Caselli-Hare-Hound-Champion-8-26-13Panaca, NV – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli wrapped up his third consecutive AMA National Hare & Hound Championship one round early at the ninth round of the series held in the Nevada desert.

This round was unique from the other Hare & Hound races as it was ran as a point-to-point race instead of the typical multi-loop race. This meant that the riders started at one point and raced to the final point at the finish while their pit crew chased them along the way for support.

Caselli took the holeshot off the start and began to stretch his lead. “My bike started up right away and I was able to get a good jump off the start,” stated Caselli. “I rode a smart race, and luckily, made no mistakes. The course was very well marked for this event which allowed me to continue to pull out front.”

It’s been a long, hot summer on the west coast and we are so ready to gear up and get ready for the final 3 rounds of the 2012 AMA/KENDA National Hare & Hound Championship Series!

In just ten days, the Silver State Trailblazers will be hosting their first National Hare and Hound event near the town of Panaca, NV, on Saturday September 8th.  The hosting club has been working hard all year to put on an epic race weekend with festivities all weekend long.  With all the recent rain and thunderstorms out west, the course is sure to be a sweet one twisting up and through the trees and down some nice, smooth sand washes.  (more race info below…)

With only 3 rounds remaining in the 2012 season, the battle for the overall championship is going to come down to the wire!

Join us this Saturday near Jericho, Utah as the Sage Riders MC host Round 5 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series near Little Sahara OHV area!

With prime weather conditions in the forecast – highs near 70 degrees – this year’s event will be far different from last year’s snow and mud-fest. The Sage Riders have laid out a total of 120 miles of race course with each loop totaling 60 miles each with one alternate gas pit stop for each loop. Gas trucks will leave the main pit at 10:45am sharp. Please put your race number # on your gas cans. (more info will be provided in the rider’s instructions and at sign-ups)

At this year’s event, both ATV’s and UTV’s are also welcome to participate with the club allowing the ATV’s to race the first loop twice for the A & B classes, to total 120 miles.

San Felipe, Mexico – The Bonanza Plumbing/FMF/KTM backed team of Kurt Caselli and Ivan Ramirez took home a long awaited victory in the 26th running of the MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.

The talented duo raced aboard the KTM 450 SX-F in 248.64 grueling miles of rugged race course to come out on top of the podium. It was the first overall victory for both riders and the third victory for the KTM brand in the history of the event. Ramirez also made history as the first native to win in his home country.

Caselli started for the team and moved into the lead shortly after the first 30 mile check. He had one small crash shortly after but recovered without losing the lead. He passed the bike off to Ramirez who quickly set to work to grow their lead. Meanwhile the second KTM team of Mike Brown and Quinn Cody were off to a decent start sitting in third position.

Factory FMF/KTM teammates Mike Brown and Kurt Caselli landed on the podium at the eighth round of the WORCS finishing 2nd and 3rd overall respectively allowing Caselli to hold his grasp on the points lead while Brown moved up one position in the overall rankings to third.

This round was held at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA. Day one saw Taylor Robert grab the holeshot followed closely by Bobby Garrison, Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown. Caselli and Brown remained close to Garrison but struggled to make the pass early in the moto and allowed Robert to pull a gap out front. Eventually the KTM duo made their way around Garrison and began to press toward Robert. Brown was able to make the pass on Caselli approximately halfway into the race and was able to close the gap on Robert from 10 seconds to five seconds with a few laps to go. Each time Brown got Robert in his sights lappers would come into play and would cost Brown a few seconds as he had to navigate his way around them. Robert eventually took the win while Brown finished 2nd and Caselli rounded out the podium.

Day two was a complete carbon copy of day one off the start, only this time Brown was ahead of Caselli and both again trailed Robert and Garrison. Brown was able to move around Garrison quicker than he did the day before to move into 2nd. Caselli took a little longer to find his drive and didn’t make the pass into 3rd until heavy pressure from Justin Soule in the 5th place position helped him find his charge. Caselli went on to put in the most impressive lap of the day, passing into 3rd and also gaining valuable seconds on the 2nd place ride of Brown.

“I’m not sure why it took me so long to find my groove, but once I got going I felt great on the course today. It was so fast paced you had to be on your game all day. I tip my hat to Robert and Brown who were able to stick it out longer than I did,” remarked Caselli.

While Caselli charged on in 3rd place, Brown had also closed the gap to 4 seconds behind Robert. Unfortunately, on the final lap as they headed down the single track section at the back of Yamaha hill, Brown got stuck behind two lappers who cost him about 15 seconds and allowed Caselli to close up on him for the runner up position. Robert went on to take the win on day two and the overall while Brown was able to hold off his teammate to finish 2nd and Caselli finished 3rd.

With two rounds to go, Caselli holds the lead in the point standings by 28 points over Robert. Brown moved up from 4th in the series point standings to 3rd with his podium finish. Also leading her class is RPM/KTM rider Kacy Martinez who won the Glen Helen WORCS event and strengthened her lead in the Women’s WORCS standings. Glen Helen marked her fourth win of the series and gave her a 16 point cushion in the point rankings.

Next Event: Race Town 395 – October 14-16, 2011 – Adelanto, CA

Overall Results Pro Class –

1)     Taylor Robert

2)     Mike Brown

3)     Kurt Caselli

4)     Justin Soule

5)     Bobby Bonds

6)     Bobby Garrison

7)     Robby Bell

8)     Cole Martinez

9)     Ryan Abbatoye

10) Gordon Ward

 

Overall Point Standings –

1)     Kurt Caselli – 354

2)     Taylor Robert – 326

3)     Mike Brown – 296

4)     Bobby Garrison – 290

5)     Justin Soule – 260