Continuing their commitment to both the Enduro World Championship and the extreme enduro scene, Husqvarna Motorcycles has announced their 2016 Enduro Factory Team rider line-up.
Bringing together an exciting mix of experienced event and championship winners with promising up-and-coming youngsters and enduro newcomers, riders from four countries will officially represent Husqvarna throughout 2016.
Also introducing a new team structure, 34-year-old Austrian Andreas Hölzl will take over as enduro team manager as Husqvarna Motorcycles remains focused on maintaining their hard-earned position as a leading manufacturer within the enduro sector.
Husqvarna’s 2016 Enduro World Championship campaign will feature four riders competing in three classes, lead by newly crowned World Champion Mathias Bellino. Switching to the Enduro 2 class for next season following a standout year during 2015, Bellino will compete alongside Danny McCanney in a two-pronged attack on the EWC’s Blue Ribbon class. Like Bellino, Manxman McCanney will make his Enduro 2 class debut next season.
Establishing himself as one of Europe’s brightest young talents Spanish youngster Josep Garcia will compete in the Enduro Junior class, stepping up from the 125cc Youth category where he placed as runner-up in the 2014 world championship.
A new name to both enduro and Husqvarna will be Austrian Pascal Rauchenecker, who will compete in the Enduro 1 class. Making the transition to enduro from national and international motocross, the 22-year-old will be aiming high during his first season of enduro competition.
Graham Jarvis and Mario Roman will represent Husqvarna in extreme enduro competition. With countless major race victories to his credit, Jarvis will once again be the team’s lead rider. Alongside Jarvis, Spain’s Mario Roman will compete in a full programme of European extreme events.
Robert Jonas – Vice President Husqvarna Motorsport: “2016 will be a hugely important year for Husqvarna’s enduro team. From the introduction of Andi Hölzl as team manager, to the signing of new riders Joseph Garcia, Pascal Rauchenecker and Mario Roman, there are many exciting new changes.
“Andi is a passionate off-road rider with many years of industry involvement and is perfectly experienced to guide and manage Husqvarna’s enduro racing efforts.
“Our rider line-up is purposely focused on establishing and introducing young rider talent.
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“In winning the Enduro 3 World Championship title this year Mathias Bellino showed he is capable of winning at the very highest level. Together with Danny McCanney, Rauchenecker and Garcia, Bellino will form a hugely important part of our highly motivated young squad.
“Continuing to work with Graham Jarvis in extreme enduro ensures we retain a rider with a huge amount of experience. Partnering him with Mario Roman means we have a rider at the top of their game, and one focused on reaching the top.”
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