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Torrot GasGas NA is pleased to announce that Ohio’s Fred Andrew is joining the GasGas team as a brand ambassador. Mr. Andrews is well known in the off-road racing world, with a GNCC championship in 1993, 25 GNCC wins, and multiple Hare Scramble championships. We are happy to tap into Fred’s wealth of knowledge and experience to further promote and grow the GasGas Brand. Watch for Fred and his EC300 at local Ohio events in the near future! “Part of moving forward is creating a great team to support our efforts, and Fred is a perfect fit to help us get GasGas where we would all like to see it. Fred’s past as a racer and seasoned industry professional brings us the knowledge and experience we strive for”. Mark Berg of GasGas stated. “I feel that GasGas has chosen the right direction with their new structure in the US, and that I have a lot that I can give to the off-road community and GasGas both”.€¯ Fred Andrews commented. “When the opportunity arose to partner with GasGas, it seemed like the perfect fit”€¯

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Hi everybody,  we just finished the second race day of this difficult race here in Spain and it was much better then expected!!!  An INCREDIBLE effort of MINO Phillips brought us an unexpected result!! Double overall win and leader "gold" panel strongly in our hands! If saturday was a kind of "quiet" day (let's say --) today was on fire between Mino - Holcombe and Nambo! Eventually Mino won only by .3 of a second!! Strange but true! Bike just perfect - Team was great, something that it does not happen so often, a kind of perfection! Now little relax and get ready for Italian GP at the end of may! Today Santolino scored a good 8th place in E2 class after the bad luck of yesterday with a DNF for electric troubles. He deserves more luck - he will get it! Juniors - Mirabet did a couple of good positions and the newcomer Ben Kearns (18 last week) start to learn what is enduro world championship and score the first points of his career. Let’s see you in Italy ! Fabrizio Azzalin, Team Manager

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GasGas is excited to announce the dates and locations of our 2017 Test Ride Tour, with the support of Mitas TiresSpectro Oils, and many of our other valued partners. Torrot GasGas NA has scheduled 13 different events across the US that will showcase the entire GasGas motorcycle line up. In addition, GasGas enthusiasts will have the opportunity to enjoy special offers and discounts on our partners;’products, just for taking a spin on any of our great motorcycles! Torrot GasGas has been gaining strength and growing to new levels since the creation of the company just one year ago, in April of 2016. Our Test Ride Tour is another large step towards meeting our customers, talking GasGas, and allowing everyone an opportunity to try our amazing lineup. GasGas has hired Mr. Steve Fiegen, long time GasGas owner/enthusiast, to run and manage the Test Ride Tour events. He and his staff will be on hand at the dates and locations listed below to talk shop, answer questions, and make sure you have a great GasGas experience! Feel the torque of the buttery-smooth 300cc two-stroke engine on one of our enduro models after it purrs to life with a push of the electric start button. Throw a leg over the top trials bike in the market to get an appreciation for the skill and balance required by the top riders in the sport, and understand what a fabulous cross-training tool our TXT Race and Contact models can be for even the best off-road racers! Our electric kids’ bikes will be on display as well so parents can see the high-quality of these little machines and learn all of the benefits that electric technology will bring to the next generation of young riders.   Dates and Location:

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S THAD DUVALL TAKES THE 2 ND PLACE POSITION AT CAMP COKER GNCC.
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Camp Coker Round 5 of the GNCC took place this weekend in Society Hill, South Carolina where weather conditions were in the high 60’s with a chance of rain. The 11 mile course consisted of a variety of terrain, from dusty dry sections, to very soft dirt. The race would be rough with a lot of exposed roots which only caused racing to be more technical as the day wore on. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall jumped his FX 350 off the line rounding the first corner in 3 rd place. From there he quickly maneuvered himself into 2 nd and shortly after that made the pass for the lead position. The ever- changing technical terrain had no effect on Duvall as he focused on a winning finish. He continued to lead the entire race with his 20 second gap between the 2 nd place competitor growing shorter. A crucial mistake ultimately caused Duvall to fall into 2 nd place where he would finish for the XC1 class. “I felt great all day. I rode fast and held my first place position despite the rough conditions. It’s a bummer that one mistake put me out of that top spot, but that’s racing. I will keep pushing for that win!” said Thad Duvall.  Josh Strang grabbed another Holeshot a_SuperB_logo at this weekend’s round. He would lead the pack for the first four miles before moving back to the 6 th place position. By lap three, Strang found his groove and rode with more speed and precision for the next few laps. By lap 6 he moved into 5 th place and would hold that spot through to the checkered flag. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall and Josh Strang will make their way next to Forest Hill, LA for Round 3 of the National Enduro.

GrantThe Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 Arrive-N-Ride / Husqvarna Team traveled to the beautiful Moree's Sportsman's Preserve for Round 5 of the Grand National Cross Country Series. The 1pm pro race was expecting rain storms but turned out to be the best race of the day. The rain held off and the temperatures stayed low for great racing conditions.  Grant Baylor led the team in the XC1 class and had a solid finish.  He worked his way, in the highly competitve class of nationally ranked athletes, from 9th to a 7th place finish. "I really liked the track and my Husqvarna and suspension worked great.  I was pushing to the front of the pack when I got tangled up with a lapper and had to work my way back from 9th again to eventually finish 7th. Jesper Borjesson, XC2 pro class, is battling the flu and DNS
In the highly competitive XC3 class, Hunter Neuwirth was podium bound until suffering damage to his Husqvarna after a bad crash on lap 3.  KR4 mechanics, Wolfgang and Aaron, replaced his side number plate, changed the air filter and discovered a hole in the radiator.  Round 5 was no friend to Hunter this Sunday, he salvaged a 5th place points finish.

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XC1 Open Pro: Ryan Sipes got off to a mid-pack start in the XC1 Pro class and quickly worked his way up to the 5 th place position. While running a good pace, Sipes experienced an issue with the bike and was forced to pull into the Coastal Racing pits for repair. Sipes was able to get back going but he lost a few minutes in the process so he immediately went to work in cutting the deficit. Sipes was able to catch back up to 9 th place in the XC1 class where he rode strong to finish inside the top ten for the day. "I felt like I rode well, I had good lap times and I thought the bike was good," Sipes said. "It's not the result I'm looking for but I'm riding better and figuring out my hydration and fueling, which is a step in the right direction." XC2 250 Pro: Team rider Layne Michael grabbed the early lead in the class, while DeLong struggled to break inside the top-ten on the opening lap. Michael charged hard early on to put a 30-second gap on the rest of the field by lap two. Jesse Groemm eventually caught up to Michael and the two battled back and forth for the lead position until the halfway point when they came together in a field section and both went down. From there, Michael struggled to regain his composure as he fell back to the 4 th place position. Meanwhile, DeLong was able to climb his way up to the third place position just ahead of Michael as the two-lap board came out. From there, both riders maintained their position to ultimately finish third and fourth, respectively. DeLong's comeback performance marked his fourth podium finish of the season, where he currently sits second overall in the XC2 250 Pro Championship Standings. "I was dead last off the line but I was able to make a bunch of passes before the woods," DeLong said. "I worked my way through the pack by changing up my pit strategy to get ahead of some guys and it worked. I pushed the whole race and I'm happy that I was able to come back to thirdbut I want a better result. I'm going to work a lot on my starts so I can be up front from the beginning." FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am: Edmondson continued his bid for a National Championship in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class with a second place finish on Sunday.

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2016 AMA WHS Champion, Nick Burson, was coming into Honey Lake with a bad cold he couldn't fight off, but that wasn't going to stop him.  "The course looked okay but it was really short, we knew we would be doing a lot of laps." Burson had a great start leading the pack for a little bit. "It took me a while to warm up to the terrain and feel comfortable. I moved back to 3rd by the time we hit the creek bed." From that point on Burson rode smooth and consistent. "The cold really took all of the fight out of me but i knew I had to salvage a podium finish. Thankfully that's where I ended up and was able to score some good points toward the championship." Burson is now sitting 2nd in the championship fight, only 2 points behind the leader. 

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Beta USA's Max Gerston has been racing the AMA West Hare Scrambles series as a warm up to the EnduroX season and after last weekend's second place finish in Milford, California, he now leads the points after five rounds. Gerston has been campaigning the series aboard his Beta 390 RR. Max Gerston Comments: "Honey Lake Hare Scramble had a rough track compete with cool running creaks and rocky service roads connected with virgin single track. I was able to get into second place early and set a solid pace. I put in a charge the last 3 laps but couldn't catch the leader. Another solid podium is great, but I want a win!" 

 


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Kailub Russell

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Steward Baylor

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Ricky Russell

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Josh Strang

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Josh Ashburn

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Grant Baylor

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Josh Toth (XC2)

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Jesse Groemm

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Russell Bobbitt

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING EARN TOP FIVE RESULTS AT ENDUROGP ROUND TWO.  MORE FROM HUSQVARNA


hellstenRockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing are pleased to welcome Antti Hellsten who joins the team for the upcoming EnduroGP of Spain. Standing in for the injured Mathias Bellino, who picked up a shoulder injury prior to the GP of Finland, Hellsten will race the team’s FE 350 machine in the premier EnduroGP class. Kicking off the 2017 EnduroGP season by claiming two impressive class victories, Hellsten currently leads the provisional EnduroGP series standings. Strengthening the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team, the 27-year-old Finn will look to continue his impressive form in the highly-competitive EnduroGP class at round two in Puerto Lumbreras, Spain. No stranger to Enduro World Championship competition, Antti Hellsten made his debut appearance in the Enduro Junior class of the series back in 2010, securing a very strong fifth place position in the championship's final standings. Competing in the EWC full-time for the next two season the Finn wrapped up his first season of senior class competition in 2012 with 12th in the Enduro 1 class.  The second round of the 2017 FIM Enduro World Championship takes place in Puerto Lumbreras, Spain on April 21/23. Andreas Hozl, €Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager:We’re really looking forward to working with Antti Hellsten as Mathias Bellino continues his recovery from injury. Positively surprising us with his double class victory at the season opening GP of Finland, we strongly believe Antti will be a perfect fit to our team as a replacement Mathias. Antti will be racing the team’s FE 350 machine in the EnduroGP class.€¯

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This weekend the Sherco team was in Romania to participate in the King Of The Hill¯Wade Young and Mario Roman were considered to be the favorites to win this race. On Friday the riders raced in a typical superenduro prologue which served to set the pattern for the rest of the weekend of racing. After a final of 15 minutes and two laps Wade was first and Mario was fourth. On Saturday, the first "real" day of racing, Wade dominated the day and won with more than three minutes over his closest pursuer, Lars Enockl. Mario being sick, he was fighting against himself, but he finished the day, thirteenth. On the final day, Wade still proved his domination by winning again, this time right in front of Mario. In the end, Wade wins this King Of The Hill€¯, Mario ended up in seventh place.

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12 riders have claimed their spots on the AMA's 2017 International Six Days Enduro Club Team: Ty Tremaine, Jacob Rowland, Brendan Riordan, Mike Pillar, Alex Witkowski,  Brian Storrie (East Qualifier Series) and Cody Webb, Justin Morgan, Anthonee Gibbs, Devan Bolin, Nick Stover, Rick Emerson (West Qualifier Series).

KR4The Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 / Husqvarna Team battled well at Round 4 of the GNCC series at Steele Creek.  The team of 18 joined over 1,000 bikes to do battle in the sun and warm temperatures Sunday.  Teammates Hunter Neuwirth and Brandon Keegan celebrated their birthdays on Friday and both got 3rd place podium finishes on Sunday. Scott Grills had his best finish of the year taking 10th in the highly competitve XC1 pro class. A fun fact about Pro Scott Grills is that he works a full time job Monday - Friday.  That is tough stuff!  Tayla Jones: "Over 600 riders on the line today which made it a little hectic out on the track but I had a good race and got another win under my belt." Hunter Neuwirth and his never quit attitude rode into 3rd place in the new XC3 class. It was a fabulous birthday present as he turned 20 on Friday. "I had a lot of fun as always. I'm getting in better shape thanks to the ice cream man, Stu Baylor sr: “It's a step in the right direction; still lots to learn but with this being my first podium, I'm enjoying it!". 

sipes GNCCHusqvarna-backed Coastal Racing Team's Jack Edmondson extended his FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am win streak to four-in-a-row on Sunday at Round 4 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series. Craig DeLong earned his third podium of the season with a strong second place finish in the XC2 250 Pro (16-24) class, while teammate Layne Michael salvaged a 5 th place finish after riding the last two laps without a clutch due to an encounter with a tree while leading the race. Edmondson shot off the line to capture his first holeshot of the season aboard a Husqvarna TC 125, where he led the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class into the woods on the opening lap. The young rider settled into the second place position before the lap was over, following the lines of veteran Jason Thomas early on. Edmondson maintained the second place position for a majority of the race before he finally made his move with two laps to go in the race. Edmondson made a lasting pass on Thomas in the final hour, where he put on a charge to ultimately finish 44 seconds ahead of the second place rider. "I was really happy to grab my first holeshot of the year, it's something I have been working on recently," Edmondson said. "Thomas ran a fast pace to overtake me early on and we battled it out for pretty much the whole race. The two-lap board came out and I was feeling good so I pushed on and I was able to get around Thomas and even managed to pull a little lead on the last lap."  XC2 250 Pro Coastal Racing Husqvarna-backed teammates Craig DeLong and Layne Michael struggled to get into a good position off the start as Michael was involved in a first-turn pileup and DeLong got off the line mid-pack. Michael began the three-hour race with a 45 second deficit, where he checked in on the opening lap in 15 th place.  By lap three Michael had charged his way into the 2 nd place position, with DeLong close behind in 5 th as the two riders worked their way closer to the front. Michael was able to make the pass for the lead on the following lap and DeLong followed suit to take over 3 rd. However, with two laps to go Michael made a mistake and went down hard while leading the race, dropping back to the 5 th place position.  Meanwhile, DeLong caught his second wind and made a late-in-the-race charge to reel himself into the second place position. The leader made a mistake in the mud hole which allowed DeLong to get within striking distance on the final lap but a quick tip over turned into a major setback in the lead battle as DeLong ultimately finished 52 seconds back for second place. DeLong's consistency thus far has allowed him to maintain a solid second place position in the XC2 250 Pro Championship Standings after four rounds of racing. "I didn't get the greatest of starts, I had to work for it," DeLong said. "It took me a while to get going - I struggled with arm pump early on and couldn't find my flow until about halfway through and then I dropped the hammer and tried to pick up some time. Josh [Toth] got stuck in the mud and I was able to reel him in but I was in sight and made a stupid mistake and fell over lost a bunch of time. I'm kind of bummed to miss the top step of the podium but I know we can come back stronger." Michael wasn't able to fully recover from going down as his bike sustained a broken clutch cable due to the hard impact of his crash. From there, Michael focused on getting through the final lap without a clutch, which proved to be a difficult task in the rough North Carolina terrain. After leading one hour of the race, Michael was able to salvage a 5 th place finish in the class despite the bad luck. "Once I got into the lead I was able to start putting in some good consistent laps," Michael said. "Toth had some trouble and I was able to put a minute gap on him but with about a lap and a half to go, I made a small error on my part and hit a water break that sent me to the right and I clipped a tree on the right side. I had a pretty good get-off and when I picked my bike up I ended up snapping a clutch cable. I went from 1 st back to 3 rd or 4 th and I told the team that I didn't have a clutch so they got one ready for me but I decided to suffer it out and ride since I only had a lap and a couple miles to go. It took a while to adjust to riding the bike without a clutch but my last lap was okay and we salvaged a 5 th. It's not ideal but we salvaged some points and physically we're okay, just a few bruises and soreness." XC1 Open Pro Husqvarna-backed Coastal Racing's Ryan Sipes had a rough day of racing at Round 4. The Kentucky native got off to a top-ten start in the XC1 Open Pro class and quickly worked his way into the 3 rd place position in the first hour of the race. As he was trailing the lead battle, Sipes went down and lost sight of the front-runners. From there, the day starting going south as Sipes encountered signs of dehydration and slowly began dropping back in the overall running. Sipes ultimately finished 13 th in the XC1 Open Pro class after putting up a good fight for a podium position early in the race. "Steele Creek is a really fun track, but super rough," Sipes said. "I started off not the best but I slowly picked my way through the guys and got up to 3 rd place with first and second  right in front of me and then I had a little crash. I got up just fine and nothing from the crash caused it but I got a sour stomach and gnarly headache. I think I was dehydrated, I have been a little sick but this got me good and I was a little bit spaced out there. I'm going to take some steps to figure out my hydration better. I know my speed is there, coming from 9 th to 3 rd to be within the sights of the leaders, it's definitely there, I just got to put it all together."

gerstonBeta USA's Max Gerston finished 3rd in last weekend's AMA WHS (West Hare Scramble) Championship held in Redding, California proving the talented racer from Arizona is a contender for the title. The event had rain before the start which eliminated the dust and greeted riders with almost perfect conditions. Gerston is looking very comfortable on his 390 RR and is currently second in points. Gerston describes his race, "I had a great time at the Shasta Dam Hare Scramble. There was a lot of different terrain and my Beta 390 was the perfect fit for the job. The course was a 20 mile loop with everything from fast roads with huge water bars to virgin technical single track. It was a little fast for my liking but I still had a blast and ended up with a solid 3rd place finish, Braaap". The Beta GNCC team was at round four of the popular series held in Morganton, North Carolina. XC1 racer Jordan Ashburn was in 10th after the first lap and continued to make a charge to the front however with the pace of the top five, Ashburn ran out of time and finished the three hour race in 6th. Ashburn had this to say, "Steel creek is a super tough track with huge braking bumps and steep hills. I didn't get the best start to the race. I came around the first lap in 10th place. I managed to make some passes over the next few laps and get to 6th. I was able to end the day in 6th place and get some good overall points.". Teammate and XC2 specialists Nick Davis made his GNCC return after his dislocated leg at the opening round. Davis got the holeshot of the XC2 start and ran as high as second in the race however faded to an eventual 8th place at the finish. Not a bad result considering the extent of his injury. Davis had this to say, ""My Beta 250 RR got me off to a awesome start by grabbing the hole shot. From then on I ran with the lead pack for the first hour and a half then my leg got weak. I started having to sit a lot and hold on really tight with my hands. Which then resulted in my hands blistering off very severe. But all and all for being about 70 percent and haven't rode in weeks I will take the finish that we got. Lets bring on the next one!". Davis' teammate Drew Higgins also had a decent finish with a solid seventh at the line. Higgins filled in for Davis however team coach Rodney Smith was impressed with his performance and made the call to keep him in the series. Higgins comments, "The race yesterday was held in the mountains of North Carolina, it was a race that I was looking forward to. My race started off good, I was about 6th or 7th heading into the woods. Not to long after entering the woods, I began to get super pumped up from my under gloves. I started to ride really tight and not flowing through any of the bumps and going the speed I needed to go. I dropped back to 9th for the majority of the race, and on the last two laps I made a hard charge and caught 6th. Wishing I could of made the pass, but had to settle for a 7th. My last two laps were my best feeling laps, after I finally got rid of the arm pump and started riding like myself. No excuses, the bike worked awesome. Wishing I would of been able to charge right from the beginning and go with the fast guys. But I know what to do next time for my hands, and I learned a lot today with race strategy and as team we learned a lot about fuel mileage. My shoulder and back are feeling really good, so I'm ready to get home and get back to riding and get ready for round 5 in South Carolina!". Max Gerston will race the Glen Helen 2-Stroke World Championships this weekend aboard a special 300 RR set up for moto. The race will be a nice cross trainer for the EnduroX season coming up in August.  

DeadWood 2017 Podium

Series- Oklahoma Hare Scramble Championship Series (OHSCS). Rd 2,  DeadWood, OK

1) Zach Ingram  YAM 2) Logan Adams  KTM 3) Brad Wilson  KAW

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AWRCS Rd1 Coal Hollow

1st Broc Hepler-Husky/Lunova Racing/SuperB
2nd Scott Watkins-KTM
3rd Mike McGinnis-KTM
4th Ryan Lojak-Yam
5th Connor Karkowsky-Honda
6th Mason Atherton-Husky
7th Sam Williams-KTM
8th Aaron White-KTM
9th Jonathan Mcmillan-Yam/Lunova Racing/SuperB
10th Tom Truxell-Honda

 


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