Monthly Archives: January 2011

Sixth X Games Gold for Tucker Hibbert

Team Arctic superstar Tucker Hibbert claimed his sixth Gold Medal at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., with another dominant display of snocross supremacy. It was Hibbert’s fifth consecutive gold medal and his 10th medal in 12 years. His teammate and mechanic Jeff Tweet was equally impressive, finishing with a silver medal in the Adaptive Snocross final.

Racing his Monster Energy Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 with a Speedwerx modified motor and clutching package, Hibbert combined strong holeshots with his typical blazing speed and control to convincingly win his heat race and final. The only drama happened on the first lap of the final, when one competitor jumped the start and another partially landed on Hibbert before veering off the track.

Hibbert shrugged off both incidents, took the lead threw down a series of fast laps before cruising to an unchallenged win. The victory moved Hibbert past Blair Morgan on the all-time win list.

“This win feels amazing. Every win is special but this one means a lot to me. Beating Blair’s record for most snocross gold medals is really exciting, but I have to thank him for setting the bar high. He helped make me the competitor I am today and I really wish we were still battling on the track.”

Factory Team Arctic Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin finish an impressive fourth place in the final, leading a team green charge that included Dan Ebert (fifth), Cody Thomsen (sixth) Zach Pattyn (seventh) and Johan Lidman in tenth.

Jeff Tweet’s silver-medal in Adaptive Snocross was sweet retribution after breaking his leg in last year’s Adaptive race. Tweet double-jumped his way through the final technical section of the course to pass into second-place, and his first X Games medal.

Photos courtesy of John Hanson

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Team Arctic Crushes I-500 Cross-Country

BRIAN DICK LEADS TEAM ARCTIC’S I-500 CROSS-COUNTRY-CRUSH

Arctic Cat Racers Dominate by Winning 15 of 18 Classes

Neither brutally-cold temperatures, record-breaking snow depth, nor the contagion of previous hard-luck could sway Brian Dick’s date with I-500 destiny. Piloting his Sno Pro 600 with unmatched speed and poise, Dick stamped his authority on the weather-shortened USCC Red Lake I-500 cross-country, leading a Team Arctic-sweep of the top-4 Pros and 15 of 18 class wins.

Dick set the fastest time on the first two (of three) days, ahead of his Arctic Cat/Christian Bros. Racing teammates Ryan Simons, Zach Pattyn and Cory Davis. Falling snow and 30 mph winds created near white-out conditions on the final day, forcing USCC officials to cancel the third leg. With a four-minute, 34-second lead over Simons, the reigning USCC Pro Champion claimed his first I-500 victory after a decade of near-misses.

“Brian has suffered multiple gut-wrenching losses in this race over the years,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “To see him finally win brings great pride and satisfaction to his family, fans and even his fellow racers.”

Indeed, when officials announced they’d cancelled the third leg, a steady stream of racers waited to shake hands with Dick, an Arctic Cat engineer and one of the people instrumental in designing the Sno Pro race sled. First in line was his father, Paul, who has competed in more I-500 races than any other competitor (and who took fourth in this year’s event).

In addition to Dick’s wins in Pro 600 and Pro Open, Team Arctic racers won 13 other classes at the I-500. Ryan Greening turned in two blistering-fast times to win the Semi Pro Stock and Improved classes by nearly 14 minutes. Jolene Bute continues to set cross-country records, taking her sixth career I-500 win in the Women’s class.

Team Arctic racers continue to dominate the 85-hp classes, with Tyler Johnsrud leading an Arctic Cat-sweep of the top-13 in Expert 85, and Jordan Holm leading a Cat-sweep of the top-five finishers in Trophy 85.

And in the first-ever I-500 Vintage class, Joey Hallstrom won ahead of former Team Arctic legend (and two-time I-500 winner) Brian Nelson, with Joey Potucek taking third, all three aboard 1979 Arctic Cat el tigre Cross-Country Cats.

“This year’s I-500 will long be remembered as one of the most difficult,” said Kloety, “With cold temperatures, snow dust and brutally-rough conditions from the deep snow. To win 15 of 18 classes reflects the determination of our racers and crews, and the commitment we’ve made to support cross-country racing.”

The next race on the Team Arctic race calendar is the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., Jan. 30.


Hibbert Continues Win Streak at Utah’s Piranha X Western National

For the second consecutive year, fans filled Sandy, Utah’s Rio Tinto Stadium to watch the world’s top snocross racers battle on a snow covered soccer field. Aboard his Monster Energy/Arctic Cat, Tucker Hibbert navigated a tight, unpredictable race course Saturday night at the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series’ Piranha X Western National to take his third pro sweep of the season.

For the first time this season, the track was built with natural snow. Qualifying rounds acted as testing grounds for Hibbert and his crew to prepare his sled for the inconsistent track conditions.
In the 25-lap, 15-rider Pro Super Stock final Hibbert came out of the first corner clean and in sixth place. By lap five, he made his way into third and began a heated battle for the lead. The top three riders brought the crowd to its feet by entering corners three wide and aggressively swapping positions multiple times. On lap 14, Hibbert made a clean pass for the lead and pulled away for the win.

Later Saturday night, Hibbert had a fourth place start in the 15-rider Pro Open final. On lap 11 of the 25-lap main event, Hibbert took the lead and rode unchallenged for his sixth victory of the season. The event will be highlighted by a one-hour VERSUS broadcast Sunday, Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. EST.

Hibbert is now in New York City for his first in studio appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America. His interview is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 10 during the 8 o’clock hour. Later this week will set up camp in Colorado to test for ESPN Winter X Games 15 where he will be racing for his tenth overall and fifth-consecutive snocross gold medal. Watch the event live on EPSN Sunday, Jan. 30.

Tucker Hibbert – Piranha X Western National Results

Pro Super Stock
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 2nd
Final: 1st

Pro Open
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 2nd
Final: 1st

Team Arctic Storms Through Grafton USCC Opener

Arctic Cat Racers Win 12 of 18 Classes with 11 Podium Sweeps

A winter storm blew into Grafton, ND, prior to the start of the United States Cross-Country (USCC) season opener, leaving a rough, cold and rugged cross-country race for those competitors who braved closed roads to get there. And with Arctic Cat’s unmatched support of all classes, Team Arctic racers won 12 classes – sweeping all top-3 podium positions in 11 of them – and sent a powerful reminder which brand will dominate for the rest of the season.

“Arctic Cat supports cross-country racing because our racers are passionate about it, our company learns from it and our customers benefit from it,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “Despite a storm that literally shut down travel in this region of the country, Grafton saw nearly 200 entries. And Team Arctic dominated by winning 12 of 18 classes.”

D.J. Ekre, Ryan Simons and Brian Dick served notice about who were the fastest pros of the weekend when they swept the Pro Open class early in the day; however, in the Pro 600 class each suffered the fickle fate of cross-country’s classic drama. Dick went out with a tweaked suspension component, Ekre battled multiple goggle changes due to fogging and Simons went from a 10-second lead to a 14-second deficit following a last lap crash.

A similar fate befell Chad Kyllo, Ryan Greening and Cole Nymann in the Semi Pro 600 final. After sweeping the top-3 positions in the Improved class early in the day, the trio suffered slush and ice build-up under their sleds’ hoods, slowing their speed considerably and preventing a second Semi Pro class sweep for the day.

Despite these setbacks, Team Arctic proved their overall dominance from top-to-bottom. Aboard his Sno Pro 500, Bryce Buchanan led a top-10 sweep of the Expert 85 class and a top-six sweep of Expert 85 Improved. Underlining the dominance of the Sno Pro 500, C.J. VandePutte led a top-eight sweep of Sport 85, Luke Perreault led a top-seven sweep of Trail and Jay Lura capped the top-six-sweep of Junior 10-13.

The next race on the USCC circuit is Jan. 15 in Grand Forks, ND. Go to www.usccracing.com for more information.