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Yamaha Duluth Testing

Three days, countless laps, late nights and a wealth of information is how Yamaha describes its return to the track at the ISOC National Snocross in Duluth, Minn. With a focus on the forthcoming United States X-Country (USXC) series and a hopeful year-end pro championship, Yamaha descended upon the grueling Duluth track with one thing on its mind…knowledge.

While it may seem unconventional to prepare for the cross-country season at a national snocross race, the wealth of information and tuning improvements the team garnered from the weekend of real-world competition was unprecedented.

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Ben Lindbom Yamaha Viper

For the first time in several years, Yamaha supported riders will be competing in snocross…sort of. As part of its testing ahead of the USXC cross country racing season, Yamaha racers will appear at select early ISOC snocross races this season.

“We have been working on our new SR Viper RTX race sleds all summer and fall,” says Yamaha Snowmobile Racing’s Eric Josephsen. “Our team has developed a great setup on the new sled with an eye on our primary goal, which is to win the USXC Pro title this season and be a consistent podium finisher in RMSHA. With this new sled, we want to test it in competition before the season gets under way, like a preseason football game. That will let us work out any hiccups before we get to the Pine Lake race.”

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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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Mike Schultz Royal PurpleChampion snowmobile racer and inventor Mike Schultz has now partnered up with premium synthetic oil manufacturer, Royal Purple.

Royal Purple will provide support to Schultz by furnishing its advanced lines of synthetic lubricants, coolant and fuel system additives for his efforts both as a competitive snowmobiler and dirt bike rider. Schultz for his part, will provide the Royal Purple technical team with valuable feedback helping to make the company’s products even more effective.

Schultz, a veteran snowmobile and motorcycle racer for more than 15 years, can effectively split his racing career into two separate set of championship eras. From 1999 to 2008, Schultz raced internationally racking up a number of podiums. In 2008, while racing a professional snowmobiling event, Schultz abruptly lost control of his machine, crashing and hyperextending his leg in an accident that would ultimately require an above-the-knee amputation.

Facing a career ending injury, where many athletes would have called it quits, Schultz instead took himself to task designing and building one of the most advanced artificial limbs able to withstand the forces involved in extreme sports like Motocross, Snocross and snowboarding. Since then, Mike Schultz’ Moto Knee and his company Biodapt Inc. have provided products to other athletes and veterans returning from war. The Moto Knee has been so effective, Schultz was able to return to competition; recording five podium finishes and four wins in ESPN’s winter and summer X-Games competition for adaptive Snocross and Supercross.

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