Tucker Hibbert is part of a talented motocross field as the Lucas Oil Pro National MX Series returns to Michigan for the 40th annual Red Bull RedBud Nationals.
Hibbert has won eleven X Games snocross medals, including a record six consecutive gold medals. He spends his summers on a bike as a crossover star.
"It keeps me kind of at my peak fitness level year round," Hibbert said. "The two sports are somewhat similar. You use some of the same muscles and techniques to ride the machine and it's definitely very challenging."
Hibbert has previously attacked RedBud's course in the 250 Class. But this year he will make his debut in the 450 Class. The added power means he will get the full effects of LaRocco's Leap, the biggest professional motocross jump.
"I'm a little bit nervous but I think after I hit it a few times it's going to be really fun," Hibbert said of soaring 40 feet into the air. "One of the important things about the jump is it gives you time to relax. When you're flying through the air that long you can breathe and kind of regroup for the rest of the race track."
Amateur racers had their shot on the dirt track on Friday, in advance of Saturday's professional events. Opening ceremonies begin at noon on Saturday.