Still carrying the effects of a triple-fractured shoulder blade from the Clipsal 500, to say nothing of the fused right ankle which hampers his braking, Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team Manager Glenn Kearney made a demonstrative return to the podium at the weekend‰Ûªs AORC rounds 3&4 at Portland New South Wales.
Kearney made it a double win for himself, the team, and for the Husqvarna FE 250 as he dominated the top step of the E1 podium in dusty, technical ‰Û÷old school enduro‰Ûª conditions.
And it wasn't just at class level where he made a dent, the veteran racer and multiple national champion taking fourth outright on Saturday before backing that up today by besting everyone except runaway championship leader Daniel Sanders, who took his fourth straight outright win.
‰ÛÏA really good weekend for the team. It was dusty and rocky, and the Oyster Bay club did a great job with the conditions they had," Kearney said.
"Yesterday Lachy, Greeny and I were all fighting for third outright, and Green pipped me for the outright podium by two seconds and Lachy was just behind me. Today Lachy was second in E3 and fourth outright. In the past he would have struggled a lot more in this technical, tighter stuff, but he's worked on all that and I'm really happy with how he rode. I was first in E1 and just got the better of Green for second outright. I knocked Lachy down one outright position on both days, but I've got to keep him on his toes!
"Krystal just taped my shoulder really tight so it couldn‰Ûªt move, and it was slightly painful but mainly just weak. The 250 was perfect all weekend. There were some seriously steep hills here, so to get second outright is a testament to the power of the Husqvarna FE 250."