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Good speed but bad luck for Salminen and Husqvarna at EWC GP


Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing’s Juha Salminen saw his hopes of a double Enduro 2 class win ended on day one of the Enduro World Championship GP of Argentina when the Finn was forced to retire after a stone became lodged between the chain and front sprocket of his bike. Leading the E2 class at the time, Salminen bounced back in spectacular style to win the class on day two – his second E2 class win in as many GPs.

In Argentina conditions were extremely dry and rocky – just as they were one week earlier in Chile. With four laps each day, come the end of the second day’s competition in San Juan only the very fittest were able to give their all.

A cautious sixth on the opening super test on Friday night, Juha Salminen made a determined start to the first full day of competition. Winning three of the first four timed special tests Juha opened up an advantage over Spain’s Ivan Cervantes before his luck ran out and he was sidelined from the event. While in control of the Enduro 2 class Juha’s bike stopped on the motocross test with a stone wedged between the front sprocket and chain. Needing more than 30 minutes to remove the stone, Juha was then able to ride back to the paddock in preparation for day two.

Determined to show what could have been on day one Juha topped the opening special test before controlling his class lead. Only twice placing lower than second in class, Salminen won five of the day’s 12 special tests to win by 23 seconds.

Juha’s team-mate Alex Salvini endured a tough two days of competition in Argentina. Enjoying the dry conditions the Italian placed fifth on both days. On day one Alex won the final motocross test and largely performed well on day two. Mistakes on the enduro test prevented Salvini placing higher up the results. Spaniard Lorenzo Santolino claimed the best result for the Husqvarna Enduro Team by CH Racing in the Enduro 1 class with a deserved fourth on day two. Starting the event still feeling the effects of a crash during the GP of Chile, Santolino placed seventh on day one, claiming the team’s best E1 class result.

On day two Lorenzo improved his speed on all special tests to secure a well-deserved fourth. Winning three of the day’s tests the team newcomer placed just six seconds from the podium. Matti Seistola failed to secure the results he hoped he would in Argentina. Ninth on day one, mistakes early in the day derailed his chances of battling for a podium result. On day two Seistola started well but a heavy fall on the day’s fourth test again stopped him from performing at his best.
HUSQVARNA RACING TEAM ON THE PODIUM AT AORC ROUNDS 3 AND 4


The 2012 AORC (Australian Off Road Championship) continued with rounds 3 and 4 held at Wonthaggi in Victoria over the weekend.
All competitors battled the dusty conditions throughout the weekend, even with start times pushed out to one minute intervals riders still had to contend with limited visibility due to the dust.

Husqvarna Racing’s Glenn Kearney had been looking forward to a good result for rounds 3 & 4 after his recent strong form in the USA GNCC rounds. Unfortunately illness struck Kearney coming into the Wonthaggi event with Glenn forced to battle the flu the entire weekend. Despite the illness Kearney pushed on to register a strong 4th place finish in E2 on Saturday’s round 3 and an impressive 2nd place on Sunday in round 4 for the E2 class.

With 4 of 12 rounds completed, the title chase for Kearney is still well within reach with Glenn currently 2nd in the E2 class behind Matt Phillips. Outright results show Kearney sitting in 5th position only a few points off a podium spot.

Husqvarna Racing’s Luka Bussa kept himself in contention throughout Saturday’s round 3 and consolidated his efforts with a strong performance across Sundays special test format to finish 3rd in E1 behind Daniel Milner and Josh Green.
UNLUCKY RACE FOR LARRIEU IN THE MX2 ELITE FRENCH CHAMPIONSHIP
Unlucky day for Loic Larrieu in third round of the French MX Elite held in Ernee.

Husqvarna’s rider could not do better than an eighth place finishing with the TC250 after a decent third place in time practice.

Started in 20th position Loic has embarked on a good recovery that allowed him to finish in eighth place.

Worst was the super final rounds (MX1+MX2) where Larrieu has fallen several times finishing in 20 th position.

Now Larrieu ranks third in the French MX2 elite standings after the third round.

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