Midwest Podium and Northwestern
Top-Five for Husqvarna Racers
Delong scores XC2 podium at the
Ironman GNCC while EnduroCross racers take Washington by
Andrew Delong scores another
podium at the Ironman GNCC. Photo: Shan Moore
Cory Graffunder had another solid finish at the
Washington round of EnduroCross. Photo: Drew Ruiz
Kyle Redman crosses fire pit en route to a top-five
finish. Photo: Drew Ruiz
CA - October 22, 2012 -
AMA EnduroCross racers were back at it in the Northwest, while
the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series carried on in the Midwest. In
both cases, Husqvarna racers once again battled with the best and secured
top-ten finishes, including another podium for Andrew Delong in
the XC2 division of the GNCC series.
The Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville,
Indiana was a muddy one as rain thoroughly soaked the course on Friday and
Saturday. Delong and his Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna teammate
Nick Davis got out to top-ten starts, and made their way through the
pack. Andrew worked his way into second and was battling for the lead before a
crash on lap three sent him over the bars. Adding insult to injury, the bike
landed on top of him and seared a burn into his back. Fortunately a spectator
heard him scream and helped get the bike off him. Being the hard charger he is,
Andrew still rejoined the race, only losing a minute. He was able to push on to
the finish and get his TC250 on the podium with third-place.
"I had a
good start and put myself in a good position all day long," Delong said. "I made
a big mistake and got this big burn on my back. I pushed hard and got third
today - another podium for the FAR Husqvarna team."
Davis went on to
finish sixth after running as high as fourth, having slipped back in the
standings after getting stuck in a mud hole.
"Both my guys are giving everything
they have for the team," commented team owner Fred Andrews. "Never an excuse on
what happened out on the track. We're looking forward to ending the season on a
strong note at the Tennessee round."
Ferderer worked his way up into the top ten and Jase
Martin acquit himself well in his first start up from 250As. In fact,
just over 20% of the XC2 finishers rode Husky.
Washington, factory Husqvarna racers Kyle Redmond and
Cory Graffunder were back in action, and once again were able
to demonstrate remarkable consistency in the notoriously inconsistent AMA
EnduroCross series. Round six of the series took place just north of Seattle,
and challenged racers with a particularly tough uphill rock section, which both
Redmond and Graffunder were able to tackle with ease on their FMF/Stillwell
Performance TXC310 race bikes.
Graffunder made it into the main by way of
his heat race while Redmond took it down to the wire by qualifying in the LCQ.
"The last few rounds I was lucky enough to get in through my heat," Redmond
said. "I had some extra track time tonight, but it worked out. I got my second
top-five of the season."
Redmond went on to card a fifth-place finish in
the main event, followed by his teammate, Graffunder. "We keep ending up
battling with each other in the mains," Graffunder said of Redmond. "We both got
around Justin Soule on the last lap to finish fifth and sixth. We're happy to
score two more strong finishes for the team, but we're looking forward to
getting a Husqvarna on the box before the end of the season."
Graffunder are heading straight to Boise, Idaho for round seven of the GEICO AMA
EnduroCross series, which takes place next weekend (October 27). "We have a lot
of rounds really close together at this part of the year," Redmond said. "So
we're glad to be on top of our program and riding strong right now. There's two
more rounds to go and we'll be pushing hard for a podium."
EnduroCross series won't have a break before heading into the next round, the
GNCC crowd will enjoy a weekend off before finishing up the season at Hurricane
Mills, Tennessee on November 4.
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