Tremblay earns Pro Open snocross win in Utah
Tucker Hibbert tastes defeat for first time in two years
Story by Staff, Photography by ISOC Racing & John Hanson, Jan. 11, 2010Email a friend Print Friendly RSS
In an amazing race for the podium during the AMSOIL Pro Open final, Tim Tremblay took the checkers. Riding his Ski-Doo, Tremblay had an epic night with two podium finishes in his first season as a pro rider.
Following Tremblay to the Pro Open finish line was Ross Martin (Polaris), while Robbie Malinoski (Polaris) completed the podium. It was all Arctic Cat after that as Cory Davis and Garth Kaufman finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tucker Hibbert, who hasn’t lost a Pro snocross final in nearly two years, was sitting in third after the start, but had trouble gaining time on the leaders. Shortly after the halfway mark of the 22-lap event, he tipped over in corner one. He was quickly shuffled to the back of the field but was able to regain his composure to charge forward to a seventh place finish.
“This was a tough day of racing. For the first time in a long time, I felt nervous on the track. I struggled to get comfortable and my race results reflected that,” says Hibbert. “To be honest, I’m really upset about my performance in the (Pro) Open final. I got stuck in third and couldn’t figure out how to make up any time on the guys in front of me. I would gain a little then lose a little. It was really frustrating. About halfway through the race, I made up my mind that I was going to win and put on a hard charge then tipped over. It was an awful feeling - laying there and knowing I was going to lose.”
Things had gone much smoother for Hibbert earlier on Saturday in Pro Super Stock. The Arctic Cat pilot grabbed the lead early and never looked back as he earned the wire-to-wire victory – the 51st Pro snocross win of his career.
“I was able to take the holeshot and win the stock class, which was awesome,” says Hibbert. “The fans at the Rio Tinto Stadium were unbelievable! It was an amazing feeling to race in front of a packed stadium and it was obvious they really enjoyed the show.”
Ski-Doo’s Tremblay finished behind Hibbert in second, followed by Arctic Cat’s Dan Ebert and Zach Pattyn. Ross Martin rounded out the top five.
AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Standings:
|Pro-Open Standings||Pro Super Stock Standings|
|1.||Ross Martin||Polaris||133||1.||Tucker Hibbert||Arctic Cat||146|
|2.||Tucker Hibbert||Arctic Cat||130||2.||Tim Tremblay||Ski-Doo||107|
|3.||Robbie Malinoski||Polaris||111||3.||Dan Ebert||Arctic Cat||106|
|4.||Cory Davis||Arctic Cat||105||4.||Garth Kaufman||Artctic Cat||105|
|5.||Tim Tremblay||Ski-Doo||103||5.||Ross Martin||Polaris||101|
|6.||Levi LaVallee||Polaris||94||6.||Emil Ohman||Ski-Doo||101|
|7.||Brett Bender||Polaris||94||7.||Levi LaVallee||Polaris||92|
|8.||Dan Ebert||Arctic Cat||86||8.||Robbie Malinoski||Polaris||86|
|9.||Garth Kaufman||Arctic Cat||83||9.||Matt Judnick||Polaris||86|
|10.||Steve Taylor||Ski-Doo||82||10.||Zach Pattyn||Arctic Cat||82|