2011-2012 sledRacer.com Snocross Rider Rankings

We’re on the brink of the 2011-2012 snocross season, time for the sledracer.com annual snocross rider rankings. Just a week out from Duluth, if you’re not ready now you’ll never be and we’ll help you get revved up with a little snocross bench racing. Bust out a cold one and read on as we give our $.02 on who is the best in snocross. You can see our past rankings (and see how accurate we were) here andhere.

11. Emil Ohman
No. 27
Ski-Doo
While Emil Ohman is entering just his third season of snocross in the United States, he’s been around Europe for a while. Translation: he’s older than you assume. But with age comes experience as well as patience, and the 2008 FIM snowcross world champion Ohman has both and both can be used to beat younger riders. Ohman had a breakout season in 2010 when he stood on the podium five times and placed third in Pro Stock points. He definitely came into Duluth on the pace last season but tweaked his knee there which opened up the gates to an injury-plagued 2011 season. Is a healthy Ohman a contender? It’s tough to say, but the pieces are there.

 

 

 

10. Kyle Pallin
No. 324
Arctic Cat
How can you put a rider on the Top 10 who has never ridden as a Pro? History would show that a rider who dominates the Semi-Pro class like Pallin did in 2012 usually makes a seamless jump into the Pro class. Plus, he finished 4th at the Winter X Games in snocross last season, proving he can ride a mod and put in the laps with the big boys. He’s got a ton of momentum behind him coming into the 2012 season, the question is, can he win?

 

 

 

 

 

9. Logan Christian
No. 43
Arctic Cat
The Pro National series Rookie of the Year last season, Logan Christian suffered a knee injury riding motocross in the off-season. After a less-the-stellar first half of the 2011 season, Christian turned it around after the New York race, made himself a consistent Top 5 rider and almost stole a win at the Hayward event. He rides for Christian Brothers Racing, one of the biggest and best teams on the circuit. Known for his relentless training regimen, expect Christian to start slow coming off injury but pick up mid-season and maybe steal some podiums.

 

 

 

 

8. Cory Davis
No. 160
Arctic Cat
Another rider who spent last year away from snocross (but not away from racing), Cory Davis is a naturally-gifted snowmobile rider, perhaps the most gifted on the circuit. During the summer of 2010 he suffered a severe injury to his foot riding ramps on his dirt bike. While now healed, questions surround Davis’ ability to ride snocross with the “new” foot. If he can pound the laps expect him to be Top 5 if not a podium contender.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Levi LaVallee
No. 108
Polaris
The progression of the sport generally means a season away from racing is a death knell for most racers, but we’re betting Levi LaVallee can come back and be competitive again. Ever fit and always fearless and aggressive, LaVallee does not like to lose and he won’t be out there to mess around mid-pack. A former race winner and Pro Open points champ, he could easily be placed higher on this list.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Mathieu Morin
No. 27X
Ski-Doo
Last season Mathieu Morin swept the Pro points titles on the East Coast Snocross circuit. ECS is not the Nationals so it’s hard to say if he can bring that momentum with him. One thing is for sure, he was without a doubt the dominant rider on that circuit last year and his track record shows he wins wherever he goes. This year he replaces Brett Turcotte on the BOSS Racing squad. He’s been on the National tour before and done well, even winning races (including Pro Stock at Duluth in 2005). He should have a good season in 2012.

 

 

 

5. Garth Kaufman
No. 48
Arctic Cat
Garth Kaufman has quietly worked his way to the top of the field in snocross and he’s stayed there for the past few seasons. His smooth, consistent style combined with an adequate “next gear” that allows him to be just a step faster than some of the mid-packers puts him on the podium enough to call him a contender. While the Christian Brothers Racing rider has yet to show if he has that top gear that would put him out front (and keep him out front) against the Top 3, he’s definitely shown he’s a rider to take seriously.

 

 

 

 

4. Robbie Malinoski
No. 4
Ski-Doo
One of the most experienced riders on the circuit, Malinsoki also rides for one of the highest-profile teams, Scheuring Speed Sports. Famous for logging the first National snocross win on a 4-stroke as well as for being the only rider other than Blair Morgan or Tucker Hibbert to sweep the points championships, Malinoski is a tough, consistent rider who can ride just about anything and always seems to find the podium. Expect him to be on the podium, but betting on the top step might prove risky.

 

 

3. Tim Tremblay
No. 27
Ski-Doo
Two years ago Tim Tremblay filled a spot on the Warnert Racing roster and won the Pro Stock points championship in his rookie season, proving he belonged on the National circuit. His results tapered off in 2011 but he still claimed a handful of podium spots. Still, he’s competitive and is even able to win on the Ski-Doo, a sled that has been a disappointing third best in the pack. On paper, the sled looks much improved for 2012, but will it put Tremblay in the mix with Hibbert and Martin again?

 

 

 

 

 

2. Ross Martin
No. 837
Polaris
Ross Martin led more laps in more races than any other rider in the Pro class on the snocross National tour last season. Problem was, more often than not he wasn’t leading when it counted. Martin races for Judnick Motorsports, one of the most successful racing teams in the history of snocross and has the full force of the Polaris racing empire behind him. The mod-only Pro class should play into his favor because he’s always been better on his mod and has three Pro Open championships to prove it (2007, 2008, 2010). He’s the only rider who, when it comes to ability, racing experience and support, can match Tucker Hibbert. But, until he leads the laps that count, he remains the No. 2 rider on the list.

 

 

 

1. Tucker Hibbert
No. 68
Arctic Cat
In addition to being the reigning ISOC Pro points champion, Tucker Hibbert holds 66 Pro National snocross wins, he won the FIM Snowcross World Championship in 2010 and holds 10 Winter X Games snocross medals, including five gold medals. He locked up both championships last season despite suffering from an injured wrist (that required off-season surgery) for nearly half the season. While Blair Morgan’s win total still eludes Hibbert, the double race format this season could put him close to Morgan’s record of 84 wins. Despite his stats not being as fat as Morgan’s, Hibbert is arguably the greatest snocross racer ever and, until someone beats him on the National circuit, he is No. 1 on our list.

Ohman – 2011 FIM Snowcross World Champion

Tuuri podium - Hibbert, Ohman, Narsa. photo - www.worldsnowocross.com

TUURI (FINLAND), 26th March – The FIM Snowcross World Champion title is back to Sweden through the hands of Emil Ohman, the 24 years-old from Tvaran takes home his second title after winning it in 2008. The VillageShop circuit in Tuuri, the “good luck community”, as it is called by the Finnish population surely had some effect on today’s results although not for all the riders. The prize for the unluckiest rider of the weekend will definitely go to one of this year’s favourite Finnish: Janne Jurvelin. The Finn struggled early in the day with mechanical problems on his snowmobile that followed him until race two, ending the day involved on a crash with his Swede ‘neighbour’ Johan Lidman who also saw his dream of a World Title fading away on the first corner. Read the rest here.

Öhman Wins FIM Snowcross World Championship

Swedish rider Emil Ohman bested a super-talented field of riders to win the FIM Snowcross World Championship. He rode a Lynx. Photo: www.warnertracing.com

Swedish rider Emil Ohman won the FIM Snowcross World Championship, besting a field of 46 riders from seven different countries including such names as Garth Kaufman, Logan Christian, Johan Lidman, Magnus Lindback, Cody Thomsne and Janne Jurvelin. Reigning World Champion Tucker Hibbert blew a belt in one of the three races and rules state that the sled can’t be worked on unless its in the mechanics area, so he had to watch.

 Unofficial results:
‎1 4 Öhman, Emil SWE
2 11 Narsa, Petter SWE
3 1 Hibbert, T. USA
4 48 Kaufman, Garth USA
5 682 Thomsen, Cody USA
16 443 Christian, Logan. USA

FIM Snowcross World Championship Rider List

Finnish Lynx rider Janne Jurvelin will be looking to win his first FIM Snowcross World Championship this weekend. photo: Janne Vuojärvi, Wolmedia/www.moottoriliitto.fi

The rider list for the 2011 FIM Snowcross World Championship set to take place this weekend in Tuuri, Finland, includes 46 riders from seven different countries including the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland and Norway. Notables include reigning World Champion Tucker Hibbert, European Snowcross Champion, Nordic Champion and 8-time Finnish champion Janne Jurvelin, 2011 European Snowcross Champion Magnus Lindback, Team Sportech Racing rider Johan Lidman, Warnert Racing rider Emil Ohman, Christian Brothers Racing riders Logan Christian and Garth Kaufman and Hulten Speed Sports rider Christian Salemark. See the entire list here.

Emil Ohman Helmet Cam

Pro Open Round 1 from the Grand Prix de Valcourt:

Roost and Carnage

Emil Ohman helmet cam, Pro Super Stock, Silverdome (he finished 5th):

Emil Ohman Helmet Cam Footage From Duluth

Scandinavian Invasion: The Results

Swedish rider Johan Lidman made his Duluth debut count.

The AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross was going on some 4,000 miles from Sweden, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology and the Internet fans of snocross racer Johan Lidman were able to watch him nearly score a podium finish in his first ever race in America. Lidman was just one of 10 Scandinavians racing at Duluth, an unprecedented number even for a race that attracts its fair share of foreign riders.

Johan Lidman got a great start in the Pro Super Stock final Saturday night, coming out in second place but he went off the track and by the time he got back on it was too late and he finished 15th. Lidman had a good run in qualifying for Sunday’s

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Duluth 2010: The Scandinavian Invasion

Emil Ohman had a huge 2010 season on the ISOC Nationals with five podiums and a third place finish in Super Stock points.

by Petter Fagerström (www.snox.se)

It seems every year some Scandinavians show up at Duluth to try their hand at racing in the U.S. But this season Duluth will see a small-scale invasion of Scandinavian riders from Sport Stock to the Pros. And they’re not here just to say they raced Duluth anymore, they are here to win. In the Pros we will see No. 52 Johan Lidman, a rider who had a historic season in Sweden last year. Lidman won the Swedish championship twice and finished second behind Tucker Hibbert in the FIM World Championship held in Sweden. Johan has been to Duluth before and won the Junior 16-17 class three years ago. Fans will be familiar with Emil Öhman – he raced the entire season with Warnert Racing last year and ended up third in Pro Super Stock points and with a full season of racing under his belt he should rack up better results this season. Christian Salemark has been racing here for a couple years, but had a season full of injures last year. He had a monster Duluth showing two years ago as a Semi-Pro and is back and racing Pro this year. Norwegian Pro Magnus Lindbäck ran some really good races last year in Scandinavia and if he finds the pace he will be at the front. Read on as we take a short look at the Scandinavians that will be racing at Duluth this weekend.

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sledRacer.com 2010-2011 Snocross Rider Rankings

Cory Davis at Duluth 2009. He narrowly missed making our rider rankings list.

The 2010-2011 snocross season will kick off Friday, November 26, 2010, at the ISOC AMSOIL Duluth National snocross at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota. That’s in about one week, people, so it’s time for sledRacer.com to release its list of the Top 10 snocross riders to watch for the coming season. Our rankings are based on past year’s results, points totals and how much swag and free food we got from the team’s trailers. Read on as we present to you our best of the best. But first, an honorable mention.

One rider who didn’t make our list but should have is Cory Davis. As a rookie Pro, Davis only had one podium finish, but he also missed the podium by one spot twice. And he finished Top 5 in Open points and sixth in Super Stock points. His performance (and the fact that he’s entering the season with an injured foot) wasn’t quite good enough to get him on the list, but he does get an honorable mention.

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