Chongo National Enduro ResultsAttitude made all the difference for Andrew DeLong at round three of the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series. The Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna carded his career-first national enduro win at the Chongo National Enduro in Blackwater, Texas, which was also a landmark victory for Husqvarna.
The iconic brand celebrated its first national enduro win in nearly a decade (the last being Fred Hoess in 2003)! DeLong revealed that getting his TXC310R on top of the podium was all about a positive attitude.“I just had a really good day and had fun,” said Andrew, who started the season with two seventh-place finishes. “There was really no pressure. The way we went about it was to just go out and have fun. We were in high spirits the whole day and it seemed to really pull me through. That was the big difference.”The rocky Texas terrain was a formidable challenge for riders, including Andrew who had a crash on test three. A stick jammed in his brake pedal cost him some time but he still pulled off a fourth-place finish and moved into the overall lead. The 22-year-old also had some excitement on the first test when a deer joined in the fun.“The race was held in a hunting preserve,” AD explained. “I almost hit a deer that was running alongside me. It jumped in front of me and then ran next to me before jumping back into the brush.”DeLong managed to avoid any further encounters with the wildlife and stay consistent throughout the day. By the fifth test, a mere 10 seconds separated the top-five racers. In the end, Andrew kept it on two wheels and played it safe to take his first-ever national enduro victory.“It feels really, really good to get this win,” Andrew said. “I was telling Fred I don’t even know if it sank in yet. I race against so many of my heroes in the national enduros – I’ve looked up to these guys for so long, and I can’t believe I actually beat them!”“Hopefully I can carry this momentum and attitude into the rest of the series and keep moving up,” said DeLong, who used his landmark victory to catapult him into fourth in the championship after three rounds.DeLong’s wasn’t the only Husqvarna on the podium at the Chongo National Enduro. Support rider Nathan Federer took first in the A 250 class while Kelsey Hartem (“Husky Highlight” rider of the week – Facebook.com/HusqvarnaMotorcyclesNA) took third in the Women’s division.For more information on the entire 2013 Husqvarna lineup, visit husqvarna-motorcyclesna.com. Head to your nearest dealership to pick up a copy of the 2013 RiDE MORE Catalog, available now.Submitted by Husqvarna North America
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