March 30, 2013 – After winning his sixth-consecutive X Games gold medal and clinching the 2013 ISOC Pro Open National Championship, Tucker Hibbert achieved his third and final goal of the season by taking a victory at Sweden’s Clash of Nations Super Snowcross event. Sunshine and near 40-degree weather welcomed thousands of fans to Lugnet Arena in Falun March 28-29 to watch two days of international racing action on a 50-second, clockwise, supercross style snocross track.
Riders warmed up for Friday’s Super Snowcross event with a Head-2-Head bracket race competition Thursday evening. Hibbert made it to the Head-2-Head final but came up short in the intense one-lap race against Sweden’s Peter Narsa.
Friday featured a full day of racing with three rounds of qualifying to cut the 32-rider Pro Open field to 16 for the main event. Hibbert won his first two qualifiers with flag to flag victories and was in second place in the third round when a mechanical issue caused him to back off and slowly ride to the finish. Despite a seventh place pick in the main event, he ripped another monster holeshot and ran away with the win. He was never challenged for the lead and finished 11 seconds ahead of Narsa with Logan Christian in third.
Hibbert will now shift gears to racing cross-country mountain bikes and preparing for select AMA Pro Motocross Championship 450 class events. For details on his summer schedule, stay posted to www.tucker-hibbert.com.
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“It was awesome to come back to Sweden, take a win and finish the season healthy. It’s a great feeling flying across the world and having fans cheer for you. I’m always surprised by the amount of support and excitement from fans in Scandinavia.
To sit back and look at where we (the team) were last year and to now have one of the best seasons of my career is overwhelming. We worked hard and it paid off. There are so many people behind the scenes that make it possible for me to get on my snowmobile and race. When everyone is working towards the same goal, that’s when success comes. It was a great year and we’re all excited about next winter already!
I’m looking forward to taking a couple weeks to rest and regroup, then jumping right into riding mountain bikes and getting ready to race motocross. For the first time in three years, I’m 100 percent healthy and ready to rip this summer. I’m filling up my calendar fast with races and that’s just the way I like it.”
Tucker Hibbert – 2012/2013 Snocross Season Highlights
• 2013 X Games Snocross Gold Medalist: sixth-consecutive gold and 11th medal
• ISOC Pro Open Champion: 11 of 16 race wins and seventh national championship
• 2013 Clash of Nations Super Snowcross Pro Open Champion
Watch Clash of Nations: The full race broadcast from the event will be available on SVT Play for one year: http://www.svtplay.se/video/1100736/28-3-14-10
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Tucker Hibbert has advanced to the second round of X Games’ 2013 Best in Action Sports bracket and is now the lone snowmobiler in the competition. In this round, Hibbert’s up against snowboarder Mark McMorris.
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Tucker Hibbert and team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat concluded their dominate run on the 2012/2013 ISOC National Snocross tour March 15-16 in Lake Geneva, Wisc.
Although Hibbert clinched the Pro Open championship in qualifying Friday, he put together back-to-back fierce rides in the final events that will not be soon forgotten. Go behind-the-scenes with Hibbert as he captures his seventh pro national snocross title in this must see recap video.
March 18, 2013 – Tucker Hibbert captured his seventh national snocross title with an impressive performance in the Pro Open class at the final round of the ISOC tour in Lake Geneva, Wisc. After a rough season last year, Hibbert and team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat came back with a vengeance winning 11 of the 16 final events and never finishing outside the top-five.
Although Hibbert clinched the championship in qualifying Friday, he put together back-to-back fierce rides in the final events that will not be soon forgotten. Grand Geneva Resort featured the longest and most challenging snocross track in ISOC history. The wide, windy course scaled the Grand Geneva ski hill a record three times and boasted a lap time well over one minute.
Friday night, Hibbert swept his qualifying rounds and led nine of ten laps in the final to win his 80th professional national main event by 17 seconds. His competitive drive pushed on Saturday night in what unfolded as one of the most riveting comeback rides in history.
With a seventh place start in Saturday’s 15-rider, ten-lap final, it looked like a runaway race for holeshot winner Ross Martin. Hibbert rode with patience and precision to pick off one rider at a time and by lap five, he moved into third place. With Martin in sight, he charged forward, passing second place Tim Tremblay and crushing Martin’s once nine-second lead. With two to go and the roaring crowd on its feet, Hibbert moved into striking distance of Martin. Hibbert continued to ride with intensity and control, looking for a clean pass but Martin held his line to the final corner to win by only 0.23 of a second.
Hibbert has one event left on his 2012/2013 snocross schedule. Later this week, he will travel to Falun, Sweden for northern Europe’s top action sports event, Clash of Nations. It will mark his second time competing in the snowmobile crazed country with the first being the 2010 FIM Snowcross World Championship. Fans can watch Clash of Nations live online March 28-29 at www.clashofnations.se
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“This has been an incredible year. Every member of the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat crew gave their all to win this championship. I’m grateful to work with people who are as passionate as I am.
Racing under the lights at Lake Geneva was a cool experience. It felt great to wrap up the championship Friday night but I wanted to win bad on Saturday. I charged hard. Taking second gives me more drive to work harder this summer to come out swinging at Duluth.
I’m really excited about going back to Sweden. I didn’t get to race Clash of Nations last year because of my injury at Lake Geneva. They know how to put on first-class events and build big, challenging tracks in Sweden. It’ll be a great way to finish the season!”
• Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
• 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
• Seven-Time National Snocross Champion – 80 National Pro Wins
• 11-Time X Games Snocross Medalist
www.tucker-hibbert.com • www.monsterenergy.com • www.arcticcat.com • www.isocracing.com