Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) is proud to introduce Kyle Redmond and Cory Graffunder as members of the Husqvarna factory race team. Slated to contest the 2012 AMA EnduroCross championship, Redmond and Graffunder are counting down the days to the opening round of the eight-round series, which will once again feature the ESPN X Games.
Mounted aboard factory-backed Husqvarna TXC310s with additional backing from FMF Racing, Stillwell Performance and Dunlop, Graffunder and Redmond are ready to take on the 2012 AMA/GEICO EnduroCross series, which will kick off on May 4 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cory Graffunder returns in 2012 as a Husqvarna EnduroCross racer. The Canadian regrettably spent the majority of last year out with a broken wrist, which he suffered in a crash only days before the Summer X Games. Fortunately he recovered in time for the last two rounds of the series, and was able to notch a podium finish at the 2011 season finale.
"It was probably the biggest disappointment of my life, getting injured and missing X Games," Graffunder said of last year's season. "I had a bad season last year but finished it on a good note. I just want to keep getting on the podium this year. I can't explain how excited I am to be heading into the series on a factory Husky. I'm really looking forward to qualifying for X Games, which I'm confident I can do."
Extreme enduro specialist Kyle Redmond is new to Husqvarna, and will be racing the AMA EnduroCross Series as well as select events such as the Tennessee Knock Out, Xtinction and Last Dog Standing. The California native is looking forward to stepping up his game on the factory-backed Husqvarna TXC310.
"The TXC310 definitely has a great motor," Redmond said. "We have a lot more power this year (as opposed to the 250F I was on last year) and we're working with some really great sponsors. Alan Stillwell with Stillwell Performance is dialing in our suspension and the bikes are working really great. We're ready to get the season started strong."
"We're all excited about our factory Husqvarna EnduroCross team," said HMNA Product and Racing Manager Derek Sorenson. "We have two of the best extreme enduro riders in the world, and they've both proven that they are among the very few riders who are capable of reaching the podium in an EnduroCross."
"The new TXC310 is a great racing platform to begin with this year. Everything that was learned the last couple years in the World Enduro with the CH Racing team has been translated to the production bike, and fortunately for us here in the U.S., we're really reaping the rewards. We're looking forward to a landmark year for Husqvarna and can't wait to see our guys and the TXC310 on the podium."
Additional sponsors of the factory Husqvarna EnduroCross team include: FMF Racing, Troy Lee Designs, Stillwell Performance, Sidi, Dunlop, Enduro Engineering, GUTS Racing, PG Graphics, GPR, Rekluse, Dirt Tricks, Silkolene, X Brand, Warp 9, AME, DT1, TM Designworks, Super B and Resmarket, Inc.