Hibbert puts stronghold on Snocross championship
Tucker Hibbert put a stronghold on the 2018 ISOC National Snocross points championship with back-to-back dominant performances in Dubuque, Iowa. Winning both finals and three of the four qualifiers, Hibbert gained 39 points over second place throughout the weekend to extend his points lead to a whopping 100.
“I’m really excited about my weekend in Iowa to win both races and extend my points lead by a good amount,” Hibbert said. “Getting ready for Lake Geneva, I’m motivated to finish the season strong. We’re in a really good position with the points championship. I’m confident in my riding and my sled. The goal is keep winning races and clinch the championship.”
In its second year hosting the Iowa National, Sundown Mountain Resort featured a completely different style track than last year with a technical course stretched across the top of the ski hill. The 35-second track utilized sections of two downhill runs, giving the course elevation changes with big jumps, sweeping turns and off-camber corners.
Friday and Saturday night played out similar for Hibbert. Capitalizing on solid starts in the 18-lap, 15-rider finals, he took the early lead both nights. Masterful with his line choices, he moved all over the course looking for the fastest and smoothest lines. His strategy worked as he rode unchallenged to finish 11 seconds over second place both nights.
“In the final on Saturday, I was able to take an inside starting position that was left open by the other riders,” said Hibbert. “I was really happy about that. It was a different place to be but it was good. I got a good jump off the line and went into the first turn side-by-side with Logan Christian. I was able to carry a little more momentum than Logan over the first couple jumps and took the lead just before the first downhill section. Saturday’s track was a lot rougher than Friday and more challenging, which was good for racing. I was glad to be out front early and find the lines I wanted to slowly pull away a build up a good lead. The track was really technical. I had to be careful not to make mistakes. It was fun to pick my lines and charge around the track.”
With 177 points on the line at the three-day season finale in Lake Geneva, Wisc. this weekend, Hibbert has the opportunity to clinch his 11th Pro National title Friday night.
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