The big gun in snowmobile terrain racing did it again last week, this time taking the big win at the Clash of Nations event in Sweden. Featuring snocross, freestyle, and additional snowboard and ski competitions, Hibbert bested Peter Narsa and Logan Christian, who finished second and third respectively, in the final big snocross race of the season. Here’s the official word from Tucker’s camp:
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 www.tucker-hibbert.com.
“It was awesome to come back to Sweden, take a win and finish the season healthy. It’s a great feeling flying across the world and having fans cheer for you. I’m always surprised by the amount of support and excitement from fans in Scandinavia. To sit back and look at where we (the team) were last year and to now have one of the best seasons of my career is overwhelming. We worked hard and it paid off. There are so many people behind the scenes that make it possible for me to get on my snowmobile and race. When everyone is working towards the same goal, that’s when success comes. It was a great year and we’re all excited about next winter already! I’m looking forward to taking a couple weeks to rest and regroup, then jumping right into riding mountain bikes and getting ready to race motocross. For the first time in three years, I’m 100 percent healthy and ready to rip this summer. I’m filling up my calendar fast with races and that’s just the way I like it.”
Tucker Hibbert – 2012/2013 Snocross Season Highlights
• 2013 X Games Snocross Gold Medalist: sixth-consecutive gold and 11th medal
• ISOC Pro Open Champion: 11 of 16 race wins and seventh national championship
• 2013 Clash of Nations Super Snowcross Pro Open Champion
Watch Clash of Nations: The full race broadcast from the event will be available on SVT Play for one year: CLASH VIDEO