The new lead rider on the Husqvarna Australia off-road squad, Lachlan Stanford, has made no bones about his intentions coming into this weekend‰Ûªs Australian Off Road Championship opener at Rawson, in south-eastern Victoria ‰ÛÒ he‰Ûªs there to win it.
After a long and productive off-season spent getting stronger and sharper, the 25-year-old is in the best shape of his career, and ready to convert his recent upward career trajectory into a season-long fight for the crown.
Adding weight to his challenge will be a Husqvarna FE501, a machine perfectly suited to Stanford‰Ûªs silky smooth style.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm excited. I truly am, my Husqvarna FE 501 is exceptional, so having that under me is a huge confidence boost," Stanford said. "As for the AORC, I feel like I‰Ûªm fit and ready after the long off-season. I‰Ûªve done a lot more in the gym and my strength makes me feel better on the bike, and I‰Ûªve ridden with Dean Ferris and Kirk Gibbs whenever I can to build speed and practise at a motocross intensity. I‰Ûªm pretty determined this year, Husqvarna have put a lot of time and money into me and I really want to reward them with results. Personally too, I‰Ûªm 100% committed to winning the AORC. Nothing less.‰Û