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Husaberg’s Geoff Braico Ready For Home A4DE

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Husaberg Enduro Racing Team rider Geoff Braico hopes the ‰Û÷home race‰Ûª status of next week's Australian 4-Day Enduro at Dungog will provide a positive boost in his quest for national championship glory, when the event kicks off next Wednesday.

Braico, who lives just 40 minutes from the area where the race will be held, has all but shaken off the effects of a recent knee ligament injury, and proved at the last round of the AORC series at Kyogle that his form on the bike is continuing to build.

After finishing runner-up in the E3 class at last year's A4DE, Braico has chosen to ride his trusty Husaberg FE350 in the Premier E2 class.

‰ÛÏMy farm‰Ûªs only 40 minutes from Dungog so I sort of know the terrain , so it‰Ûªs a bit of a home race I guess." Braico stated. "I‰Ûªve been looking forward to it, I‰Ûªve been riding the 350 a lot and it‰Ûªs going to be pretty fun.

"I‰Ûªve been riding a bit of grass track and riding a bit of wooded stuff ‰ÛÒ we need some rain up there. I think they‰Ûªre forecasting some but otherwise it‰Ûªs going to be quite dry and dusty.

"My preparation‰Ûªs gone pretty good, the knee‰Ûªs not holding up too bad, and I‰Ûªm really looking forward to it. It‰Ûªs going to be super tough but it‰Ûªd be nice to do well there. I chose the 350 because I just have a lot more fun on it, and for me, if I‰Ûªm having fun on the bike I‰Ûªm riding good. My best results have come on the 350 this year.‰Û
Husaberg's Jarrod Bewley will compete in the E3 class, in the final year of the marque's involvement as a factory-backed entity - Credit: FourOhFour/Russell Colvin
Husaberg teammate Jarrod Bewley will compete in the E3 class, and in the final year of the marque's involvement as a factory-backed entity, will ride a Husaberg FE501, a move he says will lower the intensity level required over four days of top-level racing.

‰ÛÏI didn't have the best result at the last round of the nationals, but I'm coming into this fit and healthy and ready to go." Bewley commented. "It's a whole different race the four-day, and I'm keen to just go in and try to have a lot of fun with it.

"I‰Ûªll try not to ride too cautious, because if you do, the four-day can get away from you. So ride smart, but push the limits where I need to and have a good go. The four-day is a competition type the gone well and in the past, I've won one, and the long races I seem to get better at as I go.

"Dungog is somewhere I've been up to a few times over the years, so I'm pretty familiar with the land, and I've had some good results out there. There were no FE 501s left so I had to build one up out of a 450, with help from Kevin Doyle, and she is really good.

"It‰Ûªs good to be on the big-bore over the four days, you don't have to ride the wheels off the thing every day to go fast.‰Û

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