CH Racing Enduro and Supermotard Racers Make A Show In The Snow
January 28, 2010 – Cogne (Aosta), Italy – The snow-covered peaks of Cogne, Italy proved an ideal setting to introduce Husqvarna 2010 factory racing efforts. Six of the seven Husqvarna CH Racing Team Enduro riders were joined by Supermoto racer (and X Games medalist) Adrien Chareyre and CH Racing team manager Fabrizio Azzalin for a week of intense pre-season physical training in the beautiful mountain resort area.
New team recruit Chris Hollis, who joins his mates next month, remained home in Australia soaking up the sunshine. French riders Antoine Meo, Seb Guillaume and Adrien Chareyre, Finnish fast men Matti Seistola and Mauno Hermunen, and Poland’s Bartosz Oblucki were joined by a lone motocross “intruder” Alex Salvini, for conditioning; each motivated by the goal of kicking off 2010 in the best physical shape ever and achieving the highest results on their respective international race circuits. It is hoped that in training the two squads together, they can focus on common targets, staying healthy and winning races, while at the same time bolstering an already infectious level of team spirit.
Interestingly no motorcycle riding was included during the week-long training event. Instead, the riders will begin the testing and development process of their new TE 250 and WR 300 enduro, and SM 450RR supermoto machines next week. The goal this week was all about winter sports such as skiing – sprinkled with occasional doses of spa time to relax, refocus and recharge the batteries.
Team manager Fabrizio Azzalin explains that this mode of training (without motorcycles) is a proven and effective way to start the new season with one common goal: victory! “Our target is to win two world titles in Enduro and another Supermoto title,” says Azzalin. “We have all the necessary ingredients to reach that goal: skilled riders, great bikes and a perfectly structured team. Our group is like a family now and we have never been in such great shape as we now are.”
“2010 will be a very important season for the Husqvarna brand,” added Husqvarna Racing Activities Coordinator Martino Bianchi. “We have new products and we’ve set extremely important goals, both in Enduro and in Supermotard. We are the reigning world champions with three world titles last year. We want victory in the motocross category as well, and we’ll claim it. Here in Cogne I’ve seen in the riders’ eyes the desire to achieve these results and I am seeing that their physical preparation is excellent. We will surely play a major role in the 2010 national and international championships.”