Kailub-Russell-GNCC-Off-Road-6-17-13MASONTOWN, W. Va. – Heavy rainfall leading up to Sunday’s Parts Unlimited Mountaineer Run GNCC made for slippery track conditions at Round 8 of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series. However, despite the difficult terrain conditions, the 1 p.m. afternoon race boasted some of the most exciting race action of the 2013 season. Kailub Russell dominated the three-hour competition, capturing his second-straight victory of the season, where he closed the gap to less than ten points behind Charlie Mullins in the National Championship standings. In the XC2 Pro Lites class, defending champion Jason Thomas used his veteran knowledge to best his rookie competition as he secured his first win of the season.

Defending National Champion Paul Whibley battled it out with his AmPro Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn right off the start, where the duo went nearly side-by-side through the All Balls Racing XC1 Holeshot line, but Whibley once again went home with the $250 prize. Ashburn wasn’t able to brake for the slick corner, causing the Tennessee native to go down,  where he began the race in the back of the pack.

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Sacramento, CA – Mike Brown kept his streak going at round two of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil inside the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, California. The FMF KTM rider had a nearly perfect day by setting the fastest time during the daytime hot laps, winning his heat race and finishing a close second in the night time hot laps before leading every lap of the main event. “I have started the season really well but there is still a long ways to go for the championship” Brown said. “But this is like getting the holeshot on the season”.

Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert was a very close second in the main event and kept the pressure on for the entire main event. He ate a lot of roost off of Brown’s rear wheel and eventually had to remove his goggles. “I just could not see because Brown was roosting me every lap when we exited the water hole.”

The battle for third was intense as RPM KTM’s Kyle Redmond held the spot for several laps before giving way to Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder. Then Graffunder came under intense pressure from Taddy Blazusiak and Colton Haaker, who had both moved through the pack after going down on the start. Haaker passed Blazusiak and made a last lap pass attempt on Graffunder and went down in the firewood pit. Graffunder held the final podium spot, Blazusiak passed the downed Haaker for fourth and Haaker recovered for fifth.

Mullins loose-moose-shan-6-10-13Marquette, MI – Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins earned his fifth win of the season at the sixth round of the Rekluse/AMA National Enduro Series after capturing five of six special test wins to take the overall victory.

Mullins started the day off right taking the first special test win. He continued his win streak taking the next two special test wins. Mullins finished 2nd in the fourth test but quickly found himself back in the lead position to take the fifth and sixth special test wins. His five special test wins helped him secure his fifth victory of the season with a two minute gap on the 2nd place ride of Nick Fahringer.

Now six rounds into the series, Mullins holds a 27 point lead in the championship standings. The riders will now take a two week break until the seventh round to be held on June 23, 2013 in Blain, PA.

Robby-Bell-Off-Road-Baja-500-6-5-13I’ve come to the realization that I am rarely in my life more focused and aware of my current reality than when I’m on a race bike in Baja. In those moments, nothing else exists; it can’t exist. There is too much at stake to allow my mind to wander. Around any corner, blind rise, or cloud of dust awaits an obstacle be it a vehicle, horse, cow, dog, person, rock, or ditch that I need to be prepared for. Failure to be prepared, present in the moment with unabated focus, can lead to unforgiving consequences. Consequences anyone who has ever raced in Baja is very familiar with.

Perhaps that’s part of the draw of the experience.

In the current form of reality we all experience on a daily basis, complete with endless distractions, experiencing a complete focus, an unyielding awareness of the current moment, is quite a novelty. But in Baja it’s a requirement; It demands this of each rider, each team member, chase driver, even spectator. In its own way, it produces an altered state of consciousness, a heightened state rarely experienced these days, and I believe that’s part of what keeps racers and team members flocking south of the border: the novelty of that experience.

MX-Lucas-Oil-Motocross-5-29-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (May 29, 2013) – For the first time in 15 years, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make a stop in the Southeast for the inaugural running of the Built Ford Tough Tennessee National. Taking place this Saturday, June 1, at the historic Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tenn., the highly anticipated Round 3 is sure to bring excitement to race fans throughout the south.

Muddy Creek Raceway has played host to some of the largest amateur motocross events in the country, making the third stop on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross tour somewhat familiar to many of the racers who grew up competing in the amateur ranks. Although the facility has undergone many changes to accommodate the Nationals, its natural-terrain, great dirt and rolling hills will showcase all the components that have made Muddy Creek Raceway such a successful venue over the years.

KTM-Logo-2-14-12Bedford, IN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell took his first win of the OMA season at the third round of the series.

Russell did not have the jump off the start he anticipated and he was sitting in last position as the riders came around the first corner. A short ways into the first lap the riders approached a large technical hill climb.

“In one way, I guess I was lucky I was in last place as we got to the hillside because I could see where everyone had crashed,” remarked Russell. “I was then able to take a better line up the hill which allowed me to move up to second position by the top of the hill.”

Caselli-Hare-Hound-Round-5-6-13Jericho, UT – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli took his fourth consecutive win of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series at the sixth round held in Jericho, UT.

Caselli got off to a great start sitting in third position at the end of the bomb run. His teammate, Ivan Ramirez, earned the holeshot and led the pack as they began the first loop.

Caselli quickly passed into second place part way into the first loop. Moments later he was able to get around his teammate after Ramirez got turned around on the course. Once in the lead, Caselli quickly gapped the field and went on to collect his fourth win of the season with a four minute lead over the second place ride of Jacob Argubright. Ramirez eventually got back on track and was able to come back to a fourth place finish.

KTM-Logo-2-14-12Forest Hill, LA – Factory Husaberg rider Russell Bobbitt and AirGroup Radiant Racing Husaberg rider Nick Fahringer finished 2nd and 3rd respectively at the fourth round of the Rekluse/AMA National Enduro Series dubbed the Cajun Enduro.

Bobbitt rode strong from the opening test to the final test section. The 4-time National Enduro Champion finished 2nd in four of the tests to help maintain a gap over third place. At the end of all six tests he was able to take home 2nd place with a margin of 1 minute and 26 seconds over Fahringer.

KTM-Logo-2-14-12Murrieta, CA – KTM is excited to congratulate its amateur racing champions that won a combined 45 titles over the four week amateur racing extravaganza that took place during the month of March.

The four-week stint of amateur racing launched at the Millcreek Spring Championship then headed to sunny Florida for the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross event. From there the KTM amateur racing truck headed to Texas for the final two events: Oak Hill International GNC and the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship.

GNCC-Mullins-3-13-13River Ranch, Fla. (March 12, 2013) – Factory FMF/KTM’s Charlie Mullins topped a stacked field of riders at the 2013 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country season opener in River Ranch, Florida. The win wasn’t exactly handed to the 2011 GNCC champion, though, as teammate Kailub Russell and former XC1 champ Josh Strang and Paul Whibley contested Mullins throughout the full three-hour battle, presenting a lethal combination of some of the roughest and highest speed terrain on the 13-race circuit. XC2 Pro Lites winner Andrew DeLong made waves from the second row, finishing fifth overall in front of an exciting battle for second between reigning XC2 champ Jason Thomas and Pro Motocross star Zach Osborne.

The Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC historically kicks off the GNCC season in a big way, taking place just a couple hours south of the infamous Daytona Bike week festivities. But perhaps more importantly is the fact that the season opener also serves as an industry hub for all types of off-road racing to meet up for a spectacular weekend of cross-country racing, scouting and networking.