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Keith Curtis

(Photo courtesy RLT Photography)

Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers won the overwhelming majority of Pro class titles, swept the Women’s classes to earn Queen of the Hill honors, and won every King of the Hill crown at the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association’s Beaver Mountain Hillclimb at Logan, Utah, on April 18-19.

Polaris Pro racers Erin Beukelman and Keith Curtis each won four Pro classes and they combined to sweep the Pro King titles, while Jesse Hotchkiss won the Semi-Pro King of the Hill contest.

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Keith Curtis Afton Hillclimb

Keith Curtis put on a show to remember at the Afton (Wyoming) Hillclimb this past weekend, winning all five Pro Men’s classes in which he competed as well as two King of the Hill run-offs. The Afton Hillclimb was this season’s second Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hlllclimb (RMSHA) points event.

Curtis won the 600 Stock, 800 Stock, 1000 Stock, 800 Mod, and Open Mod class titles. He then won the Stock King title on his 1000 Stock sled, and won the Mod King title on his 800 Mod sled. Curtis said it was the fourth time in his career he had achieved such a sweep at an RMSHA hillclimb.

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Team Polaris Racing

Polaris hillclimbers have had a memorable season, winning 11 pro class points titles, all three semi-pro points crowns, two Women’s points titles and the lion’s share of King of the Hill honors on the 2012-13 Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) circuit.

Leading the way were Polaris racers Keith Curtis, who won points titles in five Pro classes and won Stock King of the Hill at all five points events, Erin Beukelman – winner of three points titles and a three-time King of the Hill winner (two Modified, one Improved Stock) – and Luke Rainey, Cole Willford and Tyson Thomas, who each won a points championship.

Polaris hillclimbers won all four of the premier Pro Stock classes and filled the top 10 in the standings. Polaris racers finished 1-2 in Pro 600 Stock points and claimed six top-10 spots; finished 1-2-3 in Pro 700 Stock points and earned six top-10 positions; dominated Pro 800 stock, leading to Polaris hillclimbers finishing first through sixth in points; claimed five top-10 spots in Pro 1000 Stock points, a class won by Keith Curtis at four of five events.

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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.