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Hibbert flawless at X Games Aspen to win ninth consecutive gold medal

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert captured his ninth consecutive gold medal with a flawless performance at X Games Aspen 2016. The now 14-time X Games medalist took the holeshot and led every lap of both his qualifying race and the final Thursday evening at Buttermilk Mountain.

Hibbert immediately adapted to the 45-second track lined with icy turns and technical jumps turning the fastest lap in practice. With far inside start line picks in his qualifying round and the final, he pulled strong holeshots to get through the tight right first turn clean before heading into the uphill rhythm section.

In the 20-lap, 10-rider final, Hibbert focused on riding smart and smooth as the track began to break down and develop ice edges. He was never challenged for the lead to take the win by over 10 seconds.

With this gold medal, Hibbert is the first X Games winter athlete to win nine consecutive gold medals and now holds the most medals in a single discipline.

Next up for Hibbert is the fifth stop of the ISOC National Snocross tour in New York where he’s competing for his tenth Pro National Championship.

 

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

“I feel honored to win nine golds in-a-row. It’s an awesome experience to come to X Games, compete and have the success we [the team] have had. It feels great. All the hard work is paying off and it’s a lot of fun.”

“I didn’t have any expectations for the track. Every year it’s different so I don’t try to anticipate what it’s going to be. It’s definitely an advantage to be able to adapt and ride any kind of track and do it well. I think that’s a key to my success. With my experience and all the different conditions I’ve raced in, it’s an advantage for me.”

“We got in some really solid testing before X Games. Steve from Speedwerx worked hard with us to get our clutching setup for the holeshot and it showed.”

“I don’t have a master plan or big goal of winning a certain amount of medals. I want to keep racing as long as I’m competitive and am still enjoying it.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – X Games Snocross History

16th Appearance at X Games

2016: Gold

2015: Gold

2014: Gold

2013: Gold

2011: Gold

2010: Gold

2009: Gold

2008: Gold

2007: Gold

2006: DNQ

2005: Silver

2004: Silver

2003: Bronze

2002: Silver

2001: DNF

2000: Gold

 

Tucker Hibbert – X Games Statistics

  • Youngest and oldest to win X Games Snocross gold
  • Most X Games winter event gold in a single discipline
  • Second on the X Games winter gold list
  • Second on the X Games winter overall medal list

 

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • Nine-Time National Snocross Champion – 114 Pro National Wins
  • 14-Time X Games Medalist
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

 

X Games Aspen 2016 Snocross Final: http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/video/14669016/tucker-hibbert-wins-ninth-consecutive-snowmobile-snocross-gold

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How to watch X Games Aspen Snocross

Here’s the details on how to watch the X Games Aspen 2016 Snowmobile Snocross event. Make sure to note the date and viewing options. If you don’t know your cable/satellite username and password, contact your service provider.

X Games Aspen 2016 Snowmobile Snocross

THURSDAY, January 28

6-7:30pm ET / 5-6:30pm CT / 4-5:30pm MT / 3-4:30pm PT

Round 1 qualifying with final to follow

LIVE on ESPN3* / WatchESPN.com* — Click HERE for the direct link

*Need you cable or satellite log-in and password

 

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Hibbert focused on gold medal nine-peat at X Games Aspen 2016

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert is focused on winning his ninth consecutive Snocross gold medal at X Games Aspen 2016. Thursday evening, the 13-time medalist will take his 16th X Games Snocross start.

Hailing from Pelican Rapids, Minn., the 31-year-old is known for his methodical approach to racing and ability to adapt to any racecourse. Outside of his X Games accomplishments, he’s a two-time world champion, nine-time national champion and holds 114 pro national victories with a winning percentage of 59 percent. This winter, he’s 6-for-8 on the ISOC National Snocross tour and hot off double wins in South Dakota this past weekend.

X Games Aspen Snocross qualifying and final event will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and watchESPN.com Thursday 6-7:30 p.m. ET. For more information, visit xgames.com.

 

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

“It’s no secret that X Games is my favorite event of the year. It was my first pro race and a place I’ve always felt at home. There’s something different and special about X Games compared to any other snocross event.”

“I think I put more pressure on myself than anyone else. I work really hard to show up in Aspen ready to win. That’s the goal and I know we [the team] are capable of making that happen. We got in some really good testing earlier this month. Just when we think we have my sled set-up perfect, we find another way to make it better. That’s what I love the most about racing – the constant progression and drive to be better.”

“I never imagined I’d be in this position – going for my ninth gold in a row. No matter what happens on Thursday, I know we’ve done everything we can to be prepared to win.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – X Games Snocross History

16th Appearance at X Games

2015: Gold

2014: Gold

2013: Gold

2011: Gold

2010: Gold

2009: Gold

2008: Gold

2007: Gold

2006: DNQ

2005: Silver

2004: Silver

2003: Bronze

2002: Silver

2001: DNF

2000: Gold

 

Tucker Hibbert – X Games Statistics

  • Youngest and oldest to win X Games Snocross gold
  • Tied for most X Games winter event gold in a single discipline
  • Tied for second on the X Games winter gold list
  • Tied for third on the X Games winter overall medal list

 

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • Nine-Time National Snocross Champion – 114 Pro National Wins
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

 

Media Resources

Tucker Practicing for X Games Aspen 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2FWdy34Fs0

Sports Illustrated Feature: http://www.si.com/edge/2016/01/26/tucker-hibbert-snocross-snowmobile-racing-x-games-aspen

2015 X Games Snocross Gold Medal Run: http://xgames.espn.go.com/xgames/video/12227001/tucker-hibbert-wins-gold-snowmobile-snocross

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Hibbert on fire at Deadwood Shootout

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Trucks’ Tucker Hibbert was on fire at the ISOC National Snocross Deadwood Shootout in Deadwood, SD. The first time in his career, Hibbert won all four qualifying rounds and both final events at Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds.

In four years of racing on Deadwood’s sub 30-second bullring style track, Hibbert has put on some of the most impressive wins seen in the history of the sport. With the memory of his jaw dropping come-from-behind win en route to his 100th victory last winter, a sold out crowd packed into the rodeo grounds looking for another show.

Both Friday and Saturday night through qualifying and the finals, bad startline picks and poor starts didn’t faze Hibbert. To the delight of the sold-out crowd, no matter how rough the course got or intense the snow roost was, the nine-time champion battled his way to the front every time he hit the track.

Hibbert now has a 66-point lead in the 2016 ISOC National Snocross Pro Open Championship chase. Next up is X Games Aspen where he’ll compete for a record ninth consecutive gold medal. The event will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and watchESPN.com Thursday, January 28 6-7:30 p.m. ET.

 

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

“This weekend was huge for me and my team. I knew we were in a good place coming into the event but it’s always challenging racing on a track like this. No matter what challenge was thrown at us this weekend, we found a way to get the job done. Even though I’m not a big fan of racing on this track, the fans make it worth it. They were crazy and kept me pushing all weekend. It feels so good to come out of Deadwood with the sweep and ready to battle at X Games this week.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – 2016 Deadwood Shootout Results

Pro Open Round 7 – Friday

Round 1: 1st

Round 2: 1st

Final: 1st

Pro Open Round 8 – Saturday

Round 1: 1st

Round 2: 1st

Final: 1st 

 

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • Nine-Time National Snocross Champion – 114 Pro National Wins
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

 

Video Highlight

Hibbert’s final lap pass for the win in round two qualifying Saturday night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t296wuoR4tM

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Hibbert sweeps Canterbury Park Snocross and extends points lead

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert swept rounds five and six of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Shakopee, Minn. The nine-time champion excelled on Canterbury Park’s long, technical track and relied on experience to extend his championship points lead.

Hibbert laid down impressive runs in his qualifying rounds and the final Friday night. Despite having to start from the far outside in the final due to ISOC’s new inversion rule, he ripped the Stud Boy holeshot and by lap four of 14, stretched out a six-second lead over second place. With two to go and a 13-second lead, he backed down his pace on the final lap to take the win.

Temperatures dropped below zero Saturday night leaving the course filled with ice edges and holes. Hibbert won his first qualifier but found out the hard way in round two how unpredictable the track was. A nasty crash near the end of the race forced him to run the last chance qualifier (LCQ) race. A win in the LCQ gave him the inside pick on the second row of the 15-rider, 14-lap final. With a clean start, he made passes early to finish lap one in fifth place and with the leader in sight. Staying patient, he moved into second place behind no. 53 Kody Kamm on lap 10. Three laps to go, Kamm crashed leaving the door open for Hibbert to complete the sweep.

Hibbert now has a 32-point lead in the 2015-2016 ISOC National Pro Open Championship points chase. He plans to utilize the weekend off in the ISOC tour to prepare for X Games Aspen where he’ll compete for his ninth consecutive gold medal. For more information on his race schedule, visit tucker-hibbert.com.

 

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

“It feels really good to have a weekend like this. After Fargo, we [the team] really put our heads down. I didn’t feel like we were on the top of our game at the first two events of the season. I spent a lot of time riding and testing to get to where I knew I needed to be.”

“I felt awesome Friday night. The track really suited my riding style. It was the longest track we’ve had all season, technical and good for racing. Saturday was a different story. With the cold temps, track conditions changed big time. It was the kind of track that could bite you so you had to be patient. I found that out when I pushed too hard in my second qualifier and got sent to the LCQ. In the final, I was happy to be up with the top three guys after my back row start. I wasn’t comfortable with doing whatever it takes to get the lead. I knew I had to be cautious. I was pushing hard but wasn’t willing to push any harder.”

“The next two weeks our focus will be on preparing for X Games. This year will be different with racing at Deadwood before X Games but we’re ready. It’s going to be a fun!”

 

Tucker Hibbert – 2016 Canterbury National Results

Pro Open Round 5 – Friday

Round 1: 1st

Round 2: 1st

Final: 1st

Pro Open Round 6 – Saturday

Round 1: 1st

Round 2: 8th

Final: 1st

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