British Enduro Sprint Championship Rounds 5 & 6 April 7th/8th Saints Well

Rounds 5 and 6 of the BESC were set at the popular circuit of Saints Well in mid-Wales. After the recent warm period of weather in the UK cold winds and light rain greeted the riders at the improved circuit. Arriving back home on Tuesday after over 2 weeks in South America riding in the World Enduro Championship, Midwest Husaberg UK rider Alex Rockwell was back in action and determined to beat his 2 rivals, fellow Manx man Danny McCanney and Jonny Walker who have both recorded victories at previous rounds.

Back riding the Husaberg TE 250 two stroke bike Alex immediately set the fastest time on lap 1 which was a warning to his fellow competitors that he was on the pace. Danny McCanney stayed close all day with Alex but after a couple of crashes Jonny Walker had left himself too far behind to catch up. After 7 tests the 2 Manx men were separated by less than 1 second so it was down to the last lap and it was Danny who beat Alex by just over 2 seconds. This left Alex with a brilliant 2nd.

Day 2 saw the course reversed in direction and the existing bumps left from the previous days racing would mean a tough day for the riders. Getting used to the lightweight 2 stroke Alex was again immediately matching fellow Manx man Danny McCanney.

After 4 tests Alex had a 14 second lead over Danny which gave Alex a comfortable margin to go ahead and record his first class win in the BESC this year.

Alex Rockwell 101, Under 23 (2-1): I finally got the better of Danny McCanney this weekend! He’s edge on me for a while now so it was good to get a win here. Being back on the two-stroke this weekend has made a real improvement in my riding – I don’t know why but it just seems to suit me better. I hope this is a new start to my season and I can begin to get the results I know I should be capable of.



World Enduro Championship Rounds 3 & 4

 San Juan, Argentina, South America
March 31st / April 1st

The journey to rounds 3 and 4 of the EWC was a relatively short distance to neighbouring Argentina set at the foot of the Andes Mountains. The bikes were repacked and sent by road to reach the paddock on Thursday ready for the Friday night Super Test in front of 5,000 locals from San Juan.

Again Alex performed well in the night test and recorded 6th fastest in his group. Day 1 was to be similar riding conditions to Chile only the temperatures were higher reaching a scorching 35 degrees Celsius, but the Enduro and extreme tests were both based in rocking areas requiring extreme caution and skill to negotiate at high speed. The MX test was based at the local MX track consisting of mainly a sandy type terrain which suited Alex and he again achieved regular top 6 test times. After making a small but costly mistake in the extreme test and with the combination of not drinking enough fluids during the first day saw Alex finish in 12th position.

Day 2 again would see temperatures soar into the mid 30s but Alex learnt from the previous day that he would need to drink considerably more fluids and used a back pack containing vital water to get him through the long 7 hour day. Determined to do better than before Alex set off in confident mood and rode well to achieve a 10th place by the end of the day and more championship points under his belt.


World Enduro Championship Rounds 1 & 2

Talca, Chile, South America
March 24th /25th

The long awaited start to the 2012 World Enduro season got underway on 24th / 25th March. A long flight of over 14 hours saw the riders arrive to a hot and dry area of Talca, Chile, South America. This would be Alex Rockwell’s first full season of competing in the World Enduro Championship with backing from the Husaberg Factory race team. The bikes and spares arrived in wooden crates and were delivered to the paddock by lorry ready for the mechanics to assemble.

The Friday night Super Test went well for Alex who recorded 2nd in his class.

Saturday saw the riders leave the centre of Talca and head for the steep surrounding hills where the real event would start in the difficult, hard, dusty terrain. The extreme test proved to be the Midwest Husaberg riders’ best test where Alex set times regularly in the top 6 of his class. The enduro test was really hard with huge descents to tackle and this hampered Alex when he lost sight in the dust and went off course ending up down a gully where he was stuck for nearly 6 minutes. Alex fought on through the heat and dust to salvage a 13th position in class and gain some World Championship points.

Day 2 saw Alex, now more familiar with the terrain, determinedly ride to a solid 10th position in his class and gain more experience and points in the Enduro World Championship.

On reflection a tough start to the World Enduro Championship and riding with a broken rib from a crash at the BESC the week previous.


British Enduro Sprint Championship Rounds 3 and 4 March 10th 11th 2012
Llangrove, Monmouth, UK

Finally a weekend of sunshine greeted the riders at Llangrove near Monmouth on the Welsh/English border for rounds 3 and 4 of the BESC. A fast flowing course of mainly open fields with a few woodlands and stream crossings would see a physical weekend for the riders. Midwest Husaberg rider, Alex Rockwell switched to the Husaberg FE390 for this race, using it as preparation for the forth coming World Enduro championship races in South America. He started off well only a couple of seconds behind Johnny Walker and Danny McCanney but after a serious crash in the river section to avoid a fallen rider on the last test of day 1, he sustained serious bruising to his ribs meaning he finished down the order on day 1 and rode reservedly on day 2 to finish a creditable 5th place.



British Enduro Championship Rounds 1 & 2 February 18th/19th, Saints Well

A week after freezing sub zero temperatures at the BESC the weather again produced its worst and greeted riders at rounds 1 & 2 of the BEC with gale force winds, heavy rain and snow. So strong was the wind that during the night it blew away the Midwest Husaberg EZ-UP awnings!

Set in the heart of mid-Wales the event used typical Welsh forestry going and 2 special tests per lap. This would really be a test of both man and machine in the toughest of conditions. In the highly competitive Championship class former World Enduro Champion, David Knight, used all his strength and experience to win both days. But behind Knight a close battle between local rider and former British Enduro Champion, Tom Sagar, and Midwest Husaberg UK rider Alex Rockwell.

Danny McCanney and Rockwell battled it out for the final podium position overall. After constantly swapping positions on special tests throughout the weekend Rockwell finished with 4th overall. Pleased with 2 strong performances at a really tough event Alex Rockwell was also 2nd in class on both days.



2012 British Sprint Enduro Championship – Round 1 & 2

The long awaited start to the 2012 Enduro season got underway on 11/12th February with the BESC at Aldershot in Hampshire. Over night temperatures dropping to -11 degrees and a blanket of snow gave the riders plenty to think about. The event had attracted factory riders from all over the world such as Jonny Aubert, Taddy Blazusiak & Ricky Dietrich to come and test themselves against the UK’s top enduro riders.

In the Under 23 class, which proved to be the fastest group, the battle commenced where it left off last year with the trio of Alex Rockwell on his Midwest Husaberg, Danny McCanney and Jonny Walker. They set some of the fastest overall times of the weekend beating all of the established UK top Elite enduro riders and mixing it with the KTM Factory riders of Aubert and Blazusiak.

Day 2 some the saw the same trio of under 23 riders again beat everyone else and Alex Rockwell leading all day until the last test.




Alex Rockwell will join the Husaberg Factory Team for the year 2012

Continuing their commitment to youth rider development Husaberg welcomes Alex Rockwell into their Enduro World Championship team. Rocky will compete alongside existing Husaberg Factory team riders Pela Renet, Joakim Ljunggren, Oriol Mena and Mathias Bellino in the 2012 Enduro World Championship, as Factory supported riders.

As a manufacturer that prides itself on supporting the development of talented up-and-coming young riders, Husaberg will bolster its official presence in the Enduro Junior class in 2012 where Mathias Bellino will be joined by Alex Rockwell. Forming what will be an extremely strong two-rider line up, Rockwell joins the team having previously competed in Enduro World Championship competition in 2010.

Joining the Midwest Husaberg team for 2011 while focusing on the British enduro scene, ‘Rocky’ made two international outings last year – at the International Six Days Enduro in Finland and at the final round of the EWC series in France. Helping the British Junior Trophy Team claim a solid third place result in what was his first ever ISDE, Rocky spent much of the event knocking on the door of a top 10 Enduro 2 class result. Fracturing a knuckle in a first turn pile-up during his final motocross race Alex was forced to spend time away from racing after the event before competing in the final round of the EWC series where he again showed impressive speed.

”Returning to the Enduro World Championship in 2012 is something I’m really looking forward to”, explains Alex. I know exactly what to expect and can’t wait to get going. Being supported by Husaberg is great, and being a team-mate to Mathias Bellino will be both enjoyable and challenging – I know he’s going to be extremely fast. I’ve been with Husaberg in the UK for one year now and have a great bike set-up. I’m just looking forward to getting my season started now’‘.

As well as competing in the Enduro World Championship Alex will compete in the British Sprint Enduro Championship and British Enduro Championship for the Midwest Husaberg UK Team in 2012.

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