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    Yamaha Motor Corporation has announced its return to snowmobile competition for the 2011-12 season. Yamaha racers will compete in the United States Cross Country (USCC) circuits (Midwest and East) and the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) circuit.

    The USCC Midwest series will see Yamaha veterans Ross Erdman and Nathan Titus racing on the FX Nytro RTX in the Pro class, while the up-and-coming Ben Lindbom and Jake Jorgeson will saddle up for the Semi-Pro class. Rounding off the USCC team in the Sport class is Seth Thorsen and Steve Emerson on the Phazer RTX.

    Longtime Yamaha snowmobile racer Erik Frigon will race Semi-Pro while mentoring Sport racer Michael Ewaschuk in the emerging USCC East division.

    “We’re really excited to get back into racing” says Wade West, Yamaha’s snowmobile marketing manager. “The increased interest in grassroots racing over the past few years makes our entry into cross country racing all the more important. We’ve found that the market is moving away from the prepackaged spectacle of stadium snocross and gravitating more toward the relatable cross country events that compete on the same trails we ride. That’s where our high performance 4-stroke power shines and what our FX Nytro models were engineered to do.

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      The Canadian military wants to make stealth snowmobiling something more than sneaking out of the house for a day of riding without the wife noticing.

      According to a report on CTV.ca, Canada’s Department of Defence wants to build a new snowmobile for use in the country’s Arctic. A public tender has been posted for a hybrid-electric snowmobile and $550,000 has been secured for building a prototype.

      The stealth snowmobile will be used for covert operations and the Department of Defence has made it clear that silence is a top priority.

      “The noise level of an internal combustion engine cannot be reduced to an acceptable level for missions where covertness may be required, especially given the increased propagation of sound in cold, dry, Arctic air,” reads the tender. “Electric snowmobiles are a potential solution to this problem, eliminating the internal combustion engine and using a much quieter electric motor to drive the track system.”

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        On September 17 four new members will be inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame.

        According to the ISHOF, the weekend of September 16-18 will bring a full weekend of “summertime snowmobiling” activities. The induction weekend will be filled with fun activities including past inductees gatherings, special indoor seating at the vintage drag races, shopping poker runs, pontoon boat rides on the Chain O’Lakes, autograph sessions, gala receptions, banquet and induction ceremonies.

        Organizers expect to see 160+ snowmobilers at this event that will bring together the movers and shakers of the sport.

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          Polaris Industries Inc. honored three individuals and three dealerships for their significant long-term contributions to the company’s success by inducting them into the Polaris Hall of Fame at the National Sales Meeting held in Nashville, Tenn.

          Inducted into the Polaris Hall of Fame, which was created during the company’s 50th anniversary in 2004, were two retired employees, a former executive with a key supplier and three Polaris dealerships.

          “It’s an honor for us to recognize the outstanding contributions these individuals made to Polaris growth and success, and the way these leading dealerships have helped built and represent the Polaris brand,” says Polaris CEO Scott Wine.