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.
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.
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.
Murrieta, CA – Andrew DeLong and the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team took to the Powerline Park in St. Clairsville, Ohio for round 12 of the GNCC Series, where Andrew celebrated his third win in a row, and sixth of the season aboard his Husqvarna TXC310R!
Andrew proved that he hasn’t missed a beat after returning from Sardinia, Italy where he represented the U.S. at the International Six Day Enduro. The 24-year-old picked up right where he left off – on top of the podium – in the XC2 Pro Lites class, also claiming another top-ten overall finish.
“I am so happy for the team today,” DeLong commented. “We have been working hard to win races after my injury. My TXC310R ran great today and I felt like I could do no wrong.”
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!
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The bargains are always close at hand BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring the riders and champions of Husqvarna, and the massive vintage motorcycle swap meet is a compelling reason why enthusiasts have circled July 19-21 on their calendars. After all, few things rev up motorcyclists like an amazing vintage bike, or that elusive factory part that they pick up for a great price.
On this mid-summer weekend, BikeBandit.com AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days will host one of the largest swap meets ever at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, as hundreds of vendors and thousands of buyers converge at the largest celebration of motorcycle heritage in the country.
“For many attendees, the swap meet is the top draw at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “It’s downright huge, taking up about 20 acres of property at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The key is you never know where in those 20 acres you’ll find the bike or part you want. Whether you’re after a new-old-stock crank seal, a factory tune-up kit, vintage gear, fork boots, wheels, old manuals, parts bikes, fenders, sidecars, even complete bikes — you’ll find it here.”
Corona, CA – After an international trip with races as far away as Calgary, Canada, Cory Graffunder was back to racing in his own backyard over the weekend at the third annual Prairie Dogs MC Last Dog Standing at Glen Helen Raceway. The extreme off-road event put Graffunder and his Husqvarna TXC310R to the test, but the Canadian was able to stand on the podium with a second-place finish at the end of the day.
“It was kind of an up and down day,” Cory said. “I was bummed about the first race being thrown out because I would have won if they didn’t. But a bunch of people got lost and it was mayhem so they threw it out in the final score.”
In the second race, Cory had a tough battle with Taylor Robert and ended up taking the win. “It wasn’t pretty,” Graffunder explained. “Right before the finish we crashed, kind of on top of each other. I got up first and won that one.”
Corona, CA – June 10, 2013 – Factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder hit the road for round two of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series with one thing on his mind – podium. After starting the season with a modest seventh-place finish at the opening round, Graffunder was determined to improve his results, and he was able to do just that with a third-place finish, on the podium, at the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California.
The battle for third in the main event turned out to be an intense one. Graffunder had his hands full getting around his former teammate, Kyle Redmond, who held third for much of the main. Cory then had the challenge of fending off a hard charging Taddy Blazusiak for the final podium position. Graffunder proved to be unstoppable on his factory Husqvarna TXC310R, and would not be pressured into making any mistakes.
Corona, CA – May 28, 2013 – A homeland race, a gnarly endurocross course and a Red Bull twist added up to what Cory Graffunder called “a perfect day” at the Red Bull Rocks & Logs event in Calgary, Canada. The head-to-head competition took place at the Wild Rose MX Park, and despite some stiff competition from fellow Canadian pro racers, Graffunder dominated the day aboard his Husqvarna TXC310R.
“I won all the heats and the final, which is what I was hoping to do,” Cory said. “There were some other fast guys here today and it definitely wasn’t going to be a walk in the park. The rain on Friday was worrying, but the sun came out and it really came together. It was all pretty tough but nothing was super gnarly.”
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — American Motorcyclist Association member Chris Latham of Greencastle, Ind., has one more reason to hit the trails this year. The 46-year-old Latham won the grand prize for participating in the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual Sport Trail Riding Series: a 2013 Husqvarna TE449 from series sponsor Husqvarna North America.
The annual AMA prize drawing, conducted by the independent auditing and accounting firm of Plante & Moran of Columbus, Ohio, included participants in all events on the national dual-sport calendar.