Corona, CA – September 17, 2012 - Coast to coast, Husqvarna racers were in action over the weekend, celebrating a national win and two season bests between the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team at the Unadilla GNCC in New York, and factory Husqvarna racers at the Ontario, California round of the AMA EnduroCross series.
Andrew DeLong scored another big win in the XC2 division of the Unadilla GNCC – this time sharing the podium with his FAR Husqvarna teammate Nick Davis who pulled off a third-place finish. “I am so excited to get third,” Davis exclaimed. “My arms pumped up the first two laps, but after they relaxed I could start riding like I knew I could.”
Neither of the FAR racers got out to a good start, and had their work cut out for them at Unadilla. By the halfway point the TC250s of DeLong and Davis had worked their way through the field, and Andrew was finally able to seize the lead after a swift pit stop.
“I pushed my way to the front today,” DeLong said. “I need to make up points on the leaders and I did that today. I needed to win!”
“Both my guys gave 110% today,” said a very proud Fred Andrews. “Thanks to our pit crew for all the help today. We’re so happy to put two Husqvarnas on the box!”
DeLong’s win granted him another valuable advantage in the XC2 Championship points chase, steadily closing the gap on the lead even after having missed the first two rounds of the season. He is now third in points, three points away from second and a mere 13 points from the championship lead.
The AMA EnduroCross Series was back in action after the summer break. Kyle Redmond was finally in healthy race form, having utilized the 10-week break in the season to rehabilitate his fractured ankle. Redmond notched a season-best finish of fourth place at the Ontario round after having run third place for much of the main event.
“It was the best night all year,” Redmond commented. “The bike was working really great tonight – I’m becoming more in tune with my TXC310. I really like coming to this track and just had a good night. So far it’s been a tough year, but now I’m feeling good and I’m really looking forward to these next four rounds.”
Redmond’s factory Husqvarna teammate Cory Graffunder had a rather rough ride in Ontario, showcasing firsthand the unpredictability of EnduroCross. The X Games medalist was looking to back up his podium performance at round three, but struggled after not having spent much time on the bike during the summer break while healing a broken foot.
“I was expecting to pick up where I left off and I’m obviously not there,” Graffunder lamented. “Nothing really went my way tonight… I showed a couple glimpses of speed, but made mistakes all over the place.”
Canadian Husqvarna riders Guy Giroux and Philippe Chaine descended from the Great White North to card top-15 finishes in the XC2 Pro Lites class of the Unadilla GNCC. Husqvarna is also proud to congratulate its support riders who celebrated a successful weekend. Craig DeLong added another victory to the family name with a win in the 200 B class. In the Virginia Cross Country series, Robby Norwood piloted his TXC310 to another victory, and is now in strong contention for the number one plate with one round left.
Graffunder and Redmond will be back in action on October 6 for round five of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, the same weekend the FAR Husqvarna team will contest the next round of the GNCC series.
After his GNCC victory, DeLong jumped on a flight to Saxony, Germany where he will be contesting the 87th International Six Days Enduro for the U.S. Junior Trophy Team. Keep up with DeLong and the American team by liking us on Facebook! (Husqvarna Motorcycles NA).
For more information on the entire 2012 (and 2013) Husqvarna line-up, please go to www.husqvarna-motorcyclesna.com. Head to your nearest dealership to pick up a copy of the 2012 RiDE MORE Catalog, available now!