Happy New Year from Husqvarna Motorcycles North America! In the brief time the new management team has been in place, we have greatly enjoyed meeting our dealers, vendors, riders and media representatives in our new roles here at Husqvarna. To top all that off, Team Zip-Ty Husqvarna gave Husky fans something to cheer about with a sweeping victory of the tough Tecate Enduro to close out the 2010 racing season! This Tecate triumph coming just weeks after Desert Master Nick Burson bagged his 4th U.S. Desert Racing series #1 plate. Fred Andrews Racing also gave us something to celebrate this season with FAR rider Jason Thomas taking the last GNCC X2 victory of the year - missing the #1 plate by just one point.
Along the way, Husqvarna had a field day at the International Six Days Enduro, along with Antoine Meo winning the E1 World Enduro title and Bobby Garrison winning the World 2-Stroke Championship. Husky highlights in Endurocross, WORCS, Best In The Desert, Extreme Enduro, Supermoto and Grand Prix competition helped cap off a year where Husqvarna was fittingly named "Marque Of The Year" for AMA's Vintage Motorcycle Days this past summer.
Despite a challenging economy, one fact remained true - Husqvarna owners continued to ride, race and enjoy their Huskys! We look forward to an amazing 2011 with new levels of support, new products and more riding fun. Enjoy this glimpse back at 2010 and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year.
December - Christmas Comes Early For Husqvarna's Biggest Fan
Christmas came early for former Indiana Pacers center Rik Smits as he received a new Husqvarna TE 310 from his girlfriend. The "Dunkin' Dutchman" is an avid motorcyclist and has been active in vintage motocross racing since retiring from the NBA. At 7'4" Smits says his new Husky measures up to his lofty expectations just fine!
Rik Smits / Photo Donna Jarrett
December - Team Husqvarna Finishes 2010 Big In Baja, Sweeping Tecate Enduro
Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna teammates Bobby Garrison and Cory Graffunder closed out their 2010 racing season with a 1-2 sweep of the Tecate Enduro last weekend in Baja Mexico. A 4-time Tecate winner, Team captain Ty Davis also won the Senior class and Team Husqvarna topped the overall team standings as well."
Photo: Cory Graffunder
and Nick Burson
November - Burson Bags 4th USDR Title For Team Husqvarna
Desert Master Nick Burson bagged his 4th consecutive U.S. Desert Racing #1 plate by winning season finale at Red Mountain. Burson was the man to beat in the desert all season long, just as he has been the past three years!
November - Husqvarna Tops International Six Days Enduro
Lead by Husqvarna heroes Antoine Meo (E1) and Seb Guillaume (E2), Team France won the prestigious FIM International Six Days Enduro competition in Mexico. Team Italy, lead by Husqvarna E1 rider and motocrosser Alex Salvini was the ISDE runner up over Team Finland headed by Husky riders Juha Salminen (E2) and Marko Tarkkala (E2).
Photo: Antoine Meo
November - Husqvarna Takes GNCC Win/Just Misses Championship
Jason Thomas charged to his third win of the GNCC season, this time aboard a Husqvarna TXC250 in the XC2 class. The FAR Husqvarna rider just missed the championship by 1 point! Meanwhile Glenn Kearney just missed putting his TE310 on the podium, finishing 4th in the premiere XC1 class.
Photo: Jason Thomas
September - Team Husqvarna Kills It @ Xtinction Enduro
Cory Graffunder returned home to confirm his reputation with a dominating win at Canada's infamous Xtinction Extreme Enduro; then he slipped back south of the border to make it into the mix at the AMA National EnduroCross round in Indianapolis.
Photo: Cory Graffunder / Offroadmotorcycles.ca
September - 2011 Husqvarna TE 449 Makes World Enduro Debut
GNCC hero and 7-time world champ Juha Salminen made Husqvarna racing history by putting the all new 2011 TE 449 onto the podium for its very first World Enduro Championship points in Serres, Greece. Meanwhile Husqvarna's Enduro 1 points leader Antoine Meo maintained a margin in the title chase, with just two rounds remaining.
Photo: Juha Salminen
July - Husqvarna Named Marque Of The Year
Husqvarna celebrated 50 years of race winning heritage by being named 2010 "Marque Of The Year" at the 19th Annual AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days. Recognized as the world's largest gathering of vintage motorcycle enthusiasts the event took place July 9-11 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio and attracted tens of thousands of fans of all ages.
May - Husqvarna Wins Blue Water Grand Prix
The Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna team had a banner weekend, winning the Best In The Desert Blue Water GP on Saturday and then they were at it again for the WORCS race at the Honey Lake MX Park the following day.
Photo: Ty Davis
May - Husqvarna's Glenn Kearney In Good Standing
Team Husqvarna's off-road hotshoe Glenn Kearney continued to step up his game, finishing in third place at the Yadkin Valley Stomp in Yadkinville, North Carolina on May 9. That fine performance was followed up by Kearney challenging the leaders at the Leadbelt National Enduro held near Park Hills, Missouri. Despite the extremely wet and muddy conditions in Missouri, not to mention some other challenges, Kearney finished just off the podium in fourth place by a few seconds.
April - Husqvarna Enduro Racing Highlights
Husqvarna's worldwide enduro racing effort is off to a great start as Team Husqvarna's AMA woods specialist Glenn Kearney was back in action at Round #4 of the Grand National Cross Country series while Antoine Meo was busy winning the opening round of the FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship in Spain.
Photo: Antoine Meo
April - Husqvarna Wins World 2-Stroke Championship & EnduroCross
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 win. This marks Husqvarna's first overall EnduroCross win on American shores and the first major U.S. motocross win in nearly a decade!
Photo: Bobby Garrison
March - Husqvarna Wins At WORCS
One week after being crowned Kings of the Adelanto GP, Team Husqvarna Zip-Ty Racing was back on a winning track at round #2 of the WORCS series in Primm, Nevada. Team head honcho Ty Davis continues to lead by example and his proteges Pro Class racer Bobby Garrison and Pro2 Class competitor Cory Graffunder were also on the gas in the Nevada desert.
Photo: Ty Davis
February - Ty Davis and Husqvarna: Kings of Adelanto
The 30th and final running of the Adelanto Grand Prix went off with a roar rather than a whimper! The weekend-long extravaganza proved a fitting setting for Ty Davis and his Zip-Ty Husqvarna team to say goodbye to this California desert racing classic... from the top of the podium, of course. The festivities were capped off by Davis being crowned the all-time king of the Adelanto GP by the host Desert Vipers Motorcycle Club.
February - Husqvarna Makes Its Marque @ Dealer Expo
The wraps came off the 2011 Husqvarna 630 Supermoto and dual-purpose models at the Dealernews International Dealer Expo trade show in Indianapolis. Long-time Husky dealer Malcolm Smith noted, "I sure do sell a lot of these Husqvarna motorcycles!"
Photo: Malcolm Smith