Tucker Hibbert and Jake Scott came away victorious in the Pro Open and Pro Lite classes just outside Fargo, N.D at ISOC's Ram Trucks Snocross.
An itchy throttle thumb got No. 2 Pro Open qualifier Ross Martin in a whole heap of trouble on Friday at Buffalo River Race Park. Martin black flagged and was sent to the very back of the 15-sled pack. So that meant the Stud Boy holeshot award would go to Hentges Racing/Polaris’ Justin Broberg, his first ever Pro Open holeshot.
Martin’s creeping start would affect a number of other top qualifying racers, including the No. 1 qualifier with the first gate pick and overall Pro Open point leader Tucker Hibbert. Seemingly pinched off at the start, Hibbert managed to come out of a bunched up pack of racers in 5th, then quickly moved up to 3rd – and eventually 2nd past Kody Kamm before the end of the opening lap. Hibbert, no doubt angered that Martin jumped the start, was closing on Martin when the black flag flew and Martin pulled over. From there Hibbert again made it look easy as he tamed the rugged Fargo track to the tune of a nearly 20-second victory at the end of the 18 laps.
“Yeah, Ross jumping the start threw me off, but I was able to make a few passes and get to the lead,” said Hibbert.
So with Martin watching the entire pack breeze by, Hibbert was followed by Kamm and Johan Lidman. Kamm would miss a turn and take a ride out into the weeds, allowing Lidman to get past into 2nd, but came back on the track in 3rd with Broberg and Robbie Malinoski in 5th.
On lap 11 Malinoski would leave the track with what appeared to be an aggravated knee injury – something that’s been bothering him for the last several weeks. The following lap (12) Kamm would move past Lidman and into 2nd. As the top three continued to separate from the rest of the field, fans at BRRP focused their attention on the charging Ross Martin, who’d made his way through nine of the world’s top premier Pro Open class racers and up to 6th place. Then, on the last lap, Martin would make amends for jumping the start by passing Logan Christian for 5th place, with Broberg in 4th.
Added Lidman, on his first ever AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open podium: “Words can’t describe how I feel right now. I’m so happy! I’ve been waiting for three seasons for this to happen and I can’t thank the Carlson team enough, along with Polaris for making such a great race sled.”
Friday Fargo Ram Trucks Snocross Pro Open Results
1 Hibbert Tucker
2 Kamm Kody
3 Lidman Johan
4 Broberg Justin
No. 1 qualifier Jake Scott had the first gate pick, but it was Matt Pichner (Arctic Cat ) that got up front early and led the opening laps of the Pro Lite main event at Buffalo River Race Park. Scott would tangle in the opening moments of the race with Dylan Hall (Ski-Doo), though both racers would remain upright and continued the spirited charge after Pichner.
Friday Fargo Pro Lite Podium - Hall Scott and LiedersOn lap four Scott would move past Pichner for the lead – a lead he would extend to ten seconds over the next-closest racer en route to victory on Friday at Fargo.
“Feels great to be up here,” said Scott. “I got a top three start and rode my own race. But most of all tonight I had fun out there.”
Once Hall got past Pichner as well, Andrew Carlson (Polaris) made his move on Pichner for the final podium spot – but ended up getting bucked off his sled and out of podium contention. 2nd place overall point holder in the Pro Lite class, David Joanis (Ski-Doo), was moving up from the back row and into 5th place with six laps to go. Joanis then picked up two spots quickly, and was up into 3rd place before a crash sent him flying and his sled upside down in a hole alongside the track.
With Joanis out Scott led Hall and Pichner, with Andrew Lieders (Polaris) up to 4th and Travis Muller (Ski-Doo) in 5th with five laps remaining. And though there was no question as to who was up front (Scott was up ten seconds at this point), it was anyone’s guess who’s round out the podium and a second separated the next four racers.
Muller would get past Pichner for 3rd with one lap to go, then threw it away with only a few turns to go. Lieders would more or less then inherit the third and final podium spot behind Scott and Hall.
“Means a lot to get up here in 2nd,” said Hall. “I got right to the final this week, no LCQ like the last race in New York. So that helped, and it was a good race for our team tonight.”
Friday Fargo Ram Trucks Snocross Pro Lite Results
1 Scott Jake
2 Hall Dylan
3 Lieders Andrew
4 Pichner Matt