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Hibbert wins and maintains grip on points championship at Michigan National

Tucker Hibbert took a win Saturday night at the ISOC National Snocross tour’s Michigan National and with strong performances throughout the weekend, maintained his grip on the 2018 points championship.

With two days of heavy rainfall and warm temperatures in the Mt. Pleasant area prior to the event, the piles of snow made for the track were wet and heavy, resulting in a rough and challenging racecourse.

Hibbert went 2-1 in qualifying Friday night and after a mid-pack start in the 15-rider, 20-lap final, was in good position to move forward. Near the end of lap one, another rider got his ski into the back of Hibbert, leaving the two rider’s sleds stuck together. Hibbert broke free of the tangle seconds before the pack was coming around the track to lap him, keeping him on the lead lap. He charged hard through the field the rest of the race to secure a sixth place finish.

Saturday night, Hibbert went 4-1 in his qualifying rounds. With another mid-pack start in the 15-rider, 18-lap final, he focused on getting through the opening laps clean and into a position to fight for the win. Tapping into his skill to find lines on a deteriorating track, he moved through the field fast. On lap seven, he made the pass for second and had early race leader, Kody Kamm, in sight. He spent the following laps setting him up and with five to go, block passed Kamm in the corner before the finish line and went on to take his 135th career win.

The national series takes a one-weekend break before heading into the final two stops of the 2017/2018 tour in Iowa and Wisconsin. For more information on Hibbert and his racing, visit tucker-hibbert.com.

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

Friday night recap:

“I was settling in the first lap, trying to make some passes, then another rider ran into the back of me and his ski got sucked up into my track. It instantly stopped me. Luckily, we were able to get the sleds apart right before the leaders came by so I didn’t get lapped. I was bummed I lost so much time but just had to put my head down and pass as many riders as I could.”

Saturday night recap:

“I didn’t get a very good jump off the start and got shuffled to mid-pack right away. I was focused getting through the opening laps clean. Fortunately, I was able to do that and settled into fourth place pretty quick. I could see Kamm up front and he was pulling away. I knew I had to make more passes quick to be able to catch him. Once I got into second, I tried to ride smooth and consistent but at the same time, I had to find new lines because the track was deteriorating so much and we were getting into lappers. I caught up to him pretty quick, rode behind him a few laps and figured out where I wanted to make the pass. I set him up in the turn before the finish line by carrying momentum through the backstretch, went wide into the corner and then cut inside to block pass him. It felt good to finish the weekend with a win.”

Approach to final two events of the season:

“My approach to the last two events is the same as it’s been all year – winning qualifying races and the main events. I feel good about the points lead but I am focused on keeping the hammer down and getting some more wins.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – Michigan National Results

Friday, February 23 – Pro Round 11

Round 1 Qualifying: 2nd

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 6th

Saturday, February 24 – Pro Round 12

Round 1 Qualifying: 4th

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

 

CBS Sports Network Broadcast 

Michigan Snocross National Day 1: Sunday, March 11 – 10:00 am ET

Michigan Snocross National Day 2: Sunday, March 18 – 11:00 am ET

 

Remaining 2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Events

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

Lake Geneva, WI // March 16-17, 2018

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Hibbert extends points lead at challenging Eastern Snocross National

February 19, 2018 – Tucker Hibbert extended his points lead in the ISOC National Snocross Championship at the Eastern National in Salamanca, NY. Hibbert was untouchable in qualifying and with points being awarded for qualifying rounds, he racked up valuable points despite going 13-2 in the final events.

In Friday night’s final, after winning both qualifiers, Hibbert lined-up on the far outside due to ISOC’s pro start rule which requires riders to take their pick in an inverted order based off their results earned in qualifying races. To avoid getting pushed off the track in the tight left first turn, he grabbed the brakes and slotted to the back of the 15-rider field. He made passes quick and on lap seven of 22, moved into seventh. Two laps later, he misjudged the speed and position of another rider and put himself in a line that caused him to get partially landed on. Hibbert was unharmed but the incident left his throttle cable broken. Unable to continue racing, he exited the track and was scored 13th based on the number of laps he completed.

Saturday night, Hibbert was once again the number qualifier for the final event. Instead of starting on far outside of the front row, he opted to start from the back row with the goal of being in a safer position through the first turn. He got through the first turn clean then ran into a rider who was stopped at the top of the first jump, leaving him in last place. With minor damage to his right ski and a-arm, he charged forward. Lap eight of 22, he moved into eighth place. With a 14-second deficit to make up on the leader, he clicked off fast lap after fast lap and with two laps to go, passed Logan Christian for second place. Hibbert kept the pressure on to the end to finish 1.3 seconds behind race winner Kody Kamm.

Next up for Hibbert is the Michigan National this weekend in Mt. Pleasant. The 10-time champion now holds a 61-point lead in the 2018 points championship. For more information on Hibbert and his schedule, visit tucker-hibbert.com.

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

Friday night recap:

“The race didn’t go quite as planned after getting a bad start. It took me a few laps to get into a groove and make forward progress. Once I did that, I started feeling a lot better and charging towards the front. It fell apart about halfway through the race when I was trying to make a pass on a rider. I thought he went over the inside berm to the outside and at the last second I realized he was still on the inside berm and I had drove basically underneath him. At the last second, I saw and heard his sled and I was able to lean back and get my right hand off the handle bar before his track caught my bars. I was lucky to not get hurt but unfortunately the mistake took me out of the race with a broken throttle cable. I was definitely bummed to be sitting on the sidelines when I wanted to be charging to the front.”

Saturday night recap:

“We [the team] tried to figure out the best scenario for the starting line and the first turn to avoid getting taken out and improve our chance of a better start. We decided to go to the back row. I feel like it was right decision but unfortunately I got tangled with another rider right out of the first turn. It didn’t work out and I had to come from last place. I didn’t really get a good look at where Kamm was until I was in third place and had passed Logan for second. I was focused on not making mistakes and charging hard. I got real close. I was feeling like I could get the win, especially if Kamm made a mistake. I have won a lot of races like this in the past so I knew I could do it but came up a little short of getting it done.”

Overall thoughts on the weekend:

“I’m excited about the championship and where we’re at with that. Obviously extending the points lead each weekend is awesome and that’s a goal for us but, for me, winning races is where it’s at, so it’s a little frustrating. It’s unfortunate that it’s so challenging to race for final wins after winning all the qualifiers and being so fast. We’re staying focused on our season goals which are to win every time we’re on the track and to win the championship.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – Eastern National Results

Friday, February 16 – Pro Round 9

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 13th

Saturday, February 17 – Pro Round 10

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 2nd

CBS Sports Network Broadcast 

Eastern Snocross National Day 1: Sunday, February 25 – 11:00 am ET

Eastern Snocross National Day 2: Sunday, March 4 – 11:00 am ET

 

Remaining 2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Events

Mt. Pleasant, MI // February 23-24, 2018

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

Lake Geneva, WI // March 16-17, 2018

Photos ©Lissa Marsolek

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Meet Tucker and get FREE tickets to Michigan snocross!

Stop by MY Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Thursday, February 22 5-7:00 p.m. for your chance to meet Tucker and get tickets to the ISOC National Snocross event at Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort. Test drive a new Ram Truck between 5-7:00 p.m. that night and you’ll get a pair of FREE tickets the race in Mt. Pleasant!

What: Meet Tucker Hibbert // Test drive a new Ram Truck to get FREE tickets to the Mt. Pleasant snocross event!

When: Thursday, February 22 // 5-7:00 p.m.

Where: MY Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram // 4650 East Pickard Street  Mt Pleasant, MI 48858

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POD Active welcomes Tucker to team

Press release from POD Active

POD Active welcomes snocross legend Tucker Hibbert to the team

6th of February 2018 (Victoria, Australia) – POD Active is excited to welcome snowmobile snocross legend, Tucker Hibbert, to its team of elite athletes. Hibbert has put his trust in POD’s K8 Prepeg Carbon Knee Brace to protect him as he competes for his 11th Pro National Snocross title this winter.

“We’re excited to welcome Tucker to the POD family! His competitive nature and competency across Snowmobiling, Motocross and Mountain Bikes, coupled with his engineering brain are integral in design considerations for future POD braces and products. We have learnt this much so far, Tucker is not only a world-class athlete but he’s a world-class human,” said Byron Marsh, POD’s Marketing Manager.

Being a crossover athlete, Hibbert will wear the K8 brace year-round while competing in motocross as well. With his passion for technical design and safety, his diverse knowledge of both sleds and bikes, he’s already working with POD’s engineering team to test, tune and provide feedback for future products.

“As an athlete, I need protective gear to be as minimal and the least restrictive as possible yet strong and durable. The POD K8 knee brace fits that perfectly. It allows me to do what I need to do and keeps me protected. I’m pumped about how versatile the brace is and how easily it adapts to fit your needs. I compete in a lot of different sports and the fact that I have one brace that can do it all is awesome,” said Hibbert. He continued, “It’s been really exciting to work with the engineering team at POD to provide feedback for future brace development. Product development is one of my favorite parts about racing. You can never stop innovating and pushing to improve. It’s fun to work with a company that shares that passion and makes me confident I’m wearing the right brace.”

POD offers two levels of braces available for adults along with a youth model. Each brace is designed multi-sport ready for hassle-free adaptability to your chosen sport. At the core of the K-Series Knee Brace is Human Motion Hinge® technology, utilizing Synthetic Ligaments™ to provide protection on demand without compromising performance. POD braces low profile frame coupled with adaptable cuffs conform to the curvature of your legs to deliver an uncompromised fit and total comfort.

The K8 knee brace features pre-preg carbon fibre frames offering the ultimate in strength, weight and durability. With an industry leading 5yr frame warranty. We’ve got your back!

Our K4 Composite and K1 Youth knee braces feature fiberglass reinforced nylon frames providing premium function at an affordable price.

For the latest product information, news and our dealer locator please visit www.podactive.com.

About POD Active: POD Active is an innovative Australian product development company specialising in joint protection for elite athletes & active people. Our mission is to reduce the risk & severity of ligament injuries in sport and recreation without restricting movement or compromising performance and comfort. Our patented products integrate seamlessly with modern sports equipment, effortlessly enable natural motion and actively minimise the risk of injury. We call this technology Protection On Demand. The POD Knee braces are distributed in over 50 countries, with North American Distribution Partner Western Power Sports being an integral partner in making POD the #1 Brand in Motocross and Actions Sports world-wide. POD Knee Braces combine extreme function and performance with the confidence derived from a Medically Certified Device.

POD – It feels invisible | You feel invincible

About Tucker Hibbert: Tucker Hibbert, 33, entered his first race at the age of eight and today stands as the most decorated snowmobile snocross racer in history. He’s a two-time FIM World Snowcross champion, 14-time X Games medalist and 10-time national snocross champion. Now in his 18th professional season, he holds 134 Pro National victories.

 

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