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    Matt Piche Houghton Cross Country

    Matt Piche started the cross country season off with a bang for Yamaha. (Photo courtesy 447 Photography)

    Team Yamaha Rider Matt Piche scored the first Pro Stock win of the Cross Country racing season on his SR Viper race sled at Houghton, Mich.

    “Everyone on the team wanted to come out strong at the first race of the year,” says Yamaha Cross Country Crew Chief Brian Strawsell. “We knew we had a sled that would be competitive and that Matt and Re were ready to race. Everything just worked well for us today.”

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      USXC and Briggs & Stratton have teamed up to create an entry point for future cross-country racers and their families. The Briggs & Stratton Triple Crown is a three-race series for riders 6-12-years-old where they compete in real cross-country scenarios on real cross-country racing courses.

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        2014 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 R Sno Pro

        Arctic Cat unveiled its 2014 racing snowmobiles at the recent Hay Days event in Minnesota. The 2014 ZR 6000 R Sno Pro is available in two iterations – Snocross and Cross Country.

        As you might expect, the two sleds are very similar. Both feature a carbureted, two-stroke, liquid cooled, 599cc engine and rely on an Arctic rpm sensing drive clutch and Team driven driven clutch.

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          2014 Ski-Doo MX ZX 600RS Front Right

          BRP unveiled Ski-Doo’s latest race sled this weekend – the 2014 MX Zx 600RS. According to BRP, the snowmobile will “turn quicker, stay straighter in the bumps, and have stronger starts.”

          BRP says these changes come with the move from the REV-XP to the REV-XS platform and refinements to many systems for pure race track performance in both snocross and cross country.

          The REV-XS platform provides what BRP calls improved ergonomics, improved aerodynamics, better rider protection and better air intake system for the engine.

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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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