You'll not find a prouder group than the men and women of the U.S. Armed Services and with the inspiring ride he logged at GNCC Round 4, Staff Sergeant Toby Atkins did himself and the U.S. Army very proud indeed. As the second Army soldier to participate in this year's Guest Factory Rider For a Day program his performance aboard a Wyatt Seals prepared factory Husqvarna TXC450 was inspiring to say the very least.
Despite some difficulty leaving the starting area "I killed the bike and ended up dead last at the start of the race!" Atkins showed himself to be quite the racer. Within minutes any of his pre-race jitters were shaken off and Atkins looked right at home aboard the Husky. Down but not out, this was a fighting man on a mission. One by one he reeled and passed rider after rider moving himself in short order to 3rd place by the end of lap one.
Now trailing the lead by about a minute or so Atkins went into full battle mode for his final assault. Before long, Atkins had passed for the overall lead and was now envisioning himself standing atop the winner's podium but, alas, it was not to be. A slight mistake resulted in him stalling his bike momentarily and allowing the lead, and a victory, slip from his grasp.
"I wanted the overall win but not sure if I would because of a lack of seat time aboard this Husqvarna," said Atkins. "The TXC 450 was easy to ride so it worked out in the end. I feel that I achieved my goals by representing Husqvarna well and riding the bike competitively. Overall it is an extremely competitive motorcycle that is great off the showroom floor."
Atkins made it a point to thank "all the people at Husqvarna for giving me the opportunity to race their motorcycle. It was a great experience and I really enjoyed putting them on the podium."
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC is part of BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America is located in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC returned to off-road racing competition in 2008 and during 2009 Husqvarna will expand its professional race team to compete in AMA GNCC, Endurocross, National Hare & Hound, the AMA Hare Scrambles Series, and WORCS competition. Husqvarna team riders will compete in the premier classes of each series aboard 2009 Husqvarna TXC 450, TXC 510, and WR 300 off-road models.