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Tucker Hibbert sweeps final snocross event and clinches ninth title

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert was unstoppable at the final ISOC National Snocross event of the season in Lake Geneva, Wisc. Hibbert excelled on Grand Geneva Resort’s big, technical ski hill track winning five out of six of his qualifying rounds and all three Pro Open finals en route to his ninth pro national championship.

Friday night, Hibbert put on one of the most dominant performances of the season. He ripped the Stud Boy Traction holeshot and rode flawlessly to take the win by nearly 20 seconds over second place. With this victory, he tallied enough points to secure the championship title early.

In his 15th professional snocross season, Hibbert won 13 of the 17 ISOC Pro Open finals, recorded his 100th Pro National win with a jaw-dropping come-from-behind win in Deadwood, SD. and won a record-breaking eighth consecutive X Games gold medal. The 30-year-old from Pelican Rapids, Minn. has no plans to slow down and is already working to improve his program for the 2015/2016 snocross season.

Hibbert will now shift his focus to preparing to compete in select AMA Pro Motocross events and cross-country mountain bike races. To stay up-to-date with his summer racing, visit tucker-hibbert.com.

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

“I had a blast racing at Lake Geneva and couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the season. It felt so good to consistently get good starts throughout the weekend and to finish the season on a high note.”

“The winter was awesome. I had so much fun. I keep calling my crew the ‘dream team’ because we’re so dialed-in. We work really hard but have a ton of fun. I’m really lucky to be able to work beside such talented people. We all look out for each other and do whatever it takes to make sure I’m 100% prepared to win.”

“Looking back, I wouldn’t change anything about this season. Obviously, it would have been awesome to win every race but the losses I had really fueled me to push harder. My favorite moment of the season was getting win number 100 at Deadwood. After crashing on the first lap, I let it all hang out. It was a really rewarding moment for me and my team. I’ll never forget that night.”

“I’m looking forward to switching gears and to get back on my dirt bike and bicycle. At the same time, I can’t wait to dive into plans for next winter. One thing I know for sure is that I’m not slowing down!”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Nine-Time National Snocross Champion, 108 Pro National Snocross Wins
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
  • 2015 and 2014 ISOC Fan Favorite Rider
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Hibbert takes win at Ram Snocross National and holds points lead

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert took home a win and held onto his commanding lead in the Pro Open points championship chase at the Ram Truck Snocross National in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. For the second consecutive year, central Michigan’s Soaring Eagle Casino & Hotel featured a big, technical track for rounds 13 and 14 of the ISOC National Snocross tour.

Hibbert entered the weekend on a five round win streak and continued on that path Friday by winning both his qualifying races and the final event. Saturday began much the same as he won both qualifiers to lock down the number one start line pick for the final event.

Saturday night, Hibbert launched off the line in the 15-rider, 14-lap final to take the Stud Boy Traction holeshot and early lead. Riding smart and smooth on the quickly deteriorating track, he extended his gap over second place with each lap that passed. On lap nine, he cased a jump in the downhill rhythm section, was ejected off his sled and sent tumbling down the middle of the track. He didn’t waste any time getting up and ran to his sled but found it wedged in a corner of hard plastic banners and tuff blocks. Two laps passed before he was able to untangle his sled and reenter the race. He rode conservatively the remaining laps to salvage a ninth-place finish.

The ISOC tour will take a weekend break before entering the final stop of the 14/15 season in Lake Geneva, Wisc. With three full days of racing on tap in Lake Geneva, there are still 135 points up for grabs in the Pro Open Championship. Hibbert now holds an 89-point lead over second place and is in a solid position to clinch his ninth national title.

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

“This weekend started out awesome but ended pretty rough. Overall, I had a really good time racing on the Ram National track. I really like getting on these big, technical tracks. It separates the riders and forces us to ride hard and smart.”

“Unfortunately, I made a mistake halfway through the final Saturday night that took away our (the team’s) chance to sweep the weekend. The downhill section was changing fast and I made a poor line choice that basically catapulted me off my sled. I hit the ground pretty hard but was able to jump up and run to my sled right away. I got it fired-up pretty quick but once I hit the gas, my track just spun on a big plastic sign and sunk into a hole in the corner. There was no way I could get it out on my own so I had to wait for track workers to help me get all the signs untangled from my sled so I could get back on the track. I’m frustrated about making the mistake. I had a big lead in that race and was on my way to the win.”

“It’ll be good to have a weekend off and getting everything dialed-in for the final event. It’s been an awesome year and I’m looking forward to finishing strong.”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion, 105 Pro National Snocross Wins
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

Tucker Hibbert’s Remaining 14/15 Snocross Events

March 13-15, 2015: Grand Geneva Resort // Lake Geneva, WI

 

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Tucker Hibbert untouchable at Route 66 Raceway Snocross National

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert was untouchable at rounds 11 and 12 of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Joliet, Ill. Hibbert put on an impressive show at Route 66 Raceway’s drag strip, turned snocross course, by winning all four of his qualifying rounds and both final events.

Despite battling fierce winds and low visibility, Hibbert convincingly won both his qualifying races and the final Friday night. Saturday brought warmer weather, and with that, a big, high-energy crowd.

Hibbert had his most intense race of the weekend in the first round of qualifying Saturday night. He jumped the start of the nine-rider race, was sent to the back row and came out of turn one in last place. With only eight laps on the 40-second track, he immediately charged forward and by the end of lap three, he was on the rear bumper of race leader no. 324 Kyle Pallin. The two riders raced side-by-side through the split lane, dogleg section of the course. With Hibbert on the inside and Pallin on the outside, Hibbert blocked Pallin as the lanes merged, took the lead and runaway for the win.

After winning his second qualifying round, Hibbert had first start line pick for the 15-rider, 14-lap final event. Selecting the far inside, Hibbert got a solid jump off the line but was shut down by no. 837 Ross Martin. Hibbert followed Martin for a lap and a half, then, made the pass for the lead in exact same spot he passed Pallin in the first round of qualifying. With a clear track in front of him, Hibbert had full control of the course to take his 104th pro national victory.

Next up for Hibbert is the Ram Truck National at Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. With a 97-point lead, the defending Pro Open National Champion will enter the final two stops of the ISOC tour in prime position to win the 2014/2015 championship.

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

“It’s an awesome feeling to win all my qualifying rounds and both finals. The only other time I’ve done that this season was at Duluth. I was really impressed by the length of the course at Route 66. It was much longer than I imagined and by Saturday night, it got really rough which makes for great racing.”

“I’m really excited heading into the race this weekend. Last year, the track at the Ram Truck National was huge. Hopefully they’re putting together another awesome track.”
“I know I’m in a really good position in the points standing but try not to think about it too much. I’m taking it race-by-race. If we (the team) keep focusing on being our best every time we hit the track, we should be able to take the championship.”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion, 104 Pro National Snocross Wins
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

Tucker Hibbert’s Remaining 14/15 Snocross Events

February 27-28, 2015: Soaring Eagle Casino // Mt. Pleasant, MI

March 13-15, 2015: Grand Geneva Resort // Lake Geneva, WI

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Tucker Hibbert Sweeps New York’s Eastern National Snocross

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert won both Pro Open finals in Salamanca, NY to sweep the ISOC National Snocross tour’s Eastern National. For the third consecutive year, Seneca Allegany Casino and Resort pulled in a massive crowd for the tour’s only stop east of Michigan.

After racing on a short, tight course in Deadwood, SD, Hibbert was excited to get on the Eastern National’s high-speed, technical track. By riding smart and smooth, Hibbert recorded one of his best race weekends of the 2014-2015 season.

Friday night, Hibbert went 2-2 in qualifying to lock down the number one start line pick for the main event. He was quick off the line, took the lead exiting the first turn and never looked back to win the 15-rider, 14-lap final.

Hibbert continued his successful start streak and won both qualifying rounds Saturday night. Despite a solid start in the final, he slotted into fifth place after riding cautiously through the first corner and into the front straightaway’s long rhythm section. He spent the next five laps focusing on riding mistake free and making clean passes to get behind holeshot winner and leader, no. 837 Ross Martin. After two laps of closing the gap on Martin, Hibbert made his move in the ‘S’ turn and pulled away to take his 102nd Pro National Snocross victory.

Hibbert now holds an 86-point lead in the ISOC Pro Open Championship. After a weekend break, the tour will make its debut stop at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill. February 20-22. Visit tucker-hibbert.com to follow him as he continues to chase his ninth national championship.

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

“It’s nice to have a weekend like this after having a couple rounds of intense racing. It felt good to get a longer, technical track.”

“It’s always a good time racing in New York. There are some serious snocross fans in the Northeast. One of my favorite parts about this race is that so many people ride their trail sleds to the event. It doesn’t get much cooler than that!”

“We (the team) are in a really good position. We have one of the biggest points leads we’ve ever had at this point in the season. I know we can continue to make gains but it’s good have a buffer in points in case something goes wrong.”

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion, 102 Pro National Snocross Wins
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
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Tucker Hibbert rides to heroic 100th Pro National Snocross victory

Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert captured his 100th Pro National Snocross victory in a heroic come-from-behind win in Deadwood, SD Saturday night. With an electric crowd packed into the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds, Hibbert rallied through the field with blazing speed and determination to record this historic career milestone.

Taking his 99th victory in December, Hibbert fell short of number 100 three straight rounds. He finished 4-2 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. and came within a sled length of winning Friday night at Deadwood after an aggressive ride.

Hibbert entered Saturday with a fresh focus and drive. He turned the fastest lap in practice, won both qualifying rounds and grabbed the Stud Boy holeshot in the 15-rider, 22-lap main event. Out front early, it momentarily looked as though Hibbert could run away with his 100th win. In turn two, he hit a wall of snow left by a groomer and was rolled on his side – collecting Tim Tremblay in the process. After struggling to get his sled unlocked from Tremblay’s sled, Hibbert reentered the race nearly a lap down and 20 seconds behind the leader.

What happened next, was a downright impressive display of determination and talent. Hibbert charged forward as if no one else was on the short, bullring-style track with him. Lap after lap, he made clean passes – crushing the gap between him and the race leader. Without a clear idea where he was in the running order, he kept pushing and didn’t give-up until he saw the checkers and flames go off on the finish-line jump.

Hibbert now holds a 64-point lead in the ISOC Pro Open Championship. Next up is the Eastern National in Salamanca, NY Feb. 6-7. Visit tucker-hibbert.com to follow him as he continues to chase his ninth national championship.

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

“I didn’t have a game plan after I crashed (in the opening lap Saturday night) and once I got up, I didn’t consciously think ‘I’m going to win this race.’ I just put my head down and charged as hard as I could until I got the checkers. I didn’t even take time to look at the pit board so I didn’t know where I was the entire race.”

“I know the crowd was going crazy but I couldn’t hear them because I zoned everything out while I was racing. I was totally focused on hitting my lines and on what was right in front of me. It was a different feeling than Friday night’s final. I was riding my own race and going where I wanted to go. You don’t feel that good every time you’re on the track so it was nice to have that kind of race.”

“The season started awesome by winning the first four then I lost three in a row. The pressure and anticipation for 100 was really building up. Looking back, I’m glad 100 happened the way it did. I’m glad it wasn’t a runaway victory. It definitely was frustrating losing those races but I know this is the way it was supposed to happen.”

“It’s really awesome to have that many wins – to be able to look back…so many memories, stories. For me, it’s never about getting a certain amount of wins or a record. It’s about being the best I can be. Getting 100 wasn’t the motivation to win. The motivation was to not lose.”

“Every single race, I’ve learned something – from each first, second and DNF. I’m thankful for the wins and the times I didn’t win. It’s what brought me to where I am now.”

Tucker Hibbert – Snocross Pro National History

1st Pro National Win: Duluth, MN – November 2000, 16 years old

50th Pro National Win: Milwaukee, WI – December 2009, 25 years old

  • 100th Pro National start • 75 top-three finishes • 88 top-10 finishes

100th Pro National Win: Deadwood, SD – January 2015, 30 years old

  • 175th Pro National start • 133 top-three finishes • 159 top-10 finishes

Note: These statistics do not include X Games, the FIM World Championship or other one-off snocross events.

Fast Facts

  • Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
  • 13-Time X Games Medalist
  • Eight-Time National Snocross Champion
  • 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
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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).”

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