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July 21, 2014 6:10 pm

Yamaha announces support for 2015 USXC I-500 Winnipeg to Willmar race

Pleasant Prairie, WI—Yamaha announced a new contingency program today, aimed at supporting the everyday snowmobiler who wants to make a run at the USXC I-500 race from Winnipeg, MB, to Willmar, MN. “We love cross country because it’s the most relatable type of racing for fans,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Marketing Manager, Wade West. “It is also the most achievable for a snowmobiler to try with their own trail sled.

“The USXC’s plan for the 2015 International 500-mile race brings back one of the heritage events of our sport and we want to support the revival of that tradition,” West continued. “So we are proud to offer a contingency prize to any Yamaha snowmobiler— We will pay back the entry fee for any officially registered rider in the USXC I-500 who starts in Winnipeg and finishes in Willmar on a Yamaha snowmobile!”

The support program is open to any entrant to the race, regardless of class or level. “We sincerely hope to see a large field of citizen racers challenging themselves and their snowmobiles at this event,” said West. “Cross country snowmobile racing is growing in popularity, and we are happy to encourage our customers to give it a try by offering this contingency program.”

“Yamaha builds durable, high performance snowmobiles,” West added. “Especially the new SR Viper R-TX LE with its beefy Dual Shock SR 129 Race rear suspension and high performance shock package.” The R-TX LE is available only by placing a $500 deposit at a Yamaha Snowmobile Dealer during the Spring Power Surge promotion, which ends on April 15, 2014.

Check for additional information later this spring!

July 21, 2014 6:06 pm



Valcourt, QC, May 27, 2014 – Continuing the history of industry-leading product innovation and design, BRP recently won multiple awards for its 2014 Sea-Doo Spark watercraft in the areas of affordability, design and engineering.

The new Sea-Doo Spark watercraft is initiating an industry-wide progression to more affordable and accessible watercraft and is being recognized for this innovation across the industry. BRP received to date a Red Dot Award for high design quality, the Consumers Digest magazine’s Best Buy Award, the Boating Industry magazine’s Top Products Award, and the Edison Award for Innovation and Engineering, in addition to the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Innovation Award.

“The Sea-Doo Spark is clear proof that genuine innovation emerges as a response to challenging market conditions,” noted Frank Bonafilia, executive director, Edison Awards.

The Sea-Doo Spark watercraft features a nimble and compact design thanks to an all-new Exoskel architecture and the use of a new, lightweight, durable and recyclable Polytec material. The mould-injected process allowed BRP designers to implement new concepts in the area of shape and structure leading to a unique look and offering an equally refreshing way to play on the water.

“The bottom line—for the average rider—certainly the beginner – a 60-hp PWC that delivers top-end speeds in the low 40-mph (64-km/h) range will be more than enough to get the adrenaline flowing, based on our hands-on evaluation,” commented Consumers Digest.

The most accessible new watercraft on the market, the 2014 Sea-Doo Spark watercraft, costs nearly 40% less than its closest competitive model* and is the most fuel-efficient watercraft in the industry**.

The performance segment also claimed its share of awards with BRP’s Sea-Doo RXT 260 and RXP-X 260 models with respective Consumers Digest’s Performance Best Buy and Best in Class by for the performance segment.

* Source: Based on US Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price announced on competitors’ websites

** Based on BRP internal testing and information on competitors’ websites

July 21, 2014 6:00 pm

Polaris Hillclimbers Dominate at Crested Butte, Winning 9 of 12 Pro Classes and All Three Pro King of the Hill Crowns


Keith CurtisKeith Curtis & Erin Beukelman Win Seven Pro Classes, All Three King Crowns

MEDINA, Minn. (April 14, 2014) – Polaris Terrain Domination® on the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb circuit continued at the Crested Butte (CO) Hillclimb on April 12-13, as Polaris hillclimbers won nine of 12 Pro classes – including all four Pro Stock classes – won all three Pro King of the Hill titles, won every Semi-Pro and Amateur class, and swept every podium position in three Semi-Pro classes.

Leading the way among Pro hillclimbers was Keith Curtis, who won four class titles and two King crowns, and Erin Beukelman, who won three class titles and Improved King of the Hill. Curtis won three Pro Stock classes and Luke Rainey won 700 Stock for a Polaris sweep of the Stock titles.

Pro Classes: Four Polaris Racers Win Class Titles

Polaris hillclimbers won all four Pro Stock classes at Crested Butte, and Keith Curtis won three of those, taking first place in 600 Stock, 800 Stock and 1000 Stock. He also won the 800 Mod class, and in the King of the Hill runoffs, he won the Stock crowns on his 800 Stock-winning sled, and won the Mod King of the Hill title on his 800 Mod sled.

In the five classes Erin Beukelman entered, he won three titles and finished second in another class. Beukelman won the 700 Mod, 800 Improved Stock, and 1000 Improved class titles, and took second in 800 Mod. He went on to win the Improved King of the Hill title on his 1000 Improved sled.

Justin Thomas won the 600 Mod class, took second in 600 Improved, and finished third in the Mod King of the Hill runoff.

Luke Rainey won the 700 Stock class, and took third in both 800 Stock and 600 Stock.

Also earning podium finishes in the Pro classes were: Cole Wilford, who was second in 700 Mod and third in 800 Mod; Tyler Crockett, who took second in 600 Mod and 800 Improved Stock, and third in 1000 Improved; David Sharp, Jr., who finished second in both 1000 Stock and Open Mod; and Aaron Sterck, who took third in Open Mod.

Polaris Racers Claim Every Semi-Pro Podium Spot

Polaris racers filled the podium in all three Semi-Pro classes, including finishing 1-6 in Semi-Pro Stock, where Jesse Hotchkiss won, Andy Thomas was second, and Taylor Siemers finished third. In Semi-Pro Improved, Polaris racer Andy Thomas won, Taylor Siemers was second, and Jason Fox took third. In Semi-Pro Mod, it was Jason Fox winning, Dustin Grant in second, and Kameron Lindsay in third.

Jesse Hotchkiss won the Semi-Pro King of the Hill title on his Stock sled, while Jason Fox was second and Andy Thomas took third.

In Amateurs Stock, Polaris racers finished 1-5, as Tanner Meyers won, Rayden Gladfelder was second and Johnathon Durmas finished third. In Amateurs Improved Stock, Polaris racers finished 1-2-3, with Durmas winning, Justyn Heater in second, and Gladfelder taking third. Tanner Meyers won Amateurs Mod and Heater finished third.

In the Women’s classes, Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock title, finished second in Improved and Mod, and took second in the Queen of the Hill competition. Faith Vickers reached the podium with a third-place finish in Women’s Stock.

July 21, 2014 5:44 pm

Robbie Malinoski Announces Retirement


Robbie Malinoski Announces Retirement

May 12, 2014 – Robbie Malinoski, one of the most popular pro snocross athletes of the past decade, has officially announced his retirement as a racer. Malinoski’s journey started in 2001 when he followed the path of fellow Canadian and mentor Blair Morgan to a life on the road with the World Snowmobile Association, taking part in his first race in Fargo, North Dakota.

A native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Malinoski made the move to Thief River Falls, Minnesota for the 2002-03 season where he paired up with Earl Reimer and found moderate success on the tour.

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