There are a few things that we as moto fans simply can't get enough of. Sure, the racing action and insanely talented riders are the main attraction when the gate drops – but what about the machinery these top-level talents are racing on? Uncountable hours of R&D, full teams dedicated to the development of new parts, top-secret internal details that you couldn't pay to see, and all of the exotic materials you could think of are only part of the draw. We love all of the details, and wanted to showcase all this beauty to you. Welcome to Drool-Worthy, in-depth looks at each of the six major manufacturer’s factory 450 and 250 race efforts.
Heading back into European territory, we are highlighting the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna factory team’s race bikes in this edition of Drool-Worthy. Not short on looks (the stock FC’s are some of the coolest looking bikes out), these factory bikes are modified to perfection and have proven to be race-winners in the past couple years. One big misconception about the Husqvarna’s is that they’re just KTM’s with white plastic. Sure they share many parts, but to put it into perspective in a brief conversation on the topic with Anderson’s mechanic Chris Loredo, he brought up the fact that the entire rear of the motorcycle is different – swing arm, subframe, everything. Certainly not the same machines, and we dove into the photos to check them out!
Filling the 450 roster aboard their factory FC450’s are Jason Anderson and Christophe Pourcel, who have plenty of race wins to their names. Contesting in the 250 classes aboard factory FC250’s are Martin Davalos and Zach Osborne, and the latter of the two will have a much-anticipated debut on the East Coast swing after partnering with revered trainer Aldon Baker. Browse on to see some key details about these race weapons…
Photos by Mike Emery | @emeryphoto
Never falling short in the looks department, Jason Anderson’s factory Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna is also tuned to El Hombre’s perfection.
More WP Cone Valve 52mm goodness, this time with anodized red touches.
Like the other European brand, WP Trax Shocks are the suspension of choice for these race bikes.
Decorated with small touches of anodized blue, Anderson’s motor is easy on the eyes. The team tunes the map to actually mellow out the power, making it more linear and easier to ride.
More blue anodizing can be found at the factory billet rear Brembo brake setup. Short headed titanium bolts also attach the rotor to the hub.
At the front brake the beauty continues. Note the safety wire that prevents the brake line banjo bolt from coming out, and the custom for legs to match the oversized brake setup.
Joking around, the mechanics under the awning mentioned how they labeled the frames so the riders won’t get on the wrong bike. Also, if you guessed the bend of bar to be Anderson’s then you are correct!
Behind the Neken clamps and head tube you’ll find this Honda steering stabilizer, something custom that the team has run for some years now. The frames have that mount added to it before the race team assembles the bike.
Got grip? Anderson does, and these titanium chompers keep those Alpinestars boots right where they’re supposed to be.
Titanium headers always look amazing, and this FMF setup is no different.
All the way to the end, titanium and carbon fiber perfection.
Interesting piece? Anderson’s seat, which he attested to spending countless hours developing. He wants it soft, but doesn’t want to bottom out. He was very proud of his seat!
Very similar in looks to Anderson’s, Martin Davalos’ machine is also just as badass.
The left side of the motor is complete with similar carbon fiber brackets that the Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM team run.
Same titanium pegs, different angle.
Husqvarna’s small touches like this name engraving on the fuel tank cap are a nice touch.
Martin’s bar setup is different, running Suzuki Race Team Bend Pro Taper bars (Davalos did race Suzuki’s in the past!) with these bar mounts compete with bushings for flex.
Stopping power is strong on just about any factory bike.
A common modification you’ll see done to the Husqvarna FC250’s are these holes in the air box. More air equals more power.