Corona, CA – March 8, 2012 – The 2012 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series kicks off in just a few short days, and the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team hopes to start the year right where they left off in 2011 – on the podium. Former factory Husqvarna rider Glenn Kearney will be filling in for the injured Andrew DeLong for rounds one and two, riding alongside FAR racer Jason Thomas in the XC2 division.
“We are excited to have Glenn back on a Husky,” team manager Fred Andrews said. “He should be very competitive on the TC250 and I know that he will be a good fit until Andrew returns at the end of the month.”
DeLong, who physically finished the 2011 series third in points, is still recovering from a broken collarbone and collapsed lung he suffered during a practice crash in February.
The FAR Husqvarna machines await action at the 2012 Westgate River Ranch GNCC event on Tuesday, March 13.
“It’s a bummer to miss the opening round,” DeLong said. “I won the last one in 2011 so it is natural to want to carry that momentum over. I’m just not ready to race yet, and we don’t need to rush things. I’ll be back soon enough. Until then it will be fun to watch Glenn race again!”
“Glenn is a great guy and we’re thrilled to have him back with the team,” commented Husqvarna Product and Racing Manager Derek Sorenson. “Obviously it’s unfortunate that Andrew got injured and won’t be ready for the start of the series, but he still has tremendous potential and we’re looking forward to a great season with him and Jason Thomas.”