News 7 Mar 2017

Browny gives ‘em heaps for Husqvarna at Clipsal

HQVA press release:

Anyone who thought that former Australian Enduro-X Champion Mike Brown was in Adelaide for the appearance money received a rude shock as the Tennessee rider blew almost everyone off the track during the weekend’s Super Enduro-X event at the V8 Supercar Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

At 44-years-of age the 2001 AMA motocross champion remains a fast-moving contradiction to conventional concepts of a rider’s ‘prime’, and at Adelaide, he finished top-two in nine out of ten races (in the tenth he was third).

Brown finished second in Friday night’s overall tally behind KTM’s Cody Webb and ahead of Husqvarna team mate Kyle Redmond, then repeated the trick on Saturday, again behind Webb, but this time leading Aussie Cheyne Boyd home in third.

Today Brown went out on top, wrapping up his fourth stint for Husqvarna Australia with a win and a second in today’s two events.

On the team’s second Husqvarna FC350, Redmond was back with a flurry today, the 28-year-old finishing off with 2-3 results.

The two Americans were in town to fly the Husqvarna flag at Australia’s highest-profile enduro-x event, after Victorian 2016 Clipsal 500 Enduro-X Champ Mitch Harper became unavailable with a leg infection.

South Australian Husqvarna-mounted desert racing specialist Ivan Long battled with the technical demands of his home town event, but was unable to upstage the more established enduro-x competitors.

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team Manager Christian Horwood: “It’s been a great week being over here for the Clipsal 500 Super Enduro-X, and we’ve had a lot of success. Both Mike and Kyle have ridden exceptionally well, and in every race they’ve put on a great show for the huge crowd. Both the boys had wins and the American boys showed why they’re among the best in the world on these types of tracks. Mike continues to impress, being so aggressive and determined right from the gate drop, he probably led more laps than anyone and finished no worse than second in every race. It was Kyle’s very first race for Husqvarna, yet came up with two race wins this week. The 350s have been the perfect bikes for this track and been faultless all week. The track was very technical and challenging and it’s been hot and demanding on the riders, so it’s just great to get through the week and not have injuries, and have such big success.”

Mike Brown (FC350): “I was pretty consistent, but some of the wins I wanted – the big money ones – I never got. But it’s alright. The track was good for me, but it equalled out; Cody was good on the technical parts and I was a little better on the jumps and stuff, so it was good racing. I enjoy this kind of racing better than the stuff we have in America. It’s a big crowd here. I’ve travelled around, been to a lot of races, and this is one of the biggest ones I’ve ever done, because you’ve got the car racing, and it brings a lot of different people along to the motorcycle side. It’s good to have those people coming and seeing what’s going on. There were lot of kids here too, which was good.”

Kyle Redmond (FC350): “I had a fun time. The track was pretty crazy, but I got pretty used to it fast and I had a really good day on Friday. I had a win and was up front the whole race, then in the third race Cody got me on the last lap. I pushed pretty hard and blew myself out for the final, and it seemed like yesterday I was riding really timid and pretty sore, obviously, having no bike time. Then today I was able to push again and have a second and a third, so I was happy. There were so many people here it was awesome, the crowd was big! The Australian riders are all super-fast, every time I’ve been over here there’s always been real fast guys, so it was a good challenge. A couple of weeks ago I was sitting on my couch wanting to come here and I’m glad I came, and made some money! My bike is amazing, coming off what I was on the last two years, I couldn’t go into a race any more unprepared, and I was on a bone stock bike, so it just shows the competitive they are right out of the box.”

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