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BMW-Husqvarna motorcycle to debut in WEC

450cc Enduro uses BMW engine in Husqvarna chassis

Husqvarna will debut a new motorcycle with a BMW-developed 450cc engine in a World Enduro Championship round May 22-23 in Lovere, Italy.

The new TC450 will use a new Husqvarna chassis and the 450cc four-stroke engine used in the BMW G450X. The prototype will be the first collaborative product from the two companies since BMW purchased Husqvarna in 2007.

“This collaboration of BMW Motorrad and Husqvarna Motorcycles aims to pool the two brands’ expertise in off-road competition for 450 cc four-stroke machines,” says Rainer Thoma, president and chief executive officer of Husqvarna Motorcycles. “The forthcoming debut appearance of the prototype bike is the logical next step following a very promising phase of testing.”

The new Husqvarna prototype will use the same engine as the BMW G450X which is actually manufactured by Kymco to BMW's specs.

Marko Tarkkala and Andreas Lettenbichler, filling in for injured seven-time WEC Champion Juha Salminen, will ride the TC450 as the newly renamed BMW Husqvarna Motorsport team. They will compete in the E2 class at Lovere.

“Our aim for the 2010 season was to be fighting for the title in the E2 class of the Enduro World Championship with the BMW Husqvarna Motorsport team,” says Berthold Hauser, BMW Motorrad Motorsport director. “With Juha’s injury and his absence from the next race as a result, that’s going to be tough. In order to be successful despite this setback, it’s imperative that we make best possible use of the available synergies. With the testing phase completed the aim now is to use this genuine Husqvarna with BMW G450X drive concept to be up there fighting for success and victories in the sporting arena.”

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