Husky Dominates In The Desert, Again – Zip-Ty Racing Victorious At Best In The Desert GP And WORCS Race
In The Same Weekend!
May 18, 2010 – Woodcliff Lake, NJ – The Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna team had a banner weekend, winning the Best In The Desert Blue Water GP on Saturday and then they were at it again for the WORCS race at the Honey Lake MX Park on Sunday. Despite making it look easy, the trick was to be in two places at once as Team Captain Ty Davis had to make like Mr. Toad on his wild ride to get from Parker, Arizona up to Milford, California (north of Lake Tahoe) in time for his Sunday morning starting time!
The wild weekend action started on Saturday as Nick Burson grabbed second off the line on his TXC 450 and proceeded to show the field how to ride in the desert. With absolutely no wind, the dust just hung in the air making visibility a real problem. “During the first half of the race, Nick had to hang back from the leader a little since you couldn’t see past the handlebars,” noted Ty. However desert master Burson blew past the leader at the halfway point and really took off with a clear field of vision.
Burson gapped the pack by such a wide margin that Ty was able to ease off a little bit toward the end. “We had such a large lead over second place that we were able to cruise in for the win,” said Davis before jumping in the truck and heading to the WORCS race set for Sunday.
While Ty and Nick were beating the Best In The Desert, Cory Graffunder and Bobby Garrison were at the Honey Lake MX facility getting ready for the WORCS race. During Saturday’s qualifying session, Graffunder got a good start and was able to qualify for the Pro2 field on Sunday.
Meanwhile, after a wild Saturday night drive, Ty Davis arrived and lined up for the 40A Class first thing Sunday morning. Despite not riding the course during Saturday’s qualifiers, Ty took his Husqvarna TC 450 to third at the start. By the end of the first lap, Ty moved into 1st and started to stretch his lead. When the dust settled, Davis had more than a minute lead for an easy victory. “This is great! Two wins in two days, you can’t ask for much better than this,” he exclaimed.
After showing his team how it is done, Davis took a spot on the sidelines to watch Bobby Garrison and Cory Graffunder go for it. Garrison got a good jump off the gate in the Pro class, but got pinched off in the first corner and was in 16th position. Bobby kept his lap times consistent and as the other riders started to fade, he began picking them off one by one. Within two laps he was able to make up the 50 seconds separating him from motocross hero John Dowd (who was filling in for the injured WORCS regular Destry Abbott) and pass him for 9th. “I was able to see Dowd in front of me, but he was pretty far up there,” said Garrison. “I just put my head down and kept pushing and then all of a sudden there he was and I made the pass!” Getting by Dowd should be a good tune-up for Garrison since he plans to race both the MX National opener at Hangtown this weekend and the USGP at Glen Helen the following weekend.
It was a whole different story in the Pro2 race. Cory Graffunder got a great start on his Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna TXC 450 and rounded the first corner in third place. He quickly made the pass into second and set his sights on the leader. Graffunder continued to pressure the leader Cory Floyd, eventually getting by him at the half-way point. “With a large gas tank, I knew I could run longer than anyone on fuel,” explained Cory. “I tried to go as far as I could, pitting around 1 hour 20 minutes, which worked out.” From this point, Cory stretched his lead to more than a minute for the overall win.
“All in all, it was another great weekend for Team Husqvarna and Zip-Ty Racing,” says Husqvarna North America Race Director Scot Harden. “With our race wins, $11+ million contingency program and 6.99% financing on 2009 and 2010 models, there is no question that Husqvarna is back!”
Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.
Husqvarna Motorcycles, a part of the BMW Group since October 2007, are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Varese, Italy since 1987.
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC is part of BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North, Central and South America is located in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Throughout 2010, Husqvarna will continue to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Enduro, GNCC, EnduroCross, National Hare & Hound, the AMA Hare Scrambles Series, and WORCS competition. Husqvarna team riders will compete in the premier classes of each series aboard 2010 Husqvarna TXC 450, TXC 510, and WR 300 off-road models.