Press Release –
Tucker Hibbert again proved he’s just as competitive on snow as on dirt, as he won his second Winter X Games Gold Medal, and sixth overall medal, at Buttermilk Mountain Saturday night. The Snocross event was part of Winter X Games 11.
Hibbert (No. 68 Monster Energy Drink/Arctic Cat) took the lead on the fifth circuit of the grueling 18-lap final, and ran away with the victory. Ryan Simons (No. 67 Speedwerx/Arctic Cat), who led the first five laps of the final, finished second, earning his first Winter X Games medal. TJ Gulla (No. 44 Pirtek/Polaris) collected his second Winter X Games Bronze Medal for his third-place effort.
Hibbert, a regular in AMA Supercross competition, returned to his Snocross roots this season, competing part time on the WPSA PowerSports Snowmobile Tour. Though he had a slow start, the Goodridge, Minn. native, swept the most recent two rounds of the Tour’s Pro Stock class, held at Brainerd International Raceway earlier this month.
Hibbert failed to qualify for last year’s Winter X Games Snocross final and he credited his experience on the Tour this season for the victory.
“I think that made a huge difference,” said Hibbert. “We have some good races under our belts and really got things dialed in. The team just built me an awesome sled. I just put that confidence in the back of my head and rode like I needed to for 18 laps.”
The next race for the WPSA PowerSports Snowmobile Tour is the Eastern National, scheduled for Feb. 10-11 at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, N.Y.