Round 2: Blackjack National

The Blackjack National marked Round 2 of the National snocross tour. It went down this past weekend in Ironwood, Michigan, -well, actuall Bessemer, which is the next town down Highway 2 as you head East into Michigan’s U.P. Here are some photos I shot on Saturday and some of my impressions on the day as well as the competition overall.

Travis Muller got the call from Warnert Racing to fill in for the injured Kaven Benoit. Benoit was at the race walking with a crutch. He dislocated his hip at Duluth.

No, Ron Pattyn's trailer isn't foggy, it's just my lens. Here he pours some of Dragon's finest race fuel into a test container to bring to tech.

The Stud Boy trailer is guarded by these two vicious guard dogs.

Iain Hayden does his dynamic warm up before Pro practice. He had a gnarly crash at Duluth and had another in the first round of qualifying at Blackjack.

Dan Ebert's mechanic Greg Muller warms up his mod before Pro practice. Dan had a great weekend that the Regional race at Quadna Mountain Park the weekend before.

Johan Lidman warms up on the bike before Pro practice. That Muscle Milk is good stuff!

The lodge at Blackjack. Word is the owners want to make the race a regular deal every year - same date, same everything to people keep coming back. It's not a bad idea as this is about the only place there's snow so early in the snowmobile/ski season.

Pro Lite is where the action is this season and the class has the best racing on the circuit in my opinion. Here Petter Narsa lets Garrett Mees know that the guy with the red plate should go first.

One reason I like the Pro Lite class is there are about 10 guys who can win on any given weekend, and some of them aren't the guys racing out of the big haulers. Chase Rosemeyer is one of those guys.

CSRA regulars Joey Sagan and Dylan Hall were strong all weekend. Hall swept the Semi-Pro points on the CSRA circuit last year and is a rookie Pro on that circuit this season.

Of course, everyone knows Dylan Martin, he's Ross Martin's brother. Like his brother, Dylan has a lot of talent and can win on any given weekend. He will race Pro on the East Coast Snocross circuit this season for Team Southside.

Jake Scott races for Team LaVallee. With Levi Lavallee sitting out the weekend because he was in California testing for his distance jump and Bobby LePage out with injury, Scott carried the flag for the LaVallee squad.

Even with all the talent in the Pro Lite class if you could name one kid who is the next big thing it might have to be Kody Kamm. Kamm is still learning the snocross ropes and is sometimes his own worst enemy on the track. When things fall into place for him he's blazing fast though.

James Johnstad has been lighting it up in the Pro Lite class. He's still super-young too, so who knows where he will go?

Andrew Carlson has the massive support of the Carlson Motorsports team behind him. He seems on the brink of breaking big in the next season or so.

Dave Joanis is another guy who races Pro on CSRA and has dabbled on the National circuit over the past few years. He had a great day at the race on Saturday, winning the final.

With Kyle Pallin and Cody Thomsen moving up to Pro, the Pro Lite ranks in the Cat amp are pretty thin. Perhaps their best hope at a good result lies with Matt Pichner.

Nick Pattyn has risen to the top of every class he's raced in so far, now he's racing Pro Lite. He's young, but definitely on the pace.

Andy Lieders came out of nowhere a few years back and I think still shows promise. He seems plagued by bad luck though.

Joe Fallen has had a great start to his season. He's another one of those privateers who could steal a race if he has a good day.

Oh hey, there's Tucker Hibbert.

Emil Ohman watches Pro Open heats. He's proven so far this season that a healthy Emil is a serious competitor.

Ross Martin says, "That's the gnarly part, right over there," as Dani pees her pants cuz hey, it's Ross Martin!

This isn't the gnarly part Ross was pointing at, this is the kinda gnarly part.

Apparently Mathieu Morin is feeling better after popping his shoulder out at Duluth. He finished fifth in Pro Open Saturday. Must be the Jimmy Johns.

Scott Judnick lookin' all serious and stuff.

OK, HERE's the gnarly part. Downhill, close-spaced, kind-of-a-rhythm-section that was the scene of more than a few crashes. Woulda been sweet to have a massive X Games-style flyaway on this downhill but hey, what do I know?

Justin Tate was running fourth at Duluth on Sunday before he got bumped off the track. He also injured his shoulder in that incident but he said it wasn't a big deal it was better a few days later. He's pretty much a privateer in Pro Open, which is really cool.

Cory Davis was on out Top 10 snocross rider rankings list. He's shown moments of brilliance this season but for the most part has struggled after sitting out snocross racing last year.

Brett Bender's mod is super-cool. The trend this year seems to be black sleds.

Dan Ebert transferred to the main through the LCQ. One of only four Cats to make it in.

The sun was setting behind the mountain as the Pro Lite final went down. Here, Dave Joanis has the lead but he's looking back...

...because Derek Ellis (along with Ellis' teammate Petter Narsa) is right behind him.

Joanis got the win followed by Narsa and Ellis. Narsa still had the red plate at the end of the weekend but he's headed back to Scandinavia to fulfill his contract to race for Lynx. By the way, that's an all-Ski-Doo Pro Lite podium folks.

T.J. Gulla looks for a good place to watch the Pro Open final. After a podium finish at Duluth on Sunday Gulla struggled at Blackjack on Saturday. He came back Sunday, won the LCQ and finished eighth.

The Hibbert and Martin show lines up for the final. First year Pro Mike Bauer qualified fourth.

Hibbert got a monster holeshot, but the start was a tricky one, kind of a double dogleg deal combined with an uphill.

The riders get funneled into the uphill run and yup, looks like Hibbert's got it.

But wait! Hibbert gets tagged from behind and pushed out onto the soft stuff. That taillight at the top of the hill? Oh, that's just Martin, pretty much checked out.

Martin learned last season that you can't let up even when you get a monster holeshot and crazy lead. He was on the gas trying to put distance between himself and whatever was behind him.

He almost had the race right off the start, but once again Hibbert was forced to eat roost as he went to work running down Martin. Something in the driveline on Bender's sled locked up early in the race leaving Tremblay and Malinoski between Hibbert and the leader.

Hibbert got by Malinoski and then ran down Tremblay.

Paul Bauerly ended up tenth on Saturday and ninth on Sunday. Not a bad weekend for a guy who doesn't get much recognition.

Martin came around with about two laps left to go in the 14-lap race headed into the finish line jump...

...with Hibbert close enough to catch some of his roost blast.

Hibbert caught Martin and tried a block pass, running into Martin. Hibbert got by but lost his spindle. He nursed it around to start the final lap...

...then got on the gas, realizing his sled didn't handle THAT bad and hey, every spot lost cost him valuable points.

Shortly after Martin's win Nate Hentges, Tim Bender and Tom Rager Jr. talk about the general awesomeness of the race.

Advantage: Martin.

 

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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.

2012 Ski-Doo Race Sled

2012 Ski-Doo Race Sled New Features:

600RS Engine – 6 more horsepower
New crankcase design
New patent-pending crankshaft design
New Cylinder design
New fuel pump and hose routing
Broader power band from 8300-8800RPM

Front Suspension
New, taller, powder-coated spindle
New steering post
New steering post bushing
New upper A-arm
New shock calibration

Rear suspension – rMotion Racing
New reinforced rear arm
Improved coupling system
New reinforced powder-coated rails
New shock calibration

Drive Line
New engine mounts
New sliding driven clutch
Better venting to clutches
New belt
New 19/49 gearing
New brake venting

Chassis
Powder-coated tunnel

See the complete spec sheet here.

 

 

 

 


sledRacer Interview: Robbie Malinoski

One of the strongest resumes on the ISOC National snocross circuit belongs to Robbie Malinoski. Malinoski broke onto the National circuit with Arctic Cat and Olah Racing back in 2002-2003 and just three short years later he swept the Pro points titles, the only rider other than Blair Morgan or Tucker Hibbert to accomplish that. The next year he found himself on Yamaha and put himself in the history books as the first rider ever to win a Pro National snocross race on a 4-stroke snowmobile. Not enough? Well how about a silver medal in Winter X Games snocross in 2009, a bronze in 2011 and 9 National wins? Malinoski signed with the Scheuring Speed Sports juggernaut in 2009-2010 and is the team’s no. 1 rider. We sat down with him to talk about Winter X, his connection with Steve Thorsen and making Duluth count.

sledRacer.com: You’ve bounced around to so many brands, all four to be exact. Is it nice to be back on Ski-Doo?
Robbie Malinoski: It wasn’t such a shock because I had moved around enough in my career and because I was on a Ski-Doo earlier in my career and had experience with the sled. The biggest thing was I signed on with Scheuring Speed Sports thinking this was it, I was going to ride a Polaris for who knows how long and that will be the end of my career. I was ready to finish it on a Polaris, that’s where my head was at and a year later I’m switching brands. So it was weird in that respect but it wasn’t a big problem.

sR: Previous to Scheuring you raced for BOSS Racing, a team that is known for treating its riders and crew well. Why the change?
Malinoski: Garry was between a rock and hard place. We finished that season and he wasn’t really sure what he had going for next season. This is what I do for a living and Garry runs his team as sort of a secondary deal, so I wasn’t going to sit there and let him try to fund a program completely out of his own pocket and try to pay me, it just wasn’t fair to him. I think initially he wanted to do it because that’s how he is, but later reality stepped in and he said he couldn’t afford to do it all on his own. It was a sign of the times, the economy was tough and race teams were getting few and far between. I had an opportunity with Scheuring and it all just kind of worked out.

sR: You always hear about the level of preparation within Scheuring Speed Sports, is it true?
Malinoski: Yeah, for sure. We have a lot of hard-working guys over there and having the facility and everything that he has allows us to be on top and have one of the best-tuned machines out there.

Steve Thorsen: super-genius.

sR: You and Steve Thorson won some points championships in 2006, is it nice to be back with him?
Malinoski: Absolutely. You know, it was funny, me and Thorsen were together when we were at Olah Racing. We butted heads a lot and it was moreso me than him with me just being kind of a snot-nosed spoiled brat type and not respecting his knowledge and understanding everything that he knows. I’m glad I have a second chance to work with him because I think its working out in my favor and I think in his too because we get along really good and now I know how much the guy knows. Also, to have the background knowing how each other works helps too.

sR: It seems like the great snowmobile racers generally have a connection with their mechanic. Do you have a connection with him?
Malinoski: Yeah, I think we do. Before I signed with Scheuring we had a few lengthy conversations. He was the only one I knew over there and going into the contract you have to find out where everything’s at. He let me know what he thought of the overall program and after talking with him it was an easy decision.

Among other things, Robbie was back on Fox Shox this past season, something he says helped him a lot.

sR: If there was a solid third place rider this past season it was you. It was a definite improvement, what do you attribute it to?
Malinoski: I think a couple things – Ski-Doo did a lot of work in the off-season and got the sled to be where it was. It was awesome right out of the box and we slowly improved it from there. Then I was so excited to be back with Fox Racing Shox, I’m a huge believer in them. Finally the level of effort form Scheuring and Thorsen and Tony and Elliott and all the guys on the crew put in, it was a nice mix of everything coming together, there’s not one thing I can put my finger on.

sR: Did you alter your training at all? I know Drew Robertson has told me you and he worked together.
Malinoski: I think a little. I’m definitely not the youngest guy in the sport anymore. What’s the saying, it’s hard to teach an old dog new tricks? I like what Drew does and we had some great conversations, we work well together. But I think I was probably one of the easiest riders he had to work with because I already knew what I had to do and Drew just basically complemented that.

Malinoski got a late start in snocross but has made it count and has a stnadout list of racing accomplishments.

sR: Third place is nothing to take lightly considering the two guys who were on the other two steps all season. What will it take to beat Martin and Hibbert?
Malinoski: Consistency, which I think we got going last year. But like at Duluth we couldn’t get going, we broke some parts. We know this year we have to come into Duluth 100 percent. Last year, I don’t care how much time we had before Duluth we weren’t going to be 100 percent just because we had new sleds and had made a big change. This year there’s no excuses, we have the same sled we had last year and it’s all laid out in front of us. If we can start the season where we finished it last year we’ll be right there.

sR: You’ve got one of the best resumes on the circuit, is there anything that’s not on there that you’d like to be?
Malinoski: I got such a late start. It’s funny because I’m getting to be one of the older guys but in my mind I still think I’m also one of the least experienced guys.

sR: People don’t think of you as old though. But a guy like T.J. Gulla who has been around forever, I think people think of him as old but I don’t even think he’s 30 yet.
Malinoski: He’s the same age as me! He’s only a couple months older than me. The funny thing about T.J. is he was racing Pro and winning Pro races before I even raced a snocross race. So he’s got the years of experience on me no doubt.

sR: You finished third at Winter X last season and it was your second medal in 9 years. How difficult is that race?
Malinoski: It’s a challenge on the body because of the pressure and then the race itself is really physical. But at the same time you train and prepare for it year-round and it’s something you just know going in. If you don’t know that you’re probably not going to do very well.

sR: Is that race frustrating?
Malinoski: It’s a unique deal, but you can’t treat as more than what it is. At the end of the day it’s still just a race. Everyone wants to put that race on such a pedestal, and it is a big race in the grand scheme of things, but as a racer you have to treat it as another race and try not to overthink the little stuff.

Mod sleds should level the playing field among the top teams.

sR: What do you think of the Pro class racing only Mod sleds in 2011-2012?
Malinoski: I’m excited about it and I think it’s long overdue. Not to take anything away from the stock class or the stock sleds, but if you have an issue with your sled and your team needs to work around it you can do that, but on the stock sled you’re pretty much limited to what you get in the fall. The stock sleds don’t always show the best rider out there. The Open sleds will show the best rider and the best tuned machine out there.

sR: How about the plan for double race weekends?
Malinoski: I really like that too because it turns the series into not so much of a sprint, but more of an endurance. I think you’ll be able to have your bad weekends and recover from it. And I think everyone’s going to have a bad weekend, so it think it will work fine.

sR: What are your goals for next season?
Malinoski: Top 3.

Scheuring, Malinoski Sign Two-Year Deal

Aurora, MN (June, 1, 2011) Scheuring Speed Sports and Robbie Malinoski have agreed to a two-year contract extension that will have the Lino Lake, Minnesota-based veteran racer leading the way for the AMSOIL/Air Force/Rockstar/Makita team through the 2012-13 season.

“It was a no brainer resigning Robbie Malinoski to our team” said Scheuring. “He shares the
same excitement about racing as I do. Not only is he a front runner on the track, he is great on the technical side and provides great feedback that helps us make our AMSOIL Ski-Doos better. Robbie is one of the few racers that does a great job in front of the camera and is a great representation
for our sponsors”

“I’m so pumped to be back with the crew and everyone involved” said Malinoski. “If it ain’t broken don’t fix it.”

In addition, the team has signed Darrin Mees to to fill the second team entry in the pro class for 2011-12. Mees is coming off a breakout season in which he scored multiple podiums in the Semi-Pro division and earned the fourth overall spot in the standings.

Mees’s brother Garret, who sat out nearly all of last season after suffering an ankle at the season opener in Duluth, will be back to represent the team in the Semi-Pro class this year.

Park X, 2003

A few days ago I found myself going through old snocross photos. Fans and racers may remember Park X hosted a couple National snocross races, the first in December 2003. This was the third of 11 events on the WSA National schedule in 2003-2004, coming after Duluth and Winnipeg. Scroll on an sledRacer fires up the Wayback Machine.

Yes, that's Kirk Hibbert, racing Semi-Pro and leading the pack up the hill.

 

Jeff Gruhlke was a force in Semi-Pro in 2003-2004. He finished second in Pro Open points and nearly won Pro Open at Canterbury but got passed by Ryan Simons on the last lap.

Speaking of Ryan Simons, he had moved from the Olah Racing team to the Engelstad rig and raced Semi-Pro Open and Pro Stock. Paul Engelstad is now part of Tucker Hibbert's crew and Hibbert's race trailer is the old Engelstad rig.

The 602 is Dan Ebert, racing the Sport class.

D.J. Eckstrom finished on the podium nine times in '03-'04 and finished third in Pro Open and fourth in Pro Stock points.

Speaking of Engelstad, this is Alex Engelstad. He was a force in the Sport classes but decided to quit snocross and race cars. That's a new and totally green Colorado Rob with the mic.

This guy showed up with one of the T&S Racing mods from 2001. I wonder where all these sleds went? I'd sure like to have one.

I found a string of photos from the Pro Vet class that reads like a who's who of snowmobile racing. No. 60 is Scott Davis. Scott and Cory would come down for a few races each year.

People who know Dan Benham wouldn't be surprised to hear he gave the likes of Hibbert, Strege, Davis, Reimer and Engelstad a run for their money in Pro Vet that day.

Andrew Johnstad racing Sport. He's a Pro now.

Brett Bender racing Sport. He's a Pro now too.

Kylie Abrahamson used to race Sport against the boys. See the two numbers? She shared a sled with her brother Brett.

Brett Turcotte was riding Sport for Blair Morgan Racing. Park X was one of a handful of races he was at that year.

Semi-Pro Open final, r-l: Schultz, Malinoski, Simons, ?, Christensen, Gruhlke, Bauerly, Hentges, Olson. The question mark is a Warnert Racing rider, not sure who. Could be Jeff Arsenault.

Robbie Malinoski and Brian Sturgeon. The bald guy behind him is Brad Olah, his team owner.

Aaron Christensen was racing Semi-Pro Open and Pro Stock, seen here. He had changed his number from 137 to 10. He saved his sled from a yard sale off the big double at Winter X that year during practice - I still call that one of the best pieces of riding I ever saw.

After Tucker Hibbert left, Shaun Crapo was signed away from Polaris to run out of the Team Arctic rig. By mid-season he had three wins and the points lead in Pro Stock, but back pain led to a visit to the doctor just prior to Winter X. The diagnosis? A bulging disc that was close to his spinal cord ended his season.

Scott Vig takes a digger at the bottom of the hill. Scott and mechanic Rob Schatzle made a great team.

T.J. Gulla was brought on board with Team when a wrist injury sidelined Levi LaVallee at Duluth. He earned a call back the next year after he took two seconds and was leading the Pro Stock final at Valcourt before his sled broke. At that point I thought Gulla was jinxed. Since when do Bender-prepped sleds fail?

Zach Pattyn made a few WSA races in 2003-2004. At Park X he was with Zelinskis and shared a sled with Josh Zelinski.

After being plucked from Ski-Doo by Steve Scheuring to fill in for D.J. Eckstrom the season before, Ross Martin was once again a privateer, only this time on Polaris. By season's end he had a backdoor support program with Polaris via Judnick Motorsports. The rest is history.

In his early days, Levi LaVallee was the center of a lot of drama. At Park X he had an on-track run-in with Steve Martin that led to a confrontation with Martin's mechanic Chad Kyllo (white shirt) and his former mechanic Ron Verly (in sunglasses). Verly was C.W. Sirjane's mechanic that season, but C-dub missed a few races after breaking his foot at Duluth. My question is, who is the guy sippin' the 40?

The dynamic duo, Blair Morgan and Carl Kuster discuss the uphill run before the Pro Open final. Morgan was coming off a broken back and broken leg sustained in Motocross. Morgan won Pro Open that day and went on to win six more races and both points championships. That's why they call him Superman.

A month after Park X Mike Island would win the Gold Medal at Winter X. He won Pro Open at Syracuse and Geneva and finished second in points. His mechanic was Tony Swiontek, the guy who now wrenches for Ross Martin.

 

Evolved SX Exercise Of The Week

Drew Robertson (middle) with a couple riders he trains, Pro Rookie of the Year Logan Christian (left) and Most Improved Pro Robbie Malinoski.

What a year! Hope everyone that got a chance to go to the Grand Finale this past weekend in Lake Geneva had a great time, even though the weather on Sunday would have tested the most die hard fan!

Before I share the Evolved SX Exercise of the Week later this week I want to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Evolved athletes :

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Scheuring On The News

Winter X Games Updated Athlete List

Jeff Mullin is headed to Aspen.

 

Adaptive snocross
Jesse Gildea
Doug Henry
Chris Heppding
Mike Schultz
Jeff Tweet
Jim Wazny

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