Colton Haaker earns the Silver Medal at 2017 Winter X Games in Aspen

Colton Haaker battled with the best and earned himself a Silver Medal at the first-ever Snow BikeCross event at Winter X Games

Colton Haaker racing snow bike at X Games.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker battles to maintain a second place finish. Shelby Mahon photo

The first-ever Snow BikeCross competition for Winter X Games took place on January 27, 2017, in a snowblanketed Aspen, Colorado. Qualifying proved to be challenging for riders due to the altitude and cold climate. The snowmobile course was redesigned for the event with a tight motocross feel. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker qualified 4th place aboard his Timbersled-equipped FX 450, yielding a fourth gate pick. Also racing alongside Haaker on a Timbersled-equipped Husqvarna FC 450 was X Games veteran Ronnie Faisst. 

In the main event, Haaker got a sixth place start and pushed full throttle to make it out of the blinding snow. By lap five, Hakker was running in fifth and quickly made his way to fourth. Halfway through the race, Haaker was battling for the 2nd place position with rider Axel Hodges. Haaker was able to make the pass and he rode smooth, consistent laps to hold onto second place all the way to the finish, earning him an X Games Silver Medal. 

Rockstar Energy athlete and Husqvarna-supported rider Ronnie Faisst started towards the back of the group. He rode hard on his Timbersled and was able to make a couple of passes. Faisst finished in 11th place. 

Snow BikeCross Results:

  1. Brock Hoyer (YAM)
  2. Colton Haaker (HUS)
  3. Cody Matechuk (YAM)

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