Tucker Hibbert’s early season domination was taken to another level Saturday in Jackson, Wyoming, where the winningest driver in the history of snocross notched his fourth final victory in four rounds on the Amsoil Championship Snocross series by more than six seconds.
That victory as well as a second consecutive sweep of prodium in Pro Lite also continued an incredible start for Arctic Cat here in the early season.
Below is the full race report from the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross series.
Tucker Hibbert Dominates Snow King Mountain
Snowmobile and motorsports enthusiasts alike came out in large numbers to enjoy the beautiful weather and to see the greatest show on the snow in legendary Jackson, Wyoming.
With Round 3 at the Jackson Hole Snocross National Presented by Country Cat in the books, the fans and racers set their eyes on what was bound to be another epic day of racing at Snow King Mountain. The inaugural snocross event in Jackson, Wyoming, saw some of the best racing of anywhere in the United States. In Round 3, Tucker Hibbert was able to extend his win streak to three while Jacob Yurk achieved a milestone by earning his first Pro Lite victory. Round 4 here in the cowboy state did not disappoint.
Pro Class, Qualifying
The first Round for the Pro class showcased the true talent of Johan Lidman. Lidman led most of the final in Round 3 but fell short of a podium position. Johan didn’t let that happen in heat one. He led the entire race even following a red flag. Tim Tremblay was involved in an accident on the uphill bringing out the red flag. Lincoln Lemieux was able to make it through the carnage to earn a second place while Adam Renheim finished third. The second heat race of the Pro class was one of the best of the season. It was a three-way battle between Logan Christian, Kody Kamm and Tucker Hibbert. Christian would battle his way to a heat race win after going bar-to-bar for many laps with the other two past Champions. Hibbert charged hard late to pass the reigning Champion and finish the heat race in second. Kamm finished his third.
In Round 2 of the Pro class, Christian was able to pull another early lead up the hill and run away with the victory over reigning champion Kamm. Kamm started the race in fourth and was able to push forward and tie down second place. Lincoln Lemieux piloted his Amsoil Ski-Doo to a third. In the final heat race, Kristoffer Holm pulled the early lead but was passed by Hibbert and Brett Nastala on the second lap. The two Arctic Cat riders ran away with the top two positions. Adam Renheim finished his qualifying rounds strong with a third.
Pro Class Final
The biggest race of the weekend, the Pro Final. The 14 racers on the starting were all looking to take down the No. 68 of Tucker Hibbert. The light went green and the first machine up the hill was the Arctic Cat of Johan Lidman. Lidman was challenged early on the uphill by the 10-time champion Hibbert. Hibbert was able to get around the No. 52 of Lidman and start gaping the rest of the field. Kody Kamm and Logan Christian were able to also get past Lidman and put themselves into a podium position.
Petter Narsa pulled off a remarkable holeshot from the back row and found himself in the sixth position. At the halfway point of the race Kyle Pallin was making a charge on the sixth place rider of Narsa and had on off in the Arctic Cat corner, pushing him down to eighth. As the race went on, the top three riders started to spread apart from the rest of the field. Kyle Pallin rebounded and found himself once again battling with the Narsa. Pallin would end up passing the fellow Polaris rider and solidify the fourth.
As the checkered flag flew Hibbert earned his fourth straight victory while Kamm finished second and Christian in third. Lemieux got tangled on the start, causing him to start the race in 15th. He battled his way to 7th earning him the Fox Great Ride award.
1.#68 Tucker Hibbert
- #1 Kody Kamm
- #43 Logan Christian
4, #324 Kyle Pallin
- #52 Johan Lidman
- #311 Adam Renheim
- #13 Lincoln Lemieux
- #54 Petter Narsa
- #36 Corin Todd
- #610 Kristoffer Holm
- #541 Ryan Springer
- #98 Nick Pattyn
- #177 Jake Angove
- #248 Brett Nastala
Pro Lite, Qualifying Round 1
After winning Round 3 in the Jackson Hole Snocross National Presented by Country Cat, Jacob Yurk picked up where he left off by winning the first heat of the day in Pro Lite. Fellow Arctic Cat riders Martin Moland and Andrew Lindholm trailed behind Yurk. Moland and Lindholm would battle for the entire 7 lap feature before Moland would complete the pass and finished second. Andrew Lindholm crossed the finish line in third.
In the second heat, Nisse Kjellstrom would lead the pack around the first corner but had an early off, taking him out of contention. Daniel Benham would take over the first place position and led the rest of the race. Aki Pihlaja started the race in fifth but made strong moves on the downhill to move into the second. Pro Lite rookie Hunter Patenaude rounded out the top three.
In the final heat of Round 1 for the Pro Lite class, Alexander Berglund would nail another heat race holeshot. Berglund would lead much of the race but would be bettered by Ski-Doo rider Max Taillefer. Taillefer would win the heat race with Berglund in second and Tore Gustavson in third.
Pro Lite, Round 2
In the first heat of Round 2, Marcus Ogemar nailed the start but was passed early by Jacob Yurk. Yurk led the rest of the race making him the number 1 qualifier for the main event. Ogemar finished second while his Ski-Doo teammate Aki Pihlaja ran third. Heat number two featured Zak Mason grabbing the holeshot and leading the entire race flag-to-flag. Nisse Kjellstrom took his Arctic Cat to a second place finish while the Polaris rider of Evan Daudt finished in third. In the final Pro Lite qualifying race, Andrew Lindholm had his Arctic Cat rocking as he pulled yet another first place start. The lead wouldn’t last long for the Minnesota native as Daniel Benham took the lead and rode it to victory. Cole Cottew made a huge late race charge, passing Lindholm to solidify the second-place finish.
Pro Lite Final
The Pro Lite final started off with another Arctic Cat brigade heading up Snow King Mountain. Daniel Benham nailed the Stud Boy Holeshot and was able to hold on for the entire main event, earning him his second Pro Lite victory of the season. The battle for second was fierce. Martin Moland held on to the position for the beginning of the race before Round 3 winner Jacob Yurk found a way by. Yurk gave the position back to Moland late in the race but still earned his second podium of the weekend with a third. The reigning Pro Lite champion Aki Pihlaja had an off early in the race causing him to finish in 15th. Cole Cottew took his Polaris through the field, picking precise lines and rewarding himself with a fourth place finish. Zak Mason on the Red Bull Polaris started the race in the back row and battled through traffic to get all the way up to 6th. Max Taillefer rode strong and earned his best finish of the season with a fifth. Arctic Cat has been dominant in the Pro Lite class this season and was again here in Round 4, with sweeping the podium.
1.#221 Daniel Benham
2.#75 Martin Moland
3.#727 Jacob Yurk
4.#21 Cole Cottew
5.#144 Max Taillefer
6.#63 Zak Mason
7.,#413 Evan Daudt
8.#58 Marcus Ogemar
9.#17 Korbyn Anderson
10.#114 Alex Berglung
11.#436 Travis Muller
12.#201 Travis Kern
13.#208 Hunter Patenaude
14.#27 Nisse Kjellstrom
15.#128 Aki Pihlaja
Pro AM Women
Malene Anderson piloted her Arctic Cat to her second straight victory here in Jackson, WY. Reigning Champion Elina Ohman finished in second and Megan Brodeur rounded out the podium.
Pro AM Plus 30
The Bauerly brothers of Paul and Kurt took the top two positions on the podium during there inaugural race at the Jackson Hole Snocross National Presented by Country Cat. No. 193 Matt Pichner took the final step of the podium here in Round 4.