Duct tape: We tape over the holes at
mud races and during cleaning.
TAKE A DEEP BREATH
I bought the first 2014 Husky
FC450 that my dealer got. Are
there any simple tricks to make it
Yes. The Husqvarna FC250 and
FC450 airboxes come off their
enduro models, thus they are
sealed against all outside
elements—and that seems to
include air. The MXA wrecking
crew complained about the lack
of throttle response at low rpm,
so we rode without the left-side
panel on the bike. It perked up
instantly. We drilled 1-inch holes
in the airbox cover to let the
FC450 and FC250 breathe. We
tape over the holes when washing
the bike or racing on wet days.
At your own peril: Anticipating the fall of
the gate is risky business.
JUMP IT AT YOUR OWN RISK
What is the penalty for jumping
In almost every level of racing,
from Amateur to AMA Pro
racing, the penalty for jumping the
starting gate is one lap. It doesn’t
matter whether you jump the gate
and pull over to let everybody by
or even return to behind the gate.
Once you’ve jumped the gate, you
are in violation of the rule. In special circumstances, a rider can be
disqualified if the race official finds
the action grievous, chronic or dangerous. ❏
MICHAEL LEIB I #89
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