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BMW has announced an end to their racing cooperation with Speedbrain, their partner organization in running Husqvarna motorcycles in events like the Dakar. Given BMW’s recent sale of the Husqvarna marque to Pierer Industrie AG, there’s not much left to partner on unless BMW were to start running the R 1200 GS in that epic race. Frankly, I think I’d like to see that. But big bikes in the sand notwithstanding, the two groups have parted ways amicably as BMW continues to refocus its Motorrad division to what’s next.
In a multi-faceted press release published this morning, BMW Motorrad has confirmed what was rumored yesterday: BMW is selling its Husqvarna sub-brand. As reported by Hell For Leather and featured here on BimmerFile, Husqvarna is being sold to Austrian company Pierer Industrie AG, a company with ownership ties to KTM executive Stefan Pierer.
Hell for Leather is reporting that KTM CEO Stefan Pierer is finalizing a deal to acquire BMW’s subsidiary offroad motorcycle marque, Husqvarna, via Pierer Industries AG. Pierer is part owner in KTM through shares in Cross AG, which is also backed by Indian moto giant Bajaj. It was originally thought that KTM was vying to acquire the small motor maker outright, but as more information has come in, the situation has gotten more nuanced.
It’s been a great Dakar for BMW Group. MINI successfully defended their title with overall victory two years in a row. On two wheels, the Husqvarna team made quite the showing in this year’s rally. Twelve podiums in fourteen stages netted the team a 10th place finish overall for rider Paulo Goncalves. At only their second run at the iconic Rally, finishing in the top ten is nothing to smirk at.
High speeds throughout and a lot navigation made the twelfth stage of the Dakar, from Fiambala – Copiapo a tough one. Joan Barreda proved to be the best of the Husqvarna Team by Speedbrain taking third place on the day, and bringing the team its tenth podium place out of the twelve stages contested so far.
Congratulations go out to BMW Group as six vehicles receive design awards from the prestigious GOOD DESIGN awards. Included in the mix was one machine from the Motorrad devision: The Husqvarna Nuda 900 R. The Nuda is the flagship machine for the BMW Group company, carrying forward the rejuvenated Husqvarna brand and challenging what a factory motard can be.
BMW Group’s Husqvarna racing team continues to make a very strong showing in the 2013 Dakar. Rider Joan Barreda has taken his forth stage victory in stage ten.
Joan Barreda landed a victory in the second leg of the Marathon stage, which ran from Cachi to San Miguel de Tucuman. A heavy rainfall in the night forced the organizers to reprogram a shorter than planned stage, and cancel the first part of the special test, leaving only the final 183 km (114 miles).