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Husqvarna’s unforgettable 2019 National Enduro Championship season

2019-10-21 07:46

Dries van der Walt

Husqvarna rider

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The 2019 National Enduro Championship ended on a high note for Pepson Plastics Husqvarna Racing rider William Oosthuizen as he received the first national title of his career. 

Oosthuizen came close to winning the E1 Championship in 2018, finishing in a strong second place behind Kyle Flanagan.

Stronger determination

"Last season was an important learning curve for me. It was my first time racing for a factory team and coming so close to the title made me realise what I was capable of doing with their support," Oosthuizen said, reflecting on his performance.

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"I came back with more determination than ever to finish the 2019 season differently."

Team mate Brett Swanepoel also experienced his most rewarding season yet. Having overcome an injury that almost ended his career, Swanepoel was back to his full competitive form as he stormed to his first E2 and overall victory in almost two years.

The rider has been making steady progress with every race this season and was elated that his hard work finally paid off in Port Elizabeth.  

"It’s been a long, hard year. I’m over the moon with the way I’ve progressed and I’m so happy to be back to the speed and strength that I had before my accident," Swanepoel said.

"This wouldn’t have been possible without my family and team, who never stopped believing in me – even in the darkest times of my injury," he added.

A podium finish from Matthew Green ensured an unforgettable season for Husqvarna. Having just come off a successful season of international racing, the rising star managed to secure second place in the E1 Class on Saturday. 

Husqvarna says that the 18-year-old rider has proven time and time again that he has what it takes to compete with South Africa’s frontrunners in this sport and will be a force to be reckoned with in 2020. 

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