A Great Weekend At Glen Helen Raceway!
April 14, 2010 – Woodcliff Lake, NJ – In front of a packed house and facing a field of top level-talent, Husqvarna had a great racing weekend at California’s Glen Helen Raceway. Bobby Garrison won the MTA World 2-Stroke Championship and Cory Graffunder grabbed the EnduroCross round at the same venue. This marks Husqvarna’s first overall EnduroCross win on American shores and the first major U.S. motocross win in close to a decade!
Motocross Action magazine called the 2-Stroke World Championship “a race you have to see to believe” and young Garrison had the crowd believing that Husqvarna is back as he battled to the win aboard his 2010 WR300. “This was one of the best races I have seen in years,” said an enthused Zip-Ty Team Husqvarna boss Ty Davis. “We were all standing at the edge of the track cheering!”
Although the racing action was incredibly close, Garrison’s fast and consistent 4-2 moto finishes were good enough for the overall victory. “I got a good jump out of the gate at the start of the first moto, but hit a soft section about halfway up the main straight that slowed the bike, so when I rounded the first turn I was in the back of the pack!”
However Garrison put his head down and quickly worked his way back up through the pack into 5th place. “The power of my WR300 was great and I started to battle with Kurt Casselli and was finally able to get into a battle for third… small mistakes toward the end cost me and I had to settle for 4th in the moto.”
The second moto went much smoother, and Garrison stayed with the lead pack for most of the race, riding smart while other competitors started crashing out. “I finished the moto in 2nd place, which gave me the overall win. Everything just fell in place today and my Husqvarna worked great all day long.”
Held in conjunction with the 2-Stroke Championship at Glen Helen was round #1 of the Maxxis EnduroCross Series. Although the racing discipline was drastically different and the bikes changed from 2-strokes to 4-strokes, the results remained the same for teammate Cory Graffunder, as he completely dominated aboard the Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna TC250. Starting with an excellent qualifying position in the afternoon, Graffunder remained on the gas all day!
The evening program called for a three-moto main event format which played out almost perfectly for Cory. He grabbed the holeshot and lead wire-to-wire in the first moto. A slight bobble saw Cory finish a close second to Colton Hacker in the second moto, but he was back on track for the third moto, leading from start to finish and winning by a wide 20 second margin.
“This was a good start to the series and I hope to keep it up,” claims Cory. “The Husqvarna TC250 ran great all night.” With things going nearly perfect, Graffunder says he is really looking forward to the next round and another dominating performance for his hot Husqvarna.
“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.