News 25 May 2014

Anderson to lead new-look Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team

European brand confirms factory US program for 2015 season.

Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles.

Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles.

Husqvarna has announced it will align with Rockstar Energy Racing to field Jason Anderson in the 2015 American supercross and motocross championships.

Newly-crowned West Coast 250 Supercross Champion Jason Anderson will spearhead the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Race Team, with further riders to be announced.

“With racing as one of the core values of Husqvarna, of course we need to be in the top echelon of our sport,” commented president Jon-Erik Burleson. “This has been one of our major goals from the start, and an important step in elevating Husqvarna back to the leadership technology it once stood for.”

New Mexico native Anderson will be making the step up to the premier class, and be riding the Husqvarna FC 450 in AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross in the 2015 season.

“It’s definitely cool to be a part of bringing the Husqvarna brand back to pro supercross,” Jason said. “I rode the bike before I signed and I really like it so that made my decision pretty easy.

“I’m excited to be racing it and making my debut in the 450 class on a Husky. We have a good program in place and we know we have the capability to win championships, so I think it’s going to be good!”

It has been nearly 14 years since Husqvarna has participated in supercross. The first and only racing attempt was in 2001, and was fortunately a successful one. Travis Preston celebrated a 125cc class win at the Houston Astrodome, marking the first time a European brand won an AMA Supercross.

In 2015 the brand will feature two 450 riders as well as a pair of 250 riders – similar to the structure of Red Bull KTM’s US program.