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.

Today Santiago saw the final parade and the prize-giving ceremony staged on a podium set up downtown as the thirty-fifth edition of the Dakar Rally drew to a close. The parade included all the teams who managed to finish the race that began on the 5th January in Lima, Peru and finally rolled into the Chilean capital some 8000 km (5000 miles) later. Joining the celebrations was the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain, one of the main protagonists this year. This has been the second official participation in the Dakar for the Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain. The race has been an excellent display of all the work carried out by the squad’s technicians at the Dakar, as well as in the factory in Varese, Italy. A superb effort was made also by the private riders aboard their Husqvarna TE449s who were able to take on and complete this great challenge.

Corona, CA – The 2012 AMA/Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series presented by FMF continues into August with five events in five different states. From the technical forest single-track of Washington to the historic trails of the Buffalo 500 in Indiana, the August calendar has something for everyone.

The Front Range Riders get things underway in Colorado with the Moose Run Dual Sport Rally this coming weekend. Two days of trails featuring A-, B- and C-level options will give riders the chance to experience the North Park riding area of Colorado. Back east, the Bear Creek Sportsmen will take to the Catskills in the Hancock National Dual Sport in New York. Finishing off the month’s events, the Great Lakes Dual Sporters give riders a chance to experience Michigan’s best motorcycle-only single-track with Ted’s Chandler Hill Challenge.

The AMA/Husqvarna National Dual-Sport events each feature between 100-200 miles of the best riding in the area. Bikes must be street legal in order to qualify, and every Husqvarna rider who submits a photo of themselves on their TE at the event is eligible to receive a free T-shirt from Husqvarna Motorcycles North America.

Corona, CA – July 2, 2012 – ESPN’s X Games crew saved the most talked about event for last at X Games 18 in Los Angeles, California, and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) brought out all of the heavy hitters with hopes of taking home some X Games spoils. With more than 15,000 in attendance at the STAPLES Center, and millions more watching at home on ESPN, Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder made X Games history becoming the first Canadian rider to earn a medal in men’s Enduro X.

It was truly an international effort for Husqvarna as four riders from four different countries came together for X Games. CH Racing Husqvarna’s Alex Salvini made the trip from Italy, and turned some heads by qualifying sixth in his first-ever EnduroCross race. Extreme enduro ace Andreas Lettenbichler made the trek from Germany, and joined American EnduroCross regular Kyle Redmond in flying the Husqvarna colors in the STAPLES Center.

Both European riders rode strong, but didn’t have enough luck on their side and barely missed qualifying for the main. “This was a huge international event,” Lettenbichler explained. “We came into X Games not really knowing what to expect. It was a good lesson on what we need to work on for next year. I can’t wait to come back!”

Corona, CA – Excitement is building as the days count down to X Games Enduro X! Factory Husqvarna riders Cory Graffunder, Kyle Redmond, Alex Salvini and Andreas Lettenbichler have come together in Southern California to train and prepare for the big event on Sunday, July 1 at the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA.

The riders will compete aboard TXC310 motorcycles, but Salvini has the distinct privilege of riding Husqvarna’s newest racer, the 2013 TXC310R. The re-vamped model, which was only revealed to the public last week in Italy, boasts the powerful new Red Head motor, and Salvini’s No. 9 machine is the first to appear on U.S. soil. Watch for it on ESPN’s live TV coverage!

#7 Kyle Redmond – USA
Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) factory EnduroCross racer Kyle Redmond (shown above right) is the only returning rider to the X Games as Salvini, Lettenbichler and Graffunder roll onto the STAPLES Center track for the first time. Redmond benefits from his run during the 2011 X Games. “Last year was really amazing,” Redmond said. “I never thought as an off-road rider that I’d be racing someplace like the STAPLES Center. It was such a fun experience and I’m excited to be back for another year.”

Corona, CA – It’s time again for Summer X Games and the world’s best off-road motorcycle racers are ramping up for the Moto X Enduro X event. The action heats up Sunday, July 1st, when Husqvarna Motorcycles enters the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles with a factory backed team featuring four of the top world-class extreme racers from four different countries, each hopeful of returning home with an X Games medal.

Husqvarna Motorcycles North America’s Cory Graffunder and Kyle Redmond will be joined by CH Racing’s Alex Salvini and extreme enduro ace Andreas Lettenbichler aka “Letti” for the race. Southern California native Redmond represents the American contingent alongside Graffunder of Canada. Both are AMA EnduroCross series regulars and 2012 marks the second year that the thrilling national series has included X Games on its calendar. Husqvarna European based factory riders Salvini and Lettenbichler will travel from Italy and Germany, respectively, making for quite a diverse international factory tour de force.

“It’s very exciting for Husqvarna to return to X Games with four such outstanding riders,” said HMNA Product and Racing Manager Derek Sorenson. “We had a presence at the 2011 X Games but unfortunately our EnduroCross star, Cory Graffunder, was out with injury. Cory will come out strong this Sunday along with three Husqvarna teammates who are totally capable of reaching the main event – and the podium.”

Corona, CA - This Saturday, May 19, will mark the start of the 2012 AMA/Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series presented by FMF. The 16th annual Hanging Rock 200 is the opening round, and will provide riders a tour of the Zaleski, Ohio countryside with trails twisting through wooded forests and across grassy green meadows. The Buckeye Dual-Sporters will play host to the two-day event, and in doing so hope to welcome 300+ riders to the trail.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s event,” explained Bill Kaeppner of the Buckeye Dual-Sporters. “It will end Saturday at the Zaleski Volunteer Fire Department for a bike wash. We ask for a $10 donation from the riders, and the club will match whatever they give. It is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the fire department ($3,500 in 2011), and this year we are hoping to break the $4,000 mark!”

The festivities kick off Saturday morning as riders have the option of riding 100-miles of trail each day. Camping is available, and lunch is included with each paid entry. Bikes must be street legal in order to qualify to ride an AMA/Husqvarna National Dual-Sport event, and every Husqvarna rider who submits a photo of themselves on their bike at the event is eligible to receive a free Husky t-shirt from Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA).

INDIANAPOLIS – The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) are pleased to announce that the legendary motorcycle brand is the title sponsor of the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series, the country’s leading series of off-road motorcycle recreational riding events.

Officially announced at the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo in Indianapolis on Friday, Feb. 17, the sponsorship reintroduces the iconic Husqvarna brand to hundreds of thousands of AMA members.

“We are very pleased to welcome Husqvarna as the title sponsor of America’s premier dual-sport program, the AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Husqvarna has always enjoyed a loyal following among AMA members, and it is rapidly reasserting itself in the off-road and dual-sport marketplace. They understand what the AMA and its members are all about: fun on two wheels and a commitment to the future of our sport.”

Long respected for its storied history in American off-road racing, Husqvarna was a dominant force in AMA national-caliber competition from the 1960s through the 1980s. Reminiscent of Husky’s 1970′s glory days, 2011 was a phenomenal year for the brand, which saw retail registrations up more than 60 percent in North America.

“Sponsoring the AMA Dual Sport Series is a perfect fit for Husqvarna,” said HMNA President Kris Odwarka. “It’s a great platform for us to showcase our line of TE dual purpose motorcycles. We have the best selection of street-legal off-road bikes in the industry, and no other brand is more dedicated to the dual-sport category than Husqvarna.”

August 15, 2011 – Fullerton, CA – After the inaugural shoot on Wednesday night in a packed studio of guests, cast members, sponsors and crew, “The Moto Show with Jim Holley” went into it’s “hyper” post-production phase to get the show uploaded to YouTube for the weekend. While there were a few technical (and creative) delays, the show was live by around 12:00pm PST on Saturday, August 13 and the positive reviews began streaming in.

“Jim, Paul, Laurette, the guests and our entire crew did a fantastic job getting this new project off the ground,” said Todd Huffman, series creator and Executive Producer at Pipeline Digital Media. “The end results seem to show it based on responses from viewers. We all learned a lot and it will only get better.”

Based on initial PR, and the flurry of industry buzz on Facebook and enthusiast forums, views of TMS began generating Saturday afternoon on YouTube. By Sunday evening, viewership had crossed the pond to Europe, and also spread to Australia, Brazil and South Africa. In only its first weekend, views are rapidly approaching 3000, which is encouraging considering the word will only continue to spread over the next few weeks.