Ross Erdman, #311
Snowmobiling History First sled: 1974 Ski-doo Olympic with electric start When did you start riding? 4 years old Who got you into snowmobiling? My dad and brother. They were avid riders, from one junk sled to the next! My cousin, Mike Utley, got me to my first race too. He’s a great guy. What’s a great day of snowmobiling? A great day is at the races! I live for competition. About 20 degrees out and sunny is perfect! Favorite place to ride: I don’t really have a preference. I just genuinely love riding period. Racer Info First race: Regional Snocross race in Brainerd, MN 1997 Best race ever: 2007 USCC I-500, I won it. Favorite place to race: The Soo I-500, or the USCC I-500 What’s your overall racing goal? My main goal is just to have fun! You have to stay positive. Positive thoughts tend to lead to positive results. How would you describe your race style? I’m pretty aggressive, but try to stay steady. Run the high side! What is your pre-race routine? Give my mechanic a fist bump, he then slaps my back says, “Go get um!”
Yamaha-Specific Info: What do you think of your race sled? It’s the right combination for X-country. I love the smooth, even power of the 4-stroke. It’s able to pull you out of trouble with ease. I’m also very excited about the new components. Why did you choose to ride a Yamaha this season? The sled fits me well. It’s the right move for me at this point of my career and a very good opportunity. From my experience with the machines 2 years ago, I believe I’m the right guy for the machine. Not to mention the quality guys I get to work with! What do you think are the sled’s strengths? The 4 stroke power and durability. Fuel mileage will also be a huge benefactor for us. I’m anxious to work with the new setup. What are your goals for the season? Win the 500 milers. Get on the podium consistently and compete for the championship. Why are you a good fit for your Yamaha snowmobile? I’m a good fit because of my experience with the machine a couple years ago. We made huge strides with the sled and I’m confident this will continue. My size and strength work well with the machine. The smooth power is very forgiving and easy to ride. I’m a very good match for sure. Describe the difference between a 2-stroke and a 4-stroke race sled: The 4-stroke just won’t stop accelerating, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem to rip your arms off. Smooth, consistent power throughout the throttle pull and its always dependable. Put straight gas in, and go!
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