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    Ryan Simons wins USCC Pro 600 in Warroad

    Posted by AmSnow
    on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

     Ryan Simons took won the Pro 600 and D.J. Ekre locked own the Pro Open points win at the 2012 USCC cross-country race season at the Warroad 100 and Warroad 75 this past March 10-11.

    The team's two Pro 600 victories on the weekend made it 5 of 6 for the season, proving the team's dominance on the circuit. An even bigger stamp was CBR riders Ryan Simons winning his second consecutive Pro 600 points championship and D.J. Ekre locking down the Pro Open points championship after winning 4 of 6 Pro Open races on the season and his first Pro Open points championship since he won it in 2010.

    The Warroad race was on the frozen surface and  snow-filled shorelines of Lake of the Woods, located on the border between Minnesota and Canada.

    Brian Dick, fresh off finishing his first ever Iron Dog cross-country race, claimed the Pro 600 win during Saturday's Warroad 100 event. Dick's Troy Lee Designs Arctic Cat finished nearly 11- seconds clear of the second place rider to take his second class win of the season. After sealing the Pro Open points championship in his favor earlier in the day on Sunday, Ekre claimed his second Pro 600 win of the season aboard his Stud Boy-backed Arctic Cat, posting a time just over half a minute faster than his teammate and second place finisher Simons.

    But it was Simons who took home the biggest prize of the weekend, his second
    consecutive Pro 600 points championship.

    "This is unbelievable," said Simons. "When I first came out cross-country racing I never thought I'd be winning points championships five years later, no less two of them! This just shows the support I have from Christian Brothers Racing, they are the reason I can go out and win."

     In addition, Ross Erdman commanded the Pro finale aboard his FX Nytro RTX in the Warroad 75.

    "This was a naturally rough course, like a motocross track frozen solid," explained crew chief Brian Strawsell. "It all came down to Ross picking better lines." Yamaha's Eric Josephsen added.

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