Following hot on the heels of KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles have now announced that they too will focus solely on the World Enduro Super Series for 2018.

Yesterday, Wednesday December 6, brought the news of a newly established eight round mixed discipline championship called the World Enduro Super Series.

Its goal is to combine Classic Enduro, Hard Enduro, Beach Races and Cross Country together, aligning with events Erzberg, Trefle Lozerien, Red Bull Romaniacs, Extreme XL Lagares, Red Bull 111 Megawatt, Gotland Grand National and Red Bull Knock Out.

This morning KTM announced their participation in the WESS championship, leaving Enduro World Championship, and now Husqvarna have followed suit.

Husqvarna will field Colton Haaker, Graham Jarvis, Alfredo Gomez and Billy Bolt in the series, which begins on May 11-13.

 

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Diego Clement, Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles, states it marks a new direction for Husqvarna while also allowing them to directly engage and interact with valued customer base at many mass-participation events.

“We are very pleased to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles confirm their new direction by participating in the 2018 World Enduro Super Series,” told Clement.

“For Husqvarna, we feel that the WESS offers an exciting blend of enduro competitions, while still holding firm many of the true values of enduro sport. The series acknowledges the recent growth and popularity in cross-country and hard enduro competition, while also valuing classic enduro and beach racing. 

“For Husqvarna to be present at mass participation races is also important for us, it ensures that we can directly engage and interact with our valued customer and fan base.”

 

Read below for the official Husqvarna Press Release…

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing to compete in newly established, multi-discipline enduro championship

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce that they will officially participate in the 2018 World Enduro Super Series, which begins in May with Extreme XL Lagares.

Fielding a four-rider team, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will be represented by Graham Jarvis, Colton Haaker, Alfredo Gomez and Billy Bolt with all riders contesting the new eight-round WESS championship during 2018.

An exciting blend of enduro competitions, as a mixed discipline series Husqvarna look forward to the prospect of their official riders competing in widely varied events in one exciting, new championship. 

With the eight events set to bring together many thousands of competitors during the course of the championship, the World Enduro Super Series will also attract high numbers of spectators to each event, which will allow Husqvarna to extensively engage with race fans and end consumers. In addition, the WESS will benefit from extensive TV, web and print media exposure ensuring high levels of visibility. 

 

About WESS

The World Enduro Super Series is an eight-round multi-discipline enduro championship for professional and amateurs alike. Combining Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Racing, the series will feature many of the world’s most well-established and well-supported events.

Requiring riders to showcase a wide range of skills and techniques, the WESS will provide a complete test of all competitor's abilities, with the series’ winner crowned the Ultimate Enduro Champion. 

The 2018 World Enduro Super Series will begin on May 11th with the Extreme XL Lagares in Portugal. The championship will then take in the ErzbergRodeo (Austria), Le Trefle Lozerien AMV (France), Romaniacs (Romania), Megawatt (Poland), Gotland Grand National (Sweden) and one as yet unannounced additional event before finishing with the Knock Out Beach Race in The Netherlands on November 10th.

 

Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “We are very pleased to announce that Husqvarna Motorcycles confirm their new direction by participating in the 2018 World Enduro Super Series. 

“For Husqvarna, we feel that the WESS offers an exciting blend of enduro competitions, while still holding firm many of the true values of enduro sport. The series acknowledges the recent growth and popularity in cross-country and hard enduro competition, while also valuing classic enduro and beach racing. 

“Bringing together a mixture of disciplines under one championship ensures that all aspects of enduro are addressed and that to win this series a rider must be a true all-rounder. For Husqvarna to be present at mass participation races is also important for us, it ensures that we can directly engage and interact with our valued customer and fan base. Finally, we wish the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team the very best of luck and success in WESS 2018.”

 

Andi Hoelzl – Team Manager Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “Competing in the World Enduro Super Series offers an exciting new challenge for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in 2018. As a mixed discipline series, both the style of events and type of terrain on offer for next year ensure a complete test to our riders. Some events will favour one rider, another event will be better for a different rider, which adds an unpredictable outcome to each race. 

“The WESS will entice competitors to step outside of their comfort zone if they are to become the Ultimate Enduro Rider. For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing we have a rider line-up that is capable of challenging for victory at each round. All riders are focused on ending the series as the inaugural WESS champion.”

 

 

 

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