Husqvarna Riders Take Aim At AORC Podium Success


Husqvarna racers Glenn Kearney, Lachy Stanford and Fraser Higlett are all in with a shot at a podium finish as the Australian Off-Road Championships conclude at Monkerai, in New South Wales with a XC/Sprint format double-header this weekend.

Team Manager Glenn Kearney and his trusty Husqvarna FE 501 almost have third place in the E3 championship sewn up, and the multiple Australian enduro champion still has a chance of finishing further up the podium, depending on the fortunes of KTM duo Toby Price and Daniel Sanders.

Thirty-four-year-old Kearney - who had his right ankle fused during off-season surgery - logged his best weekend result last time out at Kyogle when he debuted a new, twin rear caliper braking system incorporating a thumb lever to compensate for his new physical configuration, and currently sits seventh in the overall AORC rankings.

‰ÛÏMonkerai is not far from where they had the four-day last year, and there is some really good terrain out there." Kearney said. "Where they have set the course was probably the best test from the 4-day so it should be really nice. Hopefully we can continue in the same vein as the last couple of rounds - try to get some more fast sprint times and be right there at the front.

"I'm on the same track with the brake set up, but it took a while to replicate the one on my race bike so I didn't get to practice with it until this week. I've got two of them now in case something does go wrong though.
Things are much more intense for Kearney's Husqvarna FE 350-mounted teammate Lachy Stanford, who is locked in a battle for E2 class supremacy, trailing championship leader Beau Ralston by 12 points.

"Hopefully Lachy can maintain his second in E2. Ht 12 points behind Beau, he‰Ûªs close enough that if Beau has a bit of bad luck Lachy could jump up and take the E2 championship, but at the same time he's got Tye nipping at his heels." Kearney commented. "It's really good, and if he rides like I know he can I'm sure it's going to work out in his favour. He‰Ûªs had a strong couple of weeks leading in and I know he is looking forward to it.‰Û
Husqvarna's young junior ace Fraser Higlett has won eight out of ten rounds in the AORC J4 category this year,
Husqvarna's young junior ace Fraser Higlett has won eight out of ten rounds in the AORC J4 category this year, but the laid-back Queenslander is feeling no pressure as he attempts to convert a 20-point lead into his first national championship.

‰ÛÏI've spoken to a few riders and they have told me that it's dusty and a little bit hardpacked - that's about all I know. I haven't looked at the points - I'll just take it as it comes. Obviously I'll try to get the win, but I don't know, if I got second it wouldn't be the end of the world." Higlett said.

"I haven't gotten that much riding it lately, I have been doing some technical riding at our farm which has been good, and I went to QMP today. I took the enduro bike out for some motocross, the suspension was a bit soft for it, but she goes pretty good.‰Û

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