finishes respectively.
Carly Davis of Soldonta, Alaska, made it two for two in the Pro Women’s class this season, taking both heats and the final, while Team Arctic racers posted four of the top-5 places.
Another rider returning to the top of the podium was Cody Thomsen. The Nisswa, Minn., racer scored an impressive double for the weekend, winning both Sport Super Stock #1 and Sport Super Stock #2 finals, making it three for four in National competition already this season.
Rounding out the incredible weekend of dominance was Jessie Pineault of Kaministiquia, Ontario, winning the Junior 14-15 final.
For the third week of the season, the Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 once again proved quicker, more nimble and better in the bumps than the competition, making short work of the half-mile track that featured multiple elevation changes and was characterized as an outdoor motocross-style course.
“Once racers and crews adopted the set-up calibration we learned from the first race, it’s been nothing but gas-and-go,” said Kloety. “Our holeshots and speed are better, handling is class-leading and we go through the bumps with a clear advantage.”
Team Arctic returns for round three of the ISOC National Tour January 9-11, 2009, at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.