Husqvarna-10-26-11Husqvarna Factory Racing has announced its intention to be a major player in the FIM World Motocross Championship series from the 2014 season with a full factory team in the paddock for both MX1 and MX2 classes.

In the MX1 class it will be South African born Tyla Rattray and Australian Todd Waters who will wear the Husqvarna colors while in the MX2 class Romain Febvre of France and Alexandr Tonkov of Russia are to represent the new team.

Rattray, former MX2 World Champion with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, has spent recent seasons competing in the AMA SX and MX competitions in the US and in 2011 he was second overall in the AMA 250 MX class. Now 28, he first relocated from South Africa to Germany in 2000 to compete internationally and qualified for his first GP races in 2001 at just 15.

Honda-LogoTorrance, CA: The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series came to a dramatic close Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV before 39,504 race fans.

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia finished fifth, wrapping up his rookie year fourth overall in the championship points chase. It was an unbelievable night for Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn, who secured his first-ever 250 Supercross Championship with a second-place-overall finish in the main event. Although his teammate wasn’t able to bring home the West championship, Eli Tomac rode an incredible race, taking home his fifth main-event win of the season.

450 Race
450 Supercross rookie Justin Barcia had a successful 2013 season, winning two main events, earning three more podium finishes and placing in the top five seven additional times. With the fourth-quickest qualifying time in practice, Barcia got a less-than-desirable start in his heat race but put together an incredible come-from-behind charge to finish fourth. In the main event, he jumped off the line to a mid-pack start and was able to work his way into fifth overall, which is where he finished.

WRP-Products-Logo-4-9-13Montclair, CA: The King Shocks HDRA 250 in Ridgecrest, California featured three vehicles entered in the race that are prepped using the WRP line of premium threadlocker – Justin Davis in the #85 TT, Kory Halopoff/Richard Boyle in the #156 Class 1 car and Erik Harp in the #119 Class 1 car.

Justin Davis qualified 7th against some of the top unlimited teams and drivers in the world on Friday.  Justin picked his way through the field Saturday despite the extremely rough and dusty conditions.  As he ran the final lap, he was second on the road behind the legendary team of Tim Herbst/Larry Roeseler.  In his post-race interview, Justin described the strategy of “latching on to the rear bumper” of these Baja champions to maintain his lead on corrected time.  “The WRP Threadlocker worked awesome holding the truck together all day, but it really showed how well it works on the last lap when I gave it everything the truck had to win the race.”  This is Justin’s first win in TT in the newly formed SCORE/HDRA World Championship series in his Green Army / WRP Trophy Truck.

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce a corporate partnership with Foremost Insurance Group becoming the latest sponsor of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, Factory FMF/KTM Racing Team and the KTM Ride Orange Demo Ride Program.

The partnership blossomed through combined interests of the two companies. Both companies are motorcycle-focused with an emphasis on grassroots initiatives. While the KTM brand has been widely recognized for its offroad heritage and success, Foremost is an insurance company that offers specialized offroad vehicle insurance coverage, along with motorcycle, boat, home and much more.

Red Bull KTM Factory riders, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen, launched the partnership off to a great start after both riders’ finished on the podium at the opening round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship Series.

Torrance, CA: Honda Red Riders came out strong Saturday night at round one of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series, taking home five of the top ten positions in the 450 Supercross class. Fans filled the stands of Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, to see Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard and Justin Barcia occupy the top spots all night aboard their all-new CRF450Rs. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac started the season exactly where he left off in 2012, on top of the podium.

The Race
The much-anticipated return of Canard was nothing short of amazing as he posted a second place finish in his qualifying heat race. In the main event—his first main in nearly a year—Canard launched into the first turn to grab a second place start. Throughout the entire 20-lap main event, Canard stuck right with the leader looking for a place to attack. With four laps remaining he made his move to take over the lead, which he held until the final lap when he was passed and finished second—a remarkable performance for a young man who a year ago suffered a broken back that nearly ended his career.

With the recent news of Roger Norman acquiring the SCORE Desert Series and the formation of a World Championship of Desert Racing, Trophy Truck teams are scrambling to put plans in place for the 2013 season. The World Championship of Desert Racing consists of three rounds of racing in the US, at HDRA events and three rounds in Mexico racing the SCORE Desert series. Many SCORE racers are eager to add the HDRA races to their schedule in order to chase a World Championship crown.

“We are anxious to compete with our Red Bull Trophy Truck in an International series for a World Championship,” said 44 year racing veteran Gustavo Vildosola, “We are about to enter a new era. Roger Norman has experienced racing as a driver and a promoter. It gives him a totally different point of view. He has some great ideas that I think will revolutionize the sport. We look forward to competing in the World Championship series.”