Most EnduroCross Pros rely on the Rekluse EXP automatic
clutch, but a motocrosser at heart, Brown prefers the Rekluse
Core manual clutch system, which isn’t an automatic design.
The Husky offroad team runs NK SFS air triple clamps, just
like Ryan Dungey. The bar mounts have tiny air shocks hidden
under the clamp to suspend the handlebar mounts. The SFS
clamp lessens vibration and calms down the steering response.
Mike runs 75 psi in the air shocks.
maniacs, they entered him in the motocross-friendly
WORCS races. A combination of offroad and motocross,
with intense races that are more of a sprint than a
torture test, Brown took to WORCS like a cow to cud.
As his experience grew, so did his thirst to compete in
more technical arenas. Enter EnduroCross—a mixture of
rocks, logs, tractor tires and water holes set around a
minute-long course inside an arena. Mike Brown spent
his youth racing inside stadiums, so being suffocatingly
close to the fans wasn’t a problem. What took patience
was navigating around a challenging track while trying to
pass for the lead. In EnduroCross, the course is a racer’s
number one foe.
THANKS TO MIKE BROWN,
HEIGHTENED SPEEDS AND
GREATER INTENSITY HAVE
CREATED UNBELIEVABLY CLOSE
RACING, DESPITE THE RIGORS
It takes years for many racers to hone the skills needed
to double jump over tractor tires and approach jagged
rocks like a whoop section. Mike Brown is the exception
to the rule. He immersed himself in EnduroCross, taking
an obsessive approach to learning the craft. The compulsion paid off. Although Mike has yet to knock off five-time EnduroCross Champion Taddy Blazusiak, Brown
has come closer than anyone else. Mike’s mentality of
attacking every obstacle with abandon forced the
competition to step up. Years ago, EnduroCross was
entertaining for its unending crashes and bloopers
caused by racers failing to master the terrain. Thanks
to Mike Brown, heightened speeds and greater intensity
have created unbelievably close racing, despite the rigors
of EnduroCross. Logs and rocks are now nothing more
than a bump in the road to the finish.
Brown’s front brake can be turned on like a light switch. The
Braking oversized rotor, matched with a Brembo works caliper,
did the trick.
Husqvarna tested different transmission ratios but returned to
the stock FC350 layout. The final drive is a 12/49 ( 4.08 ratio)
pairing instead of the stock 13/50 ( 3. 85 ratio). Mike typically
rides the track in second and third gear.