December 1, 2008 -- Woodcliff Lake, NJ - Australia's Glenn Kearney has signed a contract with Husqvarna Motorcycles North America to compete in the 2009 GNCC Series. The 28-year-old Picton, Australia native is a GNCC veteran having first joined the series back in 2005. Throughout 2008 Kearney contested the series aboard a Husqvarna TXC 450 finishing a very credible 7th overall in GNCC standings. Along the way he logged several top finishes and two podium appearances.
For 2009 Kearny will return to the 13 stop national series with focused intent on capturing his first championship plate.
"2008 was a great first year for me with Husqvarna. We certainly showed the bike was competitive," said Kearney. "Half-way through the season I began working with Wyatt Seals and things only got better. With the focus and support Husqvarna is putting on this years effort and with the commitment and involvement we will be receiving from the Husqvarna factory I am motivated like never before."
Championship tuner Wyatt Seals will turn wrenches for Kearney during 2009. Originally hailing from Texas, Seals now makes his home in Lenoir, NC. Seals has had a long association with stars like Jeff Stanton, Ryan Hughes, and Jeremy McGrath, and he certainly knows the way to the winner's circle.
"When Glenn asked me to help out mid-way through the 2008 season I didn't know what to expect," offered Seals. "Quickly I found the atmosphere at GNCC races was something special; a lot like the early days of motocross. There was serious competition on the track but good natured sportsmanship and camaraderie off of it. I enjoy the grassroots family atmosphere."
Kearney will contest the new Husqvarna WR 300 2-stroke model.
"The new 300 is awesome! It's the perfect combination of lightweight, power and acceleration, and I really think the light weight will work to my advantage as these 3-hour races wear on," said Kearney.
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA President Mark Brady offered his view on the Kearney signing:Ã Ã Ã
"We like Glenn's attitude and personality and during the 2008 campaign we learned what a hard worker he is. We really feel that with focused effort on our part we can get Glenn into championship contention. The new WR 300 could be exactly what we need to get our first overall GNCC win."
Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.
Husqvarna Motorcycles, a part of the BMW Group since October 2007, are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Varese, Italy since 1987.
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC
Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC is part of BMW (US) Holding Corp. The BMW Group's sales headquarters for North, Central and South America is located in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. Husqvarna Motorcycles NA, LLC returned to off-road racing competition in 2008 and during 2009 Husqvarna will expand its professional race team to compete in AMA GNCC, Endurocross, National Hare & Hound, the AMA Hare Scrambles Series, and WORCS competition. Husqvarna team riders will compete in the premier classes of each series aboard 2009 Husqvarna TXC 450, TXC 510, and WR 300 off-road models.
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