One may suppose that going from the Rockstar Power Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing Off-Highway Group to a spot on the three Bros./SRT Husqvarna privateer squad would kill any goals a rider had of ever successful once more. This, nonetheless, hasn’t been the case for Dalton Shirey. He received the ultimate spherical of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound Nationwide Championship Sequence final 12 months as a full-on manufacturing facility racer, although it’d be certainly one of his final rides on the crew that determined to place its finances extra towards different sequence.
Thus, Shirey joined the two-man crew (together with fellow desert racer Ryan Smith) primarily based out of the three Bros. store in Costa Mesa, California. However don’t suppose that it was an enormous step backward. So far as equipment goes, Shirey’s FC 450 store experience is virtually as trick as his manufacturing facility bike—and he proved it’s acquired simply as a lot successful potential when he sailed to victory at spherical 5 of the sequence exterior of Jericho, Utah, comfortably besting Beta USA’s Joe Wasson (who took the purpose lead there) and Off-Highway Assist/TBT Racing Kawasaki privateer Jacob Argubright (who slipped to second in factors).
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Whereas Shirey might’ve chosen to race the cross-country-oriented FX 450, he prefers the texture of the FC. On the coronary heart of his machine is the engine which is constructed by the technicians in Husqvarna’s race division. Though he wasn’t aware of specifics—they instructed him it’s only a fastidiously assembled inventory fuel-injected powerplant—one of many foremost variations is its six-speed gearbox to provide the bike longer legs with regards to quick valley flooring. An FMF Manufacturing facility four.1 RCT exhaust system completes that bundle in addition to a Rekluse guide clutch.
One of many tallest riders within the sequence at 6-foot-Three, Shirey says, “I attempt to make the bike match me extra. There are specific issues I don’t like on the bike just like the [stock] rear tire. The 120/90-18 rear tire doesn’t work for me. I at all times discover myself in humorous positions; it places me in a swap generally so I run 110s—110/100-18. I nook higher and I carry extra momentum—it really works higher for me.”
To assist accommodate his taller stature, the IMS Core footpegs are barely decrease and set a bit farther again than inventory. “It opens up the cockpit for me so I’m extra snug on the bike,” he says.
Farther up, the Guts seat with gripper ribs is taller than inventory and in addition contains a wider midsection; as Shirey shares, “They make the bikes so skinny now, I’m tall and my knees can’t grip the bike [with a standard saddle] and we made a part of the seat wider so I can grip the bike [with my knees] and have higher management.”
Up prime, he prefers the inventory ProTaper handlebar although it’s mounted on a GPR V4d triple clamp with GPR’s steering stabilizer. Shirey holds on by way of A’ME grips. “I wish to run the full-waffle grips and I lower two layers off the highest the place my callouses would sit so [the ribs] don’t hassle me, they usually’re the thickest ones so it provides me higher really feel so I don’t get beat up.”
For rubber, Shirey runs Dunlops: “For Hare & Hounds I wish to run an MX33 entrance and an MX52 within the again. I run the SRT mousses.”
A D.I.D X-ring chain drives the rear wheel with its SRT sprocket and he says, “I run 14/52. Inventory is 13/48. They’re inventory brakes, inventory rotors—nothing loopy there.”
The IMS tank holds extra gasoline at 2.7 gallons and, in fact, contains a quick-fill receiver. (Earlier this 12 months, he ran out of gasoline at a WORCS race as a result of he assumed the tank carried Three.2 gallons because the earlier model did.) 1 / 4-turn G2 Ergo throttle helps him drain the tank rapidly.
Shirey is aware of what factory-level WP suspension appears like, and for his 2019 machine, he depends on a singular collaboration of native and international tuners. “P Worx and Zip-Ty Racing suspension: It’s like a mixture between two guys working collectively—some man from Chile; it’s somebody [Zip-Ty’s] Ty [Davis] realized off the right way to do suspension from Chile and he got here up right here and all of us three of us labored collectively and acquired the bike working actually good. He’s some guru about [suspension]—and he loves Purple Bull!” Shirey laughs. “His identify is Pedro.”
Shirey’s peak undoubtedly impacts the best way he units up his suspension: “I’ve a lot leverage as a result of I’m so tall I can lean again and get a lot weight on the again finish and the entrance so my stuff’s fairly stiff. If a standard individual would hop on it, he’d be like, ‘Your stuff’s stiff!’ however for me it’s plush.”
His win in Utah at spherical 5 pushed him to sixth in general factors. Having a DNF at spherical 2 and lacking spherical Three as a result of a schedule battle forestall Shirey from being a title contender this 12 months, however he’s decided to maintain the blokes on the prime of the chart sincere and add one other win or two. On this bike, it’s fully doable.