Pelican Rapids-native Tucker Hibbert Retires from Snocross Competition

Tucker Hibbert on the victory podium at the 2010 FIM Snocross World Championships in Mala, Sweden after winning the first of his two career World Championships Photo: Tucker Hibbert / Joni Launonen
Tucker Hibbert on the victory podium at the 2010 FIM Snocross World Championships in Mala, Sweden after winning the first of his two career World Championships

May 17, 2018 02:21 PM

Pelican Rapids-native Tucker Hibbert won everything there is to win in the sport of snocross.  On Wednesday, he announced his retirement.

He goes out on top after claiming his 11th Pro National Snocross (ISOC) Championship this past winter.

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“It’s time for me to retire from professional snocross racing,” Hibbert said in an e-mailed release. “It’s been a great career and now is the right time to move on. I’m healthy and happy. I’ve accomplished my goals, which were to do my best and enjoy the process of working hard with the people around me. We just finished a great season where I felt as good as I ever have and won my 11th Championship.”

The announcement by the 33-year-old two-time World Champion and 11-time National Champion declared his retirement is effective immediately.  He is currently seeking opportunities at future events to personally thank fans, sponsors and the snocross community for supporting his amazing career.

That career began when Hibbert first took up snowmobile racing as an 8-year-old, Hibbert is far-and-away the most decorated racer in snocross history.

In 235 pro starts, he recorded 138 wins and a total of 179 podium finishes.   He finished in the top ten in 213 out of 235 career starts.

Hibbert also holds multiple X-Games records thanks to his 10 gold medals and 14 overall medals. He won X-Games gold nine of ten years from  2007 to 2016.  The other gold - Hibbert's first - came in 2000 when he was 15-years-old.

Hibbert also won FIM Snocross World Championships in 2010 and 2012.

“I’ve dedicated a huge part of my life to racing snowmobiles," Hibbert said in the retirement release. "I’m thankful for the lessons and experiences that racing provided me over the years. It’s been an incredible ride.”

The official retirement announcement also included thank yous to the many crew members and sponsors who were pivotal in his success.

“Working hard, as a team, has been the most rewarding part of racing,” Hibbert said. “There are so many amazing people who have played a role in my career. I’ve been fortunate to work with some extremely talented, dedicated and all-around good people. I’ll cherish the memories we’ve all made together for the rest of my life.” 

“I’m proud of the relationships we’ve built with the brands that have supported me,” he said. “Many of them were career long sponsors and that’s something I’m really thankful for.”

The announcement concluded with a nod to Hibbert's fans.

“I’m blessed to have met a lot of great people through racing. Their energy and excitement helped push me to do my best. I truly thank all of them for their passion and support.”

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Chris Long

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