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Glenn Kearney Lead The Way For Husqvarna At Boyland

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The new look Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team is quickly transitioning from 'new kid on the block‰Ûª to ‰Û÷force to be reckoned with‰Ûª, and it‰Ûªs a message which was only reinforced by the weekend‰Ûªs Queensland leg of the Australian Off-Road Championships.

Riders Glenn Kearney, Lachlan Stanford, Scott Keegan and Damo Smith accounted for five class wins and three outright top five finishes in the dusty, rocky singletrack of Boyland, not far from the Gold Coast.

Husqvarna FE 501-mounted team manager Glenn Kearney extended his lead in the E3 class with a dominant performance.

‰ÛÏI'm really happy with the way the boys rode, and the job Christian and Pat did with the spanners was awesome." Kearney enthused. "Yesterday Lachy just missed fourth outright and he‰Ûªs riding really well.

"Likewise, Scotty won yesterday in E1, and backed it up today with another podium. Damo Smith is just doing his thing with another 1,1. I was really happy with first in E3 and third outright behind Milner and Price.

"I‰Ûªm getting a little bit faster each time I go out, just figuring out things here and there. Today I just missed out on the outright podium, but the biggest thing for me was when I won a test outright, which is a sign of getting things right and heading in the right direction.

"A few more of those and I'll get things right up the front. We need to give a big pat on the back to Danny Apro for the last few weeks testing, the bikes handled really well which made our job is easier for sure.

"A few months back I said we hope to be able to battle with KTM and Yamaha this year, and we‰Ûªre there already, so a big thanks to Leisky for backing us and letting us do what we needed to do to get the job done.‰Û
Scott Keegan raced through for his first class win for Husqvarna - Credit: FourohFour
FE 250-mounted Scott Keegan reached a personal milestone with his first AORC class win.

‰ÛÏIt was really great to get the win yesterday, I wasn't super fast, I just felt like I was riding a bit smarter, and to get that first win is a big relief." Keegan stated. "I've always known I could do it, now I know I can do it plenty more and hopefully try to get that championship lead.

"Today I was on the podium again after a vine caught me around the helmet peak and pulled my head back onto the rear guard. The bike took off into the bush and I lost about 10 seconds, which is a long time to make up in a little test.

"All in all I'm really happy with the weekend and to get that first win feels great.‰Û
Lachlan Stanford rode well in the E2 class and also claimed maximum points for the Queensland state championship in the process - Credit: FourohFour
In the premier class, Lachlan Stanford and his Husqvarna FE 450 were again well on the pace, Stanford also taking maximum points in the Queensland Enduro Championship opener which ran concurrently.

‰ÛÏI felt really strong yesterday, my setup was perfect and I just felt like I could push." Stanford explained at the conclusion of racing on Sunday. "Today as the track got real rough I just couldn't find the same rhythm and it was a little bit tougher.

"The ruts were deep and full of powder so you‰Ûªd get on the gas and go nowhere and lose your balance a little. The trails were pretty technical which made it a bit of a workout and I'm sure there will be some sore bodies tonight.

"I've proven of got the speed to run top three or four, I just need to put it together across two days.

"This weekend was also the start of my Queensland Enduro Title defence so it was good to get the win and be leading that too.‰Û
Damien Smith continued his unbeaten run in the Vets class this year - Credit: FourohFour
In the Vets class Damien Smith backed up his Bulahdelah success, making it four straight Vet class wins.

‰ÛÏIt was a good weekend, quite tough actually, but the body and the bike went well." Smith said. "Yesterday I got 17th outright which I was very happy with because my goal is to keep making the top 20.

"The location here was great. They run a great event; tight and technical and it all ran really well," he concluded.

Top Image: Team Manager / Rider Glenn Kearney lead from the front for Husqvarna in Queensland.

Credit: FourohFour

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