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Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team On-Track For AD4E

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Although he has been on the podium before, Victorian Daniel Sanders will be looking for a win in the E2 class in 2018.Credit John Pearson
The Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team of Lachlan Stanford, Daniel Sanders and Fraser Higlett will embark on the 40th anniversary edition of the Yamaha Australian Four-Day Enduro (A4DE) in Cessnock, New South Wales, next week between 3-7 April.

Recognised as one of the most prestigious standalone events on the national calendar, the A4DE will see all three factory Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team members vie for outright, class, manufacturer and state honours. In 2016 it was Husqvarna-mounted Frenchman Mathias Bellino who claimed the overall victory.

Current Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) leader Daniel Sanders won E3 last time the A4DE was contested during 2016, finishing fifth outright in Victoria. He also has an outright podium to his credit from 2015, when he took third overall in Tasmania and looks to improve on those results within E2 aboard the Husqvarna FE 450.

"Being the 40th anniversary of the four-day it will be an important one to win and a lot of past champions will be there for the milestone occasion," Sanders said. "I haven't won the A4DE outright before, so it's definitely on the list to do and coming off of a win in the AORC last time out, I have a good feeling knowing that I can be at the pointy-end. Anything can happen over four days, so I have to make sure myself and the bike make it through the first three days and then we can look where we're at heading into the final day. It will be a big event and I'm really excited to go into race week."
Lachlan Stanford is an experienced A4DE campaigner and hopes that experience will be an advantage in the 2018 edition. Photo: John Pearson
Lachlan Stanford will take immense amount of experience into the week riding a Husqvarna FE 501 after claiming runner-up in class behind Sanders at the most recent four-day.

"I'm really looking forward heading into this year's four-day, being its 40th year and there's been a lot of interest back at Cessnock," Stanford said. "I've heard it's all coming together well down there and that the tracks are quality down there, so I'm ready for it. I've done quite a lot of A4DE races in my career now, so I will work with that experience and aim to ride the best I can throughout the week and see where we end up come the end of it. It's a case of sticking with the plan as I've been working with Guy Andrews this year, recently focusing on sprints and hopefully that will result in more speed when we get to the four-day."
Fraser Higlett will make his second appearance at the A4DE. Credit: John Pearson
Fraser Higlett will contest his second A4DE and although admitting to being a little new to the longer format is looking forward tot he challenge ahead. Higlett's lone A4DE start came in 2016, when he scored an impressive sixth on debut in E1 and he returns on the Husqvarna FE 250 this time around.

"This will be my second A4DE, so I'm still pretty new to this type of race, but I am looking forward to it and have had a lot of time on the bike since round one of the AORC," Higlett said. "That's given me confidence and I'm really looking forward to getting into it. My first four- day was 2016, so I will work closely with the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team to learn as much as I can going in - it's good to have Lachy and 'Chucky' there to lean on with their experience."

Team Manager of the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team, Christian Horwood, sees it as an important event for the brand. "The A4DE is certainly an important event and, this year being the 40th anniversary, there has been a lot of hype and promotion that has gone into it. Going back to Cessnock is great and the conditions are shaping up to be really good, with the recent rain in the area.

"All three of the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team riders are ready following a strong opening round of the AORC and we have continued to work hard since then in the lead-up to the four-day. We're all excited to head into the week, begin day one and hopefully have each of the riders in solid positions come the final moto next Saturday.

The A4DE will formally commence with day one on Wednesday, 4 April, continuing through four hard-fought days of competition until the final moto at Cessnock Race Course on Saturday, 7 April.

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