KTM Off-road Lineup, AMA D-37 Large 6 GP Finale, Tecate Hare Scrambles, Caselli Foundation, Red Bull X-Fighters Schedule, And More! – The particular Weekly Dirt: December 11, 2013

By the DOCTOR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for rough-road news from around the world. This week all of us take a look at KTM’s 2014 off-road lineup, and the 2014 Beta RR Competition Edition. Also, Mark Kariya offers news from the Tecate Hare Scramble and the AMA D-37 Big six GP finale. There’s plenty to speak about, so let’s get to it.


AMA D-37 Big six GP finale, Tecate Hare Scrambles, Caselli Foundation

Some of Kurt Caselli’s teammates, friends and family prepare to embark on a tribute lap to the popular fallen racer at Glen Helen last Friday. Thousands showed up for the Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day there, a tremendous testament to the respect and love he enjoyed. Photo by Mark Kariya

Some of Kurt Caselli’s teammates, friends and family prepare to embark on a tribute lap to the popular dropped racer at Glen Helen at the end of last week. Thousands showed up for the Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day there, a tremendous testament to the respect and adore he enjoyed. Photo by Mark Kariya

This view shows the line of those seeking entry to the Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day. It likely rivaled the crowd for a National motocross as far as numbers. Photo by Mark Kariya

This view shows the line of those seeking entry to the Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day. It likely rivaled the crowd for a Nationwide motocross as far as numbers. Photo simply by Mark Kariya

Get used to this, folks. Longtime Kawasaki racer Taylor Robert will be on KTMs for the next three years; he made his debut at Glen Helen’s Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day along with all of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Team. Photo by Mark Kariya

Get used to this, folks. Longtime Kawasaki racer Taylor Robert will be on KTMs for the following three years; he made his first appearance at Glen Helen’s Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day along with all of the FMF/KTM Factory Off-Road Racing Group. Photo by Mark Kariya

 

This is still early in the AMA West Coast Grand Prix feature event on Saturday afternoon at Pala Raceway, venue for the eighth and final round of the AMA District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series. The day started off dry and dusty, but the clouds kept rolling in until they started dumping as the WCGP was underway. Mark Samuels outlasted and out-rode everyone to win in his only series appearance of the year. Photo by Mark Kariya

This is still earlier in the AMA West Coast Great Prix feature event on Saturday afternoon at Pala Raceway, location for the eighth and final round of the AMA District 37 Large 6 Grand Prix Series. Your day started off dry and dusty, however the clouds kept rolling in until they started dumping as the WCGP was underway. Mark Samuels outlasted and out-rode everyone to win in his only series appearance from the year. Photo by Mark Kariya

 

After a disappointing WCGP on soggy Saturday, Evan Kelly got back to his winning ways in Sunday’s Heavyweight Expert race. Photo by Mark Kariya

After a unsatisfactory WCGP on soggy Saturday, Evan Kelly got back to his successful ways in Sunday’s Heavyweight Expert race. Photo by Mark Kariya

As the clock winds down the year, a lot of grime riders seem to be getting one final chance to go racing.

First, though, there was a time to honor a racer whose current passing has shaken the entire motorcycling community. To do so, the Caselli family and longtime sponsors KTM and FMF and several others put together the Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day at Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, California, last Friday.

It was a fitting tribute.

Thousands of Caselli’s family, close friends and fans waited in a miles-long line just to enter the park. As soon as inside, the camaraderie on display highlighted just how popular he was not to only desert racers but motocrossers, custom bike builders, road racers and everyday trail riders. Glen Helen probably sees this kind of turnout only for the MX National. KTM brought in all of its racers and also mechanics and many support personnel, and the list of attendees read like a who is who of the sport: Destry Abbott, Blake Baggett, Dick Burleson, Ity Davis, Jimmy Jarrett, Danny LaPorte, Zach Osborn, Cole Seely plus Malcolm Smith, to name just a very few.

The highlight had to be the parade lap led simply by his KTM and ISDE teammates, three of whom rode dual to provide Nancy Caselli (Kurt’s mother), Carolyn Caselli (his sister) plus Sarah White (his fiancé) with a low-speed, respectful tribute lap around Glen Helen’s MX track. White-colored preceded the lap with a extremely emotional speech thanking everyone for his or her support.

If there’s one good thing to come as a result of Caselli’s incident, it’s the Caselli Foundation. Developed by the Caselli family and longtime sponsors KTM and FMF, its objectives are two-fold: 1) provide scholarship grants for high school seniors and encourage them to follow their dreams and 2) fund new technologies that will enhance rider safety in off-road race.

Nancy Caselli stated in a press release, “My son Kurt loved to learn and he loved to race. He was inquisitive plus investigative. I’m hopeful that this basis will initiate learning, inspire others and help raise the bar for improved rider safety. ”

Proceeds from the Kurt Caselli Memorial service Ride Day are being used to get the particular Caselli Foundation off the ground, as are the particular memorial T-shirts and stickers marketed by FMF. Those who wish to donate directly to the cause may send money to Kurt Caselli Foundation c/o KTM North America, 38429 Innovation Ct., Murrieta, CA 92563. The foundation’s directors are currently working through lawful channels to set it up so any donations are tax-deductible.

Racers in the western part of the nation had their choice of three various races over the weekend, two of them series finales and a one-off special.

Let’s go from northern to south and start with Greatest in the Desert’s American Off-Road Racing Series finale, the Henderson 250 near Jean, Nevada. The fifth of five rounds, it’s consistently chilly and fast, but this time a little rain and snow furthermore added to the fun.

Ricky Brabec decided to solo this one on his Precision Concepts Kawasaki KX450F and no one could stay with him. The particular win gave him the series championship.

Purvines Racing Beta’s Nick Burson and Mr. bieber Morrow teamed up for second on their 498 RR over five minutes back with defending series champs Robby Bell and David Pearson third on their THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Principles KX450F.

At the eighth and last round in the AMA District 37 Big 6 Great Prix Series, conditions were a little more varied in Pala, California. The particular two-day event started out on the dried out and dusty side, and by the particular afternoon when the AMA West Coast Grand Prix feature race started, things started getting wetter plus wetter when the predicted storm lastly rolled in.

The particular conditions made it something of a success run with Mark Samuels doing it best on his Red I Ford CRF450X, taking over from early chief Evan Kelly after Kelly ended to fix the skid plate on his Johnny Campbell Racing Honda-supported CRF450X. Kelly would salvage fourth within the Pro class and fifth general behind Samuels, visiting Italian motocrosser Nico Gobbi, Vet Pro champion Rowan Trefz and Nicoll Racing CRF450X-mounted Ian Young.

That was it for the rain so the Pala course tacked up perfectly on Sunday with Kelly obtaining a clean run for the Heavyweight Expert win in the final race from the weekend– and the Big 6 period. Husqvarna’s Jamie Lanza rebounded from the broken spark plug on Saturday to win the 200cc Expert class and finish second general followed by Heavyweight Expert Junior Delgado, 250cc Expert winner Zach Teno and 200cc Expert runner-up Dalton Shirey.

South from the border, the Los Ancianos Motorbike Club hosted another edition of the always-popular Tecate Hare Scrambles. In order to rains, the riding is always legendary in the Tecate area, though the chilly front swept down to Baja too, making it a damp 42 degrees.

FMF/KTM Factory Rough-road Racing Team’s Ivan Ramirez, the particular defending race champ, got the particular $300 Desmond McDonald Holeshot Award but had his hands full with KTM-mounted Gary Sutherlin for the whole 25-mile-long loop.

These two continued to hammer on each other until Ramirez fell a couple of miles from the finish, Sutherlin using advantage and earning the $1000 prize. Ramirez scrambled in for second followed by RPM Racing KTM’s Eric Yorba.

KR4’s Arrive-N-Ride program is offering a holiday special for those who sign up by December 31, 2013. KR4, of course , offers a unique company that’s the next best thing to as being a factory rider. When you sign up, all you have to do is show up at the GNCC of your choosing with your riding gear and they’ll handle everything else through bike to pit support and more.

The single-event holiday special is $1250, which is $250 off the normal price while the full season package is $14, 000, meaning you save $1000. Transaction in full is required by the December thirty-one deadline.

In addition , KR4 wants to know how much interest individuals have this type of program for those racing the particular AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, Presented by Moose Racing. Find out more by going to http://www.kr4performance.com/Sub-Sections/Arrive_n_Ride. —Mark Kariya


2014 Beta RR Race Versions

Photo Courtesy American Beta

Picture Courtesy American Beta

Photo Courtesy American Beta

Photo Courtesy American Beta

American Beta has just announced the discharge of their limited production RR Competition Editions. These models are based off the standard RR models but with added features that will appeal to both serious racer as well as the play driver.

The bikes come in four displacements for 2014 which includes 250 and 300 two strokes as well as 450 and 498 4 strokes. The first shipment will be arriving later this month with additional shipments through January and February.

Race Editions can be purchased through a local Beta Dealer or through Beta’ s exclusive BYOB (Build Your Own Beta) program.

Prices are as follows:

250 RR Race $8699. 00

300 RR Race $8699. 00

450 RR Competition $9899. 00

498 RR Race $9999. 00

These new models feature:

Two-stroke

-48mm Marzocchi Closed Cartridge factory shell

-Billet aluminum foot pegs

-Red aluminum chain adjuster blocks and oil filler connect

-Front axle pull

-Dual map CDI ignition regarding dry and wet riding

-Black shifter and rear braking system pedal

-Hand guards

-Special graphics molded into the radiator shrouds

-Handlebar pad

-Special cylinder and head on 300 cc model for added rpm

Four-stroke

-48mm Marzocchi Closed Cartridge manufacturer fork

-Billet aluminum feet pegs

-Red aluminum chain adjuster blocks and oil for filler injections plug

-Front axle pull

-Black shifter and rear brake pedal

-Hand protects

-Handlebar pad

-Special graphics molded into the radiator shrouds


KTM Announces 2014 Off-road Team

 

Taylor Robert is a new member of the factory KTM off-road effort. Photo Courtesy KTM

Taylor swift Robert is a new member of the manufacturer KTM off-road effort. Photo Courtesy KTM

 

After sitting all of 2013 out with an injury, Steward Baylor returns to ride the national enduro series. Photo Courtesy KTM

Right after sitting all of 2013 out with the injury, Steward Baylor returns to ride the national enduro series. Photo Courtesy KTM

 

Mike Lafferty returns to KTM for his final year of racing. Photo Courtesy KTM

Mike Lafferty returns to KTM for his final 12 months of racing. Photo Courtesy KTM

KTM Motorsports recently announced the 2014 group line-up for its Factory FMF/KTM Off-road Racing Team, and this year’s group is made up of Steward Baylor, Mike Lafferty, Kacy Martinez, Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell, Ivan Ramirez and Taylor swift Robert.

The seven-rider team will contest multiple national off-road series, including national enduro, GNCC, OMA, EnduroCross and ISDE.

The newest member of the particular team, Taylor Robert, will compete in the 2014 GEICO EnduroCross series, plus next year’s ISDE in Argentina. “It is an honor to race for the KTM team, ” said Robert. “I know they have got a history of winning offroad competition and I am hoping to give them even more. I am thankful for the opportunity and excited to showcase the product in the EnduroCross Series and in the ISDE next period. ”

Robert may ride a 350 XC-F within the EnduroCross series.

Baylor, who sat out most of the 2013 season healing from a wrist damage, will return to the AMA Nationwide Enduro and GNCC Series regarding 2014. Baylor is seeking their second national championship in the Nationwide Enduro Series and will be competing in the first full-season in the GNCC XC1 class.

Meanwhile, Lafferty will return to the Factory FMF/KTM Team for his final 12 months of racing. 2014 will mark Lafferty’s 20th year racing professionally and he has announced that it will be their final year racing full-time. The particular 8-time National Enduro Champion happens to be tied with Dick Burleson for the record amount of National Enduro competition and he will be looking to break that record in his final season.


Red Bull X-Fighters Planet Tour Announced

Should you be into freestyle you might be interested to know that the Red Bull X-Fighters Planet Tour is revving up for another epic and spectacular season, along with Frenchman Thomas Pagès preparing to defend his championship title in a five-leg tour. Over 200, 000 vistors will witness the freestyle motocross elite in action, as the tour addresses four continents in 2014. In addition to returning stops in Mexico Town, Osaka and Madrid, this year Red-colored Bull X-Fighters will bring the best in FMX to Africa and Philippines, two countries where FMX and the high-octane, star-studded Red Bull X-Fighters has become extraordinarily popular in recent years.

Entering its 14th period, the Red Bull X-Fighters Planet Tour will first dazzle crowds of people in Mexico City (14 March) for a legendary season opener within the thin high altitude air before returning to Asia with a stop in the property of the rising sun in Osaka, Japan (25 May). The visit will then move on to the celebrated Todas las Ventas bullring in Madrid (27 June) and Munich, Germany (19 July) before climaxing with a first-ever African World Tour final, in Pretoria, South Africa (23 August).

Here’s the 2014 Red-colored Bull X-Fighters World Tour schedule

3/14 – South america City, Mexico

5/25 – Osaka, Japan

6/27 – Madrid, Spain

7/19 – Munich, Germany

8/23 – Pretoria, South Africa

More information on the Red Bull X-Fighters Planet Tour is available at www.redbullxfighters.com.


2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Trailer

The beginning of the 2014 Supercross season is just all around the corner. If you aren’t revved up about it, here’s a cool video that will get you revved up.

—Shan Moore

That’s all for this week, make sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.


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