BOLT AND HAAKER SET FOR 2022 SUPERENDURO OPENER

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING DUO TAKE ON FIVE-ROUND INDOOR ENDURO SERIES
Billy Bolt and Colton Haaker are set to represent Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at this weekend’s opening round of the 2022 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. The two former champions will form a strong Anglo-American line-up as they fight for the coveted indoor enduro title during the scheduled five-round series.

With the 2021 championship cancelled due to the global pandemic, SuperEnduro fires back into life for 2022 with five rounds, held in four different countries. Opening in Poland tomorrow, December 4, the series then travels to Israel in January, Hungary in early February, before closing in Germany in March with back-to-back events.

Winner of the last SuperEnduro championship to be held, in 2020, Billy Bolt comes into the 2022 SuperEnduro series just weeks after clinching the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship title and will undoubtedly be one of the main riders to beat on the tight and intense indoor tracks. On form throughout 2021, Bolt has shown incredible pace and skill, especially on terrains that suit his explosive style. Switching to the FE 350 4-stroke for SuperEnduro, the Brit is fired up to stamp his mark on the series.

Also looking for success is reigning AMA Endurocross Champion Colton Haaker. Riding as teammate to Bolt on his return to European action, the three-time world champion wrapped up the 2021 American championship just over one month ago, and is not only on form, but also fully dialled in to the unpredictable nature of indoor enduro. Haaker’s last FIM title came back in 2019, when he beat all comers in a championship that went down to the very last moto. Now, the American star is back in Europe and looking to ruffle some feathers.

The 2022 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship begins in Lodz, Poland on Saturday December 4, 2021.

Billy Bolt: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to some SuperEnduro racing – it seems like ages since we raced the series. As soon as things calmed down after winning the Hard Enduro World Championship, I jumped back on my FE 350 and have been training on that ever since. I felt at home on it straight away to be honest, it suits my style and size. We have had a few SuperEnduro style races this year – namely at Lagares and TKO, but nothing is quite the same intensity as a proper SuperEnduro event. I think the competition is going to be tough – there are a lot of guys who could really mix things up, not least Colton who is coming over from America to race again. It’s going to be tough, but I’m really looking forward to racing in Poland. I’ll give it my best and hopefully come out of the event somewhere near the top.”

Colton Haaker: “I’m really excited to be coming back to Europe for SuperEnduro. Over the last couple of years Covid has put a dampener on things, so now I’ve got a chance to come back and race, I had to go for it. The team really wanted to get the fastest competitors together and try to make the racing as good as it could be. The ideal situation for the sport is to get the best U.S. riders together with the best European riders, all in one series. It’s the best things for the fans, and the best thing for us as riders to grow the sport as a whole. It’s been a really good year for me so far – in America we’re lucky that we’ve been able to run the indoor series for the past two years and I’ve been able to stay top dog. I’m looking forward to facing the same sort of competition in Europe, and I think there are maybe seven or eight guys there that have the ability to win, so it’s definitely going to be a tough championship. I’m looking forward to the challenge – there are going to be some good battles and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun.”

BILLY BOLT WINS 2021 FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING STAR BECOMES HARD ENDURO’S FIRST FIM WORLD CHAMPION WITH STUNNING RIDE AT GETZENRODEO FINAL IN GERMANY
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt has made history by becoming the first ever FIM Hard Enduro World Champion. Attacking all the way during the final round of the season at Germany’s GetzenRodeo, Bolt placed second to put the finishing touches to what has been an incredible year of hard enduro racing for the Brit. Competing alongside Billy, Hixpania winner Alfredo Gomez ended his season in a close sixth in the series following a sixth place result.

With the outcome of this year’s FIM Hard Enduro World Championship boiling down to the final race of the season between Bolt and his closest rival Manuel Lettenbichler, TE 300i mounted Bolt knew what he had to do. Holding a three-point lead in the championship standings, he needed to either win, or finish second or better to clinch the title if Lettenbichler won.

A fast pace in the morning GetzenRace qualifier saw Billy lead the majority of the two-hour race, only to slip to second within sight of the finish line. With the focus on the all-important GetzenChamp race, 80-minutes plus one lap of racing stood between Bolt and the title. Starting second, the Brit quickly caught Lettenbichler on lap one. Overtaking him, he opened up a 10-second lead. But with the slippery rocks catching him out, a series of mistakes dropped him down to sixth.

Knowing the title had swung in Lettenbichler’s favour, Bolt regrouped and put his head down to make a charge back up the field. Picking off riders, he worked his way up to second at the midway point in the race. Now clearly enjoying the course, Bolt began chipping away at the race lead, bringing the gap down to less than one minute. But with time running out, he knew settling for second was exactly enough to become the FIM Hard Enduro World Champion.

For teammate Gomez, the focus was on the race win following his victory last time out at Hixpania. A steady ride in the morning qualifier saw him start fifth in the GetzenChamp race. Riding strong in the opening laps, Gomez reached as high as second early on. But with arm pump hampering the Spaniard, he was unable to maintain his fast pace, eventually slipping back to sixth.

With the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship concluded, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing now turn their attention to the opening round of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, which takes place in Poland on December 4.

Billy Bolt: “WORLD CHAMPIONS! What an amazing feeling it is. It’s going to take a while to process this one. I can’t believe I’m the FIM Hard Enduro World Champion. It was a heck of a race today. We all knew what we had to do, and we made it happen. I rode great this morning in the qualifier, but I hurt my finger. I was struggling a little with that in the beginning of the race and made a lot of mistakes early on. But I settled myself, regrouped and recovered. When I got back up to second, I closed the gap to Mani to one minute, but didn’t want to risk anything. Riding into the finish line as the world champion was such an amazing moment. It’s been a great year and I can’t thank all of the team enough for their support. We did it!”

Alfredo Gomez: “Today didn’t quite go to plan. I was riding well, but right from the beginning I had arm pump and wasn’t able to push like I wanted to. I struggled to find a good rhythm and was making too many mistakes everywhere. The whole year has been difficult for me, I wasn’t able to train properly at the start because I had an infection in my knee and was off the bike for about four months. Slowly as the season went on, I was able to find my speed and obviously the highlight was my win at home at Hixpania Hard Enduro. I’m happy for Billy and the team for winning the championship and we’ll look ahead to next year now, get some good training done over the winter and keep fighting.”

Results: GetzenRodeo

1. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 11 laps, 1:29:20.433
2. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 11 laps, 1:30:16.852
3. Mario Roman (Sherco) 11 laps, 1:32:05.524
4. Wade Young (Sherco) 10 laps, 1:31:29.066
5. Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 1:31:52.822
6. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 1:32:37.808

2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship (Final Standings)

1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 104pts
2. Manuel Lettenbichler 104pts
3. Wade Young (Sherco) 83pts
4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 76pts
5. Jonny Walker (Beta) 66pts
6. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 63pts
7. Michael Walkner (GASGAS) 46pts
8. Teodor Kabakchiev (Husqvarna) 36pts
9. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 29pts
10. Dominik Olszowy (KTM) 24pts

VERLEG DE GRENZEN MET HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES’ 2022 TE 300I EN FE 350 ROCKSTAR EDITIES

ECHTE FABRIEKSUITSTRALING EN TOONAANGEVENDE ENDURO-PRESTATIES NU BESCHIKBAAR

Om de toewijding van Husqvarna Motorcycles aan het produceren van de allerbeste offroad-machines te onderstrepen, hebben de MY22 TE 300i en FE 350 Rockstar Edition enduro-modellen belangrijke technische upgrades gekregen voor 2022. Nu uitgerust met een Brembo-koppelingssysteem en Galfer-remschijven voor en achter, zijn de machines voorzien van een uitgebreide lijst van race-geteste technische accessoires om de beste prestaties in hun klasse te garanderen.
Deze ongelooflijk populaire motorfietsen in beperkte oplage zijn afgewerkt met de nieuwste Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing-graphics, die beide modellen stijlvol sieren.

FE 350 Rockstar Edition 2022

Zowel de TE 300i Rockstar Edition als de FE 350 Rockstar Edition, die de revisies voor MY22 zijn, zijn nu voorzien van hoogwaardige, door Factory Racing goedgekeurde Brembo-onderdelen. Het koppelingssysteem levert betrouwbare prestaties en de remkracht is ook verbeterd dankzij de Brembo-hoofdremcilinders en remklauwen die samenwerken met de geheel nieuwe Galfer-schijven, waardoor consistent remmen wordt gegarandeerd, zelfs in de meest extreme omstandigheden.

Beide modellen zijn zorgvuldig geassembleerd met veel componenten uit het assortiment technische accessoires, die worden gebruikt door het race winnende Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing enduro-team. Toonaangevend in de upgrades, blauw geanodiseerde CNC-gefreesde drievoudige klemmen, Michelin enduro-banden, een Supersprox-achtertandwiel, zachtere ODI-grepen en een zadelhoes met hoge grip verbeteren zowel het rijgedrag als de duurzaamheid van de TE 300i Rockstar Edition- en FE 350 Rockstar Edition-modellen . Bovendien zijn de chroom-molybdeenstalen frames van elke machine afgewerkt met een stoere, zwarte poedercoating voor een echte raceteam-look.

TE 300i Rockstar Edition 2022

De TE 300i Rockstar Edition blijft de lat hoger leggen voor 2-takt enduro-machines van hoog niveau. Met lage onderhoudskosten, een indrukwekkend koppel en een gewicht van iets meer dan 106 kg, is de TE 300i Rockstar Edition de keuze van racers als het gaat om deelname aan fysiek veeleisende evenementen, of de perfecte fiets voor iedereen die op zoek is naar een zeer betrouwbare motorfiets die ongeëvenaarde prestaties levert.
De FE 350 Rockstar Edition biedt ongelooflijke veelzijdigheid en stelt rijders in staat om het zwaarste terrein onder de knie te krijgen, en loopt voorop als het gaat om hoogwaardige offroad-motortechniek. Met een 350 cc DOHC 4-taktmotor die een brede spreiding van bruikbaar vermogen creëert, stelt een op het stuur gemonteerde map switch rijders in staat om snel en gemakkelijk de prestaties aan te passen, inclusief de optie om tractiecontrole te selecteren voor verbeterde grip in gladde omstandigheden.

FE 350 Rockstar Edition 2022

Technische highlights TE 300i Rockstar Edition en FE 350 Rockstar Edition:

Nieuwe Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing-graphics
Nieuw, door Factory Racing goedgekeurd, Brembo hydraulisch koppelings- en remsysteem
Nieuwe Galfer remschijven voor en achter
Frame met zwarte poedercoating
Blauwe CNC-gefreesde drievoudige klemmen
Zwarte zadelbekleding met extra ribben voor meer grip
Schijfbeschermer voor
Michelin Enduro-banden
Blauw Supersprox achtertandwiel
Blauwe kettinggeleider
Grijze ODI-grepen
Toegankelijk Twin Air premium luchtfilter voor onderhoud zonder gereedschap

Husqvarna Motorcycles biedt extra prestatie-opties en biedt het assortiment technische accessoires – een complete verzameling doordacht ontworpen, hoogwaardige componenten om de prestaties verder te verbeteren en de duurzaamheid te vergroten. Bovendien stelt de Functional Offroad Apparel-collectie rijders in staat om een gepersonaliseerde look te creëren met beschermende items die het hoogste niveau van veiligheid en comfort garanderen.

De 2022 TE 300i- en FE 350 Rockstar Edition-modellen van Husqvarna Motorcycles zijn nu in geselecteerde markten verkrijgbaar bij geautoriseerde Husqvarna Motorcycles-dealers. De beschikbaarheid verschilt van land tot land. Raadpleeg voor alle details over prijzen en beschikbaarheid uw nationale Husqvarna Motorcycles-dochteronderneming of importeur.

De complete TE 300i Rockstar Edition en FE 350 Rockstar Edition Media Kit is hier beschikbaar.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA SET FOR HERO CHALLENGE

BILLY BOLT AND ALFREDO GOMEZ TAKE ON ROUND SIX OF THE FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN POLAND
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez will compete at the HERO Challenge event in Poland this coming weekend – round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship. Run over two days – September 11-12 – the event marks the first of three European-based races, which lead to the conclusion of the 2021 HEWC series in late October.

A new event for all the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship regulars, HERO Challenge will see Billy and Alfredo compete in an extreme cross-country main event, a race that will be in complete contrast to the super-technical, rock-strewn woodlands of the previous round, TKO in the USA. Mixing things up and featuring motocross, enduro, and superenduro elements, the three-hour extreme cross-country main race will be preceded by a Saturday qualifying event and a separate, indoor endurocross.

Just one point behind the current series leader, Billy Bolt will compete in Poland set on putting his name both at the top of the event’s results as well as at the head of the HEWC standings. Topping the podium in the USA at TKO, Billy will carry his strong form into the HERO Challenge, and despite having taken some time off from riding recently due to a knee injury, is fully focused on another winning result.

Currently seventh in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship standings, Alfredo Gomez is focused on a strong end to his 2021 campaign, starting with the HERO Challenge. Looking to secure his first podium result of the series, Alfredo knows that the three-hour extreme cross-country main event is going to be anything but easy. Nevertheless, the experienced Spaniard has what is needed to challenge for a top-three result.

Round six of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship sees the series head to Poland for the HERO Challenge, this coming weekend.

Billy Bolt: “Since TKO last month I’ve had to mix up my training with resting my knee injury. The only way that it will heal is to rest it. But it’s mid-season so the work must continue. It was actually nice to have some time off after TKO, especially with Romaniacs just before it, so it was good to relax a little before ramping things up ahead of the HERO Challenge this weekend. It’s not an event that I’ve done before but from what I’ve seen online, it looks like it will include motocross, enduro, and superenduro sections along with some woodland, so it sounds like a pretty varied course. It may not be the hardest race of the season, but no race is ever easy. I really hope the format and terrain will play to my strengths. I’m excited to be racing again and aiming for a solid result in Poland.”

Alfredo Gomez: “HERO Challenge is going to be a very different race compared to the other Hard Enduro World Championship events we’ve had so far. I’m looking forward to it, even if it’s not really my favourite style of competition. But it will anyway be difficult for all. There will be a lot of riders, so the key to the race will be to get through the lappers without any troubles, which isn’t always easy. Let’s see how it goes, I will anyway give it my best.”

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