Martin ends Hibbert's snocross winning streak
Ross Martin won the Pro Open class Saturday night at the Days of '76 Rodeo Grounds in Deadwood, S.D., to halt Tucker Hibbert's five-round winning streak.
Pelican Rapids, Minn., native Hibbert won Round 7 on Friday night in Deadwood, but Martin was determined to capture Round 8.
"I told the guys on my team 'Dude, I'm ending this thing,' " Martin said of stopping Hibbert. "My second heat didn't go that well, but I felt good. Qualified seventh, lined up on the outside but got a decent start and was able to stay out of trouble and get up front with Logan, then got by for the lead."
After the race Martin, of Burlington, Wis., paid tribute to Caleb Moore, his fellow Polaris rider who died Thursday from injuries he suffered Jan. 24 during the Snowmobile Freestyle competition at X Games Aspen.
"I want to dedicate this win to Caleb Moore. We miss you but I know you've got your eyes on us and are keeping up safe," Martin said.
The International Series of Champions had a moment of silence for Moore during opening ceremonies at both rounds over the weekend and plan to do the same next weekend in Traverse City, Mich.Kody Kamm finished second and Christian Logan of Fertile, Minn., was third on Saturday.
Hibbert, the overall points leader who won his sixth consecutive SnoCross gold medal Jan. 27 at X Games Aspen, was black-flagged in the second heat Saturday. After being placed on the outside of the front row he couldn't get in position to threaten Martin and finished fifth in the main event.
On Friday, Hibbert was on Kamm's tail through eight laps before passing the Kenosha, Wis., rider and taking the lead he wouldn't relinquish.
"It was definitely a wild race, about the gnarliest race I've done my entire life," Hibbert said. "Just a steady stream of roost. But I was able to get by Kody, got out front and that made it a little bit easier. But man, was that a wild race out there."
Martin finished second behind Hibbert and defending Pro Open class champion Tim Tremblay of Ste. Jeanne D'Arc, Quebec, was third.
In the Pro Lites, Jake Scott of swept both rounds at Deadwood to pass David Joanis of Cochrane, Ontario to take over the overall points lead.
"Hurt my knee at X Games, don't know how I did it this weekend," Scott said. "Holeshots are key on this short track."
Rounds 9 and 10 of the eight-stop snocross season will take place Feb. 8 and 9 at the Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel in Traverse City, Mich.
AMSOIL National Pro Open overall standings (after eight rounds)
AMSOIL National Pro Lite overall standings (after eight rounds)