February 11, 2013 – Monster Energy/Arctic Cat’s Tucker Hibbert was unstoppable at the inaugural ISOC National Snocross event in Traverse City, Michigan, winning all of his qualifying rounds and both Pro Open final events. Hibbert excelled on the wide, boomerang shaped U.S. 27 Motorsports National track held on the grounds of Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel.
Hibbert kicked-off the weekend by laying down the fastest practice lap Friday afternoon, setting him up for the top start line pick for his qualifiers. He convincingly won both qualifying rounds. In the final, he got a third-place jump off the start in the 15-rider, 20-lap race. Before the close of lap one, he tucked under front runners Kody Kamm and Ross Martin in the corner before the finish line, passed both riders at the same time and made the move stick. On lap five, he blasted a burner of a lap and ran away for his 75th Pro National career victory.
Saturday was deja vu for Hibbert. He set the fastest practice lap, won both qualifiers and went on to win the final by over 11 seconds, proving once again he is the man to beat on the ISOC tour. He now has a 62-point lead in the Pro Open Points Championship.
The ISOC tour will take a one-weekend break before heading into the final stretch of the season. Hibbert will spend his off weekend in St. Germain, Wisconsin, celebrating the Snowmobile Hall of Fame induction of his long-time friend and competitor, Blair Morgan.
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“The track was awesome in Traverse City. It was nice to have room to race and opportunities to pass. I was surprised by all the recreational snowmobilers we saw around the area. The fans were full of energy. It’s a great location to have an event.
It feels awesome to win all my races and set the fastest practice laps. A weekend like this doesn’t happen easily or often. It’s a good feeling walking away form an event knowing you’ve done the best you possibly could. It made a big impact on the points standings and I feel really good.
The plan right now is to take a couple days off, regroup with the team and get dialed for the final stretch of the season. We’ve been working super hard and have been on the road for a long time. It’ll feel good to get recharged to hit the rest of the season strong.
With all this fresh snow, I plan to get in some trail riding on my new Race Replica for the first time. I’m excited to go to the Snowmobile Hall of Fame this weekend to see Blair and hang out with a few people I haven’t seen in a long time.”
• Hometown: Pelican Rapids, Minnesota
• 2012 and 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion
• Six-Time National Snocross Champion – 76 National Pro Wins
• 11-Time X Games Medalist
Images by John Hanson