News 28 Apr 2014

Leisk makes racing return aboard Husqvarna

Legendary Aussie makes surprise Tumbulgum appearance.

Source: HQVA.

Source: HQVA.

Australian grand prix legend Jeff Leisk was a surprise starter at the weekend’s KTM Tumbulgum Motocross event in Western Australia, winning the 40-100 years category.

Leisk, who is general manager of KTM Australia and HQVA rode a Husqvarna FC 350 in the event, claiming three of four holeshots before capturing victory in all four motos.

“Tumbulgum is always good fun,” Leisk explained. “It’s not a full-blown motocross so there’s no crazy jumps, just fast-flowing terrain, and it was an exceptional track this year – it made it just really good fun to get out and ride.

“I’ve been doing a bit of Sprintcar racing lately which probably helped keep the pre-race nerves down and allowed me to relax a bit, and I’ve been doing a little bit of off the bike training and got the weight down a little bit too, so I’m not in terrible shape.

“I’ve really enjoyed this 350 Husqvarna today; it’s a sweet machine, absolutely ideal for someone like me who doesn’t get on the bike all the time but still wants the power and handling. And it got three holeshots today as well so it’s no slouch off the line, either.

“KTM is always a major sponsor for Tumbulgum, but Husqvarna was a minor sponsor on the day and there was a trade display here to show off a few bikes, so it was also good to be able to show off the FC 350 on the track.”

Mandurah City/Berry Sweet KTM rider Louis Calvin won the Pro class from Dean Porter and David Birch.