The 2002-03 duel of snocross superman Blair Morgan and boy wonder, Tucker Hibbert, over the snocross moguls and through the switch-backs was one of the most exciting seasons in snocross snowmobile racing history. When the final races were won, it was Morgan and his Ski-Doo driving away with 2 championships, both the Pro Open and Pro Stock.
Hibbert was able to savor his last victory in snocross in what sports moderators call “Truly a race, a battle, for the history books” in Lake Geneva, WI. Record numbers of fans, in 70 degree temperatures, were treated to this final no-holds barred race between the sport’s top drivers, as it began with Morgan already holding the season championship for points.
With Morgan and Hibbert both leading the race at different points, Hibbert emerged from the final corner to capture the checkered flag. Much to the surprise of the snocross world, however, he announced his retirement from the sport to concentrate on motocross at the season finale presentations.
Hibbert’s retirement from Arctic Cat and snocross left everyone speculating that Ski-Doo will completely rule snocross in the upcoming season. Ski-Doo already won the SWC Manufacturer’s Championship for 2003, which was based on combined season’s points of the top two riders in points per manufacturer.
Would Arctic Cat or Polaris be able to pull some top performance drivers and sleds out in time for the new season, or would the big classes of Pro Open and Pro Stock be one, two, three Ski-Doo with Morgan, Kuster and Island, who showed growing strength through the 2003 season?
List of 2002 – 2003 WSA Snocross Season Champs
Pro Open/Stock — #7c — Blair Morgan, Blair Morgan Racing Team
Pro Women — #106 — Amanada Johnson, Blair Morgan Racing Team
Pro Veteran — #41 — Kirk Hibbert, Team Arctic Cat
Semi-Pro Open — #127 — Steve Martin, Warnert Racing/Ski-doo
Semi-Pro Stock — #58 — Matt Judnick, Team Polaris/Judnick Motorsports
Semi-Pro Fan — #331 — Bobby Barycki
Snobike — #2 — Mathieu Buteau.