Take a closer look at the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Enduro Team two-stroke race bikes of Jarvis, Bolt and Gomez competing the 2019 World Enduro Super Series.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Enduro Team three-rider team attacked the opening round of the 2019 WESS Championship last weekend at Extreme Lagares Hard Enduro. The team of Graham Jarvis, Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez pulled fourth, fifth and seventh respectively for a strong team performance at the opening WESS round.
The three factory riders are all racing the Husqvarna TE 300i for the extreme events in the WESS calendar which moves on to Trefle Lozerien Classic Enduro this coming weekend in France before moving onto the infamous EzbergRodeo at the end of May.
Ahead of that, we’ve taken the chance for a closer look at the factory race bikes which might not look so different from their predecessors but have some key updates – some of them relating to the factory team set-up and some being changes to the 2020 models from Husqvarna.
Around the bikes we can see the usual bolt-on goodies to improve performance from WP Cone Valve forks and Trax shock suspension (which the boys are still rocking at the moment rather than the new WP Supertrax shock adn XACT forks), X-Trig front fork clamps, FMF exhausts and Pro Taper handlebars.
One thing which is clear from the rider’s positive comments, and from listening to the bikes track-side, is the fuel injected engines and electronic management systems are on song this season. The constant development of the fuel injection software, using the factory riders, has brought precision and consistency to the throttle delivery which you can hear. Ride onboard with Graham Jarvis at Lagares and take a listen to his bike working.
The other major difference on the 2020 models is the obvious one, the corrugated exhaust pipe. The exhaust header pipes are corrugated which Husqvarna/KTM say makes them stronger and more resistance towards deformation.
Judging by the look of the exhaust pipes from Billy’s, Alfredo’s and Graham’s bikes after Lagares where they took one hell of a beating, it seems like the new protection does work!
Acerbis front brake rotor guard and skid plate are carbon with the additional rear suspension linkage protectors scooped off the rear of the skid plates. The rear brake disc gets a tough Zip-ty protector.
The new Husqvarna’s have adopted their motocross sister’s bodywork and the graphics have been updated for this year also – this will be clearer on the standard bikes launched in a few weeks.
The headlight cowling has been changed this year also, with new design features found on the motocross models to better deflect dirt away from the front of the bike and guide the front brake hose.
The race bikes run the Husqvarna kit part Brembo braking caliper which brings additional power and feel to the front brake. Raptor Titanium footpegs sit lower and further back with those spikes delivering an obvious upgrade to boot grip.
Titanium foot brake tips are bolted on to be more grippy too but also because they bend more easily than a stock part and therefore are less likely to snap the lever off. The Rekluse clutch cover is tougher and offers slightly greater oil capacity.
The Rockstar Husky team run the Michelin Enduro tyres. The factory bikes also have the blue anodised flange guard protecting the exhaust manifold.
New shaped handguards are slightly more tapered downwards and smaller – although the factory team can change sizes or remove depending on the event. And we can see the set-up for Lagares included the Clacson grab-straps front and rear, plus the Blackbird Racing grippier seat covers on all Husqvarna factory race bikes.
Launch season of the 2020 enduro and off road models is nearly upon us so we’ll have plenty more details on the new standard bikes in the coming weeks.
Next races to be contested by the Husqvarna Factory Racing Team:
Round 2: May 17-19: Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France)
Round 3: May 30-June 2: Erzbergrodeo Hare Scramble (Austria)
Round 4: June 21-23: Hixpania Hard Enduro (Spain)
Round 5: July 30-August 4: Romaniacs (Romania)
Round 6: September 21-22: Hawkstone Park Cross Country (United Kingdom)
Round 7: October 5-6: BR2 Enduro Solsona (Spain)
Round 8: November 2: Getzen Rodeo (Germany)
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