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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S GRAHAM JARVIS WINS HELL’S GATE 2017.  MORE FROM HUSQVARNA

Results: 1. Graham Jarvis-Husq a_SuperB_logo 2. Travis Teasdale-KTM 3. Wade Young-Sherco 4. Mario Roman-Sherco 5. Phillip Berl-Beta


borjThe Rocky Mountain ATV*MC / KR4 / Husqvarna Team was at Round 1 of the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series  this Sunday at the Motovated Sports Complex in Gaston, South Carolina. The team was present in full force with 3 of their Pros and a strong contingent of their Amateur team. Swedish offroad Ace Jesper Borjesson put in an impressive US racing debut for the KR4 Arrive-N-Ride team, finishing 6th overall in the Pro class, a good indication he is adjusting well to the new environment. "The Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro was my first race here in the USA for the 2017 season. said Borjesson. I was racing a Husqvarna FC 250 against the open class bikes” so overall I'm very happy to come away with 6th place in the Pro class. The bike ran great. Next weekend the crew will make a few small suspension changes, and that should set us up nicely for a strong finish. In the Women’s Pro class all eyes were on Australian KR4 Arrive-N-Ride rider Tayla Jones, as she was coming off a commanding lead from the previous weekend. Tayla locked in a tight battle with fellow Australian Mackenzie Tricker for the entire weekend. While trailing Tricker by a few seconds on Saturday, Jones was able to step up her game on Sunday, ultimately finishing with an 8 second lead and taking her first Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro win.  KR4 Arrive-N-Ride rider Hunter Neuwirth competed in the LOI E1 class in an attempt to earn a spot on the 2017 ISDE France team.   Neuwirth struggled with suspension issues Saturday, working hard to put his Husqvarna TE150 towards the front of the pack. He finished day one in 6th place. The team was quick to implement significant suspension changes and Neuwirth was able to find his rhythm, finishing day two in 5th place in the LOI class.

sutherlin NMGARY SUTHERLIN 1st Place Purvines DA8 Racing was ready for Round 2 of the National Hare & Hound series in a brand new location, Alamogordo, New Mexico. With plenty of podiums under his belt, Sutherlin was ready to put it all together to take that top spot. I had a great start and got pinched off at the end of the bomb. Within mile 2 I went from 3rd to 1st. Once Sutherlin made his way to the front, there was no looking back. I rode a good pace. The 1st loop Ricky was quite aways back but by the 2nd loop he made up some time on me. That’s when Sutherlin put the hammer down and pulled back away from the rest of the pack, giving himself a good gap to the finish. I’m really happy to get my first win of the year. The progress that the team has made with the bike is really showing and I’m happy to put it all together. Sutherlin's next race will be in Taft, CA. for the WORCS series. 

ashburn SCFactory Beta's Jordan Ashburn threw down some solid times at this past weekend's opening round of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro held in Gaston, South Carolina. Ashburn finished on the podium in third beating out fourth by a mere 2 seconds. Teammates Drew Smith and Nick Davis also raced the series finishing 13th and 16th respectively in what was a stacked field of talent. Ashburn describes his race, "Day one was a little bit of a struggle from the first test. But after that we started getting the ball rolling a little bit with some top fives. At the end of day one I found myself sitting around one hundredth of a second behind fourth Place. Day two was a good day for learning. I came out strong and determined to try and make some ground up. I was able to make up 17 seconds on Russel Bobbitt and round out third on the podium. I feel we made some good changes this weekend and learned a lot. Thank you to my team for all the support."  Drew Higgins used the race as cross training for his National Enduro series. The Sprint Enduro formats force riders to be at 100% from the start as each special test may only last a few minutes and the racers are divided by very close margins. Higgins improved his times as the weekend went on and had this to say about the event,  "The weekend for me was a good step in the right direction, I felt like I made improvements in every test. I started out Saturday a little slow, but found my groove towards the end of the day. Sunday was much better, my bike was working awesome all day and I felt like I was being smoother. I have a little bit more speed to find, but I know what I need to work on for the next round. Looking forward to doing suspension testing next week as I think that will help my confidence a lot. It was a great weekend with the team, and I think we all know what we can do to be better and get Beta on the podium."  Nick Davis struggled early on in the tests however began to regain his speed finishing strong at the end. The GNCC XC2 racer picked up the pace as the days went on. "I had a decent weekend. Struggled a little with the sprint pace these boys are fast and with me never doing these races before I was a little off pace. I can't thank Rodney Smith and Zack Huberty for all they did and helped me so much with advice and over seeing my bike. I will be ready and stronger for the next one. I can't wait!" Davis explains. Out in the West, Beta racer Joe Wasson had a day he would rather forget. Racing Round two of the National Hare & Hound Championship in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Wasson was primed and ready for the event however a bad fall at the beginning of the race forced Wasson looking for help on the course with a broken arm and a severely dislocated hand. Wasson was transported to El Paso Texas where he received surgery on his arm and hand and is recovering. Wasson will be out of action for an undetermined amount of time waiting for his arm and hand to fully recover.


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H&H Alamagordo, NM:
1. Gary Sutherlin-Yamaha  2. Ricky Brabec-Honda 3. Jacob Argubright-Husq a_SuperB_logo


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Bassella (Spain):  1. Josep Garcia -KTM a_SuperB_logo 2. Jaume Betrui-KTM 3. Oriol Mena-Honda 4. Lorenzo Santolono-Sherco 5. Alfredo Gomez-KTM a_SuperB_logo


Sprint Enduro, SC, Day 1+2

1.

Ryan Sipes

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2.

Steward Baylor

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3.

Jordan Ashburn

Beta

4.

Russell Bobbitt

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5.

Cory Buttrick

KTM

6.

Jesper Borjesson

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7.

Ricky Russell

Yamaha

8.

Ian Blythe

KTM

9.

Craig Delong

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10.

Jesse Groemm

KTM

11. Temple a_SuperB_logo 12. Delong A 13. Higgens  14. Smith 15. Tremaine 16.  Davis 18. Lafferty 38. Neuwirth a_SuperB_logo

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HiggensIn SC round one of the National Enduro series was getting kicked off. The season opener was held in Wedgefield, SC which was the same location as the East coast Hare Scramble. The event was used as a warm up for many of the factory teams so the Pro class was stacked. NEPG regular Drew Higgins made his Beta race debut finishing solid 14th position. Higgins teammate and GNCC racer Nick Davis used the event as a warm up finishing 20th. "My day started out really good, got to a good start in the first test and ended up 8th. Test 2 and 3 were good, made minimal mistakes and tried to just maintain my speed throughout the test. I felt like my bike was working awesome all day, besides some mistakes in test 4 that caused me some time. I hit a tree that was bent over and it ripped me off my bike, after I got going I crashed again trying to get back in my groove. I road as hard a could for test 5 and 6, but my pace was a little off of what I should be. All in all I was really happy with my fitness and my bike, I just need to limit the mistakes that I make, and ride smoother. I'm looking forward to building off this result, and going up from here in my finishes." Higgins explains.

MaxThe Beta Factory race team was busy this past weekend with their extreme team's first event at the King Of Motos (KOM) held in Johnson Valley, California. Factory rider Max Gerston finished the event in second aboard his 300 RR two stroke. Woman racer Morgan Tanke rode her Beta Xtrainer to a solid 16th place in the amateur division beating more than 60 other racers. Gerston describes his race, "King of the Motos 2017 was a crazy one. GPS navigation and an added night race portion complicated the race and amplified the technical aspects of the Extreme Enduro. I had a solid setup with my Beta 300 RR and was able to have consisted rides with a 3rd in the night portion, a 2nd in the morning portion, and a 3rd in the afternoon segment resulting in a 2nd place overall. I am happy with the result and excited to build off of that for the rest of the 2017 race season." Morgan Tanke was also please with her finish, "The new 3 moto format at King of the Motos this year was awesome. The night race was definitely one of the craziest races I've ever done. Starting up a technical canyon with 100+ racers all at once, at night was insane! The morning desert moto also had a super difficult start but once I got through I was able to ride a steady pace and conserve my energy for the extreme moto. Midway through the 3rd moto I had a major bike issue and there wasn't much I could do to fix. I kept on going and limped it home to the finish! Betas are the toughest motorcycles out there, no doubt!"

FXRBreaking cover for 2017, Yamaha have officially launched their EnduroGP team for the coming season. Doing it in style, Yamaha gathered the international racing media for the Official Race Teams Press Conference on 7th February at the headquarters of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team in Gerno di Lesmo, Italy.  Hosted for the third year running by MotoGP Championship commentator Gavin Emmett, the event saw an impressive 15 teams and 41 riders and their team managers unveil their 2017 liveries and Yamaha machinery to the gathered press and partners.  Prior to the teams unveiling, Yamaha Motor Europe N.V’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Eric de Seynes took a moment to share his insights on not just the 2017 line up, but also on Yamaha’s racing strategy and a sales review of Off-Road and Supersport market segments. Restoring Yamaha’s status as a key player in the FIM Enduro World Championship during 2016, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team are Yamaha’s official representatives in both the EnduroGP and Enduro 2 classes of the 2017 series. Wrapping up their debut season of EWC competition with two class victories and an impressive total of nine podium results, the team has formed a solid rider line-up for 2017 with France’s Loic Larrieu and Manxman Jamie McCanney set to battle for top honours in their respective EnduroGP and Enduro 2 classes.  For a second consecutive season the Outsiders Yamaha Racing Official Enduro Team is managed by Marc Bourgeois  a former international enduro racer with a long and successful association with Yamaha. Starting in 2005 Marc enjoyed a solid career collecting a total of 15 podium finishes in the Enduro World Championship. For 2016 he was appointed as Team Manager of Yamaha’s Official Enduro team. Remaining in charge of Outsiders the Yamaha Official Enduro Team, the highly-experienced Frenchman continues to offer his knowledge to benefit the team’s two riders. Relying on the vast experience of Technical Coordinator Yann Lozano a GP mechanic who’s worked with some of the greatest names in the recent history of motocross  the team will attack the 2017 season with two Yamaha machines. Continuing the development of their WR450F for EnduroGP competition, they will also introduce their version of the WR250F racing machine  a project they’ve been working on since 2014.  Focused on youth rider development, the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team will be Yamaha’s official representative in the Enduro Junior category of the 2017 FIM Enduro World Championship. Managed by former WEC competitor Joakim Johansson, the Swedish-based team will warmly welcoming the return of Mikael Persson who back in 2015 secured the FIM Youth Cup title aboard the team’s enduro modified YZ125 machine. Fighting for the podium in the 125cc class in each and every round of the series during the past two years, the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team will be upping their game for the 2017 season, launching their assault in the Enduro Junior class with the latest version of the WR250F four-stroke machine.  With Persson as their sole rider for 2017, the Johansson Yamaha Junior Enduro Team’s goal will be to lead Yamaha and the WR250F to top honours in the under 23 class of the FIM Enduro World Championship. 

WHES

World Hard Enduro Series (WHES) launch its international website. In a few weeks this new project has become the epicenter of extreme enduro. With the new English version all fans, riders, teams and race organizers will find the best information about their amazing sport.  Hardenduro.com was born as a necessity to put order in the world of hard enduro. Till today, there were only independent races that did not score in any championship but now, for the first time, you can know who are the best riders and races of this sport. WHES has established its own calendar (18 races), scoring system and regulations to enjoy the extreme enduro series during the season. Now you can check all the details of this motorbike category in Spanish and English.

 


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