King of the Motos officially kicks off events for King of the Hammers week out in Johnson Valley, California. The extreme enduro started early Sunday morning with a 27 mile qualifying loop for the Pro Moto class. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker, sprinted to his TE 300 during the Le-Mans Style start and took off cresting the first rocky slope in 5th place. The weather conditions were clear and sunny and Colton navigated the qualifying course with no issues, finishing in 3rd.
SANTA CRUZ, Calif., (Aug. 12, 2015) – Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in the electric motorcycle industry, announced today that Bob Burnquist has joined the extended family of Zero riders and is now an ambassador for the brand. Burnquist is the most winning X Games athlete in the contest’s history and a globally recognized action sports icon.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that one of America’s most famous motorcycles has been added to its permanent collection: the 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross that AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Malcolm Smith rode in the iconic motorcycling movie, “On Any Sunday.”
The motorcycle, previously loaned for display at the Hall of Fame, was owned and donated by Smith, who is known affectionately as “Malcolm” by his legions of fans.
“A true legend of motorcycling, Malcolm Smith is one of the Hall of Fame’s most recognizable members,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “We’re humbled and inspired by this memorable gift. Like Malcolm himself, this Husqvarna has launched many motorcycling dreams, and we’re honored to give it a permanent home in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Four years ago, Lynn Plog from Deer Grove, Ill., committed to dual-sport motorcycling. Since then, he has attended several events on the American Motorcyclist Association National Dual Sport Series calendar each year.
That commitment has paid off. Plog won the new bike from 2014 series sponsor Husqvarna — a 2015 Husqvarna TE350.
“I am just about ready to jump up and down,” said Plog, 64. “Dual sport riding is the best entertainment you can buy for a couple hundred dollars. This makes it even better. Thank you to everyone for this. It’s really exciting.”
Heading into the final round of EnduroCross in Ontario, California, Cody Webb held a 13 point lead in the overall points standings. Max Gerston headed into the round in fifth overall in points, just a mere four points ahead of Mike Brown. In Ontario, a course mixed with large rocks, logs, water, tractor tires, and some more technical jumps challenged the racers.
Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to welcome Timmy Weigand to the North American team as Off-Road Racing Manager! The 4-time Baja Champion brings a wealth of racing knowledge and championship-winning experience to Husqvarna, and is looking forward to overseeing the iconic brand’s US off-road racing efforts.
Reigning 250 West Supercross Champion Jason Anderson and the entire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing crew are preparing to take on Las Vegas this weekend, when the team makes it’s official debut at the Monster Energy Cup. Jason and his teammates Zach Osborne, Martin Davalos and Zach Bell are slated to contest the October 18th race at Sam Boyd Stadium and they are inviting fans to a Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team kickoff and autograph signing event at Terrible Herbst this Friday.
Beta USA reported that team National Enduro rider Cory Buttrick suffered an injury last Saturday following a crash in a local race and will be off the bike for a few months while he recovers. Buttrick came up short on a triple and suffered a fractured sternum, three broken ribs, and two collapsed lungs.
Buttrick is now comfortably home healing up and expects to be out for 6-8 weeks with hopes of returning at the Colorado National Enduro or the following round.
Beta USA wishes Cory a speedy recovery and safe return to the National Enduro Series.
Photo: Shan Moore
Both MotoTrial and Enduro events occurred simultaneously this weekend. The Final rounds of the AMA/NATC National MotoTrial Championship were held at the world famous Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee. while up north in Marquette, Michigan the Beta USA National Enduro team took on the Upper Peninsula at the annual Loose Moose National Enduro. Contrary to what you would believe, the UP terrain is sandy and has lots of moon rock embedded in the ground making it a unique area to ride.
Factory Husqvarna’s Mike Brown was back in the saddle for round two of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, taking place at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. Brown was looking to improve on his hard luck suffered at the season opener in Las Vegas, and was able to do so by riding to a steady sixth place finish.
Brown came into the evening program on a positive note, after qualifying second during the pre-show hot-laps. Another high point in Brown’s evening was his second-place finish in his heat race. The Factory Husqvarna rider was looking to put it all together in the main event, but multiples falls in the rocks relegated him to a sixth-place finish, but awarded him some hard-earned points in the championship.