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Malcolm Stewart Visits Gaerne Italy


Treviso, Italy June 23, 2017 – One of the most well known stars of American Supercross, Malcolm Stewart(Bartow FL, USA – 1922), landed in Italy to visit the factory of Gaerne. He made the journey from the United States to check out the headquarters and examine the research and development and production departments.

“It’s great to be here today,” he said, “I put my full trust in Gaerne boots to protect my ankles so I am curious about every technical aspect of what goes into each boot. To see how my SG-12 boots are made and to understand the technologies and secrets that are required to make them so exceptional is an incredible opportunity.”

Malcolm Stewart was able to personally part take in the creation of a pair of boots that were made today inside of the factory. Since the boots are handmade, he was able to carry out some of the steps himself. This is only possible due to the true “Made in Italy” statement and guarantees top notch quality, something Gaerne has taken pride in for their 55 years of existence.

Malcolm Stewart flexes his boot making skills at the Gaerne factory in Treviso, Italy


“Now it’s all clear,” stated Malcolm at the end of his visit, “there was already no question about the quality, but now I have a real understanding of where the quality comes from. These boots are the result of so much passion and professionalism. Behind each piece that comes off the line, is a product that has been made by many experienced people. My feet are in their hands and it is undoubtedly easy to put my trust in this brand. The trust helps me make my job easier.”

The special partnership between Malcolm Stewart and Gaerne is strengthened after an experience like this. The marketing manager of Gaerne, Marta Gazzola, expresses her gratitude by saying, “Malcolm is one of our precious stars and a cherished talent, and along with our products, make an un-defeatable team. With the help of Malcolm, our design team can stay ahead of the ball in terms of creating forward thinking products.”

Malcolm Stewart is now preparing for a big weekend out at the 2nd MXGP race in Ottobiano, where you can see him at the Gaerne booth. Saturday and Sunday(June 24,25), Malcolm can be found signing autographs and taking pictures for most of the day.


Coastal Racing/Husqvarna Teammates DeLong and Edmondson

SOCIETY HILL, S.C. (April 25, 2017) – Husqvarna-backed Coastal Racing teammates Craig DeLong and Jack Edmondson earned a pair of podium finishes on Sunday for Round 5 of the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series in South Carolina. DeLong continued his consistent start to the season with a fourth podium appearance in the XC2 250 Pro (16-24) class, while Edmondson maintained a solid points lead with 2nd place in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class.

Edmondson continues to chip away at a championship title. Photo: Ken Hill
XC2 250 Pro
Team rider Layne Michael grabbed the early lead in the class, while DeLong struggled to break inside the top-ten on the opening lap. Michael charged hard early on to put a 30-second gap on the rest of the field by lap two. Jesse Groemm eventually caught up to Michael and the two battled back and forth for the lead position until the halfway point when they came together in a field section and both went down. From there, Michael struggled to regain his composure as he fell back to the 4th place position.
DeLong landed his fourth podium finish of the season at RD 5. Photo: Ken Hill
Meanwhile, DeLong was able to climb his way up to the 3rd place position just ahead of Michael as the two-lap board came out. From there, both riders maintained their position to ultimately finish 3rd and 4th, respectively.
DeLong’s comeback performance marked his fourth podium finish of the season, where he currently sits 2nd overall in the XC2 250 Pro Championship Standings.
“I was dead last off the line but I was able to make a bunch of passes before the woods,” DeLong said. “I worked my way through the pack by changing up my pit strategy to get ahead of some guys and it worked. I pushed the whole race and I’m happy that I was able to come back to 3rd but I want a better result. I’m going to work a lot on my starts so I can be up front from the beginning.”
DeLong fought hard to come from dead last up to 3rd place. Photo: Ken Hill
It was a tough break for Michael, who led four of the seven laps before crashing together with Groemm. Despite the challenges, Michael was able to salvage 4th place for the day where he now sits tied for 3rd place in the Championship Standings.
Michael had a great start to the race, leading 4 of 7 laps. Photo: Ken Hill
“I got off to a good start and felt good at the beginning, I caught some XC1 guys and had a good pace going,” Michael said. “The boys ended up reeling me in and we battled back and forth for a few laps but after Jesse and I came together and went down I had a tough time getting back into a rhythm. Hopefully I can figure something out in these next two weeks, I know I should be winning these things. I just need to figure it out and come back stronger at the next one.”
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am
Edmondson continued his bid for a National Championship in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class with a 2nd place finish on Sunday. Edmondson powered his Husqvarna TC 125 into the 2nd place position off the start as he battled against Jason Thomas for the lead position. The two riders swapped the lead several times through the first half of the race but Thomas began to put a gap on Edmondson in the final laps of the three-hour race.

Edmondson put forth a strong ride to capture 2nd place in South Carolina. Photo: Ken Hill
Following a four-race win-streak leading up to Round 5, Edmondson finished a respectable 2nd place in South Carolina to maintain the points lead in the class.
“Just like the other rounds this season, the race mainly consisted of me and Jason changing positions a lot but he was able to get out front and have the upper hand for the latter half of the race,” Edmondson said. “I finished up 2nd which isn’t where I want to be, but I’ll take it and keep looking at the bigger picture of the overall championship.
XC1 Open Pro
Ryan Sipes got off to a mid-pack start in the XC1 Pro class and quickly worked his way up to the 5th place position. While running a good pace, Sipes experienced an issue with the bike and was forced to pull into the Coastal Racing pits for repair. Sipes was able to get back going but he lost a few minutes in the process so he immediately went to work in cutting the deficit.

Sipes continues to show great speed despite his end results. Photo: Ken Hill
Sipes was able to catch back up to 9th place in the XC1 class where he rode strong to finish inside the top ten for the day.
“I felt like I rode well, I had good lap times and I thought the bike was good,” Sipes said. “It’s not the result I’m looking for but I’m riding better and figuring out my hydration and fueling, which is a step in the right direction.”
Next Event: GNCC Round 6 – May 7, 2017
Results from the Camp Coker Bullet GNCC – Sunday, April 23
XC2 250 Pro (16-24) Results
1. Josh Toth
2. Jesse Groemm
3. Craig DeLong (HQV)
4. Layne Michael (HQV)
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Results
1. Jason Thomas
2. Jack Edmondson (HQV)
3. Mark Heresco Jr.
XC1 Open Pro Results
1. Kailub Russell
2. Thad DuVall
3. Steward Baylor Jr.
9. Ryan Sipes (HQV)
XC2 250 Pro (16-24) Championship Standings
1. Josh Toth (140)
2. Craig DeLong (101)
3. Mike Witkowski (92)
4. Jesse Groemm (92)
5. Layne Michael (92)
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Championship Standings
1. Jack Edmondson (145)
2. Jason Thomas (126)
3. Mark Heresco Jr. (91)
4. Hunter Neuwirth (86)
5. Paul Whibley (67)

Coastal Racing Husqvarna Team Finishes Atop Podium at Big Buck GNCC Opener

UNION, S.C. (March 7, 2017) – The Husqvarna-backed Coastal Racing Team had a successful start to the 2017 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series with all four of its riders landing atop the podium at the Big Buck GNCC season opener. Led by Ryan Sipes with 3rd overall, the team also saw success in the 250 class with Layne Michael and Craig DeLong grabbing 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Great Britain’s offroad sensation Jack Edmondson captured the first-ever victory in the new XC3 125 Pro-Am class.
Sipes lined up on the front row aboard his Husqvarna FX350 where he got a top-five jump off the start. The Kentucky native rounded the opening lap in the 6th place position but he quickly went to work to position himself in podium contention by lap two. After catching up to the lead battle of Steward Baylor and Kailub Russell, Sipes experienced a tip over that set him just out of reach of the front-runners for the remainder of the three-hour race.
Sipes powered through illness to run up front for three brutal hours. Photo: Ken Hill
Despite tough track conditions and heavy lapped traffic, Sipes was able to finish atop the podium at the opening round, a good confidence booster after missing half of the 2016 season due to injury.
“It was a pretty tough day, I was really sick and just kind of tried to get into the zone and tough it out,” Sipes said. “I was able to make it work. I’m happy with the way my fitness is and the bike is really good so I’m looking forward to this season. I’ve got a new focus this year and I’m ready to stay up there on the podium – we’re here to be on top!”
Sipes began the season with a solid podium finish. Photo: Ken Hill
Following a successful 2016 season, team riders Layne Michael and Craig DeLong are back to compete for an XC2 250 Pro (16-24) championship and both riders showed much promise at the opening round. Michael came into the season opener fresh off knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus sustained during a late-in-the-off-season practice crash. Despite being off the bike for nearly a month, Michael was able to put himself into a favorable position off the start as he jumped into 2nd place aboard his Husqvarna FX250 on the opening lap. DeLong wasn’t able to grab the same holeshot however, as he came through the opening lap just outside the top ten.
Michael overtook the XC2 lead on lap two and held the top position for almost one hour before dropping back to 2nd place on lap four. Meanwhile, DeLong powered his Husqvarna FX250 through the pack of lapped traffic to eventually reach 3rd place just after the halfway point.
Layne Michael overcame an off-season injury to capture 2nd in XC2. Photo: Ken Hill
As the two-lap card came out, both Michael and DeLong were able to maintain their pace to ultimately earn 2nd and 3rd place podium finishes after three tough hours of racing.
Michael commented, “Getting on the podium is never easy and we didn’t have the greatest offseason but the important part is that we were able to be here at the first round. A couple weeks ago I didn’t even think I was going to be racing, so to be on the podium is good. Honestly I was just looking for a good finish and not DNF or something silly so to end up here is just a bonus. It’s a good start to the year and we’ll take it on to Florida, that’s going to be a really gnarly race I think so we just have to make it through that, get a little break, rest up and keep plugging away the rest of the year.”
DeLong put forth an impressive charge to climb his way from 11th place on the opening lap to ultimately finish atop the podium with 3rd place.
Craig DeLong fought hard all afternoon to climb up to 3rd. Photo: Ken Hill
“I was dead last going off the start and this was the worst place to get a bad start – fighting dust and passing people all day long,” DeLong said. “I got into 3rd but these boys were checked out quite a bit so I just tried to reel them in but it wasn’t working too well, so I did what I could. I’m happy to take a podium finish at the first round and looking forward to getting things into place this weekend in Florida.”
For the first time in history the XC3 125 Pro-Am class was added to the GNCC lineup and Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s very own Jack Edmondson came away with the inaugural win. The 125cc World Enduro Champion proved his merit by leading five of the six laps of racing against former National Champions and many talented up-and-comers. Edmondson put his Husqvarna TC125 into a top five position off the start as he took his time settling into the lead position. From there, Edmondson rode his own race to capture a big victory over the competition, inheriting the early points lead in the new class.
“I got off to a good start sitting in 5th for half of the first lap and then made some passes to settle into 3rd behind Whibley and Thomas at the beginning of the race,” Edmondson said. “I learned the track and knew the places where I could make the passes and by the 3rd lap I had the lead and started to pull out a good gap. From then on my race went really well and by the finish I had pulled a two-minute lead over Thomas in 2nd. I’m really happy with how my first race went and I hope to carry the flow into the second round in Florida.”
Jack Edmondson kicked off his full-time GNCC career with a big victory. Photo: Ken Hill
Next Event: GNCC Round 2 – March 12, 2017
Results from the Big Buck GNCC – Sunday, March 5
XC1 Open Pro Results
  1. Steward Baylor Jr.
  2. Kailub Russell
  3. Ryan Sipes (HQV)
XC2 250 Pro (16-24) Results
  1. Josh Toth
  2. Layne Michael (HQV)
  3. Craig DeLong (HQV)
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Results
  1. Jack Edmondson (HQV)
  2. Jason Thomas
  3. Paul Whibley


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