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 – Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder returned to the podium this weekend with a second overall at the Funky Chicken AMA National Hare Scrambles. The finish earned him valuable points towards the championship, and with one round left Cory is in prime position to take his first AMA Western Hare Scrambles title.

The day started out well as Graffunder utilized the TXC511 to it’s fullest and easily pulled a gap on the entire pro class into the tightly wooded single track of Elkton, Oregon. But despite his dominant ride, a tangle with a lapper on the last lap would relegate him to second place on the day.

“I felt really good out there today,” Cory said. “I had a brand new 511 and the traction was just incredible. I think I had over a minute lead when I stopped to pit. That lapper took me down on an uphill, and it really bent my rear brake lever bad. I tried to cruise into the finish, but without a rear brake the trees, and roots, and water are really not that easy.”

Graffunder pulled over and made an attempt to fix the brake, unknowingly allowing eventual race winner, Rory Sullivan, to make a pass.