The Monster Energy Off-Road team is set to tackle the 45th annual SCORE Baja 1000. With a massive team of five trophy trucks, One 6-truck, and one bike team The Monster Energy Off-Road team will be in the hunt for the overall win as well as multiple class wins.

The 1,121 mile battle down the treacherous Baja peninsula will begin at 6:30am Thursday morning November 16th in Ensenada, Baja, CA with the start of the bikes. The 4-wheel vehicles will start 5 hours later at 11:30am. The race will continue non-stop through the night ending just outside of La Paz, Baja Sur, CA. The bikes are expected to make it to the finish some 19 hours later near 1:30am if they can maintain a 60-mph average. The four wheel vehicles will are expected to arrive a few hours later near 6:30am.

Lucerne Valley, CA – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli claimed his sixth win of season at the 10th and final round of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series.

Race conditions in Lucerne Valley are notorious for being extremely dry and dusty. With such circumstances, Caselli knew how crucial the start was going to be in order to stay in contention for the series title. “I knew I had to win these last two rounds if I wanted any shot at the championship,” commented Caselli. “It was important to have a good start and stay out of everyone’s dust so I could ride my own race.”

Caselli did just what he planned and was able to get the holeshot to lead the group into the first loop. The first forty-mile loop was split into two twenty-mile segments of technical single track. Caselli came through the pits at the end of the two sections 15 seconds ahead of David Kamo and series point leader David Pearson. Pearson would have to finish third or worse in order for Caselli to claim the championship.

David Pearson is one race away from reclaiming the title he first won in 2007: king of the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series. The THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted racer maintains his lead in series points after a strong runner-up finish at round eight of the series on October 14 at the Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Area outside of Lucerne Valley, California, behind Kurt Caselli. Purvines Racing Kawasaki’s Nick Burson rounded out the podium in third.

Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team got the holeshot and immediately tried to gap the field with Pearson sticking close, the two title rivals never far apart. In fact, Pearson made a few passes that put him in the lead during the first two 40-mile loops of the So Cal Motorcycle Club’s three-loop race. Their battle would separate them from the rest of the pack as the race wore on, the pace they ran a brisk one.

Panaca, NV – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli took the overall victory at the eighth round of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series in his first race back since returning from a shoulder and knee injury earlier this year.

The Panaca course was very dry and dusty and Caselli knew he needed to get out front early in order to get an advantage and the early lead. “I spent a good amount of time walking the start straight and trying to pick a good line for the race,” remarked Caselli. “I found a line I thought would do the trick, and luckily, it paid off.”

Caselli launched off the line at the start of the race and grabbed the holeshot. He was fortunate enough to get out front early and avoid the dust from the pack of riders behind him. He led the entire 100 mile course and was able to take the win in his first race back since injury by over one minute on the 2nd place ride of Jacob Argubright.

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!

The THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team’s dream season continued on a winning note when its two Open Pro squads went 1-4 at the General Tire Vegas-to-Reno, the next-to-last round in Best in the Desert’s five-race  American Off-Road Racing Series. Robby Bell and David Pearson proved to be the fastest racers overall in the 534-mile jaunt from Beatty to Dayton while Ricky Brabec and Ty Renshaw, who led for a while, settled for a fine fourth.

Bell and Pearson enjoyed clean air for a while, having drawn the first starting position. Unfortunately, they suddenly found themselves behind when Bell lost the course during his first stint.

“Yeah, it was pretty eventful, to say the least,” Bell conceded.

Pearson explained how such a thing could happen: “A couple cows had knocked down the course markings about 20 miles before pit four, and Robby blew the corner and he got lost for quite a while.

Corona, CA – The summer break is almost over for most people in the off-road racing world, though the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team certainly hasn’t been on vacation. After its history-making triumph in the 44th Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 in June, the focus switched to the classic BITD General Tire Vegas-to-Reno, and that 534-mile marathon is now upon us with the green flag set to wave at 5:45 A.M. on Friday, August 17, outside of Beatty, Nevada.

The stakes are higher this year for everyone with the introduction of a $10,000 winner-take-all bonus compliments of THR Motorsports, Hoosier Precision Machining, Monster Energy, GPR Stabilizer and Best in the Desert. It doesn’t matter what team or bike or rider–the $10,000 goes to whoever beats everyone else to the finish in Dayton, making this not only the longest off-road race in the U.S. but now the richest.

The THR / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F team of Robby Bell, (rider of record), Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson outperformed the factory KTM, a slew of hard chargers and broke factory Honda’s 15 year winning streak to take the victory at the SCORE, Baja 500 in Ensenada Mexico. Steady riding and quick pit stops kept them in front of the 1x Honda team for most of the day. The 4x team overcame every obstacle in their path to put themselves in commanding control in the late stages of the race. When the 1x team pitted for tires late in the race, THR matched their move putting on fresh Dunlop’s while maintaining the gap. THR Motorsports boss Scott Jacobson said before the race that “our time has come” and couldn’t have been more right. We cannot thank Monster Energy, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki and all our other sponsors enough for standing behind us.

The win did not come easy however; Robby Bell got out front right off the start but due to some miscommunication did not see his first pit at race mile 48. He soon realized something was wrong so he scavenged for a splash of gas. The team’s Precision Concepts built Kawasaki motors are a lot closer to what comes directly from the factory than most people think. They are meticulously prepared but far from exotic so they can run on Pemex if necessary. After a few attempts he got some fuel from a fan and set out to reclaim the precious minutes that were lost.

The THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F-mounted trio of Robby Bell (the Rider of Record), Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson heads into the 44th Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 on Saturday, June 2, confidently riding a wave of momentum that promises to see them challenging three factory-backed teams for the overall victory.

Pearson, of course, won the recent Cherry Creek National hare & hound in Utah. That marked his first series triumph since winning the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series opener last year and catapulted him into the series points lead for the first time; he now has a fairly comfortable margin over the injured Kurt Caselli of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team with three rounds remaining after the traditional summer break, 142-120.

That same weekend saw Bell take his first podium at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) with a 2-2 score in California. He’s a close sixth in points with four rounds left.

Join DIRT INC, the AMA, and the NHHA this weekend near Murphy, Idaho for Round 3 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series!

This weekend will be full of activity in and around Murphy and Nampa, Idaho.  First on Saturday, come sign-up to race and “Meet the Pros” at the Dan Wiebold Ford Dealership in Nampa from 1:00pm – 5:00pm.  Get autographed posters and take photos with your favorite off-road racer!  Race sign-ups will be taking place at the same time on Saturday and then out at the race site near Murphy on Sunday morning.

Dan Wiebold Ford is located at the Idaho Center Auto Mall:

5707 East Gate Blvd, Nampa.  Near the corner of I-84 and Garrity Blvd.

GPS Coordinates for the race site/ staging area is:

N 43    06′ 56.8″

W116   31′ 39.6″

3,442 ft. elevation

The bomb-run / start line will be open on Saturday all day and Sunday morning from 8:00am – 10:30am for WALKING only.  No bikes allowed. (more info attached)

Mini race start time 9:00am Sunday morning (race is 1 hour).

Big bikes race start time 11:00am Sunday morning (race is approx 100 miles long).

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Round 2

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