Thumb-Caselli-Baja-500-Start-6-1-13Just minutes before the start of the 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 500, the motorcycle and ATV teams gathered at the starting line in Ensenada, the pre-dawn peace and quiet was occasionally shattered by staccato exhaust notes in anticipation of the start.

Gathered at the front of the line, four motorcycles, led by THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Robby Bell, was the picture of focus in anticipation of a repeat of the team’s 2012 race victory. Bell said that he just wanted to have a mistake-free race.

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.

The Team of Colton Udall, David Kamo and Ryan Dudek powered their Eric Siraton-prepped Honda CRF450X to a dominate win at the Glen Helen 12 Hour last Saturday.

The course layout consisted of 10 miles of Glen Helen’s finest terrain; the National MX, REM, Lucas Oil, SRA- tracks and the surrounding hills. Many single track trails, made for a more technical loop, keeping lap times around the 18 minute mark for the lead bikes. Dust and lappers would be a factor also, as passing was had to be negotiated carefully through the tighter terrain.

The green flag dropped at 7:30am and JCR boys started off strong, battling for the lead for the first lap of the grueling endurance event. Bike #1 quickly took control of the race with in the first hour and set their sights on the checkered flag. A consistent ride and with the help of the awesome JCR Race Support pit crews, the bike only had to stop for planned maintenance, fuel and rider changes. At 7:30pm the checkered flag flew as the sun was setting and the JCR crew had logged in a total of 38 laps for their third consecutive Glen Helen 12 hour victory!

“We really enjoy endurance racing. It’s what we do! The strategy, the planning, the effort our crews and racers put in, the racing itself, just makes a fun environment. Glen Helen does a great job with these events and we congratulate Lori, Gary and Ron for hosting a fun event for all dirt bike enthusiasts to take part in. I am proud of the JCR Team for making such a solid effort. We are looking forward to the 24 hour in September; Glen Helen has teamed up with District 37 for the event and should bring a lot of great teams to compete. Big thank you to our partners: American Honda, Chaparral, Fly, General Tire, Lucas Oil, Truth MX, Dunlop and all our associate sponsors.” — Johnny Campbell

Congratulations to David Kamo and Colton Udall! The JCR teammates put in amazing rides taking home 2nd and 4th place overall respectively, at the 3rd round of the AMA National Hare & Hound series, on Sunday, March 25 near Murphy, Idaho. Loop 1 started with a 1.5 mile 5th gear bomb run through the low sage brush and funneled into a 60 mile loop containing a series of single track and two track trail including deep water crossings and waterfall sections. Loop 2 presented a tighter more challenging 40 mile track through the southern Idaho desert. Lead racers completed the 100 mile race in just over 2.5 hours.

Everyone was raving about the amazing course the Dirt Inc. crew had put together. Kamo started just outside the top 5, having to battle dust, but made quick, calculated passes, moving up to 2nd overall by the end of the 1st loop. Kamo continued his steady push to the top of the field and ultimately finished a strong 2nd at the end of the 100 mile sprint. JCR teammate Colton Udall rode a smart race finishing a Nat’l H&H career best in 4th overall just seconds behind the last podium step. The JCR/Honda racers were mounted on twin, Eric Siraton built Honda CRF450X machines.

“David, Colton and Eric did a great job this weekend up in Idaho. We are going to continue to work hard and push to the top step of the podium for the next national in April. Big thanks to American Honda and all our great sponsors for their support!” –Johnny Campbell

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.

Timmy Weigand put in a dominating performance at this weekend’s Glen Helen Big 6 Grand Prix race. The JCR/Honda rider is riding better than ever and it showed this weekend as Timmy swept the day, winning all 3 motos he raced convincingly. Colton was also on fire and would take home a well deserved 2nd place. With Glen Helen’s rich history and signature elements it makes for an amazing GP that is fun to watch and race with lap times just under 13 minutes. The course totaled 8 miles and consisted of the MX track, REM track, surrounding ridge tops, pavement section thru the Glen Helen pavilion, back over the east ridge and thru the Lucas Oil truck track. Congratulations to the Prairie Dogs MC on their 22nd annual Grand Prix.

Colton and Timmy will join up with David Kamo, all pictured above, for the San Felipe 250 this coming Saturday. Colton Udall has won the San Felipe 250 for the past two years in a row and is confident in his team, bike and knowing they are the team to beat. With factory supported presence from the green and orange teams this is shaping up to be a Baja season for the record books!

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The 2012 AMA National Hare and Hound series kicked off this weekend with a bang and JCR/Honda racer David Kamo took home a podium spot. The race series is spread over 10 rounds and the goal is to chase down the championship for 2012.

The first round was held in Lucerne Valley, California and featured two loops.The 1st loop was a 37 mile rocky, treacherous and technical loop. The 2nd loop was a 42 mile sandy, high speed loop that made for some dramatic racing action.

“David Kamo did great. This is the start of a long series and we want to be racing for the championship come October.” — Johnny Campbell

“What a great way to start out the year on the podium! I had a lot of help from Scott Dunlavey, & Hide Hanawa on bike prep before the race. Four days after Johnny got back from Dakar, he was in the desert with me, getting the bike set up for the National. I felt very focused and ready to win on race morning! The banner dropped and I found myself in the dust in 4th behind Caselli, Abbott, and Pearson on the 1st loop. I came into the pits for gas-n-go and felt way more relaxed going into the 2nd loop and was making up time. I made my pass on Abbott on the 2nd to last valley for 3rd! My Honda CRF450X felt amazing from start to finish. When I got to the finish I wanted more, but was satisfied to be on the podium! It’s a long series and I want to be there in the end focused on the Championship.” –  David Kamo

AMA National Hare and Hound 2012 Schedule

Round 1 – Jan. 22 Lucerne Valley, Calif
Round 2 – Feb. 12 Ridgecrest, Calif.
Round 3 – Feb 26 Reno, Nev.
Round 4 – March 25 Murphy, Idaho
Round 5 – April 22 Lucerne Valley, Calif.
Round 6 – May 5 Jericho, Utah
Round 7 – May 19 Jericho, Utah
Round 8 – Sept 8 Panaca, Nev.
Round 9 – Oct. 14 Lucerne Valley, Calif.
Round 10 – Oct. 28 Lucerne Valley, Calif.

Photo credit: Ryan sanders