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Yamaha USXC I-500

Next winter the USXC is bringing back one of the most storied races in snowmobile history – the I-500 from Winnipeg, Man. to Willmar, Minn. – and Yamaha has stepped up to support the race and it is participants.

“We love cross country because it’s the most relatable type of racing for fans,” says Yamaha Snowmobile Marketing Manager, Wade West. “It is also the most achievable for a snowmobiler to try with their own trail sled.

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Gavin Balls Jackson Hole

Gavin Balls rode his 2015 Yamaha SR Viper M-TX to victory in the Improved Stock 700 class at the Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb.

Just two weeks prior, Balls finished on the podium in second place in Pinedale. Turns out that was just a precursor to what most would consider the biggest stage in hillclimb competition, Jackson Hole.

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Keith Curtis Jackson Hole Hillclimb

Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers won 10 of 12 Pro class titles, including all four Stock and all four Mod classes, and won all four Pro King of the Hill titles at the 39th annual Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb.

Polaris racer David Sharp, Jr., won the Pro 800 Improved class and the Improved King of the Hill crown at the event held March 20-23 in Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Keith Curtis won all five classes he entered, the Stock and Mod King of the Hill titles, and the event’s ultimate competition, the King of Kings crown.

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Planning eight events over three months is one thing, seeing them all come true is another. When the first green flag dropped at Pine Lake, near Gonvick, Minn., December 14, who knew racers would have the opportunity to compete throughout an entire season of racing action. Eight events, eight venues, and eight Minnesota cities. Truly special.

The recurring theme all winter was the brutal weather facing racers, crews, and fans, that is, until the final race of the year in Walker, Minn. No one in the United States seemed to be immune to harsh winter conditions in 2013-2014. As a result, it was hard to get anyone to feel sorry for USXC competitors. As always, though, the cross country racers endured below zero temps and storm laden driving conditions to and from the races to rock the courses at break-neck pace.

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Christian Brothers Racing Geneva

Nestled in the Southeastern corner of Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has played host to the final National snocross event of the season for over a decade and a half. Carved into the ski slopes of Grand Geneva Resort, the ISOC Grand Finale track was one of the longest and most challenging of the season, boasting features the riders don’t even see at the Winter X Games including three uphill and downhill runs.

DOC360/DRIFT Racing/Troy Lee Designs/Arctic Cat rider Logan Christian posted strong performances Saturday and Sunday at Lake Geneva, placing sixth and eighth respectively. This came after a tough Friday where Christian missed making the final by one position. Final season points tally put Christian in sixth place overall in the premier Pro Open class.

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