Enduro-X

Mike Brown Pushing For Enduro-X Glory At Calderpark This Saturday

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When the new-look Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team came into being under the able guidance of champion off-road racer Glenn Kearney, few would have guessed that at the time of its first birthday it would be shooting for a fifth National championship.

But that will be entirely the case when the team‰Ûªs enduro-cross specialist Mike Brown attempts to put the final touches to a dominating performance in this year's InsureMyRide Enduro-X Nationals, at this weekend's final round at Calder Park Raceway in Melbourne.

Brown has been the standout rider in the championship to date, winning two of three races at the series opener in Brisbane before clean sweeping the Sydney round a fortnight ago.

The Tennessee native has ridden with impressive intent and aggression towards a variety of potentially intimidating track obstacles, yet in the process shown a clinical precision and consistency that the opposition has simply not been able to match.

Brown heads into the final round of the championship with a 29 point lead over Josh Green and Toby Price, and if the Husqvarna FE350 rider takes the title tomorrow night, it will join two AORC titles and a pair of Australian enduro championships on the Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team's impressive list of achievements since its inception early in 2014.

‰ÛÏI've got a good lead and I don't have to go and win every race which takes a little bit of the pressure off, but I still want to win it." Brown commented in the lead up to the big race. "That‰Ûªs the focus, even though the championship is the goal.

"I won at Calder last year and it was my favourite track, with the hillside you go up and down.
Brown has had a busy seven days, spending last weekend racing back home in America at the opening round of the American Endurocross championships.

"Last weekend was our first enduro-cross in Daytona and it was okay for me, I was good all day, winning everything, and I led for probably half the main event, but then went over the bars in the big rock section.

"It wasn't a good start to the season but we still have a long way to go, and I've got another one next week in Salt Lake so I'm looking forward to getting into that when I get back.‰Û
Lachy Stanford has been steadily improving his craft in what has been his debut enduro-cross season - Credit: Aaryn Minerds Media
While Brown's achievements have rightfully drawn most of the limelight, Husqvarna‰Ûªs Lachy Stanford has been steadily improving his craft in what has been his debut enduro-cross season, and at the same time sharpening his technical skills for the upcoming Australian Off Road Championships which begin in a week‰Ûªs time in Queensland.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm currently eighth but there's a couple of blokes right behind me, and a couple of blokes right in front, so there's plenty to fight for. Every position counts." Stanford admitted.

"Enduro cross is really what I need to be doing and it's good for you in a few ways. If I get a good result this weekend it'll really give me the edge coming into the off-road series, so I just want to go really well, get through nice and clean, and have fun with it.

"You really need to have good balance in enduro-cross and be able to keep your feet on the pegs, and that all translates across to better riding in the off-road stuff. And definitely for the cross country style races it helps getting used to other riders near you on the track.‰Û

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