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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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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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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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Brian Dick and Zach Herfindahl

The USXC Seven Clans I-500 is one of the most grueling and prestigious races in snowmobiling. Run in and around Thief River Falls, Minn., the hometown of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, the race is the modern version of the famed Winnipeg to St. Paul race that dates back to 1966. The three-day race features roughly 160 miles of racing each day in ditches, woods, river and fields of Northern Minnesota.

Christian Brothers Racing rider Brian Dick won the race for the second time in his career this past Saturday with teammate Zach Herfindahl finishing about two minutes behind him in second place. Christian Brothers Racing has won the past three runnings of the event with Brian winning in 2011 and Ryan Simons winning in 2013 (2012 was cancelled due to weather).

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Brian Dick USXC

Team Arctic racers went into Willmar, Minn. for the third round of the USXC cross-country series on a roll and walked out with 13 victories and 39 of 60 podium positions.

Team Arctic/Christian Brothers Racing Pro Brian Dick once again topped the premier category, winning the Pro Open class and finishing second in Pro Stock. Teammate Zach Herfindahl took third in the Open while Wes Selby finished third in the Stock final. Along with Chad Lian and Jordan Torgerson, Team Arctic racers took five of the top 10 positions in the Open class.

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