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As the 2014 USXC season came to a close, Polaris racers dialed it up a notch. Saturday’s Moondance Jam 100 was a rough, technical race that saw Polaris riders Aaron Christensen, Justin Tate, Ryan Faust, and Spencer Kadlec finish 1-2-3-4 in the Yamaha Pro Stock final.

The win for Christensen wasn’t quite enough to grab the point title in Pro Stock, with leader Zach Herfindahl (Arctic Cat) needing only to finish, even with a broken hand. Christensen did close out a season points win in the Speedwerx Pro Open class.

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Aaron Christensen USXCAaron Christensen wrapped up the season finale of the inaugural United States X-Country (USXC) snowmobile racing series in grand style, winning both the Pro Open and Pro 600 classes at the Seven Clans Casino – Warroad 100 in Warroad, Minn.

The eighth race on the 2012-2013 schedule, the Warroad 100 featured a 10-mile course built along the shores of Lake of the Woods. The short course had ample snow and got extremely rough as the day wore on, challenging riders’ conditioning and suspension setups.

Christensen (Polaris) started the day off winning the four-lap Speedwerx Pro Open race, posting a time 30 seconds faster than second place Polaris rider Bobby Menne and 44 seconds faster than third place Arctic Cat rider Zach Herfindahl. Arctic Cat rider Wes Selby finished fourth and Yamaha rider Ben Lindbom came in fifth.

The 10-lap, 100-mile DRIFT Racing Pro 600 race proved to be brutally rough and tested the machines and the riders. Christensen finished atop the time charts again besting Herfindahl by 51 seconds and Menne by over five minutes. Polaris riders Spencer Kadlec and Ryan Faust rounded out the Top 5.

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Aaron Christensen USXCSnowmobiling’s top cross country racers made their way to Park Rapids, Minn. March 2-3 for the Park Rapids 100. With ample snow and good weather on hand, Polaris rider Aaron Christensen earned a win in the DRIFT Racing Pro 600 on Day 1 and followed it up with a second-place finish on Day 2.

The Park Rapids 100 also crowned an overall winner on the weekend. Arctic Cat rider Zach Herfindahl won the Speedwerx Pro Open class both days and took the overall win in the class.

Nate Moritz (Cat) and Spencer Kadlec (Pol) both claimed wins in the Polaris Semi-Pro 600 class, but it was Lucas Kemper (Pol) who took the overall win on the weekend logging two third place finishes in the class. Ben Lindbom (Yam) took the overall win in the AMSOIL Semi-Pro Improved class.

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Ryan Simons I-500

Arctic Cat rider Ryan Simons bested the field in the grueling three-day, 500-mile I-500 cross-country race.

The I-500 was hosted by Seven Clans Casino and USXC (United States X-Country Snowmobile Racing) in Thief River Falls, Minn., February 7-9. Riders left Seven Clans Casino each day on three different courses, each approximately 160-miles and each eventually bringing them back to the casino.

The Day 1 course brought riders to the fuel stop in Plummer, Minn., just south of Thief River Falls. After a race delay due to fog, riders enjoyed clear skies and excellent visibility. Simons set the pace with a time of 2:15:43.844, almost three minutes ahead of Arctic Cat rider Cody Kallock (2:18:25.460) and nearly four minutes ahead of Arctic Cat rider Wes Selby (2:19:28.806). After Selby came Aaron Christensen (2:20:30.707), Justin Tate (2:20:35.194) and Corey Davidson (2:22:15.360). Perennial favorite Gabe Bunke was mired in 10th position after leading out and breaking trail most of the day. Notable scratches were 2011 winner Brian Dick (engine) and Chad Lian (engine).

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Gabe Bunke Soo I-500We tend to throw out terms like ‘dominate’ a little too freely when we talk about racing. However, you won’t find many people who’d argue that Polaris didn’t thoroughly dominate the field at the grueling Soo I-500 enduro race that took place this past Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.

The Gabe Bunke-led Bunke Racing 1 team won for the second year in a row and nine Polaris teams finished in the top 10. Polaris race teams finished first through seventh and took ninth and 10th places as well. Gabe Bunke teamed with Aaron Christensen and Spencer Kadlec for the victory, the team’s second straight Soo win and the fourth of Bunke’s career.

Bunke, a Polaris cross-country racing specialist, was also a successful team owner in the 2013 Soo race, which was shortened to 455 miles from the usual 500-mile distance on the 1-mile Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. ice oval. The Bunke Racing 2 team finished second with Ryan Faust and Travis Faust sharing driving duties. Finishing third was 131 Racing, with Bobby Menne (Bunke’s cross-country racing teammate), Mike Babcock and Ivan Hanson piloting a Polaris sled.

Polaris and Bunke Racing

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