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Tucker Hibbert Looks To Continue His

 Winning Ways

 

by Scott A. Sumner twitter@tbay25

My first stop each year at Spirit Mountain is the Tucker Hibbert race  trailer. It is fun to sit down with Tucker and the whole team  including Mandy, Kirk, Rob, Garth and others.

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 Tucker you had a great season last year?

 We did have a great season last year winning the Pro Open class, the  X Games Snocross gold medal and Class of Nations in Sweden. The World  Championship conflicted with an ISOC?race so I couldn’t attend  that event. The last two years I haven’t done super good here at  Duluth but swept the races here the years before that am looking  forward to getting back on track this year with a win. The rest of  the season was great and ended up with a championship which is the  number one goal.

 How was your off season?

 I had a really busy off-season racing motocross and some mountain  bike races. The summer just flew by. I raced local mountain bike but  am not a profession mountain bike rider. We did 5 AMA National  motocross races. I would have like to have done a little better but  can’t complain too much. It was a fun summer of racing and my first  season racing in the 450 class. I look forward to next summer and  doing better. Motocross is not easy for me, really challenging and I have done better in the past.

 You have been in the snocross race business for a long time now Tucker?

 I started racing at 8 years old so it has been 21 years. My Dad  raced a ton when I was growing up and I ended up going to the  racetrack with him a lot and having a lot of fun watching races and  hanging out in the trailer. I was trying to help out but probably  getting in the way mostly but I learned a lot being there and I think  it has helped me a ton. My first snowmobile riding was with the  Arctic Cat Kitty Cat at 18 months old.

 You are closing in on being the most winning snocross racer of all time?

 I am getting pretty close to the all time win record on the National  circuit. It is not something I am thinking that much about but  obviously I want to win every time I go out there. It is cool getting  close to Blair Morgan’s record. Last winter I was able to do a  snowmobile ride with Blair at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame where he  was inducted. We spent the day riding snowmobiles and then hanging  out at the banquet with his kids. It was fun to see him and to get to  ride with him. He seemed to be enjoying life and hanging out with his  kids. He is not a full time racer anymore, which takes most of your  time so now he can spend time with his kids.

 How is the 2014 Arctic Cat race sled?

 The new sled is pretty similar to last years but better. We have a  pretty easy transition into the season and should be good to go.  There is some different tuning from Speedwerx. The sled is awesome.  We have been riding since the first week in October, starting in  South Dakota when they got some early snow there and then at the  Christian Brothers racetrack in Fertile.

 How do you feel at age 29 Tucker?

 I feel as good as I have ever had even though I am not 16 or 17 years  old anymore.  I feel better than ever. My fitness schedule has been  the same for the last 10 years and is top secret!

Where do you live Tucker?

 I live everywhere. In the wintertime we sent most of our time in  Thief River Falls working with the team at the race shop and in the  summer at Pelican Falls, which is two hours south of Thief River.  Last year I did about 500 miles trail riding which is a lot for me so  it as kind of fun.

 You are the only rider on your team?

 Our team is 6 people and I am the only rider and have been the only  rider for ten years now. We have a well-organized team. This season  we brought on Garth Kaufmann as a mechanic. He is a great guy who has  been racing a lot of years and knows what it takes to have a  snowmobile ready to win.

 How does it feel when you are on the starting line particularly at  the start of the season here in Duluth?

 When you start the race I still get excited and nervous with some  butterflies. When I don’t feel that it may be the time to stop. For  now I get excited to go racing and it makes it fun. At the race start  line you are a little nervous but then the race starts you are not  thinking about anything but are kind of on autopilot.  All the test  laps, racing and experience come into play and comes back to you and  you operate on instincts.

 How long will you continue on in the sport?

 For me I don’t have a solid plan as to when I am gong to stop. This  season it is business as usual and we will take it one season at a time.

 Tucker Hibbert won both Pro Open races at the 2013 Duluth opener and  seems poised for another dominant season!



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