At the RMSHA Bear Lake Hillclimb, Yamaha' team riders qualified for the finals a first for the team this early in the season.

Twelve sleds and six racers from team blue competed in numerous Stock, Improved and Mod classes. All but one rider qualified in the opening trials on Friday, setting the stage for the final events on Saturday. Then the pressure was really on, because each rider got just a single run up the steep, gated course, whose icy surface and bowled-out turns and jumps got icier with each passing sled. Former motocross racer Jorgensen grabbed a podium in his first-ever hillclimb event before joining Cable Malmborg and Kody Malmborg in capturing five additional top-10 finishes in three different Modified and Improved classes.

“This was a great showing for Yamaha,” said team manager Troy Johnson. “It showed we’re coming on strong this season, and that we are going to be contenting for wins and podiums. It’s also been a great confidence-builder for the riders!”