Unquestionably the world's biggest stage for extreme sports X Games 15 was the site for another Husqvarna triumph as 2008 S2 World Supermoto Champion Adrien Chareyre piloted a stock Husqvarna SM450 RR to the podium in Supermoto X competition.
"Husqvarna has had an amazing three weeks... Adrien's X Games 15 medal is the perfect exclamation point," says Husqvarna Motorcycles North America National Sales & Marketing Manager Scot Harden. "First Antoine Meo won both World Enduro Championship rounds in Mexico City, then we had our national dealer meeting in conjunction with the Endurocross where our dealers had the opportunity to walk the track with Zip-Ty Racing's Husqvarna team captain Ty Davis and now an X Games medal... This is a great opportunity to showcase two champions: Husqvarna's SM450 RR and our 2-time World Champion Adrien Chareyre."
Although scheduled to ride his CH Racing Husqvarna 530 works bike, Chareyre ended up competing in the X Games on a stock 2010 SM450 RR because the rules called for a smaller displacement bike than the machine he usually races in the World Supermoto Championships. "We basically pulled the stock bike out of the dealer display and trucked it from Las Vegas to the Home Depot Center," explains Harden. "Not bad for a bone stock bike!"
Nicknamed "Le Chat" the likable Chareyre, 23, has been racing motorcycles since he was 4 years old, competing in the European and French National Motocross Championships until he was 15. He then switched to the Supermoto discipline back in 2001, starting on a little 50cc minibike and working his way up through bigger bikes to ultimately capture the World Championship in 2007 and 2008 (both titles aboard a Husqvarna). He also won the Italian S2 Supermoto title in 2008 for good measure.
|| Chareyre comes into the X Games having just won both legs of the World Supermoto Championships at the historic Mallory Park in the U.K. on his works Husqvarna and is currently leading the series with a perfect 100 point total.
Check out www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com for more details on the entire Husqvarna Motorcycle range for 2010 or go to www.adrienchareyre.com for more background on the 2-time World Champ.
Husqvarna team members celebrate including Antione Meo (left), Chareyre (center) and Scot Harden (right)
|GLENN KEARNEY WORCS SERIES UPDATE
Staddleline Raceway, WORCS Round 7 - Olympia, WA
With the GNCC series on hiatus until September 11th, Glenn Kearney has been keeping his skills sharp. First the affable Aussie competed in the Endurocross opener in Las Vegas and then he tackled the WORCS series the following weekend. "I've ridden two other WORCS races in my life, and let me tell you, its a whole different animal out there!" Maybe not as different as Endurocross, but no less of a challenge.
Conditions in Olympia, Washington were unseasonably dry and dusty... and completely to admitted mud-hater Kearney's liking. "With 25 Pro racers out there, including top guys like Kurt Caselli, it really keep me on my toes," claims Kearney. "But I like it dry rather than muddy," says the former motocrosser.
"My WR300 had me right with the pack for most of the two hour race," Kearney says of his Wyatt Seals tuned 2-stroke. "It has the down-low power needed to get through the tight stuff, but plenty of snap and top end when I hit those quick open stretches - I really need to make sure I have my feet on the pegs when I twist the throttle," he laughs.
Despite mixing it it up with the WORCS regulars like Ricky Dietrich, Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown, Kearney was a close 7th place, just minutes behind eventual winner Dietrich. "I'm really happy with the outcome of a top 10 finish," concludes Kearney.
Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.
Husqvarna Motorcycles, a part of the BMW Group since October 2007, are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Varese, Italy since 1987.
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.