Dominating races in his own country was apparently not enough this year for Tucker Hibbert. Only closing out the 2013 snocross season with a big win on European soil—check that, European snow—would satisfy the 2013 national snocross champion.
See below for the season’s final update from Tucker’s Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team, who traveled recently to Sweden to participate in (and eventually win) the Clash of Nations Super Snowcross event.
Tucker Hibbert Closes Snocross Season with a Victory in Sweden
March 30, 2013 – After winning his sixth consecutive X Games gold medal and clinching the 2013 ISOC Pro Open National Championship, Tucker Hibbert achieved his third and final goal of the season by taking a victory at Sweden’s Clash of Nations Super Snowcross event. Sunshine and near-40-degree weather welcomed thousands of fans to Lugnet Arena in Falun March 28-29 to watch two days of international racing action on a 50-second, clockwise, supercross-style snocross track.
Riders warmed up for Friday’s Super Snowcross event with a Head-2-Head bracket race competition Thursday evening. Hibbert made it to the Head-2-Head final but came up short in the intense one-lap race against Sweden’s Peter Narsa.
Friday featured a full day of racing with three rounds of qualifying to cut the 32-rider Pro Open field to 16 for the main event. Hibbert won his first two qualifiers with flag-to-flag victories and was in second place in the third round when a mechanical issue caused him to back off and slowly ride to the finish. Despite a seventh-place pick in the main event, he ripped another monster holeshot and ran away with the win. He was never challenged for the lead and finished 11 seconds ahead of Narsa, with Logan Christian in third.
Hibbert will now shift gears to racing cross-country mountain bikes and preparing for select AMA Pro Motocross Championship 450 class events. For details on his summer schedule, stay posted to http://www.tucker-hibbert.com/.
Congratulations to Tucker and the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team on a wonderful season. We can’t wait to see what they do in 2014!