The Purvines/Beta race team started out their 2014 season with impressive finishes at round one of the AMA National Hare and Hound series with Justin Morrow, Nick Burson, and Axel Pearson finishing 2nd, 3rd, and 4th respectively.
Less than one week into the New Year, Husqvarna is proud to celebrate its first North American victory with Jacob Argubright! The factory Husqvarna rider rode his all-new Husky FC 450 to a commanding win at the opening round of the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series at Arizona Cycle Park in Buckeye, Arizona.
Argubright opened up a near two-minute lead over the field by the time he reached the checkered flag on the GP-style course. He had also lapped all the way up to fifth place by the finish of the 2.5-hour race.
What has 10 ISDE gold medals, four National Enduro titles, 13 GNCC XC2 wins, four AMA EnduroCross wins, three National Hare & Hound wins, two X Games gold medals and an AMA Motocross Championship? Husqvarna’s 2014 Off-Road Race Team! Husky is proud to announce that Mike Brown, Russell Bobbitt, Andrew DeLong and Jacob Argubright will be the first U.S. team to race the all-new Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2014.
“We have an amazing lineup for this season,” commented Husqvarna Race Team Manager Andy Jefferson. “This is a landmark year for Husqvarna and we couldn’t ask for a better team to fly the flag. Mike Brown and Russell Bobbitt are well known and respected champions, and Andrew DeLong and Jacob Argubright are both budding talents in off-road. Between the four of them, Husqvarna is covering five different national championships, as well as other select events around the world. It’s going to be a busy and exciting year for the 2014 Husqvarna Off-Road Race Team.”
Husqvarna is proud to welcome one of the most venerated racers in off-road to the team, Mike Brown. The former WORCS champion, 125cc AMA Motocross champion and X Games gold medalist will be once again taking on the AMA EnduroCross championship, as well as a host of other select events around the world in 2014.
Murrieta, CA- The new 2014 Husqvarna Motorcycles are making a rare public appearance this weekend in Long Beach, California where they will be on display at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show. Get up close and personal with the Austrian-built beauties at the Husqvarna Motorcycles lounge area in the Long Beach Convention Center.
“We’ve hosted industry and media introductions and now we’d like to give the public a chance to check out the all-new bikes,” said Jon-Erik Burleson. “We will have several of the all-new 2014 Husqvarna Motorcycles at the Long Beach Convention Center for everyone to see.”
Murrieta, CA – What started off as a rough night for factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder turned into a career best when he took second place at the Las Vegas finale of the AMA EnduroCross series. The complex course at the Orleans Arena played to the favor of the extreme enduro specialist, who climbed his way into second place in what was a hectic and wild main event!
“Second place is awesome; I’m pumped!” Graffunder exclaimed. “It was definitely a track for me. It wasn’t super gnarly, but they went back to their roots with a really full track. They didn’t have a lot of open straightaways without obstacles. There were no flat corners, not that much jumping – just obstacle after obstacle – and that really played into my favor.”
The night didn’t start off well for Graffunder, who found himself at a second-row start for his heat race. He was still able to get a decent jump, and even battle Mike Brown for the lead, but a crash sent him over the bars and into the LCQ for qualifying.
American Beta has signed off road specialists Cory Buttrick for the 2014 season. Buttrick will campaign Beta two stroke for the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series. The 22 year old from Logan, Ohio is looking forward to next year as he is healthy and ready for the season. Buttrick will ride a specially prepared Factory Beta 300 RR and will join Beta teammate Justin Sode at the season opener in South Carolina on March 2nd. He will also contest a few select GNCC’s aboard a Beta 450 RR 4 stroke.
“I’m very honored to have this opportunity to represent Beta and give them the recognition they deserve in the United States. This is the first time I have been 100% healthy since the end of 2010, so I have my goals set on a championship.” Buttrick explains.
Murrieta, CA – October 28, 2013 – Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong closed out the GNCC season with another dominant performance in the XC2 class. DeLong tackled the 12-mile course at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which he called one of the best tracks of the season, and rode to victory with more than two minutes over second place. DeLong’s fourth-consecutive win made for a great end to the 2013 GNCC season, and allowed him to take home third overall in the championship.
“I came here today with one thing on my mind,” DeLong said. “And I did it. The track was really fun and there were people everywhere watching. It was great to end the season with four wins in a row.”
The Beta factory is happy to announce two-time World Enduro champion Johnny Aubert will be a part of their factory race team for 2014. Aubert will compete in the World Enduro Championship aboard his Factory-prepped Beta 450 RR.
Aubert (right) explains why he switched brands, “I took time to think about the various alternatives which were proposed to me.”, explains Johnny. I had a very good feeling with Lapo Bianchi, BETA MOTOR CEO, a passionate who has great ambitions for his Brand and Fabrizio Dini, Team Manager, who is both an old friend and teammate. I am happy to bring them my experience and help BETA to prove their racing competitiveness!”
Council Bluffs, IA – Factory Husaberg rider Russell Bobbitt took the overall win at the eighth round of the OMA Nationals in Council Bluffs, IA wrapping up the championship title with one round to go.
Off the grass start, Bobbitt swung wide through the long right-hand corner, missing the holeshot by half a bike length. “My rear tire spun a little on the grass,“ mentioned Bobbitt. “But I was able to make a pass for the lead in the second corner.“
Bobbit had the lead for the majority of the first lap until a small fall caused him to give up a postion to Kole Henslee. Bobbitt quickly collected himself and was able to regain the lead before the end of the lap. During the second lap Bobbitt noticed that his throttle was sticking and pulled into the pits, again losing a position to Henslee. “I must have tweeked my throttle housing in the fall,“ said Bobbitt. “I stopped in the pits and my mechanic and crew were ready to help. They got me going again within seconds.“
Murrieta, CA – Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong has officially started a new win streak in the GNCC series, having taken his second consecutive win in the XC2 Pro class! DeLong piloted his TXC250R to a dominant win in Foxburg, Pennsylvania at round 11 of the 2013 series.
A new stop on the tour, the “Gusher” GNCC lived up to his name having received a deluge of rain on Saturday afternoon – but the series crew was able to turn the track into one of the best of the season after having spent the morning making a new 10-mile course. DeLong got out to a mid-pack start and got to work pushing toward the front of the XC2 class. He quickly got into the lead only to give it up with a crash on lap 3. Fortunately DeLong regained the lead and put the hammer down to build a 47-second buffer over second place by the time the white flag came out. DeLong cruised to the win, and also managed to end his day in fifth place overall!