Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Countdown Has Begun

Photo: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull

Santa Monica, Calif. (December 26, 2011) – Testing is complete. The ramp installation has begun at the event site. The motorcycle and snowmobile are tuned and ready. Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee got to spend time at home with their families and enjoy the holidays. Now it’s back to business and the task at hand – breaking the world record for motorcycle and snowmobile distance jumping at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. The event will air live from San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, December 31 at approximately 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPNHD and ESPN3, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

LaVallee, a 29-year-old native of Longville, Minn., will jump his snowmobile alongside Maddison, a 30-year-old Aussie now living in Temecula, Calif., who will pilot his motorcycle as both athletes simultaneously jump over 300 feet of water from the North park to the South park at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the downtown area of San Diego Bay. LaVallee will attempt to break his own record of 361 feet and Maddison will be aiming to eclipse the current record of 391 feet.

On-site viewing will be free to spectators at both parks. Gates will open to the public at 6 p.m. PT.

“The big one is right around the corner now,” said Maddison. “My bike has been totally dismantled and reassembled, Joe Gibbs Racing rebuilt my engine and all the final parts and adjustments are about done. I’m excited for Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. A new world record is the perfect way to start a new year!”

“I’m thrilled because we finished testing and everything went really well and ended on a positive note,” said LaVallee. “So I’m ready, a bit nervous, but extremely excited for Saturday night.”

WORLD-CLASS ATHLETES
Maddison boasts an accomplished freestyle motocross career, with an X Games silver medal in 2010 in Moto X Best Trick and two wins on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour (Calgary 2009 and Madrid 2010). He also has a successful history of record-breaking achievements and globally captivating feats. Among them are backflipping across the Tower Bridge in London and clearing the Corinth Canal in Greece, to go with his previous New Year’s Eve successes, beginning in 2007 when he jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.

LaVallee is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist (four golds) and champion snocross racer. He has fully recovered from a crash while training for the same event last year, just hours after shattering the world record with a leap of 361 feet on a snowmobile. He is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in 2009 at Winter X Games. Despite the temperate climate in San Diego, have no fear; LaVallee will use artificial turf on his run-up path, which will provide the necessary grip for his snowmobile’s track to ensure maximum speed as he hits the take-off ramp.

Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records. Leading up to their big night, LaVallee and Maddison have worked with Red Bull’s athlete performance experts, physicists and engineers, in addition to their core teams, in an effort to get the most out of their bodies and machines. Valuable information has been attained with the goal of integration into future technological development.

After last year’s unfortunate cancellation, this will be the fourth Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event in the last five years. In 2008, the year Maddison went up and off the Arc de Triomphe, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. In 2009, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car a staggering 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.

Mystik Lubricants, title sponsor of LaVallee’s race team, is excited to partner with Red Bull in showing support for Levi during his quest to break his distance jump record in San Diego on New Year’s Eve.

For Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event details and videos, visit www.redbullnewyearnolimits.com.

Daredevil Snowmobiler Roars Into National Spotlight

Photo: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull

The central Minnesota town of Longville has only about 150 residents, but it’s famous for at least two things.

It’s the turtle racing capital of the world.

And it’s the home of Levi LaVallee.

LaVallee is a championship pro snowmobile racer, but that’s not why he was on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last week or why he’s going to be on “Good Morning America” this week.

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Levi LaVallee Set To Appear On Jay Leno Show

Photo: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull

LONGVILLE, Minn., December 13, 2011 – Snowmobile star Levi LaVallee will be a guest on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Wednesday, December 14 at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT (10:35 p.m. CT) on NBC.

Levi will follow comedian Louis C.K., starting off on the couch and an interview with Jay Leno, and then proceeding to become the first person to jump a snowmobile in the Tonight Show’s illustrious history.

Levi will be jumping his snowmobile alongside fellow Red Bull athlete Robbie Maddison and his motorcycle at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. on Saturday, December 31 in San Diego, live on ESPN. Both athletes are aiming to break the distance jumping world records in their respective disciplines. Levi holds the existing snowmobile record at 361’ and Robbie is looking to take back his record by exceeding 391’.

Photo: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull

For more information, visit www.redbullnewyearnolimits.com

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Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. Call It A Comeback

Levi LaVallee and Robbie Maddison. Photo: Garth Milan/Red Bull

Santa Monica, Calif. (November 16, 2011) – A motorcycle and a snowmobile walk into a bar…Well, not quite, but not too different, as a motorcycle and a snowmobile will simultaneously fly over water in the latest installment of Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. This year will bring together two incredible athletes who have found their way back to the annual New Year’s Eve celebration via different paths. The event will air live from San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, December 31 at approximately 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPNHD and ESPN3, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.

Levi LaVallee has fully recovered from a crash while training for the same event last year, just hours after shattering the world record with a leap of 361 feet on a snowmobile. Robbie Maddison kick-started the series in 2007 by jumping his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto – and off – the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.

This year, LaVallee, a 28-year-old native of Longville, Minn., will jump his snowmobile alongside Maddison, a 30-year-old Aussie now living in Temecula, Calif., who will pilot his motorcycle as both athletes concurrently jump over 300 feet of water from the North park to the South park at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the downtown area of San Diego Bay. LaVallee will attempt to break his own record of 361 feet and Maddison will be aiming for a leap of more than 400 feet to eclipse the current record of 391 feet.

On-site viewing will be free to spectators at both parks. Gates will open at 6 p.m. PT.

“I am so pumped to be able to come back to Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.,” said LaVallee. “Last year obviously didn’t go the way I was hoping, and I am excited to have another chance at this amazing opportunity.”

“Jumping long distances is a passion of mine, and I’m excited to come back for New Years Eve and sail over San Diego Harbor,” said Maddison. “400 feet is my goal. It’s not all about getting the world record to me, it’s more about understanding this feat and the commitment ahead to achieving what most would consider an impossible jump.”

DOUBLE FEATURE
LaVallee is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist and champion snocross racer. He is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in 2009 at Winter X Games. San Diego may not be the first place that comes to mind when discussing snowmobiles, but the lack of snow won’t hinder LaVallee, who will use artificial turf on his run-up path, which will provide the necessary grip for his snowmobile’s track to ensure maximum speed as he hits the take-off ramp.

Maddison boasts accomplished freestyle motocross career, with an X Games silver medal in 2010 in Moto X Best Trick and two wins on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour (Calgary 2009 and Madrid 2010). He also has a successful history of record-breaking achievements and globally captivating feats. Among them are backflipping across the Tower Bridge in London and clearing the Cornith Canal in Greece, to go with his previous New Year’s Eve successes.

Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records. Leading up to their big night, LaVallee and Maddison will work with Red Bull’s athlete performance experts, physicists and engineers, in addition to their core teams, in an effort to get the most out of their bodies and machines. Valuable information will also be attained and put into future technological development.

After last year’s unfortunate cancellation, this will be the fourth Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event in the last five years. In 2008, the year Maddison went up and off the Arc de Triomphe, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck and just missed sticking the landing. In 2009, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car a staggering 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.

For Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event details, visit www.redbullnewyearnolimits.com.

Bodin Wins Red Bull Fuel + Fury

Reigning Winter X Freestyle gold medalist Daniel Bodin won Fuel + Fury at Wrigley Field. Photo: Red Bull

CHICAGO – November 5, 2011 – More than 5,000 Chicagoans witnessed seven of the world’s best snowmobilers battle head-to-head earlier tonight, showing off their best freestyle moves right outside the iconic Wrigley Field during Red Bull Fuel + Fury. The participants broke out their best tricks, including the Hart Attack, Kiss of Death Flip, Cliffhanger, Superman and Indian Air. While everyone broke out their best moves, Daniel Bodin sealed his win when he debuted the Shaolin Backflip, the first time this trick has ever been performed in any competition. Making the winning moment even more special, Bodin received his trophy from legendary baseball player Ernie Banks.

“This is just amazing,” said Bodin on what it was like to win in Chicago. “There’s a lot of history here; it’s only the 5th of November so we didn’t have snow, but the crowd was screaming and to get a first place win, I mean, it’s the best start to the season. Now I want to go more, harder, stronger and kill it this year.”

This year’s Red Bull Fuel + Fury competition put a spin on what is traditionally a winter sport, taking out the snow and challenging the riders to go head-to-head in a double elimination format on an urbanized track of dirt mounds, turf and steel “kicker” jumps. This event marked the first time Red Bull Fuel + Fury landed in the heart of a major metropolis.

The competition, hosted by seven-time Winter X Games medalist Levi LaVallee, was judged by industry heavyweights Drake McElroy, Dylan Harju, Paul Thacker, Jack Rowe and Greg Hartman. The judging criteria included flight height (air), execution of trick and landing. Other competitors included snowmobiling all-stars Cory Davis, Fred Rasmussen, Ted Culbertson, and Jeff Mullin. Second place was awarded to Heath Frisby and Jimmy “Blaze” Fejes was awarded third.

Bodin earned legendary status in 2008 when he set the world record for longest backflip on a snowmobile, propelling his machine to a massive 147 feet. A true motorsports ambassador, he continues to push the boundaries no matter what the terrain.

HISTORY OF RED BULL FUEL + FURY

In 2003, snowmobile pioneer Jay Quinlan executed the first-ever backflip on a sled en route to winning the inaugural Red Bull Fuel + Fury in Jackson, WY. In 2004 and 2005, he returned to the event, which moved to the abandoned Pabst brewery in Milwaukee, WI, wowing the crowds with back-to-back backflips in 2004. The competition returned to its backcountry roots in Alaska in 2006. The 2011 competition marks a much-anticipated comeback on the biggest stage yet. For the latest updates, visit www.redbullusa.com/fuelandfury.

Chris Brown Signs With Yamaha Canada

Brownie will ride blue this winter.

October 21, 2011. Toronto, ON – Slednecks rider Chris Brown is one of the world’s best backcountry freeriders and Yamaha Motor Canada is thrilled to have him riding an FX Nytro M-TX.

“I want the most reliable, most capable sled out there,” answers Brown, on his desire to ride Yamaha. “I sometimes ride 100km from the nearest road and breaking down is not an option. Getting there and back is crucial to our sport.”

Google ‘Chris Brown’ and you will see some very impressive and highly skilled manoeuvres on a snowmobile. He’s headlined many of the industry’s best films, including Sledheads, Thunderstruck and Nitro Circus. He bought his first snowmobile in 1996, with intentions to use it for sled-skiing … it wasn’t long before he ditched the skis.

“I love it!” states Brown about his passion for backcountry snowmobiling. “Once it gets into your blood, it’s with you forever. This winter I hope to ride at least 150 days, and show people that a 4-stroke snowmobile is more than capable of doing things that I did on a 2-stroke.”

As you can imagine, it takes a high amount of courage and skill to do what Chris does. Fortunately, for others, they can speed up the learning process by attending one of Chris’ riding camps.

“Riders may sign up for one-on-one sessions, or you can arrange a group ride through your local Yamaha dealer,” explains Chris. “We’ll work on everything from technical boondocking to exploring untouched powder. It’s all about having a good time and trying something new.”

If you’re interested in learning more, please visit www.ridewithchrisbrown.com or get in touch with your local Yamaha dealer. Brown does recommend that everyone who rides in the mountains enrols in an Avalanche Safety Training (AST) course. For Canadians, please refer to avalance.ca; Americans please visit avalanche.org.

Snocross Removed From Winter X Roster

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One of the longest-running Winter X Games events — Snowmobile SnoCross racing — will no longer be a part of the Winter X program, as of this coming January’s event in Aspen, Colo., X Games officials announced Thursday. SnoCross debuted in 1998 as the first motorized sport in X Games history, and had been contested every year since then. Speed & Style, which combines snowmobiling’s freestyle and racing disciplines, and adaptive SnoCross, are also being eliminated.

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2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600

The new Sno Pro 600 has a half white and half green hood. This is the white half.

Thief River Falls, Minn. (9/10/11) – The official start to winter kicked off today at the largest snowmobile event in the world – Haydays. Thousands of loyal Team Arctic race fans were treated to the first unveiling of the all-new 2012 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sled.

70’s fashion Icon, Cat Girl unveiled the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 and conducted a walk-around with Performance Product Team Manager Troy Halvorson. Halvorson said the all-new Sno Pro 600 will build upon last season’s winning success and the success of the recently introduced ProCross chassis. Key highlights include:
• All new ProCross Race chassis – Stronger and lighter than 2011 Sno Pro 600
• 600R race engine with 40mm Mikuni rack style TM carbs w/TPS
• Front Arctic Race Suspension (ARS) – with Fox Float X Evol Shox
• All-new Race Slide Action rear suspension equipped with Fox Racing Shox
• 1.7-in. Snocross track or 1.25-in. Cobra 2-ply Cross Country track
• Arctic Drive System (ADS) with magnesium chaincase and all-new Torque Overloading Sensing (TOS) bottom sprocket
• Torque Control Link (TCL) – Links the drive to driven clutch
• Radial Master Cylinder brake system
• 5 gallon Snocross or 12 gallon Cross Country fuel tank

This is the green half.

“Racing has been a strong cornerstone of Arctic Cat’s heritage and brand. An arena we have consistently used for testing and development. It’s our commitment to race the ProCross chassis and show the world that our consumers can buy the same snowmobile to conquer the world’s toughest terrain,” said Brad Darling, GM Snow Division.

Defending his ISOC Pro Points Championship Title, Tucker Hibbert will race the full season aboard the all-new 2012 Sno Pro 600 as well as compete for his sixth-consecutive ESPN Winter X Games gold medal. If he wins, Hibbert will become the only athlete in the history of Winter X to six-peat. Hibbert has competed every year since 2000 and currently holds 10 medals, six of which are gold.

Arctic Cat CEO Claude Jordan stated, “Our talented engineers have built our best Sno Pro race sled to date, and that says a lot considering we won every major race or championship title last season. It’s going to be a tough year for our competition, but an even better year for our Team Arctic race fans!”