News 2 Sep 2021

Husqvarna drafts in Varize for final outdoor rounds

Long-time KTM Group rider gets call up to factory squad.

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With their lineup depleted by injury, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna has drafted Joshua Varize to ride for them in the 250MX class at the final two rounds of the 2021 Pro Motocross championship.

Southern California native Varize will swing his leg over the Husqvarna FC250 starting this weekend at Fox Raceway in Pala, California for the penultimate round of the season.

Varize has long been in the KTM Group’s pipeline, riding as part of KTM’s orange brigade team throughout the end of his amateur career and into the pro ranks starting last season.

Varize notched multiple top 10 finishes in Supercross, eventually finishing seventh in the 250SX East championship. His best finish so far in the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season coming at Budds Creek, going 11-11 for 11th overall.

“It feels amazing. Just a dream come true,” Varize told Racer X’s Kellen Brauer. “Just to get the opportunity to fill in for a factory team for the last two outdoor national rounds, it’s for sure a blessing. I’m stoked and can’t wait for it.”

The team has seen all but one rider, RJ Hampshire, sidelined this season, eventually losing all three of their 450MX riders to injury or illness.

Varize joins the team sitting 18th overall in the 250MX points standings, as he looks to crack his first top 10 of the season went he gate drops on Saturday at Fox Raceway.