AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, 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.

The final fourteenth stage of the thirty-fifth edition of the Dakar wound up today in Santiago. Frenchman Cyril Despres became overall winner for the fifth time in a race that had been wide open right up until the end of the last  special test. Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain was once again a main protagonist in this incredible rally with a third place in today’s stage, for Spaniard Joan Barreda taking the team’s tally to twelve podium places. Barreda himself has scored  four partial stage wins, showing just how competitive the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain is.

The final standings don’t really do justice to Husqvarna Rallye Team by Speedbrain or its riders, who were excessively punished for insignificant but costly technical setbacks which had previously not occurred all season. Joan Barreda, in particular, should have finished higher after he dominated the early stages; likewise Alessandro Botturi, who until three days ago was in fifth place.

The Dakar got well and truly underway today with Team Husqvarna by Speedbrain in the thick of the action. Joan Barreda, the Spanish rider won the Pisco – Pisco second stage, commanding the 242 km (151 miles) of special test. The stage proved to be really tough, with plenty of opportunities for errors and loss of time. Barreda on his Husqvarna TE449RR set an imposing pace from the start of the special test, coming in more than three minutes ahead of the nearest rival. ‘Gregarious’ Matt Fish put in a fine performance too, managing to finish among the leaders in third place.

Conversely, Goncalves and Botturi lost a lot of time in seach of the correct route some 100 km into the race, as did Viladoms who was the fastest of the three once back on the right track.

Corona, CA – November 19, 2012 – Kyle Redmond was able to ride his strong momentum to a season-best finish at the Las Vegas finale of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series. The FMF/Stillwell Performance-backed rider was able to get his TXC310 on the podium with a third place finish after battling tooth and nail down to the last lap.

“I’m really happy to get the Husky up there on the podium,” Redmond said. “It’s a huge relief for me this year. It’s a really great bike and I’m so happy to be with Husqvarna and be on this team. I want to thank Husky for sticking with me. They believed in me this year. The start of the season was not very good – obviously I fractured my ankle so I was trying to catch up. These last few rounds I felt good but I just haven’t gotten the starts I needed. It finally all came together tonight; I got the start and got through the lappers.”

Redmond’s night started out at a disadvantage when he was caught up in a crash on the first lap of the main. Fortunately for him there were two main events at the double-header season finale, so Kyle had a second chance, and thanks to an interesting starting technique, he got the start he needed to battle for the podium. Rather than picking his own gate, Redmond opted to line up on the second row, behind Taddy Blazusiak and Cody Webb (eventual first and second place finishers). The tactic paid off and Redmond was able to sneak in a top-five start.

Corona, CA – August 23, 2012 – A broken foot isn’t going to stop factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder from claiming his first championship of 2012. The X Games medalist recently suffered a season-threatening crash at Glen Helen that caused him to sit out the Cahuilla Creek round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS). But the Canadian is going to tough it out this weekend in Montana to claim the AMA West Hare Scrambles number one plate at the Kenda Big Sky XC presented by Klim.

“I had a scary get-off at Glen Helen,” Graffunder recalled. “I had a mid-air collision with another rider and crashed hard and basically smashed the ball of my foot. I had surgery on it a few weeks ago and just got the pins out last week.”

Corona, CA – July 16, 2012 – Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder rode to another podium finish at the eighth round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS), finishing third at the newly added Pala round in Southern California. With just two rounds remaining, his third place keeps him within sight of the PRO 2 Championship, of which he is seven points behind.

“Today was one of those races you are just happy to get behind you,” Cory explained. “My Husky worked great, but the course was just a really long motocross track. There wasn’t much off-road to it. My goal was to finish as strong as possible and salvage as many points as I could.”

The addition of the Pala event was a mid-season changeup as the WORCS series was unable to secure the resources to safely host the Gorman, California event. After carding a respectable finish on one of this year’s faster courses, Cory looks forward to a more technical track at Anza where he hopes to close up the points chase

“I really excel in the tight difficult events,” Graffunder said. “The next round has the potential to be a bit tighter, so I am hoping to use it to take over the championship lead. I plan to come out strong in Anza!”

Cory returns to racing at the ninth round of the WORCS series on Sunday, August 12 at Cahuilla Creek MX Park in Anza, California.

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Corona, CA – Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder rolled into Central, Utah only a few points out of the lead in the Pro 2 class of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS), and was able to take a valuable step forward in the championship by taking the win on the technical Utah course. Meanwhile, on the East Coast, FAR Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong ended his day on the podium, as well, taking second in the XC2 class at the Snowshoe GNCC.

Cory Graffunder knew that the win was mandatory to keep his Pro 2 championship hunt alive in the WORCS series. Recovering from a mid-pack start, which included taking a row of banners for a joyride, Cory pushed his TXC511 to the front of the Pro 2 class (and 6th overall position) midway through lap two, and never looked back.

“This was a fun course,” Cory said. “It was really rough and wet. I think we crossed that creek about six times each lap! The water was awesome, and the terrain suited my style. The win here is great, and I’m looking forward to the last three rounds.”

With three rounds remaining, Cory now sits just five points out of the lead in Pro 2 with a good shot at taking his first WORCS title.

Cory Graffunder returns to racing this weekend, LIVE on ESPN2, in the Summer X Games Enduro X event! Check your local listing for show times and details.

Irvine, CA (June 19, 2012) – Check out the video highlights from round two of the 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross championship, presented by Lucas Oil.

KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak took the win ahead of a fierce battle for the other two podium positions. Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert worked his way up to second after a last place start and GEICO Honda’s Kevin Rookstool held on for third despite a few crashes.

GEICO AMA EnduroCross, presented by Lucas Oil Sacramento Expert Results:

Taddy Blazusiak            KTM
Taylor Robert                Kawasaki
Kevin Rookstool           Honda
Cory Graffunder            Husqvarna
Mike Brown                   KTM
Bobby Garrison             Kawasaki
Cody Webb                  Beta
Gary Sutherlin               Kawasaki
Destry Abbott               Kawasaki
Colton Haaker               Kawasaki
Geoff Aaron                  Honda

Corona, CA – May 29, 2012 – Fred Andrews Racing Husqvarna’s Andrew DeLong earned his second consecutive victory at the Mountaineer Run GNCC in Masontown, West Virginia. With temperatures higher than usual, Andrew showed his stamina and worked his way from a mid-pack start up to the front to claim third overall and first in the XC2 class.

It wasn’t an easy race for DeLong and his Husqvarna TC250 as he couldn’t seem to find his groove until after the fourth lap. “I had a bad day today,” DeLong confessed. “I was on the ground so many times, then the last lap I was finally riding like I know how again. I really can’t believe I won today; but I’ll take it!”

With second place hot on his heels, DeLong put on a charge late in the race and turned a two-second gap into more than 30 seconds by the checkered flag. “I’m really happy with how Andrew rode today,” Fred Andrews said. “After the first lap, we knew that it was going to be a race, but I was confident in having him on my team. I knew that he wasn’t going to let a little bit of racing action keep him out of the lead. That’s two overall podiums for him in two weeks!”

Andrew DeLong now moves up to fourth in the XC2 championship, just nine points away from third despite missing the first two rounds of the season due to injury.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that FMF, the top aftermarket off-road motorcycle exhaust manufacturer and a leader in quiet motorcycle technology, will be the presenting sponsor for the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series, presented by FMF.

The AMA Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series, presented by FMF, is the country’s leading series of organized off-road motorcycle recreational rides. It features 24 events across the country.

“With its Q Stealth and Q4 quiet off-road exhausts, FMF has long been a responsible corporate citizen of the motorcycling community,” said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton. “We’re excited that FMF is on board with the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series, presented by FMF, and we’re looking forward to their participation in the series, from being on hand at select rounds for technical support to providing end-of-season prizes for some lucky riders.”

FMF has provided industry-leading exhausts to the off-road and closed-course racing markets for more than 39 years. With products for two- and four-stroke platforms, full-sized bikes, minibikes, all-terrain vehicles and more, the company has a complete lineup of both performance-enhancing and quiet pipes for any application. More information about FMF can be found at or at, or on Twitter @fmf73.

“A driving force at our company is the love of riding,” said FMF founder Don Emler. “We ride every chance we get, and that fuels our passion to build the best products possible. Our goal is to help our customers get the most out of their riding experience, and to that end we’re pleased to support the AMA and the 2012 AMA Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series, presented by FMF. Dual-sport riding is some of the most fun you can have on two wheels without the high pressure of a competitive environment. We’re happy to be a part of this series, and I’m personally looking forward to throwing my leg over my motorcycle and experiencing these great rides myself.”

The AMA Husqvarna National Dual-Sport Series, presented by FMF, features the country’s best-organized dual-sport rides. Run by AMA-chartered clubs and promoters, the events include miles of challenging trail connected by scenic backcountry roads. Rides span two days or more, with one-day participation optional. The courses, which extend to 100 miles or more each day, are well marked and detailed on provided route sheets. Although non-competitive in nature, the challenging, national-caliber terrain is designed to bring out the best in each rider.

Riders are encouraged to visit the official series Facebook page at to interact with other dual-sport riders who enjoy the series. More information about Husqvarna’s TE line of dual-purpose motorcycles can be found at You can also follow Team Husqvarna on Facebook or via Twitter @HusqvarnaNA.

The AMA National Dual-Sport Series, created by the AMA in 1987, has become increasingly popular as off-road and street riders alike have turned to dual-sport recreation to experience the freedom of two wheels, and the 2012 schedule is one of the largest in history. The series kicks off on May 19 in Zaleski, Ohio, with additional events scheduled in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Michigan, Oregon, Wisconsin, Washington, New York, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, California, Virginia, Texas, Arizona and New Jersey.

The full series schedule is at > Riding > Dirt > Husqvarna Dual Sport.