Snocross great seeks top 10 finish today in Millville
By Jason Feldman
Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
Tucker Hibbert has eight Winter X Games medals — four of them gold — hanging in his Goodridge, Minn., home.
He is one of the greatest snocross riders to ever compete, with 46 national tour victories and four pro points championships to his credit.
And while he is the only athlete to compete at a premier level in both snocross and motocross, Hibbert’s goals on the motocross track are a bit more modest. He has brought his No. 69 bike to Spring Creek MX Park near Millville today for the seventh round of the AMA Pro National Motocross Series. Championship motos begin at 1 p.m.
It will be just the second AMA motocross race of the season for Hibbert, who is simply looking to improve upon his 12th-place finish at his home track a year ago.
"Last year I just felt really good," Hibbert said of his day at Spring Creek in August of 2008, when he finished 12th and 15th in the two MX Lites division (now the 250 class) motos. "We had a good day where everything really came together, but I’m looking for a better result than that. The top 10 is my ultimate goal."
Hibbert has a couple of other things going for him this weekend: He is coming off a 13th-place finish in a moto at Red Bud Track-N-Trail in Buchanan, Mich., two weeks ago. It was his first AMA race of the season.
He also is coming to a track that he knows quite well.
"I started racing there when I was 9 or 10 years old," he said. "It’s one of the best tracks around, one of the best on the national circuit. It’s a fun track to race at and there are a lot of people there who I grew up racing against."
Though Goodridge (about 70 miles east of Grand Forks, N.D.) is nearly 400 miles northwest of Millville, Hibbert considers Spring Creek his home course.
"It’s a pretty big advantage (to know the track)," he said. "Each year the track is slightly different. I don’t get down there to race as much as I’d like to, but just knowing where some of the lines are and being familiar with the track is a big advantage."
Hibbert plans to ride in three more AMA motocross events before his full-time preparation for the snocross season kicks in, in late August or early September. He said the transition from one sport to the next is more physically than mentally demanding.
"The competition and the pressure are the same," he said. "Physically, the biggest thing is you use different muscles, so I’m pretty sore for a couple of months.
"I’ve found that each sport complements the other."