Chilean Pablo Quintanilla has extended his contract with the Husqvarna to remain with the rally team until the end of 2018.
Crowned this year’s FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion and together with third overall in the 2016 Dakar Rally it was a natural choice for Husqvarna to want to keep him onboard.
“I’m very happy and proud to extend my agreement with Husqvarna Motorcycles into a long-term relationship,” said Quintanilla. “The brand is doing extremely well since it was re-launched, and it is very committed to rally sport.
“This allows me to concentrate on racing with the best team and the best bike available today. It is also a special privilege for me to race in the colours of a brand that represents so much history and heritage in motorsport offroad racing.”
Robert Jonas, Husqvarna Motorcycles Vice President Motorsport said, “Pablo is one of the most talented young riders in the rally sport. His attitude and his skills are impressive, and we are glad to be working with him for the coming years.
“We both have one goal, which is to be on the top of the Dakar podium and we will focus our efforts in the future to achieve this result as soon as we can."
Quintanilla will lead the Husqvarna Motorcycles in the 2017 Dakar Rally when it begins on January 2 in Asuncion, Paraguay.