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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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Hibbert delivers dominant performance in Deadwood

January 22, 2018 – Tucker Hibbert added another weekend sweep to his record book with dominant back-to-back wins in the pro finals at the ISOC National Snocross tour’s stop in Deadwood, SD. Knowing Hibbert’s history of jaw-dropping rides on the tight, rough track packed into the Days of ’76 Rodeo grounds, fans showed up in droves with the hope of seeing the 10-time champion put on a show.

After a big win Friday night, Hibbert delivered an unforgettable performance Saturday with a rally through the field that had the sold out crowd on their feet the entire race.

A solid jump off the line in Saturday’s final put Hibbert in good position but with a full lineup of riders on his inside, he got pushed off the track in the first turn. He re-entered the race in a matter of seconds but was already shuffled back to 12th position. Tapping into his experience, he passed riders quick, sometimes multiple riders at a time, and by lap 10 of the 24-lap final, moved into second place. The sub-30-second track comprised of a mix of natural and manmade snow deteriorated fast and turned into a minefield of deep holes, roost and lappers. With holeshot winner Kody Kamm in the lead, Hibbert searched for good lines to make the pass. Two laps to go, Hibbert capitalized on Kamm’s repeat attempt to block him on the inside of a corner and rode around the outside of him to take control of the race. Hibbert pulled over a three-second gap and rode the rest of the race unchallenged to complete the weekend sweep.

Hibbert now has a 50-point lead over second place in the yearend points championship. The ISOC National Snocross tour will take a three-week break before heading to Salamanca, NY February 16-17.

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

Friday night recap:

“For the final, I lined-up second from the inside which is a really good spot to be. I wanted to play it a little safe to avoid a potential crash and came out around seventh place. At Deadwood, you can’t wait for the race to settle in. You have to make as much ground up as you can on the lead right away. With the wet, sticky snow and roost, I made a big effort to get to the front as fast as I could. I knew where I was when I got into third and that Logan (Christian) was in the lead. I had a good line on the inside of the first turn and Logan was taking the outside. I made up good ground on him in one lap and was able to make the pass in that corner the next lap.”

Saturday night recap:

“I was all the way on the outside so it wasn’t the best scenario. I focused on nailing the light and getting to the turn first. I got a good start but being so far on the outside, I couldn’t get to the inside of the corner, got pushed wide and eventually off the track. I didn’t get too wound up because it’s pretty common for me to end up off the track in Deadwood. I’ve been in this situation before so I focused on getting back on the track safely and get moving. I really wanted to pass people as fast as I could when everyone was bunched up but it’s tricky because everyone is racing so hard. Fortunately, I made some good decisions and passed people quickly. I was pumped to get up to second pretty quick behind Kamm and tried to take a little breather and regroup then started charging. I had some really good lines and then Kamm caught onto them so I wasn’t able to make up the ground I wanted to. We were going the same speed for a while. It started getting more intense when the race was winding down and then we got into lappers. I was able to put on a charge towards the end and got right behind Kamm and once I did that, he made some mistakes and I was able to capitalize on them and take the lead.”

On racing in front of a sold out crowd in Deadwood:

“It was awesome. I could hear the crowd cheering and getting loud with every pass. It’s always cool to feel that. Racing in Deadwood is crazy because you’re battling so many things – sticky snow, tight track, lappers. It’s a race where you have to race so hard the entire time. It’s not pretty but makes for a great show for the fans.”

Goals for remainder of the season:

“The goals for the rest of the season are the same as always – keep making progress and keep getting better. We’re focused on winning the championship and being in the position to do that means to keep improving every week.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – Deadwood National Results

Friday, January 19– Pro Round 7

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 7th

FINAL: 1st

Saturday, January 20 – Pro Round 8

Round 1 Qualifying: 2nd

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

 

CBS Sports Network Broadcast 

Deadwood Snocross National Day 1: Sunday, January 28 – 11:00 am ET

Deadwood Snocross National Day 2: Sunday, February 4 – 11:00 am ET

 

Remaining 2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Events

Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018

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

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

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

All images © Lissa Marsolek

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Hibbert extends points lead at Canterbury Park Snocross National

January 8, 2018 – Tucker Hibbert extended his points lead in the ISOC National Snocross Pro points championship at rounds five and six in Shakopee, Minn. Hibbert had a strong weekend of racing at the Canterbury Park National winning all four of his qualifying rounds and the final event on night two.

Going 1-1 in qualifying Friday night, Hibbert had last pick on the start line for the 15-rider, 20-lap final due to the inverted start procedure. He got pinched off the start but slotted into a position he felt comfortable with going into the first corner. Moments later, a rider from the inside clipped him, sending him off the track and into the guardrail. Unharmed physically, he returned to his sled to find the handlebars broke in half. Knowing every point counts for the year-end championship, he re-entered the race and completed as many laps as he safely was able to finish a respectable 12th place.

Hibbert stormed into Saturday confident and focused on winning every time he hit the track. After winning both his qualifying rounds again, he took a cautious approach to the start of the 15-rider, 14-lap final. He grabbed a fifth place start and within a half of a lap moved into third. Searching for fast lines, he found a solid spot for passing and used the same move to get past the two riders in front of him on laps four and six. Once out front, he rode unchallenged to take the win.

Hibbert now has a 34-point lead over second place in the points championship. The ISOC National Snocross tour will take a weekend break before heading to Deadwood, SD January 19-20.

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

“I’m really happy about the weekend. Extending my points lead is the main goal and we were able to do that. I didn’t have a great race on Friday in the main but other than that, I’m stoked on my performance and how I felt.”

Friday night recap:

“I won both my qualifiers so I had last pick on the front row. I was stuck on the outside. I didn’t get out front off the line but felt good about where I was going into the first turn. Then, all of a sudden, I got bumped by someone from the inside. It pushed me to the outside of the track and I crashed into the guardrail. I ran to my sled to try and get going right away and realized my handlebars were broken. It was a big disappointment and I didn’t know what to do. After thinking about it and talking to my dad quick, I decided to get on the track and see what I could do. I wasn’t able to race at full speed but still got around the track. It wasn’t the race I was looking for but I did what I had to do to salvage points.”

Saturday night recap:

“I had some extra motivation after what happened Friday night. I was really focused on my starts so I wouldn’t put myself in a bad position. I felt really good all night and charged hard to win the qualifiers and the final.”

Overall thoughts on the season:

“I feel really good. Extending my points lead each weekend is the main goal. We have a lot of racing left. I feel really confident in my sled, my team and my performances. We’re in a good position for the rest of the season and will be working hard to make sure we keep having success.”

 

Tucker Hibbert – Canterbury Park National Results

Friday, January 5– Pro Round 5

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 12th

Saturday, January 6 – Pro Round 6

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

CBS Sports Network Broadcast 

Canterbury Park National Day 1: Saturday, January 13 – 11:00 am ET

Canterbury Park National Day 2: Saturday, January 20 – 10:00 am ET

2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Tour Schedule

Duluth, MN // November 24-27, 2017

Jackson Hole, WY // December 8-9, 2017

Shakopee, MN // January 5-6, 2018

Deadwood, SD // January 19-20, 2018

Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018

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

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

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

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Hibbert continues win streak at Jackson Hole Snocross National

 

December 11, 2017 – Tucker Hibbert continued his win streak at rounds three and four of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Hibbert looked at home on Snow King Mountain’s fast hillside track winning three of his four qualifying rounds and both Pro finals.

Friday night’s Pro final was one for the record books. After a 12th place start in the 15-rider, 22-lap main event, Hibbert put on one of the most exciting comeback rides of his career. Pushing hard early, he moved into ninth but then struggled to find opportunities to pass or make up time on the group in front of him. Something clicked on lap 10 and he started dicing through the field. With three laps to go, he passed for second and had leader no. 43 Logan Christian in sight. He followed Christian closely for one lap and in the final corner of the final lap, snuck underneath him at the top of the hill, made the pass stick and charged down the hill to the finish to take the win.

Hibbert had the race he was looking for Saturday night. Second off the line in the 15-rider, 22-lap main event, he took over the lead in same corner he passed Christian the night before, and was never challenged to complete the weekend sweep.

Hibbert now has a 25-point lead over second place in the points championship.

The snocross tour takes a break for the holidays and fires back up January 5-6, just outside of Minneapolis, at Canterbury Park. Stay up-to-date with Hibbert and his preparations for the rest of the season by visiting tucker-hibbert.com.

Tucker Hibbert – Duluth National Results

Friday, December 8 – Pro Round 3

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

Saturday, December 9 – Pro Round 4

Round 1 Qualifying: 2nd

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

 

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

On his win Friday Night:

“I got great starts in my qualifiers so I was planning to get a great start in the main event. I was late on my reaction time and got shuffled to the back. It was a really challenging race to have to pass that many riders and deal with the snow dust and roost. The track changed a lot. Halfway through the race I was able to pick up on some really good lines, got my momentum rolling and started reeling in the lead group. I didn’t know who was in the lead then I got a pit board to pass no. 43 on the last lap. I still didn’t know I won until after I crossed the finish line. I just kept pushing and tried to pass as many riders as I could.”

On his win Saturday night:

“Tonight’s main event was a lot less hectic for me and easier. Starting up front, I didn’t have to deal with passing all the riders and eating all the snow dust and roost. I was pushing really hard when I didn’t have people in front of me but when I got around lappers, I’d be cautious and take it easy. I was managing the race based on what was in front of me and going on.”

On taking the weekend sweep and being undefeated this winter:

“I’m really happy to win all the main events so far and having a good points lead going into the break. It gives us (the team) a lot of confidence and the motivation to push hard so we can carry this momentum through the rest of the season.”

On his welcome back to the Jackson Hole area:

“I kind of knew that a lot of my friends and family from this area would be here but was a little surprised by all the people who showed up. It was awesome to have that kind of support and see all the people I don’t usually see at the racetrack.”

2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Tour Schedule

Duluth, MN // November 24-27, 2017

Jackson Hole, WY // December 8-9, 2017

Shakopee, MN // January 5-6, 2018

Deadwood, SD // January 19-20, 2018

Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018

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

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

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

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Hibbert in top form sweeping the first Snocross event of the 2017/2018 season

November 27, 2017 – Tucker Hibbert hit the 2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross season swinging, winning both Pro finals at the season opener Duluth, Minn. The 10-time champion made a statement riding with confidence on his all-new Monster Energy / Ram Truck backed Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX race sled.

Spirit Mountain featured a rough, technical track for the 26th running of the Duluth National. Known for his ability to find fast lines on challenging racecourses, Hibbert had a near perfect weekend winning three of his four qualifying races and both final events.

The main events Saturday and Sunday played out much the same for Hibbert – quick jumps off the start line, exiting the first turn in the top-five of the 15-rider fields, taking the lead in lap three of the 22-lap races and riding unchallenged to the finish.

Up next is the Jackson Hole Snocross National December 8-9 in Wyoming. Born just 35 miles away in Driggs, Idaho, it’ll be a homecoming event for Hibbert.

 

Tucker Hibbert – Duluth National Results

Saturday, November 25 – Pro Round 1

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 1 Qualifying: 4th

FINAL: 1st

Sunday, November 26 – Pro Round 2

Round 1 Qualifying: 1st

Round 2 Qualifying: 1st

FINAL: 1st

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

On his win Saturday night:

“It’s an awesome night. It feels so good to start the season with a win. I feel really strong and the sled is working great. Honestly, I wasn’t super happy about my line choices. I kept thinking there’s got to be something better out here. After searching for a while I decided to stick to what I knew was working. Having a race like this gives me a lot of confidence.”

On his win Sunday and taking the weekend sweep:

“You always hope to have a weekend like this but I didn’t expect it to be this good. I don’t have enough good things to say about my sled. Everyone at Arctic Cat – the whole engineering crew worked so hard to make this sled the best it could be. I feel like we’re just getting started and have so much we can improve and build on. I’m grateful for this opportunity and no matter how many times I stand up here [the podium] it means a lot to me. I have so many good memories at Spirit Mountain.”

Weekend highlights:

“It was really fun to be back at the racetrack with my team. Everything just clicked and that’s when it’s fun. Nothing beats seeing your hard work pay off. We had a lot of laughs in the trailer this weekend and, to me, that’s what makes a race weekend memorable.”

Looking ahead:

“We’re in a good position and it feels great to leave the first race with the points lead. It’s a good place to be and I know we can keep improving. I know everyone will show up at the next round stronger so we need to make sure we’re doing the same – keep pushing and keep improving.”

Detailed race reports from ISOC

Saturday: snocross.com/2017/11/25/tucker-hibbert-wins-round-1-at-spirit-mountain/

Sunday: snocross.com/2017/11/26/tucker-hibbert-sweeps-season-opener-at-duluth/

 

2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Schedule

Duluth, MN // November 24-26, 2017

Jackson Hole, WY // December 8-9, 2017

Shakopee, MN // January 5-6, 2018

Deadwood, SD // January 19-20, 2018

Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018

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

Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018

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

 

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Tucker’s 2018 Arcticwear Signature Collection

Gear-up for the snocross season with Tucker’s 2018 Arcticwear Signature Collection!

The lifelong Arctic Cat rider and racer works closely with the crew at Arcticwear to design, test and create each item in his signature collection. It’s truly a line-up of gear and accessories he’s proud to put his name on.

You can get Tucker’s signature collection through your local Arctic Cat dealer or online at arcticcat.com/shop. Select items are available through Tucker’s online store.

Mandi JohnsonTucker’s 2018 Arcticwear Signature Collection
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New season, new schedule!

Here’s a look at Tucker’s 2017/2018 Snocross schedule. Mark your calendar, round up some buddies and cheer on Team 68 in person this winter!

For more information on each event, go to the EVENTS page.

 

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Team 68 helps Make-A-Wish raise over $92,000

For the second consecutive year, Tucker Hibbert and his team of loyal fans, friends and family participated in the Walk for Wishes® event in Minneapolis to support and celebrate the mission of Make-A-Wish® Minnesota. Hibbert’s Team 68 took home top fundraising honors, helping the organization exceed its goal of raising over $92,000 to fund the wishes of children battling critical illnesses.

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“This event means a lot to me,” said Hibbert. “It’s a humbling experience to have so many people join me and donate to help grant wishes. Walk for Wishes is a great way to get together and celebrate an organization that’s making a difference in people’s lives.”

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Over the past two years, Hibbert and Team 68 have raised over $20,000 for Make-A-Wish Minnesota. This year’s fundraising site will remain open through Friday, August 25. Hibbert will honor each contribution by sending donors a limited edition Team 68 Walk for Wishes t-shirt. For more information and to make a donation, visit site.wish.org/goto/Team68‪.

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Photos courtesy of ArcticInsider.com

Full photo gallery: Team 68 at Walk for Wishes 2017

Mandi JohnsonTeam 68 helps Make-A-Wish raise over $92,000
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Join Tucker and Team 68 at Walk for Wishes 2017!

Tucker Hibbert will once again lead a team of loyal fans, friends and family at Make-A-Wish® Minnesota’s Walk for Wishes® event in Minneapolis Saturday, August 5. Last year, Hibbert’s Team 68 raised over $10,000 to help fund the wishes of children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

“I’m really excited to get Team 68 together again to raise money for Make-A-Wish Minnesota,” Hibbert said. “I was blown away by the success of last year’s team and the amount of money we raised. It was awesome having so many people rally together to support the cause. I’ve seen, first-hand, the joy and strength a wish provides for a wish kid. I’m honored to have the opportunity to be involved in an organization that can provide that and thankful people around me feel the same way.”

“Kids who receive a wish are often facing the biggest challenge of their young lives, and their families are facing those struggles right alongside them,” said Mia Broos Hoagberg, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish Minnesota. “By walking with Tucker you are sending a strong signal to wish kids and their families – You don’t walk alone. We are here for you! With each step, and with every dollar raised, you bring joy to a child who desperately needs it.”

The 2017 Walk for Wishes 5K walk / run will take place Saturday, August 5 at Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. A donation of $20 confirms a spot on Team 68 and limited edition t-shirt. Every dollar raised by the team will go directly to Make-A-Wish Minnesota. To join Team 68, go to site.wish.org/goto/Team68. People who join for $20 but are unable to attend the event will still receive a limited edition t-shirt to acknowledge their contribution.

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For more information on Hibbert’s past involvement with Make-A-Wish, visit the following links.

Nick’s Wish: bit.ly/NickWishSnowmobile

Jared’s Wish: bit.ly/JaredWish-Snowmobile

 

Team 68 Walk for Wishes 2016

Photos: bit.ly/Team68-WalkForWishes2016-Photos

Video: bit.ly/Team68-WalkForWishes2016_Video

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Photos ©ArcticInsider.com

Mandi JohnsonJoin Tucker and Team 68 at Walk for Wishes 2017!
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Meet Tucker April 6 in Thief River Falls, MN!

In honor of Hot Stuff Pizza and Pennington stores celebrating their 25th anniversary, Tucker Hibbert will be at Pennington Main in Thief River Falls Thursday, April 6, 3-6:00 p.m. making pizzas, signing posters and hanging out. Challenge the snocross champ in his favorite game for a chance to win prizes and get an up-close look at his Arctic Cat race snowmobile. While you’re there, take advantage of super deals on Hot Stuff Pizza and Monster Energy!

What: Meet Tucker Hibbert // Deals on Hot Stuff Pizza and Monster Energy

When: Thursday, April 6 // 3-6:00 p.m.

Where: Pennington Main // 220 Main Ave S.  Thief River Falls, MN 56701

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Mandi JohnsonMeet Tucker April 6 in Thief River Falls, MN!
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