Husqvarna-Delong-GNCC-9-24-13Murrieta, 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!

Craig-Morgan-Charity-9-24-13Nashville, TN – Country music star and award-winning TV host Craig Morgan had a hugely successful weekend at his 7th Annual Charity event, gathering motocross celebrities, country stars, and fans to enjoy the beautiful middle Tennessee weather and some great musical moments!

The event took place on Saturday, Sept 14th, in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, TN.  All proceeds benefit Billy’s Place, a component fund of the Dickson County Craig Morgan Foundation. The organization’s primary goal is to assist foster children in Dickson County and throughout Middle Tennessee.

The day kicked off with an exhibition from several major motocross celebrities including Jimmy Albertson, Destry Abbott, Fred Andrews, Brett Cue, Randy Hawkins, Andrew Short, and Larry Ward, followed by a group trail ride and lunch.

Andrew-Delong-Off-Road-GNCC-9-16-13Murrieta, CA – September 16, 2013 - After last week’s big win at the Unadilla GNCC, Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong was hungry for more, and came to Lynnville, Indiana with every intention of getting his TXC310R on the podium. After a hard day in the saddle, Andrew was carded with a third-overall finish at the Black Coal National Enduro.

On his way to the podium, DeLong managed to take his first-ever test win in the National Enduro Series. (Andrew won the Texas National Enduro but did not score a test win that day.) Following his victory on test four, AD had a setback on test five when he went over the bars in a slow-motion crash. The fumble cost him valuable seconds, and he slipped from third to fourth-overall by a slim margin. But DeLong headed into the last test of the day determined to regain his podium position.

“My crash in test five was the slowest over-the-bar crash I’ve ever had,” DeLong said. “Test six was a little scary at the speed I was going. But I wanted to be on the podium!”

Andrew-Delong-GNCC-9-9-13Murrieta, CA – Guess who’s back! Andrew DeLong returned to his winning ways over the weekend where he not only dominated the XC2 Pro class, but also climbed into the top-five overall in the P.M. race at the Unadilla GNCC. DeLong and his Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna TXC250R tackled the New York terrain, including the infamous Unadilla Raceway motocross track, and controlled nearly the entire race to emerge victorious.

“I’ve been working hard the whole break and it showed today,” said Andrew, who had been fighting to regain his fitness after suffering a broken hand earlier in the season. “I want to thank my team and sponsors for sticking with me. I had a lot of fun today and all my hard work paid off.”

husqvarna_x-games-brazil_graffunder-4-24-13Corona, CA – Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong got back to his winning ways at the Big Buck GNCC in Union, South Carolina, taking another big victory in the XC2 class. DeLong checked out from the field, extending his championship lead to over 20 points after only four rounds! Another Husqvarna rider was hard at work over the weekend, taking on the International X Games Enduro X. Factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder made the trek to Foz do Iguacu, Brazil where he proudly placed his TXC310R in the top-10 with a seventh place finish at the inaugural event.

Andrew DeLong and the Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna team headed to the Big Buck GNCC in search of another win. DeLong started the season with a win streak, but was stunted at round three by a hard crash. AD still managed to limp to a fourth-place finish to retain the points lead, but made a prompt return to the top of the podium in South Carolina.

Delong-GNCC-3-13-13Corona, CA – March 13, 2013 – Andrew DeLong and the Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna team sent a strong message to their fellow XC2 competitors at the opening round of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series by taking a commanding win at the River Ranch, Florida event. DeLong finished the three-hour race with over a one-minute lead, having worked his way into fifth overall, demonstrating that he is a clear threat to the XC2 title this season.

DeLong had his work cut out for him after crashing in the second turn and heading into the first lap nearly dead last. “We have seen AD come from last and win so we were not too worried,” commented team manager Fred Andrews. “Three hours in the sand is a strong man’s race.”

Corona, CA – Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) enjoyed a very successful racing season in 2012, filled with highlights including Cory Graffunder’s X Games medal, and XC2 racer Andrew Delong’s historic overall podium finishes in the GNCC series. HMNA is proud to welcome back both Graffunder and Delong in 2013, along with accomplished team members who are poised for another landmark year.

On the “left side” of the U.S., Cory Graffunder will head up Husqvarna’s racing efforts. The Canadian faces an eventful season in 2013 with two AMA national championships on his calendar, as well as four global X Games events! The AMA EnduroCross Series is foremost on Graffunder’s radar this year. Select extreme off-road events like King of the Motos and Last Dog Standing will also keep him occupied in 2013, along with defending his number one plate in the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series.

Corona, CA - At the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the newest member of the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team – Andrew Delong – recorded a podium finish in the XC2 class. Meanwhile, Jason Thomas continued to forge ahead, this time racing to a sixth-place finish despite a broken hand!

FAR Husqvarna has added Delong to the team for the remainder of the 2012 season. The 21-year-old National Enduro regular only had two days on the bike before the Ironman GNCC, and still managed to pilot his TXC250 to a third-place finish.

Despite getting off to a “bad start,” Delong made his way into third place by the end of the opening lap. He was pushing for more throughout the race but still ended up in a strong third place for the day.

Jason Thomas injured his hand on Tuesday while out testing with Andrew. The X-rays revealed a broken bone, but nonetheless, Thomas announced that he was racing – broken hand and all. Luck was still not on his side as he had a terrible first lap which left him struggling to overcome a time deficit for the rest of the race.

“The track was the best one this year and I pushed hard today, but I’m so mad,” Thomas lamented. “I was climbing one of the big hills and a spectator was sitting on the hill with a cooler. I had to change my line into a tree not to hit her! I lost so much time on lap one. That cost me for the day. My hand was hurting but I can handle pain.”

“I am so proud of Andrew and Jason today,” Fred Andrews said. “Jason always gives me 110% – he raced with a broken hand! Andrew rode awesome today and FAR Husqvarna is excited to add him to the team.”

Thomas managed to finish in sixth – within seconds of fifth-place. The next – and final – stop on the GNCC circuit is Loretta Lynn Ranch, where the FAR Husqvarna team will be racing on both Friday the 4th and Sunday the 6th of November. Thomas now sits third in the XC2 standings, one point out of second, but with two rounds remaining in the championship, anything can happen!