Husqvarna’s factory-backed effort will return to the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series under new management. Fred Andrews, the 1993 GNCC Champion, will take over the factory Husky squad under the FAR (Fred Andrews Racing) banner, and is importing Finland native Simo Kirssi for 2011 as an XC1 competitor. Kirssi will joining current FAR riders Jason Thomas and Morgan Moss, who will be competing in the XC2 class for 2011.
Kirssi, a 2008 European Cross Country Champion and established competitor in the World Enduro Series, will join the GNCC series once again after making a few guest appearances in the past.
“We’re excited to have Simo on board with us this year for the XC1 class,” said Andrews. “With Jason Thomas and Morgan Moss running the XC2 class as well, I think we will have a successful season.”
Kirssi has an already-standing relationship with Husqvarna of Italy, making his transition to Fred Andrews Racing a smooth one.
“I’m happy that we’ve had a good program in the past and with our continued support, I think we can put Husky on top this year,” continued Andrews.
Finnish riders are held in high regard by GNCC fans, after Juha Salminen came to the U.S. and dominated the 2005 and 2006 GNCC tours. Kirssi becomes part of a long list of international GNCC talent, including 2010 GNCC Champion Josh Strang, of Australia. In fact, international riders have collected the last six GNCC crowns, led by Salminen, Isle of Man’s David Knight, New Zealand’s Paul Whibley, and Strang.
The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series kicks off with the Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC in River Ranch, Florida in conjunction with Daytona Bike Week March 5-8. ATV practice will take place on Saturday and racing on Sunday, followed by bike practice on Monday and racing on Tuesday. For more information, go to www.gnccracing.com.