It’s not as if the 2018 FC 450 Rockstar had much wrong with it.
Jason Anderson rode it to the AMA Supercross championship, reaching the podium eleven times and at one point holding a 41-point lead.
But time and racing stand still for no man or manufacturer, and Husqvarna has made upgrades to the 2019 to keep it at the front of the pack, which almost caught Anderson by the end of the season.
So how are Husqvarna improving on the best?
The heart of the FC 450 Rockstar Edition is inside the engine, where a new CP-Carillo box-in-box piston and a Pankl Racing Systems conrod are expected to reduce internal friction and improve efficiency.
On the outside, the exhaust has been shortened to help centralize the mass of the bike. The FMF Racing Factory 4.1 RCT silencer has a blue anodized titanium body and a carbon end cap. Another benefit of the shortened pipe is that it’ll be less exposed to damage.
The new CNC-machine triple clamps have been fine-tuned for stiffness and alignment. They also have an adjustable offset, either 20mm or 22 mm.
It has D.I.D DirtStar anodized rims with anodized machined hubs, for more strength and less mass.
There’s a new carbon fiber-reinforced bash plate too, and a mechanical holeshot device comes as standard equipment.
Oh, and there’s a flashy new graphics package too.
And as per AMA Supercross regs (PDF), 400 of these hot-rod bikes will be shipped out to dealers for the public to purchase.
The Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition will be available in early 2019. For how much? We don’t know yet. But the 2018 model is on CycleTrader for nine to ten grand.