Yamaha Snowmobile Racing’s Ben Lindbom won USXC's 100-mile Semi-Pro Improved event in Warroad, Minn. on Saturday, March 9.
USXC competitors arriving at Minnesota’s big Lake of the Woods were happy to find relatively mild conditions there, although by the end of Friday’s testing the 10-mile lake-and-field course was sprouting enough bowls and ruts to resemble a snocross track. In Saturday morning’s four-lap Pro Open event, Yamaha’s Ross Erdman joined Lindbom, Re Wadena and Jake Muller in a wave start, which launched two sleds every 20 seconds. Though Wadena and Muller eventually withdrew due to the rough conditions, Lindbom and Erdman powered on, racing furiously for position. Hard charging by Lindbom and a quick spill for Erdman gave the teammates their well-earned 5-6 finishes at the checkers. As well, Kristy Schouviller added a top-five finished in the Pro Women’s class.
The toughest contest was definitely the afternoon 100-mile Semi-Pro Improved race. Here Lindbom built a lead on the rest of the field over 10 laps to score another convincing win. The victory also proved a great confidence builder for the likable Yamaha rider as he moves from Semi-Pro to the Pro ranks next season.
“This was longest Semi-Pro Improved race of the year, twice as long as any other race this season,” remarked Brian Strawsell, the Yamaha racing technical coordinator. “Two hours at race speeds over terrain this bumpy was a great endurance test for the riders – and a fantastic one for the sleds.”