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Tucker Hibbert wins historic eighth-consecutive X Games Snocross gold medal

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert put on a dominating performance at X Games Aspen 2015 to win a record eighth-consecutive Snocross gold medal. Now with 13 overall medals, he’s tied for first on X Games’ list for the most medals in a single winter discipline.

Typically, the X Games Snocross course features a wide start line, massive big-air jumps and sweeping banked corners but, this year, it was more like a minefield. Riders struggled to find rhythm on the rough, 45-second track. With his sled setup perfected for Aspen’s high-elevation, Hibbert relied on his years of experience and fitness to navigate the grueling course.

After winning his qualifying round, Hibbert locked-in the number qualifying position for the ten-rider, 20-lap final event. He once again chose the far inside for the short start straight. A little late on the throttle, he still had a good launch into the sharp right-hand first turn. He drifted wide over the field, avoiding getting tangled with another rider, and shot up the hill. With a clear course in front of him, he rode his own race and was never challenged for the win.

To celebrate winning his eighth-consecutive gold medal by over 20 seconds, Hibbert threw an uncharacteristic trick over the finish line. To honor his first X Games gold medal run in 2000, he threw his legs over his handlebars and executed a near-perfect heelclicker.

Next up for Hibbert is the fifth stop of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Deadwood, SD. With 99 Pro National victories, he’ll attempt to capture his 100th win this weekend at the Deadwood Shootout. For more information on Hibbert and the remainder of his 2015 snocross season, visit www.tucker-hibbert.com.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck

“It feels amazing to have eight (gold medals) in a row. We (the team) have been working so hard. Every year, the competition gets stronger. You never know how it’s going to go so I’m stoked we came out with another gold. All of our hard work paid off.”

“The track was a lot different this year. It was really rough and changed throughout the race. Because my fitness is really good, I think it played to my advantage.”

“I’m having a ton of fun racing. The heelclicker was just to do something different. It’s not my style. A couple guys from Monster Energy were teasing me about the heelclicker because I threw one in 2000 when I won my first X Games. I didn’t think about it until I was ten feet from the finish. At first I thought I’d do a whip. Then, I remembered I should do a heelclicker. I just went for it. I’m still a little shocked I pulled it off so clean!”

“My team is a huge part of my success. I couldn’t do it without them. My sled is amazing. We all push each other to be the best and that’s why we keep winning.”

“We have a lot of racing left to do this season. We’re sitting strong in the ISOC Championship. We need to carry this momentum from X Games into the rest of the season. The celebration will end shortly and we’ll put all our focus back into the national series to keep winning races and win the championship.”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion, 99 Pro National Wins
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
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Tucker Hibbert helps fulfill Nick’s wish to own a snowmobile!

With the support of Arctic Cat and Make-A-Wish Minnesota, Tucker Hibbert helped fulfill Nick’s wish to own a snowmobile. On January 8, the 14-year-old who’s battling leukemia, was surprised with the keys to a 2015 ZR 6000 Tucker Hibbert Race Replica snowmobile! Recently cleared by his doctor to return to physical activities, Nick didn’t waste anytime breaking in his new sled. With a national snocross track groomed and ready to ride at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., Tucker helped Nick gear-up and hit the track with him!
Below is a link to the story posted on Make-A-Wish Minnesota’s website along with a video recap of Nick’s special day.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB2QCzDNtS0&list=UUSRwQzWiWaMMJIdGDPN4q7g

For more information on Make-A-Wish and how you can help fulfill a wish, visit http://wish.org.
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Hibbert extends points lead at Canterbury Park Snocross National

Despite falling short of reaching the top spot of the podium, Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert extended his points lead at the ISOC Canterbury Park Snocross National in Shakopee, Minn. Hibbert gained three points over second place, giving him a 40-point lead in the Pro Open Championship chase.

Entering the Canterbury Park National, Hibbert had his sight set on capturing his 100th career Pro National victory. He was fastest man on the track both Friday and Saturday but poor starts in the finals eluded him of the milestone win.

As the top qualifier Friday night, Hibbert had the first start line pick for the 15-rider, 15-lap final event. He had a solid jump off the line but got pinched in the first corner and shuffled back to eighth place. On a mission to get to the front, he pushed through the pack. On lap nine, he moved into second with leader, Ross Martin, in sight. Closing in on Martin, a bobble on the landing of a jump ejected Hibbert from his sled and left him on the ground. He reentered the race in sixth place and put on a late charge to finish fourth.

Hibbert was the top qualifier for Saturday’s final but once again got a poor start. Rounding lap one in 10th place, he struggled to make passes on the smooth, fast track. Once lines started to develop mid-way through the 15-lap final, he quickly began to make moves. With three laps to go, he passed Tim Tremblay to take over third place and put on a last ditch effort to get his 100th career win. In the final two laps, he chased down and passed Martin but came up short of catching holeshot winner and race leader Kyle Pallin.

The ISOC National Snocross tour now takes a three-week break but there’s no slowing down for Hibbert. He’ll spend the next two weeks in Colorado preparing for X Games Aspen where he’ll compete for his eighth consecutive gold medal and 13th overall medal. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN Sunday, January 25.

 

 Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck

“We (the team) definitely were looking for a better weekend than we ended up having. With the success we’ve had this year, it’s hard to be satisfied with anything less than winning right now. The goal was to win at least one main event to get no. 100 and that didn’t happen.”

“Overall, the weekend was a success because we extended our points lead in the championship. I’m happy with the way I rode but just came up short. I was riding really strong to come from the back of the pack both nights, especially on Saturday. My speed and fitness are there but I really made it tough on myself not getting good starts in the finals.”

“Now, our focus is 100% on X Games. We’re already in Colorado and will spend the next two weeks testing to be prepared to get the eight-peat (eight consecutive gold medals).”

Mandi JohnsonHibbert extends points lead at Canterbury Park Snocross National
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