Husqvarna Racers Hop Into EnduroCross Spotlight

Woodcliff Lake, NJ -- The third time was a charm as Cory Graffunder put his Zip-Ty Racing TC250 Husqvarna on the podium for the second straight race. The Canadian import kept a cool head and used hot skills to battle his way to the podium. After finishing 7th in the opening round of the EnduroCross series, the talented young racer finished third in Round 2 in his debut as a Husqvarna team rider and reprised his role at Round 3, battling with the winner right down to the wire.

"I was battling with Taddy Blazusiak for the first half of the race and then I stalled it," admits Graffunder. "I took off again, but just couldn't quite catch Taddy again... wait until the next race!"

This week's very tight and technical Florence track suited Graffunder well. Starting the day as 5th fastest qualifier, he aced his heat race which transferred him right to the night's 11 rider main event. Graffunder started strong and stayed very close to Blazusiak, the reigning EnduroCross champ (and undefeated through the first three rounds). In some sections Graffunder actually made gains on the champ until a lapped rider tangle caused him to kill his engine. As a result Geoff Aaron managed to get around Cory and with time running against him, Geoff held on for runner up slot. Cory's podium finish moved him up to 3rd overall in the points standings.

  Cory Graffunder
Zip-Ty Husqvarna's cool Canadian import, Cory Graffunder, continues to bag podium finishes.
Rounding out the top 10 was Graffunder's fellow Zip-Ty Racing Gary Sutherlin who has shown marked improvement. Like his teammate, Sutherlin's great heat race performance moved him to the night's big show, his first of main event appearance of the 2009 series. Sutherlin rode smoothly bettering his opponents and race ending rock, stone, and water filled obstacles that spelled disaster for so many others. Sutherlin currently sits in 12th position in the points standings.

Florence, SC Geico AMA EnduroCross
Expert Main Event Results
1. Taddy Blazusiak
2. Geoff Aaron
3. Cory Graffunder
4. Damon Huffman
10. Gary Sutherlin
2010 Husqvarna TC250

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All six rounds of the 2009 Geico AMA EnduroCross will air on the Lucas Motosports Hour on the Versus Network starting in October. For more information and air times, check

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole... and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in! Known as the "toughest racing on two wheels," this indoor version of extreme off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. The GEICO Powersports AMA EnduroCross series, presented by E3 Spark Plugs, will be captured by the Versus Network, to be aired on the popular grassroots racing program; The Lucas Motorsports Hour. With its excitement and unpredictability, the EnduroCross championship has always down to the wire and this year will be no different as the series starts and finishes at Vegas' Orleans Arena! Don't miss your chance to see GEICO Powersports AMA Endurocross "Live" - and be sure to log-on to for local airing dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour.

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

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.