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Husaberg Australia Head Into Final National AORC Campaign

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Husaberg Enduro Racing Team riders Jarrod Bewley and Geoff Braico are all set to begin the marque‰Ûªs final year as a distributor-backed entity in Australian off-road racing, as this weekend's Australian Off Road Championship opener takes place at Bulahdelah.

The two champion enduro racers are proud Husaberg pilots and both would love nothing more than to hoist a ‰Û÷berg onto the box in 2014, which is Husaberg‰Ûªs 25th anniversary year.

Just to make things even more fresh and interesting however, both riders will compete in different classes to the ones in which they started AORC season 2013.

After stacking AORC class wins onto E3 class wins at both Finke and Hattah in 2013, Bewley will saddle up aboard a Husaberg FE501 for a shot at the E3 crown, while Braico, who won last year‰Ûªs AORC E3 title and has spent almost a whole senior career on big bore machines, will switch to the lighter, more nimble Husaberg FE350 for this year's series.

"I'm feeling pretty comfortable on the bike after a fair bit of testing and looking forward to Round One." Bewley stated on the eve of the 2014 Championship. "The FE501 just works so well, it can handle whatever I throw at it and ride it easy, I can't wait to start racing.

"I've given myself a lot more time coming into this season to concentrate on training. I've been riding with some of the younger guys which is always good, they are keen and they push me along.

"Being a part of Husaberg‰Ûªs final year is pretty cool, it's kind of nice to be racing the last ones ever made and I want to prove they‰Ûªre competitive right up to the last day and send them off with a good result.

"Bulahdelah will be a pretty level playing field, we‰Ûªve all raced there over many years, and fortunately this time it's been pretty hot at home so I've got some good conditioning for the humidity and heat that probably shocked me a little bit last year."
Geoff Braico will race the Husaberg FE350 during this years E2 Championship.
In the E2 class he'll encounter some of the biggest names in Aussie off-road racing, but Braico is unperturbed and embracing the chance to enjoy Husaberg‰Ûªs final AORC challenge with his long-time mate Bewley.

"It's nearly AORC time and I'm pretty excited to be on the FE350." Braico enthused. "My mechanic Drew and my suspension guy Charlie have built me an awesome package and I'm loving this set up and really looking forward to giving the E2 class a go.

"I've been riding big bikes pretty much ever since I turned senior so this is a new challenge and I'm really excited about it. Obviously there are some big hitters in the class and, working full time I'm behind the eight ball a little bit, but I'll just ride my own race and see how we go. The most important thing is having fun and I'm having so much fun on the Husaberg FE350.

"I did pretty well at Bulahdelah last year in the XC but we need some rain for sure. It's a bit of a snotty, rocky place that can bite you if you're not careful, but I've also had some pretty good fun there, so we'll get there Friday and have a walk and see for ourselves," he concluded.

Top Image: Jarrod Bewley can't wait to begin the brand's final season in the AORC, and it all begins at Bulahdelah on Saturday.

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