Top results at the most prestigious Extreme Enduro races and the German and European Cross Country Championship are the target for new Team Husqvarna Monster Energy speedbrain. Andreas Lettenbichler and Paulo Goncalves are the two internationally recognised pilots to make it happen for Husqvarna.
Speedbrain has been BMW´s offroad factory team since 2006. Victories with the BMW HP2 at the Erzberg and Pikes Peak were the initial highlights of the young squad. Then came the BMW G 450 X, with speedbrain seeing off its prototype year. The results were harvested in 2008 – Simo Kirssi scored the first WEC podium in 2008 – and 2009, when Juha Salminen ended the world championship as runner-up.
Three European and two German Cross Country titles were also taken and presented to BMW Motorrad. Plus several podium finishes in Extreme Enduro competition: at the Erzberg, the Roof of Africa and all the way to a Red Bull Romaniacs victory.
Speedbrain functioned as the “extended work bench” of BMW Motorrad and as BMW´s offroad motorsport division.
Now a new era is being started.
As BMW is concentrating all offroad activities under the Husqvarna banner, Team speedbrain switches colours for 2011. Andreas Lettenbichler will compete in all of this year´s major Extreme Enduro events aboard a Husky WR 300. “Letti” is a fan favourite and has earned a reputation as one of the lead riders in the scene, putting the BMW G 450 X four-stroke on the podium at both the Erzberg and the Romaniacs against advantaged two-strokes. He won the Romaniacs in 2009.
Paulo Goncalves will represent Team Husqvarna Monster Energy speedbrain in the German Cross Country Championship. The Portuguese is following in the footsteps of multi-champ Simo Kirssi, who will race a Husqvarna in the U.S. GNCC series. Goncalves has won several Motocross titles back home and turned heads throughout the Dakar 2011, when he took a stage win. He can certainly be found near the front in Cross Country racing also, thanks to his powerful riding style.
Race calender 2011
German Cross Country Championship
8 May Walldorf
29 May Marisfeld
26 June Mernes
17 July Goldbach
4 September Schefflenz
18 September Rudolstadt
2 October Bauschheim
22 October XCC European finale Triptis
12 February Hells Gate (ITA)
13 March Tough One (GBR)
23-26 June Erzberg Rodeo (AUT)
16-20 July Red Bull Romaniacs (ROM)
24-26 November Roof of Africa (LES)
Husqvarna is an iconic off-road motorcycle brand. In ’07 Husqvarna became a part of the BMW Group with the German company completely revitalising the Husqvarna brand, which is now the off-road competition arm of BMW Motorrad. A new factory that houses production, design, administration and R&D has since been built in Varese, Northern Italy. Enjoying competitive success at the highest level, in 2010 Husqvarna clinched the Enduro 1 World Championship title with its TE250 ridden by Frenchman Antoine Meo. Building its first motorcycle in 1903 Husqvarna motorcycles were produced in Sweden until ’86 when the company was sold to the Cagiva Group, which later became MV Agusta S.p.A. Enduro greats such as Anders Eriksson, Paul Edmondson, Samuli Aro, Stefan Merriman, Petri Silvan and Antoine Meo have all enjoyed world championship winning success with Husqvarna.
Monster Energy is the cult brand of the “Internet Generation”. It mainly attracts young people between 15 and 30. Athletes, music and action events are the metier of Monster Energy, where lifestyle meets energy drink.
The green “M” from the USA can be seen at snowboard events worldwide, as well as during wakeboarding, downhill, Indycar or rally racing – now at Extreme Enduro competitions also.
Team Husqvarna Monster Energy speedbrain is supported by Monster Energy and several technical partners as listed.