Although all manufacturers made it to the top of the podium this past weekend, it was the Polaris AXYS sleds that won all four Pro Stock classes at the latest RMSHA hillclimb at Powderhorn Mountain Resort. With the Stock sweep, Polaris racers won nine of 12 Pro classes, along with three King of the Hill crowns, in Mesa, Colo. (April 8-9).
In the season’s first five Rocky Mountain States Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) events, Polaris racers have won all 20 Stock classes and claimed 50 of 60 available Pro podium positions. Polaris racer Keith Curtis (pictured, right) has won every Stock King of the Hill title, and Polaris racers have won the 1000 Stock class all five times on Polaris 800 RMKs – outrunning racers on competitive sleds with 850 engines.
Curtis won the Stock and Mod King of the Hill crowns at Mesa after winning 600 Stock, 800 Stock, 800 Mod and Open Mod. Andy Thomas won 700 Stock and Luke Rainey (pictured, left) won 1000 Stock to complete the Polaris Stock sweep.
In Improved Stock, Kyle Heap won the 600 class and Erin Beukelman won the 1000 title. Curtis earned podium finishes in all five classes he competed in, while Rainey and Beukelman had four podiums apiece, and Andy Thomas and Justin Thomas had two each.
For Arctic Cat, Garth Kaufman won the 600 Mod class, David McClure won 700 Improved Stock, and Todd Tupper won both Pro Master Improved and Pro Master Mod.
Winning Ski-Doo riders included Trent Handsaker in the Pro Master Stock and Blaine Mathews in the 800 Improved class.
In Semi-Pro Lane action, Polaris racer Storm Johnson winning all three of his classes (Stock, Improved Stock and Modified) along with Semi-Pro King of the Hill. Jens Tapio finished atop the Amateur Stock, Improved and Modified standings on his Arctic Cat. Ski-Doo rider Mark Thompson won the Pro Senior Stock and Pro Senior Improved classes.
Polaris riders dominated the women's classes as well. Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock, Improved Stock and Modified classes and the Women’s Queen of the Hill crown. Tayler Meyers won Women’s 600 Stock.
The next RMSHA hillclimb will be at the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort in Logan, Utah (April 14-15). For more info, visit www.rmsha.net.
Ryan Thompson - RLT Photos