PRESS RELEASE: Tucker Hibbert made his new sponsor proud winning the Piranha-X Pro Super Stock final at the third round of
competition in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series at beautiful Rio Tinto stadium in Sandy, Utah. Just as it has played out at each of the previous two rounds this season, Hibbert backed up his performance with a win in the AMSOIL Pro Open, sweeping the Piranha-X Western National presented by Fly Racing.
Ross Martin has been the quick starter at most of the rounds so far, but Saturday night it was Bobby LePage who jumped to the lead on his LeVallee Racing Polaris. This 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 Ross Martin in tow. Midway through the final, Martin worked his way by LePage, while Hibbert began his charge.
Closing in on 10 to go, Hibbert worked his magic again, moving by Martin and sailing off for the win. Martin held on for second, LePage scored a well-deserved podium in third and Robbie Malinoski won the battle for fourth after dueling throughout the race with Tim Tremblay.
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.
TJ Gulla continued to be a player in Pro Open, edging out Robbie 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 the Thrasher managed to keep the final step on the podium for the AMSOIL/Rockstar/AirForce/Makita gang.
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.
CURRENT POINTS STANDINGS:
AMSOIL Pro Open
1 Tucker Hibbert 132
2 Ross Martin 108
3 Tim Tremblay 102
PRO Super Stock
1 Tucker Hibbert 131
2 Ross Martin 119
3 Tim Tremblay 109