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Husqvarna's "Graffunder" On The Box Again

FP Husqvarna / Zip-Ty Racing Canada’s Ryan Graffunder fought his way to another podium position this weekend during the 2010 edition of the Squealin Pig Cross Country. Graffunder continued his string of podiums by capturing 3rd overall at the Vernon, British Columbia event.

Ryan was followed not long after by his brother, and Husqvarna Canada team mate, Nick Graffunder. After illness and some bad luck prevented him from finishing the first few regional races, Nick finally got some redemption by completing his first full race on his 2010 Husqvarna TXC 250 with a solid 5th position.

Following some bad starts that left him at the back of the pack at the last few rounds, Ryan Graffunder was able to get away clean and launched his TXC 450 into second place off the start. Graffunder battled with Geoff Nelson, who would finish 2nd, as they chased KTM’s Ryan Durkee for the lead.

At the finish, the top three were very close with Durkee maintaining a small margin over Nelson followed closely by Graffunder. Dillon Bucknell would bring home 4th with Nick Graffunder chasing him in 5th.

“I was pretty happy to finally get a good start” said Ryan. “Geoff and I had a battle going on. I was in second for a bit and then he got by me. We stayed pretty tight right to the end. It was definitely a great race.”

“We have been dialing in my 250 and got it really ripping so it was nice payback to have a good race” offers Nick. “I got into 4th behind Ryan and then had a bit of a war with Dillon Bucknell. I made a couple of mistakes and he got by me but I was still stoked that we were so close at the end…the top five were all within a few minutes of each other.”
In Alberta, Husqvarna Canada’s Marty Halmazna competed in his first race on his 2010 TXC 510 by pounding his way to the finish of the Porcupine Cross Country.

Halmazna had a tough day that began with a dead last start. With just shy of 20 riders in the Pro class, Halmazna had his work cut out for him as he picked off riders and made his way forward. Towards the end of the first loop, Marty was able to fight his way into the top ten and was focused on hunting the leaders.

With less than 3 kms to the end of the first loop, and more importantly the gas check, Halmazna ran his big 510 out of fuel and lost an estimated 20 to 30 minutes getting to the check and fueling up. With any chance of a top result gone, Marty focused on finishing the event.

“It was a tough way to end my first race on the 510” indicates Marty. “My start sucked but the bike was working great and I was pretty comfortable as I worked my way past riders in the first loop. I had no idea what position I was in but knew that I had passed a bunch of guys and was hoping that I might catch the lead riders in the second loop.”

MARTY HALMAZNA

“When I finally got to the check, they told me I was probably in about 7th before I ran out of gas. I just put my head down in the second loop and tried to pick off as many riders as possible. I got a few and think that I had made it up to about 11th at the end. I’m definitely looking forward to the races in the next few weeks so I can get back out there and have another crack at a win.”

The podium at this year’s Porcupine Cross Country was occupied by three seasoned racers with well documented fast guy status in Western Canada. Honda Canada’s Jason Schrage took the top step followed by multi-time champion Jared Thomas in 2nd and the infamous Paul Petrin in 3rd.
Ryan, Nick and Marty along with Husqvarna Canada’s Guy Giroux, 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.

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