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USXC Round 3 – Willmar, MN

Ryan Faust Breaks Through For First USXC Pro Win

Presented by YAMAHA

Ryan Faust has been on a steady upward streak during the last two rounds of USXC competition, capping the weekend with his first USXC win as a pro and the first of the season in Pro 600 for Polaris. Faust held off Brian Dick and Wes Selby, both of whom have collected their own victories earlier this season, while points leader Zach Herfindahl had brake issues, dropping out after one lap, and minimizing his lead on the field.

Brian Dick took the honors in the Pro Open class with Faust just five seconds off the pace in the runner-up spot and Herfindahl rounding out the podium in third.

Cale Anseeuw became the third winner of the year in Semi-Pro as he raced to the victory on his Ski-Doo, with second, third and fourth place finishers Cole Nymann, Casey Pries and Jon Arneson all clocking in less than 10 seconds back.

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Photos & Captions: Aaron Kennedy

Although Ryan had success on the USCC Circuit, this is his first win under the USXC!  After a series of lake races, the action shifts focus to the ditches and river.  After honing in their rides for the lake, riders will be hard at work this week getting the sleds ready for terrain.

Although Ryan had success on the USCC Circuit, this is his first win under the USXC! After a series of lake races, the action shifts focus to the ditches and river. After honing in their rides for the lake, riders will be hard at work this week getting the sleds ready for terrain.

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Mechanical issues setback a number of pro riders. Jordon Torgerson #607 DNF’d after he broke both carbides. Ross Erdman had track issues, while weekly favorite, Zach Herfindahl lost his brakes.

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The qualifying laps set the pace for the day. From the start, Polaris looked strong with Ryan Faust #537 and Aaron Christensen #10 (pictured) turning in the top two lap times.

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Cale Anseuuw #931 had a great day At Willmar, taking the checkered in the semi pro final and improving on his 2nd place finish in Detroit Lakes.

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Ben Langaas #231 and Jon Arneson #190 wait for the start of the 5-lap semi pro final. Jon finished in 4th while Ben went out with a mechanical after a strong 3 laps.

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In other classes, Chase Nordstrom #418 had time to wave to the camera during his two victories in the Sport 600 stock and improved races.

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Corey Davidson #3 continues to be the most impressive rider on the new Yamaha machine, taking another victory in the Masters 40+ class and finishing at a respectable 6th in the pro stock final.

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When you have a fleet of El Tigres, you’re allowed to get a bit rough with the machines as Gerry Mattison #110 was doing during the vintage race.

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The Willmar track was a turn lover’s dream with very few straightaways. The number of tight and broadly sweeping turns tested everyone’s endurance and any momentarily lapse proved costly as a number of riders found out.

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In the best start-to-finish race of the day, Jim Sobeck #44, and Erik Nymann #404 battled for the checkered flag in the 4-lap Masters 50+ race. Starting on the line together, they stayed within seconds of each other throughout the race. Nymann beat out Sobeck by less than a second.

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The qualifying laps set the pace for the day. From the start, Polaris looked strong with Ryan Faust #537 and Aaron Christensen #10 (pictured) turning in the top two lap times.

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Not surprisingly, Brian Dick #23 rounded out the top 3 in qualifying. He would later go on to take the pro open race, seconds ahead of Ryan Faust. The early action promised an exciting, 10-lap pro final.

One Comment

  1. Kevin Tinjum

    January 21, 2014 at 2:08 am

    I am the one you caught mid crash. I am interested in more pics of it if you have them.