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Hibbert records milestone win and 10th National Snocross title

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert recorded a milestone win and claimed his 10th Pro National Championship at the final stop of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Lake Geneva, Wisc. Hibbert faced three days of intense racing on Grand Geneva Resort’s big, technical ski hill track.

Hibbert’s number one goal of the weekend was to wrap up the championship. Taking first in both his qualifying rounds Friday night, he only needed to finish ahead of no. 11 Tim Tremblay in that night’s final to clinch the title. With a third-place finish, he secured enough points to officially be crowned the 2015-2016 Pro Open Champion.

Saturday night, Hibbert had another feat in front of him – take his 200th career start and win his 120th Pro National race. With the early lead in the final, he rode a dominating race to add another milestone achievement to his career.

Sunday’s event started on the right track with Hibbert going 1-1 in qualifying. Odds were against him having to line-up ninth on the start line due to ISOC’s inverted final event start procedure. After a bad start, he collided with another rider mid-air on the first downhill. Uninjured and determined to finish strong, he remounted and put on a charge. With two laps to go in the 12-lap, 15-rider race, he made the pass for fourth place then, suddenly, suffered a mechanical issue that prevented him from finishing the race.

Recapping Hibbert’s 16th professional season, he won 12 of the 17 ISOC Pro Open finals, recorded his 120th Pro National victory and won a record-breaking ninth consecutive X Games gold medal. As the accolades keep piling up, he remains focused on fine-tuning his program.

 

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

On his Lake Geneva results: “Lake Geneva was an up and down weekend for me. I was super happy to win the championship Friday night but disappointed with my third place finish. I was excited to rebound and win Saturday. I felt really good through practice and qualifying on Sunday and motived to get the win in the final. Getting tangled on the first lap and being so far behind was tough but I put on a really hard charge. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish the race. It’s a bittersweet way to end the season.”

On winning the Championship: “Winning my 10th championship is awesome. Obviously, that’s the main goal for the season. I don’t know if I can say it’s more or less rewarding than the other championships but we (the team) faced a new challenge this year with ISOC’s inverted start rule. I believe it played a big factor in some of the races, which was frustrating. Knowing we put our heads down, not letting it affect our program and to still come out on top is really rewarding. Winning the championship with such a commanding points lead says a lot about our team.”

On what’s next: “My main focus right now is to be as prepared as I can for the next snocross season. We’re going to be working hard at the shop to dig into the areas we know we can improve on. This summer, I’m excited to do some mountain bike and motocross racing. I don’t have a solid plan but hope to get it figured out soon.”

 

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 14-Time X Games Medalist
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
  • 10-Time National Snocross Champion – 120 Pro National Wins
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Hibbert takes a win at rough Chicago National

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert recorded a win on Route 66 Raceway’s tight, technical track Saturday night. The drag strip turned snocross course, right outside of Chicago, featured one of the roughest tracks of the ISOC National Snocross season.

With a short starting line leading into a flat first turn, getting a good start was critical. Poor qualifying picks both nights put Hibbert at an instant disadvantage. Making the best of the situation, he went 2-1-7-2 in his four qualifying rounds.

Friday night, Hibbert looked to be on his way to a win as he quickly moved through the field after a mid-pack start in the 15-rider, 20-lap final. Searching for a line around leader no. 837 Ross Martin, he made a mistake and high-sided his sled. He got going again but struggled to find a groove to finish fifth.

In Saturday’s final, Hibbert qualified ninth but had first pick on the start line due to ISOC’s inverted start rule. On the far inside, he launched off the line and by the end of the backstretch rhythm section, he secured the lead. With a clear track in front of him, he pulled a solid gap over second place. He spent the remainder of the race riding smart on the deteriorating track while dodging downed riders and yellow flags.

Hibbert now holds a 97-point lead in the Pro Open points championship. With three days of racing and 147 points on the line at the final event of the season in Lake Geneva, Wisc., he has the opportunity to clinch his 10th national title on day one.

 

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

“The Chicago track was wild. I was surprised by the amount of snow they had and I’m pumped they were able to make the race happen with such warm weather. The track was really technical and the backstretch was tough all weekend. I was pretty disappointed about my mistake in the final Friday night and really motivated to get the win on Saturday.”

“The track Saturday night was really technical. A lot of riders struggled and ended up crashing. I’m glad I got out front early and was able to ride my own race.”

“I am really proud of how my team has been working and the season we’ve had so far. I can’t wait for the last race in Lake Geneva and finishing the season off strong!”

 

Tucker Hibbert – 2016 Chicago National Results

Pro Open Round 13 – Friday

Round 1: 2nd

Round 2: 1st

Final: 5th

 

Pro Open Round 14 – Saturday

Round 1: 7th

Round 2: 2nd

Final: 1st

 

Tucker Hibbert’s Final 2015/2016 Snocross Event

March 18-20, 2016: Grand Geneva Resort // Lake Geneva, WI

 

Noteworthy

Hibbert will take his 200th Pro National career start Saturday, March 19 in Lake Geneva, Wisc.

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