Just how serious is Polaris about the potential of the snowbike market? How about $44,000 serious, that is the total amount of contingency available to Timbersled racers this winter. Spanning across several race organizations that will offer a snowbike class this winter as well as Winter X-Games, the chance for riders to earn some big bucks this year should prove very enticing. The move will surely attract several motocross riders to give the new racing format a go as well as convince current snowmobile racers to add a snowbike to their race hauler. Polaris will also field a factory team of snowbike racers that includes the likes of Ronnie Renner and Brock Hoyer. Whether snowbike racing will provide the same level of excitement as snowmobiles or motocross is still to be decided by the fans. However, one thing is for certain…the snowbike craze is here, it has traction and Polaris is betting big on its future. Here is the official release from Polaris/Timbersled:
Timbersled™ today announced a new snow bike race team and contingency program – two firsts that further Polaris’ commitment to the growing sport of snow bike racing. The race team includes five legendary athletes and the contingency program is the largest in the industry, offering nearly $44,000 in payouts.
Snow biking continues to grow in popularity as Timbersled maintains its stronghold as the industry leader in the category. Further exemplifying Polaris’ strong heritage in snow racing, the company has created its first-ever Timbersled Snow Bike race team. Famed racers Ronnie Renner, Reagan Sieg, Brock Hoyer, Axell Hodges and Jackson Strong will make history racing Timbersleds when snow bikes make their inaugural appearance at the 2017 Winter X Games Aspen in January.
“Ever since Timbersled created the original modern snow bike architecture, we have worked hard to find new ways to promote and grow the sport. Our A-List roster of athletes and unprecedented contingency program is the next step in that progression,” said Chris Wolf, vice president, Polaris Snow Division. “Seeing snow biking go from being a very niche interest to being center stage at the Winter X Games shows the increased interest and popularity of the sport.”
Leading up to the Winter X Games, Timbersled will have several other race team members competing at the X Games Qualifier on Saturday, Dec. 17, and at the AMA Snow Bike Series Kick Off on Sunday, Dec. 18. The team includes Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker and fellow Rockstar Energy and Husqvarna-supported rider Ronnie Faisst. Both events are held at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minn.
To further promote growth of the sport, Timbersled also is introducing a lucrative, new race contingency program spanning nine snow bike racing organizations. For individual events, Timbersled is offering the following program:
Snow Bike Event Win
- X Games – $10,000/$7,500/$5,000
- X Games Qualifiers – $1,000
- AMA Championship Snow Bike Series – $500
- ISOC (International Series Of Champions) – $500
- RMSHA (Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association) – $500
- Canadian Snow Bike Nationals – $500
- CSRA (Canadian Snocross Race Association) – $100
- ECS (EAST Cost Snocross) – $100
- COR Powersports Racing Series – $100
In addition, Pro Class Racers also can qualify for championship contingency in three snow biking race organizations:
Snow Bike Year End Points Championship
- AMA Championship Snow Bike Series – $1,000
- ISOC – $1,000
- RMSHA – $1,000
More information about Timbersled’s race and contingency programs can be found at the following links: Timbersled
Timbersled Snow Bike Race Team/Contingency/X Games Qualifier