Hibbert in top form sweeping the first Snocross event of the 2017/2018 season.
November 27, 2017 – Tucker Hibbert hit the 2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross season swinging, winning both Pro finals at the season opener in Duluth, Minn. The 10-time champion made a statement riding with confidence on his all-new Monster Energy / Ram Truck backed Arctic Cat ZR 6000R SX race sled.
Spirit Mountain featured a rough, technical track for the 26th running of the Duluth National. Known for his ability to find fast lines on challenging racecourses, Hibbert had a near perfect weekend winning three of his four qualifying races and both final events.
The main events Saturday and Sunday played out much the same for Hibbert – quick jumps off the start line, exiting the first turn in the top-five of the 15-rider fields, taking the lead in lap three of the 22-lap races and riding unchallenged to the finish.
Up next is the Jackson Hole Snocross National December 8-9 in Wyoming. Born just 35 miles away in Driggs, Idaho, it’ll be a homecoming event for Hibbert. Stay up to date with his schedule and race preparations by visiting tucker-hibbert.com.
Tucker Hibbert – Duluth National Results
Saturday, November 25 – Pro Round 1
Round 1 Qualifying: 1st
Round 1 Qualifying: 4th
Sunday, November 26 – Pro Round 2
Round 1 Qualifying: 1st
Round 2 Qualifying: 1st
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck
On his win Saturday night:
“It’s an awesome night. It feels so good to start the season with a win. I feel really strong and the sled is working great. Honestly, I wasn’t super happy about my line choices. I kept thinking there’s got to be something better out here. After searching for a while I decided to stick to what I knew was working. Having a race like this gives me a lot of confidence.”
On his win Sunday and taking the weekend sweep:
“You always hope to have a weekend like this but I didn’t expect it to be this good. I don’t have enough good things to say about my sled. Everyone at Arctic Cat – the whole engineering crew worked so hard to make this sled the best it could be. I feel like we’re just getting started and have so much we can improve and build on. I’m grateful for this opportunity and no matter how many times I stand up here [the podium] it means a lot to me. I have so many good memories at Spirit Mountain.”
“It was really fun to be back at the racetrack with my team. Everything just clicked and that’s when it’s fun. Nothing beats seeing your hard work pay off. We had a lot of laughs in the trailer this weekend and, to me, that’s what makes a race weekend memorable.”
“We’re in a good position and it feels great to leave the first race with the points lead. It’s a good place to be and I know we can keep improving. I know everyone will show up at the next round stronger so we need to make sure we’re doing the same – keep pushing and keep improving.”
Detailed race reports from ISOC
2017/2018 ISOC National Snocross Schedule
Duluth, MN // November 24-26, 2017
Jackson Hole, WY // December 8-9, 2017
Shakopee, MN // January 5-6, 2018
Deadwood, SD // January 19-20, 2018
Salamanca, NY // February 16-17, 2018
Mt. Pleasant, MI // February 23-24, 2018
Dubuque, IA // March 9-10, 2018
Lake Geneva, WI // March 16-17, 2018
About Tucker Hibbert
Tucker Hibbert, 33, entered his first race at the age of eight and today stands as the most decorated snowmobile snocross racer in history. He’s a two-time FIM World Snowcross champion, 14-time X Games medalist and 10-time national snocross champion. Now in his 18th professional season, he holds 129 Pro National victories. For more information on Hibbert, visit tucker-hibbert.com.
Photo: John Hanson