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Husqvarna Motorcycles and Simford Group Motorsport back E3 rookie Billy Hargy in AORC which kicks off this weekend.

Husqvarna Motorcycles-supported teenager Billy Hargy is preparing to make his transition into the senior ranks when the 2024 Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) fires to life this weekend in Roma, Queensland, after aligning with the Simford Group Motorsport team.
Hargy will be armed with the new generation 2024 Husqvarna FE 501, the 18-year-old rookie jumping straight into the deep-end by contesting the E3 Class in a bid to make his mark in the professional ranks.

It’s a significant leap for Hargy, but after a season of consistently strong results and a runner-up points finish in the EJ development category last year, the Wauchope-based racer is eager to step up and bank solid points at every AORC round while gaining experience in the big leagues throughout 2024.

The Simford Group Motorsport team has again chosen Husqvarna Motorcycles as its brand of choice for the upcoming off-road season. Alongside Hargy, Victorian Jake Henderson will race the Husqvarna FE 450 in the E2 class, Thomas Porto is aboard the Husqvarna FE 350 in the EJ field, and Oscar Harris will ride the Husqvarna FC 250 in the J4 division.

This year’s AORC season will again comprise 12 rounds of varying race formats, wrapping up in Nowra, New South Wales, during mid-September.

Kyle Blunden, KTM Group Australia Motorsport Manager: “We’ve been working with Simford Group Motorsport for quite some time now, and after years of affiliation it made perfect sense to elevate their position within our Motorsport portfolio. Brad [Harris] and his team run a professional set-up with some great partners onboard, so we’re looking forward to another great season with them. After a challenging 2023 campaign, Billy Hargy has moved up into the senior ranks to compete in the E3 class. Being a bigger guy, Billy has taken to the FE 501 really well and his skills on a motorcycle have paid dividends with the transition. First tests on the bike have been extremely positive and we’re excited to see Billy along with the rest of the Simford Group Motorsport team open the 2024 season this weekend.”

Billy Hargy: “I’ve got support from Husqvarna Motorcycles, with backing from Simford Group Motorsport and I’m excited for 2024. Racing the FE 501 in the E3 class means it’s a new bike, a new team and a new class for me. I’ve had a slower start to the year, so the plan is to get through round one safely and get some points on the board that we can then build upon. After this weekend we’ll then head to Victoria and do some testing with Choice Suspension so we can continue to develop the bike and get even more comfortable on it. I’m looking forward to a great year.”