(Photo Courtesy Lissa Marsolek/Wayne Davis Photography)
You’d be hard pressed to find anybody who’s had a more dominant snowmobile racing season than Tucker Hibbert. The Monster Energy/Arctic Cat pilot won 11 of 16 main events in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series as he clinched his seventh overall Pro Open championship.
So dominant was Hibbert that fans would hope that Hibbert would somehow get held up at the start of the main event so that they could see him come through the pack, methodically picking off the world’s best professional snocross racers in an on-the-edge rush to the front.
But more often than not Hibbert, had he not pulled the holeshot, would be in the lead within two to three turns and – for all intents and purposes – gone by the second lap. Not once did a racer track down and pass Hibbert for the lead on the ACS tour this year.
ISOC had a chance to pin down the champion to talk about his amazing season.
ISOC: Tucker, congrats on clinching your seventh AMSOIL Championship Snocross title. How’s it feel to win your title back this year after suffering through a tough season like 2012?
Tucker Hibbert: For sure feels good. I had a pretty rough year there last year, was not winning many races. Then with the injury at the end – it was just not one of my better years. But I kind of bounced back this year and was able to recover, pretty fast actually.
ISOC: Rewinding then to 2012, talk a bit more about your struggles – so we can set up the 2013 season better. Was it as much of an issue with you, or were there some issues with the sled as well – particularly a model year issue?
Tucker Hibbert: We did have a brand new race sled last year with Arctic Cat – something completely different than we had in previous years. So it definitely was a challenge that way … trying to get it dialed in and figure out how to get it to work correctly. It’s always a challenge for all the manufacturers whenever they come out with a new design. And then on top of that the snow conditions in 2012 (lack of) also made it very challenging.