Caselli Earns First Win at AMA Hare and Hound Round 3

Mar. 25, 2013 By Mark Kariya
Kurt Caselli ended up winning for the first time this season at round three in Idaho, but it was far from a walk in the park as he had a rare poor start, forcing him to deal with a lot of dust before he reached the front.

As the two-time and reigning series champion in the AMA Racing/FMF/GPR Hare & Hound National Championship Series, Kurt Caselli is used to winning and it irked him that he hadn’t done that in the first two rounds, which 2010 champ Kendall Norman took.
So when Norman passed on going to round three—the Rabbit Creek 100 presented by Dirt Inc. and Dan Wiebold Ford at the Idaho Center Auto Mall—it was the perfect opportunity for Caselli to make up ground in the points standings.

Dust was a major factor from the start at the Hemmingway OHV Area. Skyler Howes (in the bright orange gear) made it easy on himself by getting the holeshot.

But blowing the start ensured that Caselli had to work extra hard if he wanted the 30 maximum points possible. Caught out by the banner drop, Caselli found himself mired in the dust while Blais Racing Services KTM’s Skyler Howes enjoyed the perfect start to lead the 42-mile first loop outside of Murphy, Idaho, followed closely by Off-Road Support Kawasaki’s Jacob Argubright and the rest of the pack.
Caselli didn’t panic, however. He’s experienced enough to know that hare & hounds are long races and it’s possible to rebound from poor starts.

“I just took my time and was able to get around quite a few guys the first loop, and I knew the [63-mile-long] second loop was going to be a bit longer and tighter so I waited ‘til then,” he said.

Though he didn’t get as bad a start as Caselli, local favorite David Kamo’s start wasn’t much better after backing off for a ditch on the bomb run, but me managed to work his way to second place, unofficially taking the points lead.

By the time he worked his way into second place, Argubright had the lead, though he forfeited his chance to stay there when he missed a turn.

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Kamo would also get around Argubright on that second loop, matching his runner-up finish from last year aboard his Johnny Campbell Racing-supplied Honda and moving into the series points lead, unofficially. Argubright stayed close to claim the final podium spot and climb a little farther up the points table.
Seen here at Saturday’s autograph session, Jacob Argubright sat in second for quite a while but passed for the lead in time to be the first one to catch the hare, earning himself a $500 bonus in addition to money for third at the finish.

The local favorite, Kamo dismissed the notion he had an advantage, insisting, “I live here so I’m supposed to know where I’m at, but all the stuff that we raced, about 80 percent of it I’ve never ridden before! It was tough for me.
“Kurt was on a whole other level today—X-ray goggles or something!”
After missing the turn and going an estimated quarter mile out of his way, Argubright found himself demoted from first to third—and unwilling to lose even more. “I had to use all my energy because I didn’t want to lose any more spots. It didn’t wreck my race—I just hit a wall after that. David got me and I ended up third.”

It took a while for Tuffy Pearson to get into his rhythm, which he did on the second loop. He ended up fourth overall and first Open A, his best overall finish to date--and the best for TM.

Caselli noted, “Obviously there’s still a lot of racing to do [and we’ll] just keep plugging away. It’s going to be another long year.”
Teenager Joshua Knight also enjoyed his best finish to date. After getting a great start and holding third overall in the early going, he slipped back a bit to 10th overall which still gave him the 250cc A victory.

Western Design Racing TM’s Tuffy Pearson shook off a lackluster first loop to claim fourth overall and first Open A followed by Purvines Racing Beta’s Justin Morrow and Nick Burson (who’d been in fourth for a while but couldn’t maintain that pace after having the flu earlier in the week). Irving Powers took seventh overall and second Open A on his KTM followed by Howes, Brady Elton and first-time 250cc A winner Joshua Knight.

Utah’s Braydon Bland triumphed in Super Mini for the second round in a row. The AMA National Hare & Hound Youth Series event attracted a good number of fast kids from Utah once again.

1. Kurt Caselli (KTM 450 XC-F)
2. David Kamo (Honda CRF450X)
3. Jacob Argubright (Kawasaki KX450F)
4. Tuffy Pearson (TM 300 MX)
5. Justin Morrow (Beta 498 RR)
6. Nicholas Burson (Beta 498 RR)
7. Irving Powers (KTM 450 SX-F)
8. Skyler Howes (KTM 300 XC)
9. Brady Elton (KTM)
10. Joshua Knight (KTM 250 XC) Newsletter
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