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Great Show At MX World Championship In France For Husqvarna

By: | Published 07 June 2011, 14:16 | Views: 1,925 | tags: mx, husqvarna, sprint, france, mx1, mx2, enduro
The MX World Championship French Grand Prix took place at the beautiful St. Jean D'Angely circuit for the fifth round of the 2011 MX1/MX2 series, and the second round of the MX2 European Championship.

In front of over 20,000 spectators Alessandro Lupino and Andrea Cervellin demonstrated the increased competitiveness of the new Husqvarna TC250. In fact, it was only bad luck that stopped Alessandro Lupino in the first round when he was making an excellent recovery from 25th position.

With only 4 laps remaining before the chequered flag he was running in 16th position, but then a stone became wedged between his sprocket and chain which brought his race to a premature end. In the second heat, Lupino fought his way through the field from 20th position on the first lap, eventually finishing in 14th place – the same position that he also occupies in the current championship standings.

As for Andrea Cervellin, he celebrated good results on his Husqvarna TC250 in the European Championship (EMX2) after his two recent world outings in America. In the first leg, after a start from the 30th position he finished in 12th place, while in the second leg, he climbed up to a respectable seventh-place finish, after starting from 18th. These results mean than Cervellin is currently eighth in the provisional European Championship rankings.

The next race on the calendar is the GP of Portugal at Agueda on Sunday 12 June, where Michael Leib will return, after a two-month layoff recovering from the injuries he sustained in Faenza.


From 29 May to 1 June, the Cross Country World Championship and three days of the Italian Championship Raid TT were held in Sardinia.

Here, CF Racing Team's Andrea Mancini was competing at world level for the first time on the Husqvarna TE449. The Italian champion equipped himself well and finished four stages in third place, behind off-road legends Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, and only a clutch problem in the second stage prevented him taking the overall podium position of this Rainbow stage.

At the fifth stage, Mancini won the 450cc class race and was also able to win all 3 days of the Raid TT Italian Championship, thus underlining his title ambitions in this class with his new Husqvarna TE449.

Also in the 250 class, Husqvarna finished second and third, and won the women's category with the TE250, thanks to an excellent performance by Erika Burioli.


Finland- The Finish Husqvarna rider Roni Nikander dominated the 3rd round of the Finnish championship. The gap to Jari Mattila in the 2nd the position was 25 seconds and Roni recorded the fastest time in six out of eight special stages. Now Roni is holding the 3rd position in the overall championship standings right behind the Markko Tarkkala and the Swede Johan Carlson.

"The day was great without any problems. Driving was easy and the bike performed magnificent. It was nice to see that my speed is there… " commentated the Husqvarna rider his victory and is now looking forward to the WEC series very motivated. Also in the 125 class Husqvarna earned a position on the podium. The Young fin Paavo Honkanen finished in 3rd position and is now looking very positive on his start at the coming Six Days event in Kotka.


Australia- The AORC (Australian Off Road Championship) stayed in Hedley, Victoria for its rounds 3 and 4. The weather was very cold and wet so conditions were not really the best ones for off road motorcycling. On Saturday the Round 3 a Cross country style event started less than ideal for Husqvarna rider Glenn Kearney. But after an outstanding fight of Glenn he finished 2nd very close to winner Chris Hollis. Round 4 was a sprint event in also very bad conditions. The top five riders finished within only a few seconds and Glenn Kearney earned with position 3 his second podium on this weekend. In the veterans' class Damien Haley won the three hour mud bath on Saturday and also the sprint on Sunday with his Husqvarna TE 310.

In the overall standings of the AORC Husqvarna is with his riders Bartosz Oblucki on 3rd and Glenn Kearney on 4th in E2 class and Luka Bussa on 4th in E1 class well positioned so far.


Canada- One week after their impressive victory at the St-Raymond 500 team race on a TC 449 Husqvarna riders Guy Giroux (TE 310) and Philippe Chainé (TXC 250) finished 1st and 2nd at first round of the CMRC in Beuce, Quebec on. So the two guys underlined their ambitions on the 2011 championship. Also in the Ladies Class two Husqvarna riders were on the Podium. Karine Geoffrion rallied her way to an impressive win with a 5 minute gap to the second and was joined on the podium by Veronique Chainé (sister of Philippe Chainé) on 3rd position. Even Karine's mum Carole Geoffrion finished 5th on her CR 150.

Also the 14 year old Husky wunderkind Sam Rousseau finished 3rd in the Intermediate Class with a gap of only 12 seconds on his CR 150.

In British Columbia Ryan Graffunder took part in the Rock Hound Hare Scramble with his Husqvarna TC 449, his first race after his major knee surgery last fall. Though the finish on overall 2nd position of 2009 2010 CEC's Top Pro Junior is even more impressive. So all in all the last weeks couldn't be much better for Husqvarna motorcycles in Canada.


Husqvarna TXC 449 is Dirt Rider's Best "Way More Different Than That" Bike of the year 2011

The price was one category in the Bike of the year election and is given to bikes which are much more different than the whole crowed or its parent model. According to the editor Husqvarna must have a time machine with which they traveled to the year 2020 and took the TXC449 to launch it in 2011 because that was his impression of the look and all the revolutionary ideas which were put in this bike.
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