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Cody Webb is 2018 SuperEnduro World Champion 2018

With some exciting racing over the five-round series, it was Webb and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taddy Blazusiak who were separated by 17-points going into the closing event of the championship last weekend. Blazusiak set a blistering pace for the Akrapovič SuperPole lap in qualifying and won the opening race of the night in impressive style, closing down on the points gap to fellow KTM-rider Webb and certainly turning up the heat on the championship battle.

After an initial battle between the two contenders, a technical issue ruled Polish-star Blazusiak out of the second moto, and Webb took third position, which was enough to award the KTM-star the World Championship title with a race to spare aboard his KTM 350 EXC-F. On the night Jonny Walker finished runner-up on the podium and fourth in the standings, with six-time SuperEnduro World Champion Blazusiak, who only recently returned to racing following a short retirement, taking a podium third for third overall in the championship.

Adding the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship to his 2017 AMA EnduroCross title, American-ace Cody Webb is undisputedly the man to beat in indoor enduro. Despite a tough final round, the 29-year-old from Watsonville, California was overjoyed with his first ever world title.

For the KTM Factory Enduro riders all attention is now focused on the outdoor World Enduro Super Series championship (WESS), which combines a variety of enduro disciplines throughout the seven-event series, and kicks off with its opening round at the Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal on May 11.

Cody Webb: “I am so happy, I can’t tell you what this means to me. Of course, I feel bad for Taddy, he was riding really well tonight. The championship has been great and for it to come down to the wire shows how high the quality really is – I have so much respect for every single rider in this series. I was riding really tight tonight – I think because of my nerves – and Taddy was pushing so hard. He had some bad luck tonight, but I’ve had a couple of bad rounds too. After having a year out of racing in Europe, to come back and be World Champion is amazing – this is definitely the most important title I have won so far. After my riding tonight, I know there are still some things I have to work on so I’ll go away now, regroup and prepare for the WESS this summer.”

Fabio Farioli (KTM Enduro Team Manager): “It is great for KTM to take another SuperEnduro World Championship. It was a good championship for us and Cody (Webb) was consistently strong. In the first half of the series he certainly put the hammer down, and in the second half of the championship we saw a more conservative rider; he of course was then the target for all and it was not an easy position to be in. I’d like to congratulate Cody on his win, as this is certainly a special victory to add to his impressive achievements and it represents a lot of hard work from the team, from KTM and the success story of our KTM 350 EXC-F. It was unfortunate for Taddy (Blazusiak) in some respects; he also had some bad luck, and was very competitive this year, despite having some time out from competition. But this is racing, and it was great for us to see a real battle and the duo fighting for the title right until the last race of the season – of course, although I know he is disappointed, it was good for Taddy to take third in the championship in the end. Now we are looking forward to the forthcoming World Enduro Super Series, in which we expect some really exciting racing.”

Final Standings SuperEnduro 2018 after 5 of 5 rounds

1. Cody Webb (USA), KTM, 240 points 

2. Billy Bolt (GBR), Husqvarna, 226 points

3. Taddy Blazusiak (POL), KTM, 225 points

4. Jonny Walker (GBR), KTM, 194 points

5. Colton Haaker (USA), Husqvarna, 180 points

Photo: Future7Media

 

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Quintanilla wins ADDC

Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla completed his path to victory in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, avoiding any late dramas as the event reached its conclusion after five days of spectacular action.

There were no problems for Husqvarna rider Quintanilla capturing his first Desert Challenge title, finishing fifth fastest on the day but winning overall by 5 mins 11 secs from defending champion, Dubai-based Sam Sunderland on a KTM.

Argentinian Kevin Benavides finished third on a Honda another 3 mins 23 secs away. Dakar Rally champion Matthias Walkner from Austria won the Abu Dhabi Aviation Stage to take fourth place overall on a KTM while Honda riders Paulo Goncalves of Portugal, the 2014 winner, and American Ricky Brabec completed the top six. 

© RallyZone – Edoardo Bauer

Pablo Quintanilla“I’m really happy to get the win in Abu Dhabi and it’s been a fantastic start to the new season. This year’s Desert Challenge has been a really tough race from the beginning until the end. During these last few days we battled through extreme heat and the massive sand dunes of the area. There were many high-speed tracks and lots of off-piste sections where navigation was crucial. We also had some great fights with my main competitors and I’m happy I came out on top. I would like to thank all the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team for the amazing job they did during this week. They are always by my side and this helps me achieve the results I want. It feels good to start the season with a victory and I’m looking forward to the events to come.” 

Sam Sunderland: “Second overall, especially after my crash at the Dakar is a really good result. It has felt great to be back on my bike and racing again. I’m a little disappointed with how the rally has gone, with no prologue to set the starting order it was always going to be difficult to stay ahead. The mass-start today went well but riding in such a big group can be dangerous so I just tried to stay out of trouble and not make any mistakes. The bike and the team have been perfect throughout the rally, and apart from my mistake on yesterday’s stage my riding and navigation have been good. It’s encouraging and so I look forward to the next race and I’ll try to go one better.” 

Stage winner Benavides said: “The last day was a motocross start and it was really great, but it’s hard in a group as there were no leaders, so it was a bit tough in the dunes. We had to push a lot in the last 50kms though and some went in front. I really had to fight (Walkner) to keep my overall position.”

Provisional results 

Bikes

  1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL) / Husqvarna 450 16:51:11
  2. Sam Sunderland (ARE) / KTM 450 16:56:22
  3. Kevin Benavides (ARG) / Honda CRF 450 16:59:45.
  4. Matthias Walkner (AUT) / KTM 450 17:00:47
  5. Paulo Goncalves (POR) / Honda CRF 450 17:09:46
  6. Ricky Brabec (USA) / Honda CRF 450 17:11:57
  7. Toby Price (AUS) / KTM 450 17:20:56
  8. Jose Ignacio Cornejo F (CHL) / Honda CRF 450 17:21:16                     
  9. Michael Metge (FRA) / Honda CRF 450 17:29:30.                                
  10. Benjamin Melot (ZAF) / KTM 450 Rally 19:06:48
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A new era of urban motorcycling begins

Husqvarna Motorcycles have announced the availability of three pioneering new ‘Real Street’ models. With the VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401 already at dealers across Europe, the VITPILEN 701 will be available by the end of March.

Attracting attention from worldwide media and motorcycle enthusiasts ever since their launch as prototypes, the availability of these three exciting new models helps Husqvarna Motorcycles take another vital step towards fulfilling their progressive vision of street motorcycling. Devoid of any excess and focused on providing a pure riding experience the VITPILEN 401 is a refreshingly simple and progressive urban street motorcycle that provides a new gateway into motorcycling culture for a wider range of riders.

Built around a similar chassis and engine philosophy to the VITPILEN 401, the SVARTPILEN 401 is a modern-day interpretation of a street explorer. Featuring a bold and rugged appearance it offers a progressive new way for potential riders to experience motorcycling.

Inspired by the same unique design approach that runs through the VITPILEN family, the VITPILEN 701 is an all-modern, large displacement single-cylinder motorcycle created to provide a raw and authentic experience to the rider. The VITPILEN 701 is expected to arrive at dealers across Europe at the end of this month.

A dedicated, extensive range of Husqvarna Motorcycles’ original Parts, Gear and Accessories to enable riders to personalise their motorcycles as well as keep up-to-date with the latest trends will also be on sale.

For further details on pricing and availability of exact models please refer to your national Husqvarna Motorcycles subsidiary or importer.

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2018 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing collection launched

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the release of the new ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING COLLECTION – a line-up of premium, team and lifestyle clothing designed to celebrate the success of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

Honouring the long-term partnership between the two global brands, the updated 2018 replica collection combines the logos of Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rockstar Energy Drink to create an exclusive range of garments for dedicated race fans. This new collection features a series of race replica and lifestyle items for both men and women.

The style of these industry pioneers is not only reserved exclusively for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders, but is also available for those who want to be part of the on-going success story.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING REPLICA COLLECTION

Items featured in this new collection are the official clothing worn by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders in all racing disciplines around the world. Alongside its distinctive style, the collection is also designed according to Husqvarna Motorcycles’ highest standards for premium quality, functionality and comfort.

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Alfredo Gomez sidelined with knee injury

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Alfredo Gomez will likely be out of action for the final two rounds of the 2018 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship due to a knee injury sustained while training in Spain.

The Spaniard fell on Tuesday afternoon while training alongside his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Colton Haaker. Immediately taken to hospital, it was confirmed that Alfredo suffered a fractured fibula on his right knee as well as ligament damage. Awaiting further medical assessment, Alfredo is expected to undergo surgery in the coming days.

Enjoying a steady start to his 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship campaign, Alfredo is currently sixth in the Prestige class’ provisional championship standings. Wrapping up his home GP in Malaga last Saturday with a strong runner-up result in the third and final heat, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing star was looking to continue building on his speed in the last two rounds of the series in Bilbao and Sweden.

While the exact length of Alfredo’s recovery is not yet known, the 2017 Erzberg winner is expected to be away from competition for a considerable amount of time. Husqvarna Motorcycles and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team wish Alfredo all the best for a speedy recovery.

Andi Hölzl – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “At this stage we don’t know the full extent of Alfredo’s injury, but it goes without saying that this is hugely disappointing for him. We know that it wasn’t a big crash – a fall on Tuesday, in the matrix section of the SuperEnduro track he was riding on with his team-mate Colton Haaker. Taken to the local hospital, it was confirmed Alfredo suffered a broken fibula to his right knee, as well as damage to the ligaments. We all wish him a speedy recovery and are looking forward to seeing him back in action as soon as possible.”

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Graham Jarvis 2nd at Hell’s Gate

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis has earned a strong second place at the 2018 Hell’s Gate extreme enduro. With an all-new format for this year, concluding in a 20-minute sprint race, the event posed a fresh challenge for the five-time winner.

For the first time ever, the event kicked off with a Prologue race on the Friday night. Designed to set the starting order for Saturday’s race, the Prologue was an endurocross style event held close to the hosting Il Ciocco Hotel. Although it provided a great spectacle for the fans, the race results were eventually scrapped due to issues with the course.

Saturday’s heat race went well for Jarvis. An expert at managing his pace, the Brit did exactly what he had to do over the five-laps, finishing fourth aboard his Husqvarna FE 250 in the cold conditions of the Tuscan hills. The position gave him a good start for the night race, which saw riders set off at 3.30pm for a tough three-hour multi-lap event.

At the conclusion of the night race, the top-10 riders were given a 15-minute break before contesting the new 20-minute endurocross in the arena area of the venue. In freezing conditions, the riders fought bar-to-bar in front of the record-crowd of spectators to decide the overall winner. With the final results calculated on the sum of the previous legs, Jarvis was announced as runner-up, just a few minutes behind eventual winner Mario Roman.

Graham Jarvis: “I really enjoyed the racing today, I always do here at Hell’s Gate. It’s been a tough couple of days and I’m still getting used to riding the 4-stroke, but the bike has been absolutely faultless over the entire weekend. It has been pretty close between the top-four all day and it’s all come down to the final 20-minute race off. It would have been nice to take my sixth win at the event, but I’m happy with second.”

Results – Hells Gate 2018
1. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3:06:03
2. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:08:57
3. Travis Teasdale (Beta) 3:12:45
4. Diego Nicoletti (Husqvarna) 3:32:14
5. Sonny Goggia (KTM) 3:39:26
6. Michele Bosi (Beta) 3:46:15

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Meet The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 Team

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to release the imagery and video of the 2018 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team, featuring official team riders Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer-Olsen.

Placing third and fourth respectively in the 2017 FIM MX2 World Championship both Kjer-Olsen and Covington enjoyed impressive season aboard their FC 250 machinery. With the start of the eagerly-awaited 2018 MX2 World Championship drawing even closer, the Danish and American duo are set to lead Husqvarna Motorcycles’ charge in what is expected to be a long and demanding season.

The 19-round 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship kicks off with the MXGP of Patagonia in Nequen, Argentina on March 3/4, 2018.

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Husqvarna Partner With Motorex

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce a strategic global partnership with MOTOREX. From January, 2018, all new Husqvarna models – both offroad and street – will be first filled with MOTOREX lubricants. In addition, the Swiss manufacturer will become the official partner of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.

Manufactured to the highest standards in Langenthal, Switzerland, MOTOREX products are well-known around the world for their superior quality and performance. Founded by pioneer Arnold Bucher in 1917, the BUCHER-MOTOREX Group is an independent family owned business that pride themselves on high-quality products and world class customer care. Offering a comprehensive range of lubricants, care and maintenance products, MOTOREX remain committed to providing top-quality products that enhance the performance and reliability of all motorcycles. With their in-house laboratory developing the next generation of lubricants and care products, MOTOREX’ engineers work hard to fulfil the brand’s promise for continuous innovation.

Entering this new partnership with the Swiss manufacturer, Husqvarna Motorcycles will exclusively use MOTOREX oils to first fill all models that roll off their production lines. In addition, for the servicing of all models, Husqvarna Motorcycles will further recommend MOTOREX lubricants and the wide variety of care and maintenance products from the comprehensive MOTOREX MOTOLINE.

Like Husqvarna, MOTOREX is well accustomed to motorsport success. With 110 world championship titles to their credit in motocross, supercross, enduro, rally and other disciplines, MOTOREX has a history of providing the very best lubricants to the best teams. Continuing to push the boundaries of oil performance, their products are race proven the world over. For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing the signing of this agreement with MOTOREX further increases motivation ahead of a thrilling new season of international competition.

Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short begin the gruelling 2018 Dakar Rally on January 6. During the same weekend their Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team partners Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson will begin their assault on the 2018 AMA Supercross Championship. In addition, Mitchell Harrison will also start his 250SX West Region Championship campaign.

Stefan Pierer – CEO KTM AG: “With this strategic partnership with MOTOREX Husqvarna Motorcycles will continue their exciting and dynamic forward progression. Focused on pioneering development, it is of crucial importance to partner with a globally acclaimed lubricants manufacturer with whom we share many common objectives. This agreement with MOTOREX successfully fulfils our goals for strong strategic group partnerships in both our motorsports activities and production sector. Husqvarna Motorcycles remain true to their commitment to offer premium motorcycles.”

Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport, Husqvarna Motorcycles: “This new agreement with MOTOREX ensures we have a technical partner we can 100% rely on, allowing us to continue chasing victories in all championship and events around the world, across all disciplines. MOTOREX products are well-proven at the highest level of racing and we are more than pleased that the entire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will be using them through 2018 and beyond. The new season starts with two hugely important events for us, the Dakar Rally and the first round of the AMA Supercross series. Aiming for the top step of the podium in both disciplines, we are very much looking forward to starting this new year with MOTOREX by our side.”

Edi Fischer – CEO BUCHER MOTOREX Group: “This new cooperation with Husqvarna comprises all the components needed for success – a dedicated cooperation in R&D, in production, in racing and in the aftermarket business with the Husqvarna dealers. The sporting spirit together with the targeted attitude of both companies contribute to the fact that we at MOTOREX feel very confident about this exciting partnership. We are very much looking forward to this new relationship with Husqvarna.”

Ronald Kabella – MOTOREX Powersports Director: “We are really looking forward to this new agreement with Husqvarna. As a pioneer in offroad racing, Husqvarna is another strong partner for MOTOREX in Motocross, Supercross, Enduro and Rally racing – all disciplines where as a brand we are traditionally well established. A partnership with a manufacturer like Husqvarna, who like ourselves looks back on more than 100 years of company history, combines tradition, experience and know-how with a clear commitment to the future and joint success.”

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Husqvarna Announce Dakar Line-up

Husqvarna have announced their official rider line-up for the 2018 Dakar Rally. Following an impressive season, FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion Pablo Quintanilla will be joined by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team partner Andrew Short, with the duo set to tackle the two-week-long adventure aboard the all-new FR 450 Rally.

Making history for Husqvarna Motorcycles by successfully defending his Rallies World Championship title at the series finale in Morocco, Pablo Quintanilla will be launching an attack for the top step of the podium at the next edition of the Dakar Rally, in January. Less than 50 days before the start of the big event in Lima, Peru, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rally star is confident of a strong performance in the dunes and endless offroad trails of South America.

Enjoying a steady debut aboard the FR 450 Rally at the final round of the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in Morocco, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short is all-set for his first Dakar. Enjoying several busy months of testing and training, the acclaimed US racer will be a strong asset for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team this January. Focused on gathering further rally experience Andrew will be looking for a strong and mistake-free performance all the way to the finish line in Córdoba, Argentina.

Competing as teammate to Pablo Quintanilla during 2017, Frenchman Pela Renet continues to make progress as he recovers from the injuries sustained during the Atacama Rally in August. Requiring surgery on his neck and left shoulder, two-time Enduro World Champion Renet is focused on making the best recovery possible.

Taking place on January 6 to 20 in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina, the 2018 Dakar Rally will be a special event for many reasons. Including more than 5.000km of timed specials and with a total distance of almost 9.000km to be run by all competitors, it will be the 40th edition of the prestigious annual event and the 10th time the race takes place in South America. To make things ever more interesting race organisers have included an impressive seven 100% offroad stages to be contested in the massive dunes and offroad sections of the three South American countries.

Pablo Quintanilla:

“I’m really looking forward to the coming Dakar. It’s been a really good season for me, I’m really motivated to do well at the biggest race of the year. We’ve all worked hard to improve in every little aspect and I’m really confident in my team and what I’m capable of. The key of the race for me is to know when to push and when to ride cautiously. This is something that comes with experience and it takes time to understand when it’s the right moment to attack a stage. We’ve also made a big step forward with the new FR 450 Rally. The updated bike is much lighter, easier to handle and gives you an impressive feeling of safety when going fast. We’ve been working hard to develop this machine for two years and I’m really satisfied with the end result. I enjoy racing it and I’m confident that with this bike and such a strong team we can fight for victory in January.”

Andrew Short:

“I’m really excited to be heading towards my first Dakar. The team gave me an awesome opportunity to take a step forward in my career and I can’t thank them enough for that. The Morocco Rally was a big learning experience for me and since then I’ve not stopped working. We’ve also had some good days of testing and navigation training with Pablo and it was a blast. For my first Dakar in January the main goal is to avoid mistakes and continue improving my skills in navigation. One of the most exciting things with rally racing is the fact that you’re in the zone the whole time. Since you never know what’s around the next turn, the whole experience turns into one big adventure. It’s a good feeling and something I’m addicted to now. I want to take little steps and get better with the goal to continue improving my speed and finish my first Dakar without any issues.”

 

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Husqvarna Vitpilen 701 & Svartpilen 701 Concepts

Husqvarna Motorcycles have taken the covers off the production VITPILEN 701 machine, while also introducing the all-new SVARTPILEN 701 concept motorcycle at EICMA – the annual motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. With the historic brand continuing to take dynamic steps towards fulfilling their progressive vision of street motorcycling, both models will be on display for the duration of the show in Italy.

Forming new additions to Husqvarna’s exciting range of ‘Real Street’ motorcycles, these two new machines are powered by robust yet sophisticated single-cylinder motors that are housed within a minimalistic layout. Both motorcycles have been created to provide a genuine riding experience.

The all-new VITPILEN 701 machine represents a bold step into new territory for Husqvarna Motorcycles. Inspired by the same unique design approach that runs through the whole VITPILEN family, the VITPILEN 701 perfectly embodies Husqvarna’s progressive vision for innovative and accessible street motorcycles.

Simultaneously launched at this year’s EICMA show is the SVARTPILEN 701 concept machine. Inspired by the resurgence of the iconic flat track scene, the new SVARTPILEN 701 is a progressive single-cylinder motorcycle that is designed to deliver an authentic riding experience.

VITPILEN 701

The VITPILEN 701 is the highlight of Husqvarna´s re-entry into the street motorcycling segment. Impressing both the media and the public during its first launch as a prototype in 2015, it has now reached production and is expected to be available in the first months of 2018. Bringing about a new era of motorcycling for the sophisticated urban traveller, the VITPILEN 701 perfectly mixes enjoyable performance for novice and expert riders with a simple yet progressive design and a unique style.

Largely inspired by the brand’s Swedish heritage, the VITPILEN 701 is a modern motorcycle that features some of the most state-of-the-art technology available. From the trellis frame to the powerful single cylinder motor or the standard WP suspension and Brembo brakes, this machine is bristling with premium components.

VITPILEN 701 HIGHLIGHTS:
=>Simple yet progressive design 
=>Chromium-molybdenum steel trellis frame 
=>75 hp engine – the most advanced single cylinder available on the market 
=>High quality components and technology as standard 
=>Ride-by-wire throttle and traction control
=>Cutting edge switchable ABS 
=>Slipper clutch 
=>Extensive range of Husqvarna accessories 

SVARTPILEN 701 CONCEPT

The SVARTPILEN 701 concept machine is a dark street explorer that is free of excess and reduced to its simplest form. This machine aims to appeal to a new generation of motorcyclists and those preferring a simpler, timeless design approach. Featuring a technologically-advanced 4-stroke single-cylinder engine that is housed in an incredibly stripped down but progressive layout, it combines excellent performance with an authentic style. As accessible as a motorcycle can be, it’s a modern and innovative naked bike waiting to offer a raw and exhilarating experience on two wheels.

On display at this year’s EICMA will also be Husqvarna’s VITPILEN 401 and SVARTPILEN 401. Both these models will be available at authorised European dealers from February 2018, while the VITPILEN 701 production model will follow by March 2018.