Desert Racing

Husqvarna Racing Feel The Need For Speed As Hattah Arrives

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While Husqvarna Team Manager and lead rider Glenn Kearney has his heart set on a second KTM Hattah Desert Race win, the team‰Ûªs two Hattah rookies, Scott Keegan and Lachlan Stanford are preparing for the first runs at the famous event, 70 kilometres south of Mildura, in north-western Victoria.

Hattah is an important stop on the calendar for Australia‰Ûªs pro cross country teams and racers, one which challenges newcomers with its intimidating reputation for outrageously high top speeds and rough, whooped-out terrain.

The race entails eight laps of the 38-kilometre course, a challenge which will take approximately four hours to accomplish for the fastest, and likely necessitate three fuel stops along the way.

‰ÛÏThe testing we did with Apro in the sand before the last AORC carried across well to this stuff so we were solid on setup." Kearney explained. "We‰Ûªve all been riding down here since Tuesday just getting familiar with the terrain and the speeds, and going through gearing and setups with steering dampers and whatnot that you need for these sorts of races.

"It‰Ûªs a bit dry, but hopefully once the sand turns over there‰Ûªll be a bit of moisture underneath. The boys are both looking forward to it and looking really fast in the sand.

"Hopefully I‰Ûªll get back to the form I had when I won this race! I‰Ûªm definitely shooting for the top spot; the bike is perfect for this sort of race, the setup is good and cross country on rough tracks suits my style, so I‰Ûªll try to be solid and upright and be there for the whole time and try to take a win.‰Û
FE 250-mounted Scott Keegan seeks nothing short of E1 class victory - Credit: FourOhFour
Scott Keegan was hesitant about racing this years event but now in Mildura and with some testing under his belt he is good to go.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªve been riding round for a couple of days now and got the bike all dialled in, it‰Ûªs good to go." Keegan said. "I was a little bit hesitant about racing here at the last off-road round, but now I‰Ûªve got here and gotten rid of the butterflies I‰Ûªm feeling good.

"We‰Ûªve just been riding some fast stuff and then some rough stuff that Glenn thinks would be close to the race conditions. A bit of everything really. I want to learn for the future and maybe on a bigger bike, but for now I want to win the E1 class.

"I don‰Ûªt want anything less than that, the bike‰Ûªs definitely the best one for the job and it‰Ûªs more than capable of winning.‰Û

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