Steadily improving in the E3 class of the Enduro World Championship since being crowned Enduro Junior World Champion in 2009, Spain’s Oriol Mena will continue fighting for victory with Husaberg in the coming seasons.
In his first two years in the competitive E3 class of the EWC Oriol Mena has shown continuous improvement, and at 24 years of age combines a hunger for success with many years of experience at the highest level of enduro sport.
Finishing fifth in this year’s EWC E3 championship and second at the ISDE in Finland as part of the Spanish Trophy Team, Oriol brought his 2011 season to a winning close last weekend when he claimed his first E3 Spanish Enduro Championship title.
Happy with his racing achievements in 2011 Oriol is confident he can improve further and be a regular EWC podium finisher aboard Husaberg’s unique four-stroke FE model in the years to come. Therefore Oriol and the Husaberg Factory Team management have decided to switch the young Spaniard back to the FE 570 for the coming season having agreed a new 2-year contract. Aboard Husaberg’s FE 570 Oriol has already excelled having finished second in the E3 class at the 2010 ISDE in Mexico where he lead the Spanish Junior Trophy team to victory.
“For me it was a great experience to see what it was like to race a two-stroke for a complete season this year,” comments Oriol. “I really enjoyed racing the TE 300 but what I learned is that I feel more comfortable aboard a four-stroke. Therefore I’m really happy that Husaberg and the team again fully support me in my decision to take on the 2012 racing season aboard the FE 570.”
To be as well prepared for the coming season as possible Oriol got on a plane to Sweden right after the last round of the Spanish championship where he started testing his new ride for the 2012 season right away.
“I’m really happy about Husaberg’s confidence in my abilities,” adds Oriol. “I’ve been working with Thomas Gustavsson and the Husaberg Factory Team as well as Husaberg Spain’s team for three years now and it really feels like a big international family to me. The team has a lot of know-how and everybody works really hard for success. In all the three years I never had any technical issues on my bikes and I’m really looking forward to some intense testing and racing in Sweden to prepare my race bike for the new season.”
The racing in Sweden Oriol talks about is the infamous Novemberkåsan event, which will be run on November 26th and 27th close to the Husaberg Factory Team’s headquarters near Örebro. Few foreigners dare to compete in this most challenging Swedish classic and for Oriol it will certainly be a unique experience, one he’ll certainly never forget.
Oriol Mena and Oliver Göhring (Managing Director of Husaberg) sealing the new deal.
Oriol Mena at the last round of the 2011 EWC in Mende, France.