HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES SA
ANNOUNCES ITS RIDER LINE UP FOR 2017!
by Husqvarna South Africa.
Published with Permission.
2017 feels like a Husqvarna year!
Thats the opening line from Husqvarna Brand Manager
Fred Fensham. The past two and a half years have
been a whirl wind ride with this exciting brand and it truly
feels like we are finding our place in the market as a premium
offering in the Motocross and Enduro segment. We have in
this building phase had some awesome success in winning
titles in MX 1, 85 Pro Mini and the Roof of Africa
as well as being seen as a serious player in all other classes
this said, its time to step it up to the SERIOUS
level!, said Fensham.
Richard van der Westhuizen (# 717), Matthew
Maddy Malan (# 57) and Slade Smith
Our Motocross squad will be a hot one to contend with
here we see 12 times SA MX champion Richard van der Westhuizen
(# 717) focusing fully on MX this year in the MX 1 class
on board a Husqvarna FC 450 (last year Richard cross-rode
between MX and Enduro). In MX 2 we were looking forward
to our young flyer Jason Visser but injury and some surgery
has kept him from starting so the exciting news is that
we have signed a long term contract with the very fast multiple
champ Matthew Maddy Malan (# 57). Maddy
will contest the MX 2 class for 2017 on board a Husqvarna
FC 250. Once again, and seriously exciting is the fact that
we will also have Slade Smith (# 737) on board a
Husqvarna TC 125 , contesting the championship that he chased
through injury last year the competitive 125 High
School class. This facet of our team is yet to name a title
The team will be supported as it has been for a number of
years now by the best partners in BEL-RAY, PIRELLI in Motocross
and METZELER in Enduro and Off Road, FOX, PORTABLE SHADE,
FMF, 32 Gi and Snap On.
The Enduro team that will run under the new title sponsor
colours of PEPSON PLASTICS will consist of multiple SA champion
Brett Swanepoel (# 111) in the E2 (open) class aboard a
Husqvarna TE 300 and hot privateer rider until now in Henco
Botha (# E9) in the E1 class aboard a Husqvarna FE 250.
Husqvarna will also make a welcome return to National Off
Roads and compete in the OR2 category with the flying
Brett Swanepoel on board a Husqvarna FX 350 under the banner
of PEPSON PLASTICS.