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Hibbert Prepared to Compete for the FIM Snowcross World Championship in Russia

Semigorje, Russia (February 21, 2012) – Tucker Hibbert has arrived in Russia and is prepared to compete for the FIM Snowcross World Championship title this weekend. The reigning US National Champion is known as one of the world’s top snowmobile racers. Hibbert will put that theory to the test Saturday against 33 riders from six countries at The Technical Sports Centre Semigorje near Ivanovo.

This year marks the first time in the nine-year history of the FIM Snowcross World Championship that the event will be held in Russia. The 2010 World Championship in Sweden was Hibbert’s first event outside of North America. He quickly adjusted to the longer, rougher European-style track winning two of the three main events to become the first American to be crowned champion. Last year in Finland, he was the heavy favorite to win but after suffering a mechanical issue in the second of three races, he finished third overall.

Unlike the sanctioning body in the US (ISOC), FIM has sound and fuel restrictions and does not allow the use of traction products in the rubber track of the snowmobile. Hibbert will spend the coming days adjusting to the unique race conditions while his crew executes fine-tuning on his Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600.
On Saturday, a round of qualifying will cut the field down to 22 riders. Those top riders will all compete in three separate 15-minute, plus two lap main events. The rider with best average finish after the three races will take home the 2012 title.
Fans can watch the event free and live online. Qualifying begins at 10 a.m. with the final races from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Be sure to adjust the times to your local time zone. (Example EST: Qualifying 1 a.m. / Final Races 3:30 – 8 a.m.)

For live updates from the event, follow Hibbert on Twitter and Facebook
Live Online Streaming: www.vefire.ru/channel/HDeXtreme/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/hibbert68
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TuckerHibbert

Tucker Hibbert – #3 Arctic Cat
“It feels good to be back at the World Championship. This is a unique event. I like the challenge of racing in an unfamiliar place against riders from across the world. What I’m looking forward to the most is the long track. Lap times will be well over a minute, which is twice as long as a typical US track. My crew and I came here prepared to win. We’re focused on riding a smart race and hope to bring the World Championship title back to the US.”

Tucker Hibbert – Third Appearance at FIM Snowcross World Championship
2011 – Tuuri, Finland: 3rd 
Race 1: 1st / Race 2: 16th / Race 3: 1st
2010 – Mala, Sweden: 1st 
Race 1: 1st / Race 2: 1st / Race 3: 2nd

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Photo Credit: John Hanson

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Video! Tucker Hibbert – Michigan National – 2012

Round 7 of the ISOC National Snocross Tour took place indoors at Pontiac, Michigan’s Silverdome.

Take a look back at this unique night of racing from Tucker Hibbert’s point of view.

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USCC Forced to Cancel Red Lake I-500

USCC Forced To Cancel Red Lake I-500
Oslo 100 Scheduled Instead

Minto, ND (February 16, 2012) – In a season that has not been kind in dropping snow on the territory the USCC calls home, the USCC National Guard Cross-Country Snowmobile Championship has been forced to make the decision to cancel the Red Lake I-500. Originally scheduled for January 13-15, 2012, the race was moved to its backup date of February 24-26 in hopes there would be more snow on the later date. However, USCC officials have decided that the poor conditions in the Thief River Falls, Minn., area where the race is predominantly run are not conducive to a 500-mile event.

“We were hoping along with everyone else that we would get some snow, but it’s just not happening,” said USCC Race Director Jesse Strege. “The decision to cancel the race is a hard one, but there’s no way we can get 500 miles of racing in on the little bit of snow on the ground in the area.”

While it won’t be racing the Red Lake I-500, the USCC will be hosting a race on the weekend nonetheless. The Oslo 100 will take place February 25, 2012, in Oslo, Minn.
“While we can’t race the I-500, we can run a shorter race, so we decided to use the snow available in the Oslo area to stage a one-day, 100-mile event,” said Strege. “The Oslo 100 will be a USCC-level event and we’re hoping to see everyone there.”

The USCC would like to thank all of the Red Lake I-500 sponsors and the people who had already done so much work leading up to the event. We also look forward to working with everyone to make the 2013 Red Lake I-500 as much of a success as those of the past.
The USCC racing circuit is entering its tenth season and is the largest cross-country snowmobile racing organization in North America. USCC has expanded with an Eastern circuit called USCC East. The USCC and USCC East hold races in four states including North Dakota, Minnesota, New York and Maine. Follow USCC on Facebook or visitwww.usccracing.com for information, registration, news and race results. Contact USCC at: 701-248-2029. For sponsorship information contact Marty McDonald: [email protected] Media contact, Jim Urquhart: [email protected]

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Hibbert to Race FIM Snowcross World Championship as Planned

February 15, 2012 – Monster Energy/Arctic Cat’s Tucker Hibbert will indeed travel to Russia to compete in the FIM Snowcross World Championship as originally planned. The ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series recently rescheduled New York’s Eastern National for February 24-25, which is the same weekend as the World Championship in Russia.
Hibbert, who is the defending ISOC ACSS National Pro Open Champion, had plans to race the full eight-stop ISOC ACSS tour along with the World Championship in Russia and Sweden’s Clash of Nations the end of March.
To follow Hibbert’s racing this season, visit www.tucker-hibbert.com

Tucker Hibbert – Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“It’s unfortunate that the New York event and the World Championship will now happen the same weekend. For the amount of time and resources, myself, sponsors and crew have invested in this season we have to move forward with our schedule as planned which includes racing the World Championship in Russia.”

Tucker Hibbert’s Remaining 2012 Snocross Events
Feb. 24-25: FIM Snowcross World Championship – Ivanovo Region, Russia
March 2-3: ISOC ACSS Fargo National – Glyndon, Minn.
March 9-10: ISOC ACSS ERX National – Elk River, Minn.
March 16-17: ISOC ACSS Grand Finale – Lake Geneva, Wisc.
March 23-24: Clash of Nations – Falun, Sweden

Third Appearance at FIM Snowcross World Championship
2011 – Tuuri, Finland: 3rd
Race 1: 1st / Race 2: 16th / Race 3: 1st
2010 – Mala, Sweden: 1st
Race 1: 1st / Race 2: 1st / Race 3: 2nd

Six-Time National Snocross Champion
2011: ISOC Pro Open
2011: ISOC Pro Super Stock
2008: WPSA Pro Stock
2002: WSA Pro Open
2002: WSA Pro Open
2001: WSA Pro Open

Fast Facts
• Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
• 10-Time ESPN Winter X Games Medalist
• 2011 ESPY Award Nominee – Best Male Action Sport Athlete

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