Husqvarna-Off-Road-5-21-13Corona, CA – The EnduroCross crowd headed overseas for another round of the International X Games Enduro X, this time in Barcelona, Spain where Cory Graffunder rode his TXC310R to a fifth-place finish. Also in action over the weekend was the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team at the Limestone GNCC. Though Andrew DeLong didn’t fare quite as well, he managed to salvage a top-ten finish and keep his XC2 points chase alive.

Rain threatened to turn the Barcelona, Spain Enduro X event into another mud fest, but the promoters managed to keep the course dry and fast for the Moto X competition. Factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder called on his motocross skills to tackle the jumpy high-speed course, and thanks to a bold move on the tractor tire jump, was able to pass former teammate Kyle Redmond in the main event. Graffunder ran as high as fourth, and held on strong to finish close behind former champion Taddy Blazusiak.

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.

Corona, CA – What does it take to ride a rock-solid race for six days in a row? Just ask Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong who was able to do exactly that at the 2012 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Saxony, Germany. Aboard a CH Racing TE310, Delong helped lead the U.S. Team to the Junior Trophy podium for a third-place finish, earning an individual gold in the process.

It wasn’t an easy week for Delong, who confessed he was struggling with a flu, but the FAR Husqvarna rider was able to battle the tough terrain, steep hills and long tests of the German Six Days to earn gold. With hardly a break, Husqvarna’s rising star is ready to jump back into action in the GNCC series and fight for the XC2 championship. Fortunately Delong had a few minutes this week to chat about his Six Day adventure before heading back to the races.

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).

November 8, 2011 – Corona, CA – It was a battle of Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarnas in the XC2 class of Sunday’s Loretta Lynn GNCC, and FAR racers Andrew Delong and Jason Thomas ended their GNCC season with a spectacular duel, going 1-2 on the day!

Delong wowed everyone with two podium finishes at Loretta’s – a third on Friday and a win on Sunday. In only his third-ever race on the FAR Husqvarna TXC250, Delong captured his career-first XC2 victory, though it came down to sheer luck on the final lap. Thomas and Delong were neck and neck for the lead when they came up on a lapped rider. They each went to one side, and the lapper moved over into Jason’s line, allowing Delong to gain the point.

“My day went so good!” Delong exclaimed. “I just waited for them to get tired and then took off as fast as I could. It was so rough out there, but my TXC250 worked so good today. I’m so happy!”

Despite having to settle for runner-up on Sunday, Thomas’ performance on the weekend was admirable – a broken hand held in place by pins didn’t stop him from competing in the double-header GNCC finale. Thomas toughed it out, as he has all season, and pushed his TXC250 to a fourth-place finish on Friday after getting stuck on the first lap, and a strong second place on Sunday.

Though it was a great day for the team, Thomas was a little disappointed. “My hand was so sore this morning. I came here to win and I did my best. I got caught up with a lapper and it cost me. But I’m proud to be on the podium, especially with my teammate.”

“What an awesome day for the team,” commented Fred Andrews. “Both my guys gave us everything they had today. Husqvarna 1-2 – what a way to end the season!”

Two other Husqvarna’s ended the season on top of the podium at the Loretta Lynn Ranch GNCC. Toy Tech Husqvarna rider Andrew Powers took the overall in Sunday’s morning race aboard a WR125. The overall win marked a first for Powers, and secured the 200 C 16+ championship for both the GNCC series and the AMA Racing East Hare Scrambles Series. Sunday was also a winning day for Junior Women class rider Veronica Martin, who piloted her TXC250 to her season-first win.

“We want to congratulate all Husqvarna racers on a great GNCC season,” commented Husqvarna National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman. “We’re proud of our FAR Husky team for parking two TXCs on the podium. And it was a wonderful surprise to see season-best finishes from our support riders, Powers and Martin, as well.”