Ross Martin (center) gets out in front of the field during Friday night's Pro Open final in Deadwood, S.D. Courtesy RideX365.com
Rounds seven and eight of the ISOC National Snocross tour took place this past weekend in Deadwood, S.D. At the tight confines of the Days of ’76 Rodeo Arena, Ross Martin and Tucker Hibbert secured Pro Open victories in front of a rowdy, sold-out crowd.
Martin, who came into Deadwood with three podium finishes in an otherwise rocky season, won Friday night's main event ahead of Kody Kamm (second) and Ryan Springer (third).
“I’ve definitely been building,” said Martin. "I started off a little slow. I came into the season prepared, so I don’t know if it was mental or what it was, but once I started getting on the podium, I got that feeling back that I belong up there and just have to keep pushing.”
Hibbert had impressive runs both nights on the tight, rough track. Friday night, however, Hibbert got off to a tough start, finishing the first lap in 11th place among 14 riders. He made clean passes, gaining seven positions to finish in fourth place.
Tucker Hibbert does what he does best in front of a packed crowd in Deadwood, S.D. Photo by John Hanson.
Despite missing the podium in Round 7, Hibbert rebounded to take the checked flag in Saturday night's final. After taking the holeshot, he momentarily got shuffled back to fourth place in turn two’s split lane corner. By the time he exited the next corner, however, he had regained control of the race. With a clear track in front of him, he quickly pulled away. By lap 16 of the 24-lap race, he had a 16-second lead and coasted the rest of the way to his 124th career win. Tim Tremblay and Ryan Pallin finished second and third, respectively.
Even with the win in Round 8, Hibbert expressed disappointment in his own performance during the weekend's qualifying rounds. Hibbert finished in third and second place in his two qualifying heats on Friday, and finished in sixth and second place in Saturday's qualifiers.
"Overall, I’m happy with my performance but disappointed in my qualifying results," said Hibbert. "Since the qualifiers have bonus points to win, I really need to start winning those races. That’s something I’m focused on turning around.”
For full race results and season point standings, visit www.snocross.com.
Here's a video of Hibbert's weekend highlights: