Hibbert continues perfect snocross season
Team Arctic pilot sweeps pro classes in Utah
Story by Staff, Jan. 10, 2011Email a friend Print Friendly RSS
Ross Martin (Polaris) has been the quick starter at most of the rounds so far, but in this weekend’s Pro Super Stock final it was Bobby LePage who jumped to the lead on his LeVallee Racing Polaris. This came on the heels of a first lap red flag restart that saw several riders pile up on the back straight. Once in the lead, LePage stretched his margin with Martin in tow. Midway through the final, Martin worked his way by LePage, while Hibbert began his charge.
Closing in on 10 laps to go Hibbert worked his magic again, moving by Martin and sailing off for the win.
“It feels so good to walk away from Utah with both pro wins,” says Hibbert. “I came into this race determined to win after losing the Open final here (Rio Tinto Stadium) last year.
“Racing on natural snow was a challenge. It sounds weird to say that but the consistency of natural snow is a lot different than man made snow. It made the track unpredictable and kept me on my toes.”
Martin held on for second, LePage scored a well-deserved podium in third and Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo) won the battle for fourth after dueling throughout the race with Tim Tremblay (Ski-Doo).
In the Pro Open final TJ Gulla edged out Malinoski for the Stud Boy holeshot award. Malinoski quickly raced passed the National Guard/Polaris rider on the back straight and looked to be on his way to his first win on the season. Gulla, Tremblay and Hibbert swapped positions during the early portion of the race. Hibbert once again put his superior line-choosing abilities to work. One by one he picked off Tremblay, Gulla and Malinoski, finishing the job with relative ease.
Tremblay, who battled with Malinoski several times during the weekend, was able to maneuver his Warnert Racing/Foremost Insurance/Ski-Doo to second, while Malinoski managed to keep the final step on the podium.
With a single day format the Semi-Pro riders squared off one time for the money with Mike Bauer going wire-to-wire on his Judnick Racing/Jack Link's Beef Jerky/Polaris. Bauer also had to endure a red flag restart but kept his composure and raced off to a convincing win.
Arctic Cat's Cody Thomsen maintained second, while teammate Kyle Pallin and Polaris mounted Andy Leiders battled for third and fourth. Pallin would have issues that dropped him back, enabling Leiders to seal the final step on the podium.
Andrew Johnstad found his way back on to a superstar Polaris team as he will fill in for Levi LeVallee for the rest of the season.
Brett Turcotte was back at the track after a training incident that severely damaged his thumb. Turcotte was only taking starts to keep his points total on track but expects to be at full speed in New York.
Next up for many of the ACSS snocrossers is the 2011 Winter X Games on Jan. 27-30 where Hibbert will be looking for his fifth straight gold medal. The next ACSS event is the Vision Kia Eastern Nationals in Farmington, NY. on Feb. 4-5.
|Pro-Open Standings||Pro Super Stock Standings|
|1.||Tucker Hibbert||Arctic Cat||132||1.||Tucker Hibbert||Arctic Cat||131|
|2.||Ross Martin||Polaris||108||2.||Ross Martin||Polaris||119|
|3.||Tim Tremblay||Ski-Doo||102||3.||Tim Tremblay||Ski-Doo||109|
|4.||TJ Gulla||Polaris||94||4.||TJ Gulla||Polaris||96|
|5.||Justin Broberg||Ski-Doo||91||5.||Robbie Malinoski||Ski-Doo||80|
|6.||Robbie Malinoski||Ski-Doo||88||6.||Dan Ebert||Arctic Cat||78|
|7.||Dan Ebert||Arctic Cat||81||7.||Emil Ohman||Ski-Doo||77|
|8.||Garth Kaufman||Arctic Cat||77||8.||Garth Kaufman||Arctic Cat||77|
|9.||Bobby LePage||Polaris||70||9.||Wes Selby||Arctic Cat||62|
|10.||Johan Lidman||Arctic Cat||70||10.||Johan Lidman||Arctic Cat||62|