Irvine, Calif. – Off-Road racing champion Destry Abbott and his family will be taking one lucky family on an Ultimate Family Adventure through the mountains of Southern California in Kawasaki’s newest side x side, the Teryx4.

“The off-road rated Kawasaki Teryx4 is a great vehicle for the whole family.” said Kawasaki Marketing Communications Director Chris Brull. “With four seats, a family can go out on the trails, explore and enjoy everything the Teryx4 has to offer. The Ultimate Family Adventure will be an amazing experience for the winners as they explore Southern California with Abbott.”

The winner will receive a 2012 Kawasaki Teryx4 along with a trip for four to Lake Arrowhead, Calif. joining the Abbott family on an off-road adventure through the mountains of the San Bernardino National Forest. The family will spend July 21-24 on the trails and learning the capabilities of the Teryx4.

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).

Check out Off-Road.com’s Hare & Hound Coverage:
Round 2

Round 1

THR Motorsports ace David Pearson kicked off the AMA Racing/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series with a strong runner-up finish to defending series champ Kurt Caselli after a fast, dusty 45th Winter Classic hosted by the Desert Motorcycle Club in Lucerne Valley, California.

“Getting second overall at the first round behind Caselli [means you’re] pretty consistent and you’ve got to be consistent all year to have a chance at winning the championship,” Pearson pointed out.

Pearson was second off the start behind Caselli, but Destry Abbott snuck past Pearson in the early going, the five-time series champ putting in an inspired ride until brake issues popped up.

“I came into the pits [and] I was right behind [Abbott]; Caselli was probably 25 seconds ahead of him or whatever,” Pearson explained. “I went out on the second [loop] and put my head down and caught up and passed Destry. He didn’t have any brakes; I’m not sure when he lost them. I took a different trail than him and was able to pass him.

“From there, I just rode solid.”

Round 9 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare & Hound Championship Series will be hosted by AMA District 37′s So Cal MC on Sunday October 9th.  With a 4-month break in the series, racers are gearing up for the last two rounds, both of which are taking place in the Johnson Valley OHV area of the Southern California desert.  This weekend’s race will be located at East Anderson/Anderson Dry Lake (marked from Camp Rock Rd).

The upcoming Round 9 will be a 3-loop format, 100 miles total and is sure to be a favorite for all the racers who participate.  So Cal MC is pulling out all the stops and have been scouting their loops for the past few months, which will consist of all the various terrain types that Johnson Valley has to offer.  Loop 2 will have an alternate gas pit at race mile 40.  The location is easily accessible and maps to this location will be provided at sign-ups.  With some cooler weather to come this week, it is sure to be an awesome race weekend!

So Cal MC will also be hosting a kid’s race on Saturday Oct 8th at 3:00pm.  Come on out and cheer on the kids – our future desert racers!
Leading the points in the Overall Pro Class is FMF/ KTM’s Kurt Caselli, who is currently in the lead by 28 points over 2nd place racer, Purvines Racing’s David Pearson, followed by Monster Energy/ Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott who follows Pearson by 13 points in the third place position.  All of the racers who participate in this series are the best of the best and it will come down to the wire in many of the other recognized AMA National classes, including the “C” class racers who are now also recognized by the AMA.  Current results can be found at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com
Current leaders for all other National classes (from the AMA website):
Cordis Brooks/200A, Ben Meza/200B, Austin Newman/200C,  Skyler Howes/250A, Brett Landfield/250B, Brenden Crow/250C, Jeff Trulove/Open A, Austin Aube/Open B, Colton Jones/Open C, Dan Capparelli/Vet 30+A, Dennis Maurer/Vet 30+B, Raymond Gray/Vet 30+C, David Klein/Senior 40+A, Wayne Ellis/Senior 40+B, Robert Orendain/Senior 40+C, Michael Whitcomb/Super Senior 50+A, Tom Albright/Super Senior 50+B, Richard Sidelau/Super Senior 50+C, Dale Parriott/Masters 60+, Shayla Fulfer/Women A/B, Alyssa Barger/Women C, Andy Lagzdins/ATV A, Andrea Bosemer/ATV B, Christopher Peatross/ATV C.

Holeshot awards at Round 9! The first person to the end of the bomb run in each of these 3 classes will win a pair of Alpinestars Boots/Tech 8′s:  Intermediate row, Novice Row, and ATV row.

Round 10 (final round) will be hosted by AMA District 37′s 100′s MC on Sunday October 23rd so mark your calendars!

Remember, all NHHA racers are eligible for Honda, Kawasaki, Husqvarna and KTM OEM contingency. Click on the Manufacturers bike you ride above for details or you can find all the details at:  www.NationalHareandHound.com

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ celebrated its 30th anniversary with the premiere of the short film “Grassroots” at the Oakley Theater in Foothill Ranch, Calif. on September 7, 2011 to a packed audience of Team Green alumni and friends. The celebration kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with guests arriving on the green carpet to enjoy food and drinks prior to the start of the film.  Following the film there was a panel discussion about the dynamic history of Team Green, hosted by RACER X contributor Steve Matthes.

The 22-minute feature celebrates the past, present, and future of Team Green and stars current team members Adam Cianciarulo, Destry Abbott, Darian Sanayei, Justin Soule’, Chad George, and Stilez Robertson. Former and current Team Green managers who helped create and grow the program including Dave Jordan, Bruce Stjernstrom, Ron Heben, and Kawasaki’s present Senior Manager of Racing, Reid Nordin were part of the panel discussion following the screening, which also included Davey Coombs. Many Team Green athletes and alumni from the program’s rich 30-year history were also in attendance.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert headed deep into the thick forests of Washougal, Wash., for Round 7 of the World Off Road Championship Series and finished third overall after going 4-3 on the weekend. All season the off-road team had been looking forward to the race at Washougal MX Park with its beautiful scenery, nice weather, and challenging off-road elements. Once the gate dropped, they found the course much more challenging with heavy silt and blinding dust quickly enveloping the tight, mountainous course. Justin Soule’ rode solid both days to finish 5-4 and took fifth overall. Destry Abbott, fresh off the plane from the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Finland, maintained a fast pace to finish eighth overall after going 8-8 on the weekend.

Getting the Jump
After the track walk, Robert knew the key to winning at Washougal was getting good starts. With the track loaded with silt, whoever got out front early would have a clear track and the clear advantage. Robert got good starts both days, but was not able to get to the front of the pack. He maintained a fast pace despite near zero visibility and battled his way to a third-place finish.

“The track was really dusty and very one-lined,” said Robert. “The key to winning up here is getting the holeshot, so you could get in front of the dust and get into a groove. On Friday I got a good start, my KX™450F launched out of the gate, but my wheel spun a little because I was too far forward and I got pinched off going around the first turn and ended up around sixth. I was able to get around a couple guys on the first lap and moved into fourth. I tried to push past (Mike) Brown several times, but just couldn’t see at all and ended up making a mistake and clipping a tree. It was hard to make up time after falling behind because once you got close to someone you couldn’t see anything unless you were right on their back tire. On Saturday, I got a decent start and by the end of the moto portion of the track I was in fourth. I eventually got around Brown and ended up finishing in third. I went 4-3 for the weekend which wasn’t bad, but it could have gone better. I just have to go back down to the southwest and finish strong in the last three rounds of the WORCS season.”

Eye On the Prize
Soule’ is a serious competitor whose impressive speed and ability make him a threat anywhere he lines up. Although he got a good jump off the gate both days, he found himself continuously getting knocked off his line by competitors. With his sights set on the EnduroCross championship, as well as three more rounds of WORCS, Soule’ rode smart all weekend to finish healthy and in the top five.

“My KX450F felt really good and had plenty of power, but I needed to ride more aggressive and not get pushed around so much,” said Soule’. “On Friday, I got a pretty good start, but I wasn’t aggressive enough and ended up in second around the first turn. A couple turns later I got pushed to the outside of a turn and lost a few more positions.  When we went into the off road portion of the track I got caught in a bottle neck where a guy crashed right in the middle of the trail, and lost a little more ground. I ended up finishing in fifth, but I really lost it right at the beginning, that first lap was so crucial. On Saturday, I wheelied too much off the gate and got pinched off into seventh going around the first turn. I was able to get a few spots back in the first lap and moved into fifth. After that everyone got pretty spread out and I ended up racing by myself for the rest of the race. I moved up a spot after another rider in front of me dropped out or crashed, so I ended up finishing fourth. I was fifth overall for the weekend, and felt like I rode good, but just got beat straight up. I’m happy that I’m leaving this round healthy and am looking forward to the upcoming EnduroCross event in Indianapolis.”

Picking Them Off
After grabbing a gold medal at the ISDE in Finland, Abbott had barely been back in the US for three days before lining up in Washougal. Because he excels in the more technical off-road type of courses, Abbott was looking forward to racing through this technical course which wraps through the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Although he didn’t get the best starts, Abbott maintained a fast pace and blasted through the near zero visibility to finish eighth overall.

“I really like this course because you have to be patient, pick good lines, and stand up a lot,” said Abbott. “The only downfall is that it was really hard to pass because it was so tight. I didn’t get good starts this weekend, but I think if I would’ve had a clear track I had the speed to finish in the top-five. I literally passed around fifteen people this weekend and only got passed a couple times. Friday didn’t go very well for me. I spun really bad off the gate, and was in dead last coming around the first turn. I tried to make passes in the motocross portion of the track because once we got into the off-road portion it was literally single file with people stopped in the middle of the track because of the limited visibility. I just kept picking guys off and by the fourth lap I moved into seventh and kept trying to get around (Gary) Sutherlin. I felt like I was riding fast and kept reeling him in, but with three laps left I crashed pretty hard, lost a spot, and ended up finishing in eighth. On Saturday, I got another bad start, and ended up at the back of the pack. This is a tough track to come from behind, but I was able to work my way up to seventh before the finish. I’m pretty disappointed that I finished eighth overall. Honestly, I thought I was going to do better than what I did, but all I did was work from the back every single race. Overall I really like this track and especially enjoyed all the fans that came out to cheer us on in the woods. For me the last four weeks have been wide-open with the X Games, ISDE, and WORCS, so I’m looking forward to a few weeks off with my family before the EnduroCross event in Ontario.”

Green Stampede
With seven of the 10 round WORCS season already in the books, the KX450F has proven to be the most consistent bike on the circuit. With a top tier contingency payout program, unparalleled trackside support, and a machine that’s proven itself from Supercross to the ISDE, its no wonder 80 percent of the top-10 riders in the WORCS series were riding Kawasaki KX450Fs.

Headed to the Crossroads of America
Next week the Monster Energy Kawasaki off-road team heads to Indianapolis, Ind., for Round 3 of the AMA EnduroCross series at Pepsi Coliseum. Currently tied for third in points, Soule’ will be working hard to grab another podium and move up the leaderboard. Robert will also be looking to grab his first EnduroCross podium and move into the top ten in points. Abbott will be taking the weekend off, after four weeks of non-stop action, but will reconvene with the team in three weeks for Round 4 of the EnduroCross series in Ontario, Calif.

Los Angeles, CA – Off-road racers are getting ready to set foot on the largest stage their sport has ever seen – ESPN’s Summer X Games! The top extreme off-roaders in the world – who are used to competing out of the back of their vans in remote woods, mountains and deserts – will be rolling into the STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles where the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off, and off-road motorcycle racing will make its grand X Games debut!

“This is huge!” exclaimed Zip-Ty Husqvarna’s Ty Davis. “Being on the X Games is almost like making the 6:00 o’clock news. Everyone watches X Games! I’m glad to see EnduroCross become a part of it. Fans are going to definitely get something to watch.”

“Moto X” racing made its way into ESPN’s X Games a few years ago, but for the first time ever, off-road racers will have a crack at the big stage. Rather than the slick style and big hits of Supercross that fans are accustomed to seeing, they will see riders wildly traversing boulders, tackling logs, splashing through water-crossings and scaling earth mover tires.

“Off-road has never gotten the clout that motocross or Supercross has,” Davis commented. As one of the few riders in history to earn a Supercross championship as well as multiple national off-road championships, Davis has insight on the stark differences between the two disciplines of racing. “Obviously it’s hard to capture the experience of off-road racing for mainstream fans, but bringing it into a stadium is great! You can let the crowd see how gnarly it all really is.”

Monster Energy Team Green’s Jason Smigel agrees. “It’s pretty neat to see off-road come into the main stream. It’s a huge stage for our guys to showcase their talents. Not a lot of people get a chance to go out to the desert or go into the woods, so it’s exciting for them to bring it all into a stadium in front of a large crowd.”

Teams such as Zip-Ty Husqvarna and Monster Energy Kawasaki are not only preparing for the excitement of X Games, but for the start of one of the most prestigious off-road championships of the year. “It’s X Games, but it’s a points-paying round of EnduroCross. So it’s our job as a team to put the fact that it’s X Games aside for a little bit and just get ready for our season.”

Still, for some, such as Kawasaki’s Destry Abbott, the X Games event presents an opportunity of a lifetime. “I’m not going for the championship because I don’t get to do the whole series. But I really want to do good at X Games and put in good results. I’m pretty happy with my career and what I’ve accomplished, but I think if I got a medal at X Games, that would be my biggest accomplishment, as far as racing goes.”

For more information on the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil, including a list of invited riders, go to www.EnduroCross.com.

Irvine, CA – Monster Energy is a big part of motorcycle racing and they have been a big part of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series presented by Lucas Oil from the beginning. With new events in Southern California and Boise Idaho as well as the Experts being included in X Games 17, 2011 will take EnduroCross to a whole new level. Monster Energy will be out in full force with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Justin Soule, Taylor Robert and Destry Abbott battling for the top of the podium to hang out with the beautiful Monster Girls.

“Monster is a big part of EnduroCross and they do a great job getting their local retailers involved with pre-event PR in the stores”, stated Lance Bryson, Director of Sales and Marking for EnduroCross. “It is so cool to go into a local convenience store and see a huge window sticker featuring one of the top EnduroCross riders blasting out at you”, Bryson continued.

Check out the schedule below and make plans to see an EnduroCross event in person where you will see some of the most exciting racing imaginable. And make sure you show up early as the pits are always open and you can mingle with the top riders and teams and maybe even a few of those Monster girls.

Tickets for X Games 17 are available now at all Ticketmaster locations and the box office at STAPLES Center. Tickets information for the remaining EnduroCross events can be found at www.EnduroCross.com.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live”. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition, which will include Enduro X. For the six remaining EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.

FMF/KTM Factory rider Kurt Caselli went undefeated in both motos at the fifth round of the WORCS held in Payette, ID.

“Everything about this weekend worked out perfectly,” remarked Caselli. “We were able to arrive a few days early and dial in our suspension testing at some local riding areas to make sure we were ready for the event. Plus it rained off and on during the week which made the course perfect on race day.”

During Saturday’s race Caselli came around the first turn in 2nd place behind his FMF/KTM teammate Mike Brown. Caselli was able to move around Brown early on the first lap. Once he took over the lead he never looked back and went on to win the first moto. Brown put together a solid performance and finished behind Caselli in 2nd place to put both FMF/KTM team riders on the podium.

Upcoming Round 8 in Jericho, Utah this Saturday, May 21st – be sure to check back for coverage at the start of next week.

With Round 7 in Reno, Nevada having been cancelled due to BLM issues, the close point’s standings have been on hold.  Thankfully, Round 8 of the AMA/Kenda National Hare and Hound Championship Series, presented by Sugarloafers MC, is in full swing and is just a week away in Jericho, Utah.  Our last visit to Jericho was cold, snowy and brought out locals TJ Hannifin and Shawn Strong, who both were front-pack runners.  Kurt Caselli earned a great first place finish in the heavy snow conditions, but the temperatures have heated up, and so has the point’s chase.

Down south in sunny Lucerne Valley, California, Round 6 of the National Hare & Hound series saw the JCR Honda of Kendall Norman up front and on the podium for the first time since his 2010 championship.  Off Road Support’s Jacob Argubright rode a strategic and smooth ride from start to his second place finish, while KTM/FMF rider Kurt Caselli fell back to third towards the end of the 80-mile course after a painful run in with a cactus bush.