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MOROCCO RALLY 2012

JOAN BARREDA FINISHES SECOND IN THE MOROCCO RALLY. HUSQVARNA RALLY TEAM BY SPEEDBRAIN RIDERS TAKE THREE OF THE TOP EIGHT PLACES.

A very successful Morocco Rally for the Husqvarna Rallye Team By Speedbrain came to a close today with Joan Barreda taking second overall place. Paulo Goncalves and Matt Fish put in noteworthy performances too finishing in fifth and eighth respectively. This result for the Husqvarna Rallye Team By Speedbrain is all the more notable for the high turn-out of top riders who participated and for the particularly taxing course. Joan Barreda proved to be extremely quick coming in just a few minutes behind the winner. Goncalves too put in a fine performance and had it not been for a setback in the fourth stage, would have made the third step of the podium. Matt Fish concluded the rally in an overall eighth place in his first outing in an African rally, with the Husqvarna TE449RR by Speedbrain offering excellent support to three riders throughout the whole of the 2000 km of special test.

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Enduro World Championship

SALMINEN ENDS 2012 SEASON THIRD IN THE ENDURO 2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing team rider Juha Salminen has ended his participation in the 2012 Enduro World Championship third in the Enduro 2 class. Standing on the podium on both days of the GP of France staged in Brignoles, Salminen’s best result came on day two when he placed as runner-up following a third placed performance on day one. Disappointingly for the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing the final event of the season was marred by the theft of two of their factory bikes. Enduro 1 class riders Matti Seistola and Lorenzo Santolino were both unable to compete in the second day’s competition following the theft of their bikes from the parc ferme during the early hours of Sunday morning.

For Salminen the final event of the 2012 Enduro World Championship was a bittersweet affair. With a mathematical chance of still clinching the E2 title, in reality the cruel loss of 20 very important championship points at the GP of Argentina when a rock became stuck between his front sprocket and chain meant that third would most likely be where he’d finish in the E2 championship. And following two day’s of tough competition the eight-time World Champion ended the season third behind France’s Pela Renet and Spain’s Cristobal Guerrero. In France Juha battled for the win during the opening lap on day one before eventually placing third. On day two he improved to secure a runner-up result behind double E2 class winner Johnny Aubert. 

Only able to compete in one of the two days of competition was anything but the end to the season both Enduro 1 class riders Matti Seistola and Lorenzo Santolino had hoped for. Starting well on day one Matti crashed on the extreme test, coming home in an eventual sixth. Sidelined on day two brought an end to Matti’s hopes of improving on fifth in the E1 championship standings. In placing one position behind Matti on day one Santolino ended his championship campaign eighth in the Enduro 1 class.

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Racing

LETTENBICHLER SECURES 2 PODIUMS AT RED BULL SEA TO SKY 2012

Last weekend the Red Bull Sea to Sky race took place in and around the city of Kemer in Turkey. For Husqvarna Andreas Lettenbichler participated on a WR300. 
This extreme enduro race is splitted up into three races in two days. On day one a 15 minutes race at the beach with a mass start is the beginning, later on day 1 the race thorugh the forests around Kemer. Day 2 is the Olympus Mountain Race. All riders have maximum 6 hours to climb 2365 meters of altitude up the Mount Olympus. 
Andreas Lettenbichler performed quite well. In the beach race he jumped with his 3rd place on the podium. In the forest race he was faster than almost all his 130 competitors and finished in 2nd place. In the mountain race Letti finished 4th. The second Husqvarna rider Gerhard Forster on a TE449 finished as best 4-stroke pilot in 9th place in the Mountain race, in which only 25 out of 110 started riders reached the finish line within the 6 hours limit.

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European Cross Country Championship

JOSEF KULHAVY STRIKES AGAIN

After his fantastic season in which Josef Kulhavy already won the German Cross Country Championship title, he headed to Attimis Italy for the European Cross Country Championship race. The young Husqvarna rider from the Czech Republic again showed his huge talent by winning the race with more than a 30 seconds gap to the second placed Italian Diego Nicoletti. But the day even became better for Husqvarna thanks to Christian Weiss, who put his Husqvarna with his 3rd place finish also on the podium. But this was just the Pro Class. 
In the Sport C Class German Husqvarna rider Franz Allerberger secured also the European title, like the Italian Antonio Rigoni on a CR125 in the Pre-Seniors class. Last but not least the girls in the Women class Bianca Findenig put her CR125 with a 3rd place finish on the podium. 

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GNCC

ANDREW DELONG AGAIN ON THE PODIUM

The GNCC headed last weekend for the penultimate race of the season to Crawfordsville, IN. In the XC2 Pro Lites class Andrew DeLong secured his 9th podium in his 10th race this year by finishing in 3rd place, his team-mate Nick Davis came in 6th. In the 4 Stroke B Lites class Kyle Greer and Andrew Powers finished 2nd and 3rd. Success also for Ashley Copeland who nailed her 3rd podium finish with a second place in the Women Class.

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EnduroX

BOTH HUSQVARNAS IN THE TOP 10 AT EVERETT ENDURO X

Everett, WA hosted on Saturday the 6th round of the AMA EnduroX series. The Husqvarna Enduro specialists Cory Graffunder and Kyle Redmond participated. At the end with Redmond in 5th and Graffunder in 6th position of the Main Event was a good result. Cory Graffunder still holds the 5th position in the overall standings.

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British Enduro Championship

JACK ROWLAND SECURES BRITISH E1 TITLE

Husqvarna rider Jack Rowland won last weekend the E1 class of the British Enduro Championship. The race itself didn’t start well for Jack on Saturday. Rain made the track very slippery and after the 3rd test he had to retire. Sunday was much better and a 5th place finish was enough to win the title on his TE250R.

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Catalan Enduro Championship

PODIUMS FOR HUSQVARNA RIDERS IN TIURANA ENDURO (LERIDA)

Last weekend in the town of Leida Tiurana (La Noguera) the fifth round of the Championship of Catalonia Enduradas was held. 
The weather forecasts said that there will be some rain and it was right. On Saturday night the rain made the track slippery and tricky but the heavy rain on Sunday morning made the special test in the 48km loop impossible to pass. So on Sunday the organizers decided for security reasons to delete the special test and just to have 4 time trails. 
In the Senior A class, the Husqvarna rider Rafa García had a very hard fight for second position with Jose Luis Martinez. But in the end Rafa was able to place himself in front of the KTM rider. 
The only fifteen year old Josep Garcia, already well known to for being faster than a lot of his more experienced competitors won the E-125 Category. Thanks to his very fast speed during all the day he was always ahead of his competitors. This victory also secures his 1st position in the E-125 standings. 
In the scratch the two Garcia brothers even were able to secure a 1-2-finish with Josep in front of Rafa. 
In the Junior Open category Edgar Garcia rode on his Husqvarna to a 2nd place finish. He is now in 1st position in the Championship standings more than 20 points ahead of the rider

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