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Success On Both Sides Of The Border for Husqvarna Off-Road Team

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Success On Both Sides Of The Border for Husqvarna Off-Road Team
Husqvarna off road racers on both sides of the Queensland/NSW border found success last weekend with the continuation of the NSW Off-Road Championship, and the culmination of the Husqvarna Qld Sprint Series.

At Portland, NSW, Husqvarna Off-Road Team rider Broc Grabham faced the starter for the first time since he was injured in the penultimate round of the AORC at Kyogle, and proved he definitely hasn‰Ûªt forgotten how to steer.

The occasion was round 9/10 of the NSW Off-Road Championships, and Grabham used it to defeat the field ‰ÛÒ including his senior team mate Lachy Stanford ‰ÛÒ on both days, and in demonstrative style.

Riding his Husqvarna FE 450, Grabham lead home Stanford and Nic Tomlinson on the Saturday, then did the same on Sunday, winning 22 of the 25 special tests.

‰ÛÏI had an awesome weekend!" Grabham exclaimed. "We were doing rally sprints, which is basically an enduro without time cards and I started perfectly. I caught Lachy in the first test and made up ten seconds there, so that helped a lot with confidence all weekend. I won nearly every test both days, and the first day I won by 40 seconds and on the second by 58, so everything finally clicked for me.

"I‰Ûªve had a bit of help with setting the bike up lately, and it‰Ûªs all worked out good," Grabham continued, "It was definitely good to have Lachy there to battle with, and I was cheerin‰Ûª to finally have a win in my first race back after doing my shoulder at Kyogle, and I‰Ûªve only been back on the back three weeks.‰Û
Success On Both Sides Of The Border for Husqvarna Off-Road Team
Lachy Stanford. Credit: John Pearson
Husqvarna FE 501-mounted Stanford‰Ûªs two runner-up finishes have left him in the box seat in terms of NSW championship standings, and he‰Ûªll take a 32-point lead into next weekend‰Ûªs final round at Maitland, while Grabham will attempt to maintain the current Husqvarna 1-2.

‰ÛÏI was leading both the NSW off-road and the Qld Husky sprint series, but with the date clash I had to choose one," Stanford explained. "I haven‰Ûªt won a NSW championship and I‰Ûªd already won the Queensland 2-Day Enduro Championship, so I thought I‰Ûªd try to win state titles in two different states.

"It was crazy cold. Snow was pouring down on Friday so we didn‰Ûªt get to walk the tracks, which made it a bit harder on me, but Broc was riding good. I had some close tests with him, but he‰Ûªs always strong at state rounds so I was expecting him to go fast there, and he‰Ûªs sort of a local there because it‰Ûªs only 20 minutes from his house. The final is next weekend, and with the lead I‰Ûªve got I‰Ûªve pretty much just got to finish to wrap it up," Stanford concluded.
Success On Both Sides Of The Border for Husqvarna Off-Road Team
Fraser Higlett. Credit: John Pearson
Across the border at Roma, in south-west Queensland, seventeen-year-old Brisbane schoolboy Fraser Higlett wrapped up the Husqvarna Sprint Series by showing the field a clean pair of heels in both rounds.

Riding his Husqvarna TE 250, Higlett roosted to a Saturday victory of almost three minutes over Matt Murry, with Peter-Daniel Allan third, while on Sunday, he was again over two minutes clear of his nearest rival Hayden Conroy, with Lachlan Allan third.

After finishing third behind Husqvarna Off-Road Team rider Lachy Stanford at the series opener at Aratula in June, the weekend‰Ûªs victories gave Higlett a comfortable win in the championship.

Higlett‰Ûªs reputation as one of Husqvarna‰Ûªs ‰ÛÒ and Australian off-road racing‰Ûªs - brightest prospects has grown sharply this year, since mating his aggressive riding style with the two-stroke Husqvarna TE 250.

The state series win is further confirmation of Higlett‰Ûªs new place among the upper echelon of the sport, this year winning five AORC U19 rounds, and cracking the outright top ten in seven of his last eight appearances.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs great to win the Husqvarna Sprint Series Championship," Higlett said. "Lachy and Scotty Keegan both beat me at the first one, but I got it done here. There were a fair few fast people out here and I couldn‰Ûªt drop off too much.

"It was pretty flat and super dusty, but the tracks were border-lining extreme enduro where we went through the creeks. There were real long creek sections that were just full-on rocks ‰ÛÒ it was pretty good. It was good training for Yeppoon and Wildwood and something different.

"I rode the TE 250 because I thought the two-stroke would be better in the extreme stuff, and I‰Ûªd heard that Roma is always pretty full-on," Higlett concluded.
Success On Both Sides Of The Border for Husqvarna Off-Road Team
Fraser Higlett with a nice haul of Silverware . Credit: Troy Pears
Main Photo: Broc Grabham.
Credit: John Pearson

HUSQVARNA QLD SPRINT SERIES RD.2/3, ROMA
Rd.2 ‰ÛÒ
1. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna),
2. Matt Murry (KTM),
3. Peter-Daniel Allan (Kawasaki)

Rd.3 ‰ÛÒ
1. Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna),
2. Hayden Conroy (KTM),
3. Lachlan Allan (Kawasaki)

NSW Off-Road Championship RD.9/10, PORTLAND
Rd.9 ‰ÛÒ
1. Broc Grabham (Husqvarna),
2. Lachy Stanford (Husqvarna),
3. Nic Tomlinson (Yamaha)

Rd.10 ‰ÛÒ
1. Broc Grabham (Husqvarna),
2. Lachy Stanford (Husqvarna),
3. Nic Tomlinson (Yamaha)

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