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Giroux Battles His Way To Another Podium Finish

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Guy Giroux battled his way to another podium finish last weekend during the second round of the FMSQ series in Beauce, Quebec.  Giroux picked up where he left off at the opening round in St-Alphonse de Granby by grinding out another solid 2nd overall at the bone dry and dusty Beauce event.

Giroux had some extra motivation as he headed to the start line after he had just finished watching his girlfriend, the smoking fast Karine Geoffrion, pound her way to a 1st place finish in the highly competitive ladies class on her Husqvarna WR 125 two stroke.

After a great a start that allowed her to move into first place before the end of the opening lap, Karine charged ahead and worked on building the gap between herself and second place finisher Vanessa Marcoux.

Geoffrion put consistent time on Marcoux and the pair would remain first and second for the entire race with Karine enjoying a comfortable lead at the end.  The Beauce event had another massive rider turn out with hundreds of entries including a huge number of women.

Giroux roared his way to a top three start and escaped some of the dust that wreaked havoc on the racers behind him as the pack charged its way through the opening lap on the extremely dry race course. Guy moved quickly into second and then focused on hunting KTM’s imported woods ace from the United Kingdom, Jason Thomas.

“I got in second not long after the start and set my sights on Thomas, who was running away pretty quickly” said Giroux. “I rode the first lap pretty well and he put 40 seconds on me, and I put 30 on 3rd place, everything was going good!”

Giroux indicated that he had backed his pace down some after the opening lap and tried to focus on being smooth and conserving energy but realized after a few laps that he was allowing Michel Metcalf in 3rd to close in on him.  “…after lap three I wasn’t putting time on third place anymore, so I put my head down and went faster”

Giroux would begin to increase the distance between third place and himself until a costly mistake with his pit stop would allow Metcalf to get by him and take over second.

In the final laps, a determined Giroux charged after Metcalf to regain the spot that he had just given up. “…time was running low, it was 2:08 hrs on my watch, so I needed to make a move quick. I caught him before the woods section, followed him, then put the pass on him when we jumped back onto the grass track and then for the next two laps I went as fast as I could. I got to the finish line with about 1:20 minute lead on Michel."



In a repeat of round one, Giroux would take home a well earned second with Jason Thomas out front with a comfortable lead in first. Metcalf had a solid hold on third with a healthy buffer between himself and fourth place. As further confirmation on how competitive the top ten Pros are in this year’s Quebec series, 5th through 9th positions all finished within a few seconds of each other!

Giroux, along with his Husqvarna Canada teammates, will be attending additional regional races in the coming weeks as they continue to prepare for the opening round of the 2010 Canadian Enduro Championship series that begins July 3rd and 4th in Blairmore, Alberta.

Team Sponsors: Husqvarna Canada, Feeding Performance Inc., Motovan, Rekluse, Ogio, Dragon, Xtreme, TCX, Axis, Zox, Pro-Tech, Etnies, Throttle Entertainment, UNI Filter, DID, LeoVince, GPR

Stabilizer, Motul, LimeNine, Impact Canopies, GoPro, Enduro Engineering, Supersprox, SkyCap, Boyesen, Dunlop and Zip Ty Racing.

Special thanks to the Husqvarna Canada dealers that provide extra assistance help ensure our race program is a success; Bow Ridge Sports in Cochrane, Echo Cycle in Edmonton and RiverCity Cycle in Kamloops.


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