Hibbert Notches Near Perfect Weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
Photo by John Hanson
Dec. 12, 2011 – Monster Energy’s Tucker Hibbert put on an impressive show at the second stop of the ISOC National Snocross Series in Bessemer, Mich. putting to rest the questions surrounding Arctic Cat’s all-new Sno Pro 600. Hibbert won all of his qualifying rounds and ran away with the Pro Open final Sunday afternoon by taking the holeshot, riding flawlessly and crossing the finish line over 15 seconds ahead of second place.
The Blackjack National featured a massive track built on the side of a ski hill stacked with deep rollers, towering berms and challenging rhythm sections. Hibbert, the defending Pro Open Champion, consistently turned the fastest laps of the weekend proving once again he’s the man to beat.
After a rough season opener two weeks ago in Duluth, Minn., Hibbert and Team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat went to work to improve his race package. He proved his hard work paid off by notching a near perfect race weekend. While leading the Pro Open final Saturday afternoon and with two laps to go, a mechanical issue forced him to back off and coast in to finish fourth, eluding him of a weekend sweep. He bounced back Sunday by winning both qualifiers and the final with a dominating race from start to finish.
With a three-week break on the schedule, Hibbert has no plan to slow down but to continue to test and tune. Racing action resumes Jan. 6-7 at the historic Canterbury Park Racetrack outside of Minneapolis, Minn. Until then, catch the NBC Sports (VERSUS) broadcast of the Duluth National Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. ET.
Tucker Hibbert – Blackjack National Results
Pro Open 1 – Saturday
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 1st
Pro Open 2 – Sunday
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 1st
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“This was a big weekend for me. We (the team) made huge improvements on our overall race package and it showed. The track was long and rough. ISOC did an awesome job building a challenging track.
I felt night and day better than I did at Duluth. With a weekend off, I was able to put more time on new ProCross chassis to get more comfortable. I was able to charge hard and ride to my potential. I felt strong, just like I have in the past.
Going into this break, I have a lot of confidence and I’m excited to see how much more we can improve. After our performance this weekend, I know we’re up-to-speed and fully capable of winning races.”