With two riders out of commission due to injury, XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna decided to fill one of the empty seats by honoring a local veteran with a chance to ride one of the race bikes in the Cajun National Enduro in Forest Hill, Louisiana. Thirty-year-old veteran Matt Barrett was chosen to ride the XC 300 for XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna, and he came away with an 11thplace finish in the 30+ B division.
Of course, giving a Veteran a chance to ride was not all about results for XC Gear/Enduro Engineering/Husqvarna. It was about honoring a veteran and Matt was more than qualified. He spent eight years in the Marines and at one point served in Afghanistan. The Louisiana-native also comes from a long lineage of Marines, both family and friends, and he honored them by putting their names on his side plate.
“I can’t thank XC Gear, Enduro Engineering and Husqvarna enough for the great opportunity,” said Barrett. “I was medically discharged in 2014 and I’m glad to be back home riding dirt bikes with family and friends.”
This series of behind the scenes with the Red Bull U.S. motocross teams (Factory KTM and Troy Lee KTM) is so worth watching. Super well done, informative and great footage!