Colton Haaker Earns Silver Medal at 2017 Winter X-Games

Colton Haaker earns a Silver Medal at the 2017 Winter X-Games. Photo by: Shelby Mahon

Colton Haaker earns a Silver Medal at the 2017 Winter X-Games. Photo by: Shelby Mahon

Press Information courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles North America.

The first-ever Snow BikeCross competition for Winter X-Games took place today 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 Timberseld equipped FC 450, yielding a 4th gate pick. Also racing alongside Haaker on a Timbersled equipped Husqvarna FC 450 was X-games veteran, Ronnie Faisst.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker battles to maintain a second place finish. Photo by: Shelby Mahon

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker battles to maintain a second place finish. Photo by: Shelby Mahon

In the main event, Haaker got a 6th place start and pushed full throttle to make it out of the blinding snow. By lap 5 Haaker was running in 5th and quickly made his way into 4th. Halfway through the race, Colton 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 2nd place all the way to the finish, earning him an X-games Silver Medal.

Ronnie Faisst battles the elements for an 11th place finish. Photo by: Shelby Mahon.

Ronnie Faisst battles the elements for an 11th place finish. Photo by: Shelby Mahon.

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.

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