Privateer Fredrik Noren to Factory Honda

Earlier this week we received an email from Ride Engineering that their sponsored privateer Fredrik Noren had gotten the call to ride for Team Honda Muscle Milk. While it wasn’t the official word, it put a lot of validation into the rumors we’d heard in the pit area. It can be read below…

Ride Engineering/Ohlins/Pro Circuit backed privateer Fredrik Noren to ride for factory Honda for the remaining 2014 Outdoor Nationals. Starting July 4thweekend at Redbud, the former Swedish national champion will be on Barcia’s factory CRF450R. Noren has been putting his production KTM equipped with some Ride Engineering hard parts, Ohlins suspension and a Pro Circuit exhaust, consistently in the low teens and Honda noticed.

Good luck Fredrik!

Fredrik is running these Ride Engineering products on his KTM 450SXF:

For more on Fredrik, check out http://norenmx.com/

Ride Engineering, Inc. designs and manufactures the highest quality billet aluminum accessories to improve the performance of motocross and off-road motorcycles specializing in handling and braking components. The company combines hands on testing with feedback from past and present professional race teams to bring products to the average customer that are typically not available for sale. Located in Southern California, all Ride Engineering products are made in the USA. For more information on the company visit: http://www.ride-engineering.com/about.php

Tuesday afternoon, Team Honda Muscle Milk sent out an official PR stating that Noren will fill-in for Justin Barcia for the remainder of the summer aboard the full-factory CRF450R. This is a massive step for the Swedish racer, who had traveled the early part of the series in a small Chevy van packed with bikes, parts, and tools. Here is the statement from Honda on Noren’s addition to the team…

Torrance, CA: Team Honda Muscle Milk announces today that current privateer Fredrik Noren will fill in for the injured Justin Barcia at the remaining rounds of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, beginning with the Red Bud National.

After winning the Jr. Swedish Championship in 2009 and the Swedish Championship in 2010, Noren moved to the United States in 2011 to compete in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Since making his debut in America he has appeared in the top 10 multiple times and currently sits 13th overall in the 2014 standings. The 22-year-old was presented the Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award from the Thunder Valley National after putting together an impressive come-from-behind performance in the second moto, moving up from 35th to finish 14th.

“This is a dream come true,” said Noren. “I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity and I can’t wait to work with everyone at Team Honda Muscle Milk. When I came to the U.S. I raced a Honda and really liked it, so to be able to ride a factory CRF450R is incredible. Also, not having the stress of trying to raise money to get to the races and having to work on my own bike will be such a relief.”

“We are excited to have Fredrik join our team for the remaining rounds of the series,” stated team manager Dan Betley. “He continues to be a top privateer each week and we believe with the proper equipment he can really show his true potential.”

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