Corona, CA – Zip-Ty Husqvarna racer Cory Graffunder didn’t start his season off on an ideal note, but fortunately he was able to end it on one. After returning from an injury, Graffunder closed out his GEICO AMA EnduroCross season with a podium finish at the Las Vegas finale.
“I had one chance to come back and redeem myself from missing practically the whole season,” Graffunder said. “I was really excited to get on the podium and I wanted to prove to everyone that I still had the speed.”

A broken wrist only days before the X Games season opener left the Zip-Ty Husky rider on the sidelines of the STAPLES Center rather than battling for a medal. Graffunder would go on to miss out on five of the seven venues, and looked at the Las Vegas double-header as his last opportunity for redemption in 2011.

“I trained really hard in the off-season with the hope of improving from number four,” Graffunder said. “I thought I had something for Taddy [Blazusiak] but the wrist threw a wrench in my whole season. The Las Vegas finale was as eye-opening to me as it was for everyone else. I trained really hard the whole month before that and I didn’t know where I was going to be. I raced the Idaho EnduroCross round and I didn’t have much speed there, but I’d been getting better and better. In the first main, I ended up getting a good start. Cody Webb went at it and I had him covered. It was great to get on the podium again.”

Corona, CA - After taking a summer hiatus, District 37 racing is back in action, and so is Zip-Ty Racing’s Nick Burson. At the Invaders MC Desert Scramble in Johnson Valley, California, Burson battled the heat and dust to pilot his Husqvarna TXC511 to the overall win!

Burson led for most of the race, which consisted of two 35-mile loops. Jake Argubright mounted a challenge early in the second loop after he passed Burson just before the pit stop.

“At that point I had someone to chase, which is sometimes easier, but the dust made it pretty difficult,” Burson commented. “I wanted to pick up the pace but as soon as I got on the trail we were already in lappers so I backed it down and tried to ride smart.”

Smart and steady paid off for Burson, who regained the lead from Argubright and sailed to a rather uneventful finish. “It was nice to get another win for the Zip-Ty Husqvarna team and I hope we can turn our bad luck around from the first half of the year into good luck for the remaining races!”

On the same weekend, Zip-Ty Husqvarna racers were taking to the AMA EnduroCross course in Indianapolis for round three of the series. Despite suffering a broken finger less than two weeks earlier at round two in Everett, Washington, Jamie Lanza toughed it out in Indiana to fight for a qualifying position. Lanza was making good progress in the second qualifier before throwing a chain and losing his bid at transferring to the main event.

The Zip-Ty Husqvarna team hosted a guest rider in Indy – Dirt Rider Associate Editor, Chris Denison – who did a race test of Cory Graffunder’s TE310 in the amateur class. Watch the pages of Dirt Rider magazine for Denison’s story on the Zip-Ty TE310 – the bike that started life as a dual-sport bike, and became a full-fledged racer and the inspiration for Husqvarna’s TXC310 – the flagship of the 2012 model line!

“It’s great to see Nick Burson back in action in desert racing,” commented Husqvarna’s National Marketing Manager, Corey Eastman. “He’s off to a good start for the remainder of the 2011 season. It’s also great to have a guest rider like Chris Denison with us for the weekend. It’s a shame that Cory Graffunder is still out with a broken wrist, but with Jamie Lanza and Ryan Sandoval making strides in the series, we’re still flying the Husqvarna colors in EnduroCross.”