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EnduroGP point’s leader Antti Hellsten steps up to Husqvarna Factory team for EnduroGP World Championship round in Spain.

He wasn’t planning on competing in further rounds of the EnduroGP series, but following his double win at the championship opener in Finland, Hellsten has been drafted in to replace the injured Mathias Bellino.

Privateer Hellsten who scorched his way to a double victory last month in the Finnish snow and ice, will get an opportunity to defend his points lead at round two of the championship in two weekends time.

Standing in for the injured Mathias Bellino, who picked up a shoulder injury prior to the GP of Finland, Hellsten will race the team’s FE 350 machine in the premier EnduroGP class. 

Strengthening the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team, the 27-year-old Finn will look to continue his impressive form in the highly-competitive EnduroGP class at round two in Puerto Lumbreras, Spain. 

“We’re really looking forward to working with Antti Hellsten as Mathias Bellino continues his recovery from injury,” said Andreas Hölzl – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager.

“Positively surprising us with his double class victory at the season opening GP of Finland, we strongly believe Antti will be a perfect fit to our team as a replacement Mathias. Antti will be racing the team’s FE 350 machine in the EnduroGP class.”

No stranger to Enduro World Championship competition, Antti Hellsten made his debut appearance in the Enduro Junior class of the series back in 2010, securing a very strong fifth place position in the championship's final standings. 

Competing in the EWC full-time for the next two season the Finn wrapped up his first season of senior class competition in 2012 with 12th in the Enduro 1 class. 

The second round of the 2017 FIM Enduro World Championship takes place in Puerto Lumbreras, Spain on April 21/23.