American makes strong first 450 showing at Stockholm.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson made a winning debut ride on the Husqvarna FC 450 on Saturday at the 24MX Supercross at Stockholm.
The American’s victory in the Swedish capital was highly symbolic as it also represented the brand’s successful return to its spiritual homeland.
“I managed to get the holeshot in the main and then I just tried to ride a mistake-free race,” Anderson said. “I was excited to be able to race the Husky here in Sweden and to get it done. I think we’re in a pretty good spot and I felt good all day.”
Anderson had a solid ride in the last of three pro-class heats, scrambling back to second after a crash in the mid-stages. He then advanced to the second semi and was able to convert his holeshot into a race win after grabbing the lead over Phil Nicoletti on lap four.
Anderson was then set to take on the competition in the final and quickly set the stage for success with another holeshot. He went on to accumulate an impressive lead and sealed the victory in front of 14,000 fans inside Stockholm’s Tele2 Arena.
It was an important occasion for Husqvarna as well as being the debut ride for Anderson, who also took time to meet company officials in Sweden and visit the Husqvarna museum.
The top five was filled by Americans, led by Anderson over Mike Alessi (Suzuki), Nicoletti (Yamaha), Josh Hill (Kawasaki) and Shane McElrath (KTM).