Sixth X Games Gold for Tucker Hibbert

Team Arctic superstar Tucker Hibbert claimed his sixth Gold Medal at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., with another dominant display of snocross supremacy. It was Hibbert’s fifth consecutive gold medal and his 10th medal in 12 years. His teammate and mechanic Jeff Tweet was equally impressive, finishing with a silver medal in the Adaptive Snocross final.

Racing his Monster Energy Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 with a Speedwerx modified motor and clutching package, Hibbert combined strong holeshots with his typical blazing speed and control to convincingly win his heat race and final. The only drama happened on the first lap of the final, when one competitor jumped the start and another partially landed on Hibbert before veering off the track.

Hibbert shrugged off both incidents, took the lead threw down a series of fast laps before cruising to an unchallenged win. The victory moved Hibbert past Blair Morgan on the all-time win list.

“This win feels amazing. Every win is special but this one means a lot to me. Beating Blair’s record for most snocross gold medals is really exciting, but I have to thank him for setting the bar high. He helped make me the competitor I am today and I really wish we were still battling on the track.”

Factory Team Arctic Semi-Pro Kyle Pallin finish an impressive fourth place in the final, leading a team green charge that included Dan Ebert (fifth), Cody Thomsen (sixth) Zach Pattyn (seventh) and Johan Lidman in tenth.

Jeff Tweet’s silver-medal in Adaptive Snocross was sweet retribution after breaking his leg in last year’s Adaptive race. Tweet double-jumped his way through the final technical section of the course to pass into second-place, and his first X Games medal.

Photos courtesy of John Hanson

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4 Comments

  1. Mike Allen
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 6:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Did ESPN actually show any snowcross racing? I kept watching and all I saw was snowstyle crap. I know flipping a snowmobile is supposed to be cool but snowcross is where it’s at IMHO. I’ve been going crazy trying to watch something that said snowcross on the X-Games, but have come up empty. Tucker Hibbert rocks but I am not finding it on ESPN. Is there any way to see the semi’s and finals for all of the snowcross racing? Thanks-

  2. Joe
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 8:14 AM | Permalink | Reply

    They had the snowcross racing on Sunday afternoon. Like around 3pm eastern time

  3. Carlton
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 11:14 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Tucker was frickin awesome at x games. his holeshot was tight in the first heat!

  4. Posted March 9, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink | Reply

    There may be a possibility that ESPN3 has retrievable archives of the events. I haven’t looked but I’d think it should be accessible.
    We’ve been attending for years and there’s nothing like it, unless you count the weekends we spend tracking the deep fresh Colorado powder ourselves!!

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