Husqvarna Supercross 2015Husqvarna motorcycles have a long history of success in off-road competition, going back to the founding in 1903. Rolf Tibblin won the Swedish brand its first motocross world championship in the 250cc class in 1959, followed quickly by Husqvarna’s first World Championship in the 500cc class by Bill Nilsson in 1960.
In the sixties and seventies, it was one of the dominant forces in international motocross competition with Torsten Hallman and Heikki Mikkola hauling off a raft of world championships in the 250 and 500cc classes. In Bruce Brown’s original motion picture “On any Sunday,” the incredible Malcolm Smith is shown walking away from the competition on his Husky in off-road racing and even riding it in hill-climb competition—and making it look easy.Husqvarna has continued its winning ways in motocross competition, and in its return to AMA Supercross this season has served notice that all that motocross racing success has currency in SX. Now, the Husky brand – owned by Pierer Industrie AG, whose owner, Stefan Pierer, owns 51 percent of KTM – is set to shakeup 2015 Supercross.This was proven this past weekend, at the 2015 Supercross opener at Anaheim, Calif., when Rock Star Energy Husqvarna team rider Jason Anderson rode to a podium finish. Anderson finished second in the 450 final behind RCH Racing Suzuki rider Ken Roczen and ahead of Team Honda’s Trey Canard.“The race was good,“ said Anderson. “I got a good start, held the pace and ended up with a podium so I’m stoked! I expected to have a good race, but what I accomplished was pretty crazy. You talk about finishing good, but actually doing it is pretty surreal.“In the 250 final, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne achieved a second place finish after making it to the final via the last chance qualifier. KTM mounted Jessy Nelson won the final, with Tyler Bowers finishing third on a Kawasaki. Meanwhile, Osborne’s teammate, Zach Bell put on a good showing finishing 11th overall on his Husqvarna in the field of 22.After rebounding from a crash in his heat and winning the 250 Last Chance Qualifier, Osborne pulled a top three start in the 250 main and stayed consistent the rest of the race. His persistence paid off as he finished second.“I had really good speed in the heat race but unfortunately ended up breaking my thumb,“ said Osborne. “I won the LCQ and almost got the holeshot in the main and then rode to second. My bike was really good on the starts today and I think that’s the key.“The weekend’s results leave Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders Anderson and Osborne in second place in the points in both the 250 and 450 SX classes.For 2015, Husqvarna has expanded its professional race team to compete in AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA National Enduro, GNCC, AMA EnduroCross, OMA Nationals, AMA West Hare Scrambles Series and AMA National Hare & Hound championships. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard 2014 and 2015 Husqvarna FC 450, FC 350, FC 250, FE 350, TC 250 and TE 300 models.Photo by Don Williams
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at email@example.com and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!