SnowRider briefs – January, 2014

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Ski-Doo revenues jump 18 percent

BRP, the parent company to Ski-doo, reported record quarterly revenues of $866 million, which represents an increase of 18 percent compared to the same period of Fiscal Year 2013. The company also reported a net income of $48.2 million, which is an increase of 52 percent compared to the third quarter of Fiscal Year 2013. The figures are in Canadian dollars, but still represent a hugely healthy leap in profits.

The company credited its performance to strong shipments of snowmobiles both in North America and internationally.

“I am very pleased with this performance and particularly proud of the fact that we were able to deliver strong quarterly results as we approach our 10th anniversary as a standalone company,” said José Boisjoli, president and chief executive officer, in a press release in December. “ I would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees, our dealers and distributors for their hard work and continued loyal support.”



Polaris Snocross racer Lieders sweeps Pro Lite finals

After an impressive display of Polaris Terrain Domination in ISOC National snocross racing in early December, Polaris racers were second, third and fourth in the Pro Open points standings, and Polaris racers filled the top five spots in the Pro Lite standings. Leading the way in the Dec. 6-7 ISOC racing at Bessemer, Mich., were Andrew Lieders, who won both of the weekend’s Pro Lite finals, and Pro Open racers Kyle Pallin, Kody Kamm and Ross Martin, each of whom earned a spot on the podium with a Top-3 finish.

In The Dec. 7 final, Lieders won again for a weekend sweep, and he led a Polaris parade across the finish line. He was followed by Todd in second, Carlson in third, Johansson in fourth, Mason in sixth and Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) in 12th.

In the weekend’s two Pro Open finals:

• Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee), who is from Ironwood, Mich., less than 10 miles from the race site, finished fifth and second in the two finals, and he left the Upper Peninsula second in Pro Open points.

• Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) finished 3-4 in the weekend’s finals, and was third in class points.

• Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) finished second and fifth, and was fourth in points.

In the Pro Lite class:

• Andrew Lieders (Team LaVallee) won both finals and moved into second in the points standings, behind fellow Polaris driver Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports).

• Five Polaris racers finished in the top 10 in both finals, including finishing 1-2-3-4 on Dec. 7.

• Polaris racers were in the top five spots in the points standings.

In the Pro-Am Women final, Jennifer Pare (Leighton Motorsports) finished second, which left her second in points, six points out of first. Jakki Farmer (Farmer Racing/Fort Fremont Racing) finished fifth, Rachelle Fountain (Fountain Racing) was sixth, Tabitha Bode (Team BSR) was seventh, Jennifer Martel was ninth, and Jessica Martel was 10th.

The next ISOC National event is set for Jan. 3-5 at Shakopee, Minn.



FOX team dominates podium at snowcross opener

FOX athlete Andrew Carlson scored two Pro Lite podiums during the ISOC Duluth National event, including a dominating flag-to-flag win on Day Two. Courtesy FOX

FOX athlete Andrew Carlson scored two Pro Lite podiums during the ISOC Duluth National event, including a dominating flag-to-flag win on Day Two. Courtesy FOX

The Duluth National Snocross Pro podium was crowded with FOX athletes, with Tucker Hibbert, Andrew Carlson, and James Johnstad leading the charge on one of the venue’s largest, roughest tracks.

The competitive snowmobile season launched in December as the International Series of Champions kicked off its national snocross tour in Duluth, Minn.

FOX athletes were well prepared to face some of the largest, most intense DNSX tracks in the race’s 22-year history.  The athletes dominated the pro podium, and ultimately claimed 11 out of 12 box positions at the venue.

In Round One, Tucker Hibbert led the charge, followed by Cody Thomsen, and Kyle Pallin. In Round Two action, Hibbert once again bolted from the start to quickly take the lead, while Pallin took home second place. Ross Martin followed in third at the finish line of the 22-lap main event.

FOX’s domination continued in the Pro Lite ranks, where once again the podium was crowded with FOX athletes. In the main event, James Johnstad led the charge with Andrew Carlson and Marcus Johansson in tow, creating a FOX podium sweep. The next day, FOX athlete Andrew Carlson returned to the podium, taking the win with an impressive flag-to-flag performance.

“My sled was so fast all weekend,” Carlson said. “Ricky (Rick Strobel, FOX Snowmobile race manager) helped dial in our shock package and it worked flawlessly. I could hit the uphill section wide open and the suspension just swallowed it up.”

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