Photos by Donn Maeda
Since the re-launch of Husqvarna, an iconic motorcycle company with roots tracing back to Sweden, many have wondered when and how they would field motocross racing efforts in the United States. The company, now owned by KTM and operated as an separate yet similar entity, has already started motocross campaigns in Europe with the ICE ONE Racing Team in MXGP and off-road in the United States, but opted not to launch a motocross operation at the same time. As this year continued, word the company would go racing in 2015 spread and speculation on the program begin. Would they start an all-new factory team, ala Red Bull KTM, or partner with an already established organization?
During the middle of the Monster Energy Supercross season, we learned that Rockstar Energy Racing KTM would link with Husqvarna, rebranding the team and putting the all-new bikes on the starting line. Tonight the official word has been announced, and next year will see the addition of the team in the paddock.
Making the jump to the 450 class full time for the team is Jason Anderson, a rider the Rockstar Energy Racing team has long stood by and recently earned them their first professional championship. Anderson will contest Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship aboard a FC450 machine. Because this is the bike’s first competitive season, the team is able to use the AMA works exemption rule.