The summer of 2000, he earned his AMA Pro Motocross license and
entered his first national event. That winter, the Pro rookie won the National
Snocross Pro Open Championship and finished second in Pro Stock. He was
leading the X Games Snocross final again but crashed due to a mechanical
failure. The following season, he won both snocross national championships and
the silver medal at X Games.
In 1998, the national snocross tour voted to allow him to skip the
Sport class and move directly to Semi-Pro level of competition. He won 19 of the
24 finals he entered. The following year, he qualified for Winter X Games. He
took the holeshot and won, becoming the youngest gold medalist in history.