The 11th Annual Nitto King of the Hammers Powered by Optima Batteries kicked off this past weekend, with King of the Motos taking center stage at the start of Hammers week. The new tweak to this year’s event was the breakup of action into three separate moto stages, with a key focus on navigation and, of course, pure grit.
SAN MARCOS, Calif. – Pioneering off-road lighting manufacturer Baja Designs is the presenting sponsor of the King of the Motos motorcycle race on Feb. 4, during the ULTRA4 Racing King of the Hammers (KOH) week of trials and races at Mead Dry Lake, in Johnson Valley, Calif.
King of the Motos officially kicks off events for King of the Hammers week out in Johnson Valley, California. The extreme enduro started early Sunday morning with a 27 mile qualifying loop for the Pro Moto class. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker, sprinted to his TE 300 during the Le-Mans Style start and took off cresting the first rocky slope in 5th place. The weather conditions were clear and sunny and Colton navigated the qualifying course with no issues, finishing in 3rd.
Action from the 2015 Nitto King of The Hammers Presented by 4 Wheel Parts will be streaming live all of this week. There will be coverage of just about every major event on the lake bed this week, and we’ll be streaming the action below from the Ultra4 feed.
Although thousands of race fans and off-road enthusiasts travel out to Johnson Valley, California, each year to check out the 2014 King of the Hammers first hand, not everyone can make the trek. If you’re at home trying to keep up with the action, be sure to check back with the live feed Ultra4 Racing is putting on all week during the event.
Johnson Valley, CA – On Saturday afternoon, Cody Webb, 25, of Watsonville, Calif., finished first out of 69 competitors during the 2014 King of the Motos qualifying. Webb, who won the event in 2013, now has pole position going into Sunday’s two-part final. Kailub Russell, a first-time competitor from Boonville, N.C. finished second, while Kyle Redmond of Lake Hughes, Calif. was third.
In yesterday’s King of the Motos race, Cody Webb was able to hold off last year’s winner Graham Jarvis for the win (check out highlights of last year’s event here).
Webb, on the #247 Beta, was the overall King of the Motos winner after completing the 160 miles of race course for two laps with an elapsed time of 4 hours, 50 minutes and 38 second.
Jarvis was in the mix with Webb until a flat tire he sustained on his Husaberg pushed him off the pace and he had to settle for second. Rounding out the podium in the pro class was the Kawasaki-mounted Taylor Robert.
Lake Arrowhead, CA – Hammerking Productions has announced the competitor list for the greatly anticipated King of the Motos slated to take place on February 9th. The event is an extreme enduro combining an updated course of approximately 65 miles of high-speed desert racing and ten plus miles of brutal rocks. Co-promoters Dave Cole and Jimmy Lewis designed the race to be a fair playing field for all racers as no outside assistance is allowed.
The rider list is who’s who in the enduro and trials world. Rounding out the roster is Kurt Caselli, National Hare & Hound Champion and ISDE class winner, Kendall Norman, also a National Hare & Hound Champ and Baja 1000 winner, Mike Brown, AMA National Motocross Champion and WORCS Champ, Cody Webb, National Trials Champion, X-Games Gold Medalist Chris Ridgeway, Cory Graffunder, Canadian National Enduro Champion and Graham Jarvis, World Trials competitor and extreme enduro specialist.