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THOMSEN WINS THE BATTLE & JARRETT WINS THE WAR

Round 8 2017 AMA Championship Snow Bike Series, April 8, 2017 – Boise, Idaho

The eighth and final round of the 2017 Nitro Lubricants, AMA Championship Snow Bike Series happened at snowy Bogus Basin Ski Resort, high above Boise, Idaho. The event was held at the upper ski lodge at 6,000 feet, so there was still plenty of snow, and race day greeted racers with several inches of new white stuff and foggy, although relatively warm conditions. This was only the second motorized event ever held in the 64 year history of the resort, and a number of boisterous skiers joined the regular crowd to cheer the racers on.

Three pros showed up at Boise with a mathematical shot at winning the men’s title: Minnesota’s Cody Thomsen (YAM, Camso), Idaho’s Jimmy Jarrett (KTM, Timbersled) and Montana’s Keaton Ward (KTM, Timbersled). In following with current trend’s, last year’s 3-mile natural course was shortened to less than half a mile and banked turns and jumps were added, resulting in a track with times in the low 40-second range which provided a perfect stage for the final title showdown.

After riding smart and fast in their heats and semis, the trio of Thomsen, Jarrett and Ward all went to the line for the A Main. They were joined by upcoming fast guy Brady Lasher (KAW, Timbersled) who designed the track, Oregon’s Darrin Mees (KTM, CMX), endurocross star Cory Graffunder (HUS, MotoTrax) and two up and coming fast guys, Idaho riders Kurt Brady (YAM, Camso) and Dean Hunt (KTM, Timbersled), both of whom are finding gobs more speed every time they race A huge upset nearly happened when both Jarrett and Ward crashed hard on the first lap, putting Thomsen (who barely avoided the carnage) in a solid lead, with Mees right behind. Both of the downed riders got up and got going again about half a lap down, but both are seasoned and smart racers and quickly got back up to speed, although Ward was hampered a bit by broken, flapping plastic on his KTM. Up front, Thomsen and Mees staged an epic, duel, with Thomsen winning by several seconds with Mees second. Graffunder rode his usual calm, smart race to take third, and Jarrett charged like the talented, get-it-done rider that he is to finish a close fourth and clench his second National level title in as many years, with Ward taking sixth, and new-rider Hunt showing great promise with a close 5th.

The women’s class once again had a solid turnout of six determined women, several of which were brand new to snow bikes. Missing was South Dakota’s Shayna Lier who had already sewed up the Women’s Championship title at round 7, but last year’s champ, Idaho’s Shayla Fulfer rode fast and smooth all day to go 1-1 in her motos, with her sister Kapri Maupin Fulfer taking second with consistent 3-3 scores. Former women’s pro MXer April Zastrow showed up with a new snow bike and zero experience riding it and still managed for go 2-5 and take fourth overall, trading finishes with Montana’s up and coming Markie Hoffman. The Senior, 40+ class showcased a great duel between Idaho’s Zack Evans (KTM, Timbersled) and newly-crowned Senior AMA Champion, Montana’s Jason Weis. And the Kids Ripper class was a hoot, with Ky Gentry and Ryan Evans staging a handlebar to handlebar two-moto war on identical Kawasaki 110’s with Ripper snow bike kits on them that had the crowd going nuts. Planning is well underway for the 2018 season and the AMA has deepened their commitment to this awesome sport by designating next year’s series as a fully-recognized AMA National Championship Series which will add additional gravitas and class to an already big deal series next year. The series promoters wish to extent a hearty thank you to our 2017 partners: Nitro Lubricants, Moto Trax, Camso, Arctiva Clothing, Fox Suspension, Snomoto.com, Timbersled, CMX, Cyclops, Pro-Moto Billet, Snow Tech MX, HMK, and Excel Fabrication and Fresh Moto who created the beautiful custom trophies, and local partners were: Edge Performance in Ontario and Carl’s Cycle in Boise who provided demo rides on the new 2018 Timbersled.

The series partners are: Nitro Lubricants, Moto Trax, Camso, Arctiva Clothing, Fox Suspension, Snomoto.com, Timbersled, CMX, Cyclops, Pro-Moto Billet, Snow Tech MX, HMK, Rekluse, and Excel Fabrication, and Fresh Moto who create the custom event trophies for each event.

Round 8 Results, Boise, ID:

A Main Name Hometown Riding Sponsors
Place:1 Name:Cody Thomsen #62 Hometown:Nisswa, Minnesota Riding:YAM, Camso Sponsors:Woodies Racing, Heinen Motorsports, Camso, FMF, 6D Helmets, Scott Goggles, Motion Pro, Rox Speed Fx, Velocity Streetwear, Sunoco, Mobius Knee Braces, General Formulations Tread Company
Place:2 Name:Darrin Mees #18 Hometown:Redmond, OR Riding:KTM, Moto Trax Sponsors:Lifeproof, M9 Suspension, Fly Racing
Place:3 Name:Cory Graffunder #118 Hometown:Simi Valley, California Riding:HUS, MotoTrax Sponsors:MotoTrax, Sidi 509, Kenda, Oneal, SRT Rekluse, GPR, Fasst, Fastway, Shoie, TBT, CTI, IMS, Hammer, Hyde, USWE, P3 Carbon, HBD, Moto Seat, TM Designs
Place:4 Name:Jimmy Jarrett #44 Hometown:Star, Idaho Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:KTM, Timbersled, Superior Construction, Moose SIDI. Rekluse
Place:5 Name:Dean Hunt #68 Hometown:Priest River, Idaho Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Newport Equipment Enterprises
Place:6 Name:Keaton Ward #195 Hometown:Bozeman, Montana Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:HCTN, Von Zipper, Timbersled, Fly, 6D, Hinson, VP Fuels, Acerbis, Fastway, PRZ, 505, NIHILO
Place:7 Name:Kurt Brady #145 Hometown:McCall, ID Riding:YAM, Timbersled Sponsors:Mile High Powersports, Fly Racing, Dragon Goggles, Ride McCall
Place:8 Name:Brady Lasher #22 Hometown:Meridian, ID Riding:KAW, Timbersled Sponsors:FXR, Air Pro, Timbersled, Carl’s Cycle
B Main Name Hometown Riding Sponsors
Place:1 Name:Mick Olsen #515 Hometown:Roosevelt, Minnesota Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Pete’s Body Shop, Team Bar Bangers, Timbersled
Place:2 Name:Gunnar Baker #850 Hometown:McCall, Idaho Riding:YAM, Camso Sponsors:Mile High Powersports, RK Motorworks, Superior Construction, Ride McCall
Place:3 Name:Colton Sturm #801 Hometown:Nisswa, Minnesota Riding:YAM, Camso Sponsors:Camso, Straight Line Performance, Scott, Brothers Motorsports, RSI, HMK
Place:4 Name:Devin Watson #777 Hometown:Talent, Oregon Riding:KAW, Camso Sponsors:Power Motorsports, Atlas, Illusiongraphix.com
Place:5 Name:Kamron Hoffman #10 Hometown:Clyde Park, Montana Riding:KTM, CMX Sponsors:Crazy Mountain Motorsports, Z-Bros, Octane Addictions
Place:6 Name:Leon Dugan #71 Hometown:Grafton, New Hampshire Riding:HON, Moto Trax Sponsors:MotoTrax, Motorfist
Place:7 Name:Matt Teichert #32 Hometown:Nampa, Idaho Riding:KAW, Timbersled Sponsors:Project Filter
Place:8 Name:Shayla Fulfer #1W Hometown:McCall, Idaho Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Superior Construction, Mile High Powersports, DSG, Ride McCall, Thor
Place:9 Name:Garrett Evans #846 Hometown:Boise, Idaho Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Carl's Cycle
Place:10 Name:Luke Brown #848 Hometown:Baker City, Oregon Riding:HUS, Moto Trax Sponsors:Barley Brown’s, Rick’s Cycle Repair
Place:11 Name:Ben Maupin #21 Hometown:Nampa, Idaho Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Superior Construction
Place:12 Name:Rick Stephens #849 Hometown:Haines, Oregon Riding:HON, Moto Trax Sponsors:Barley Brown’s, Rick’s Cycle Repair
Women Name Hometown Riding Sponsors
Place:1 Name:Shayla Fulfer #1W Hometown:McCall, ID Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Superior Construction, RK Motorworks, Mile High Powersports, Ride McCall, DSG, Thor
Place:2 Name:Kapri Maupin #12W Hometown:Nampa, Idaho Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Superior Construction, Kelly Fulfer, President Trump
Place:3 Name:Markie Hoffman #827 Hometown:Clyde Park, Montana Riding:KTM, CMX Sponsors:CMX, Motorfist
Place:4 Name:April Zastrow #844 Hometown:Nampa, Idaho Riding:KTM, Camso Sponsors:Fly Racing, Dragon
Place:5 Name:Krystal Watson #777 Hometown:Talent, OR Riding:KAW, Camso Sponsors:Power Motorsports, Atlas, llusiongraphix.com
Place:6 Name:Tina Weis #23 Hometown:Hamilton, MT Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Hamilton Polaris/KTM, Bar Bangers Racing
Senior 40+ Name Hometown Riding Sponsors
Place:1 Name:Zack Evans Hometown:Boise, Idaho Riding:KAW, Ripper Sponsors:Carl's Cycle
Place:2 Name:Jason Weis #23 Hometown:Hamilton, Montana Riding:KTM, Timbersled Sponsors:Hamilton Polaris/KTM, Timbersled, JWTC Les Schwab, Bar Bangers Racing, Motorcycle Garage
Ripper Kids Name Hometown Riding Sponsors
Place:1 Name:Ryan Evans #845 Hometown:Boise, Idaho Riding:KAW, Ripper Sponsors:Carl's Cycle
Place:2 Name:Ky Gentry #847 Hometown:Ontario, Oregon Riding:KAW, Ripper Sponsors:Edge Performance

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