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Husqvarna Off Road Team Targeting A Happy Easter

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Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team riders Glenn Kearney, Lachlan Stanford, Scott Keegan and Damo Smith intend to make this Easter a happy one as the Australian Off-Road Championships switch to enduro mode at Boyland near Mount Tamborine in South-East Queensland.

Husqvarna FE 501-mounted team manager Glenn Kearney will carry the E3 class lead into Round Three, and the determined veteran has no intentions whatsoever of relinquishing the mantle of top big-bore rider.

‰ÛÏI don't know what to expect from this weekend's venue. Lachy reckons it could be tighter and not too dissimilar to Bulahdelah." Kearney stated "Personally I'm really happy with everything, we‰Ûªre a little further ahead after some suspension testing with Danny Apro gave Scotty and I a better personal setting, and now Lachy has changed to something similar.

"My goal for this weekend is to win the E3 class and be up there going for the round win, and to see all the boys including Damo on the podium. I don't mind the enduro format if conditions are nice, I like the format of having different tests, and as far as I know we've got four so that will be good."

Husqvarna FE 250-mounted Scott Keegan had a Bulahdelah round he'd rather forget after injuring his hand by clipping a tree, and intends to put the experience behind him with a much improved result in Queensland.

‰ÛÏNever been to Boyland before, I‰Ûªm actually looking at the map right now to work out how to get there!" Keegan admitted. "The first round was a shock for me, so I definitely want to be top five, that's my goal this weekend.

"Hopefully the track isn't as fast as at the first round, and being on the little bike will be a bit more of an advantage. The tear in the webbing between my pinky and ring finger has just knitted up so it's still a little bit delicate, but it's nothing the right amount of duct tape won't fix.‰Û
Lachlan Staford will hold down the E2 class for Husqvarna aboard his FE 450. - Credit: Fourohfour
But the dark horse may just be home-town boy Lachlan Stanford, who, despite racing in the premier AORC class, has prior experience at the venue, a star on the rise, and some brand-new suspension settings for his Husqvarna FE 450 on his side.

‰ÛÏI've raced at Boyland once with the Queensland series, it's off the back of Mount Tamborine there so for sure it will be hilly and there will be a few technical sections there as well." Stanford explained. "I've been riding with Glenn in the last two weeks which has helped me a lot, just being able to compete against him.

"My goal for this one is top five for sure. I think I've got the speed, and on home turf I'd be happy to walk away with that. But ultimately of course, be consistent and keep it upright is the main thing."

Hard-working veteran racer Damo Smith shook off a knee injury in the opener to claim back-to-back Vets class wins, and has his eye on another matching pair for this round.

‰ÛÏI'm really keen for this weekend that's for sure, it's always a good thing going to a new track and being a 2-day enduro is even better as it's my favourite style of racing" Smith said. "I want to win the class both days and get a bit higher in the outright placings if possible and my bike has been getting better and better.

"We've had a four week break since the last one and all the boys have made good headway with their settings so hopefully we'll really impress this weekend."

Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team rider / Manager Glenn Kearney will have his race face set for this weekend's AORC enduro double-header in Queensland, with plenty to prove.

Credit: iKapture

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