Remembering Kurt Caselli

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Kurt Caselli 1983-2013

Kurt, part of the Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing/KTM team competing in this desert race, was in a leading position when he suffered a crash that resulted in severe head trauma. He died of his injuries in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

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The team, who have now recovered Kurt’s bike discovered traces on the machine that indicate he had collided with some small animal, which apparently caused the crash.
Kurt, 30, was an accomplished American offroad and desert rider but he had also made a successful transition to international rallies for the KTM Factory Team. He was admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. While Kurt was one of the most popular figures on the KTM team, he was also an unmatched role model for young riders and fans.

 

Passionate about his sport, he had multiple consecutive championships in WORCS and National Hare and Hound racing and had been the lead rider for the USA International Six Days Enduro team for the past ten years. In January 2013, Kurt was drafted into the official KTM Rally team to ride in the Dakar Rally, replacing his friend and factory teammate Marc Coma, who was injured. Kurt’s debut ride in the 2013 Dakar Rally was impressive. He was subsequently given a permanent spot on the KTM Rally team and was preparing to contest the Dakar 2014 and the FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship in the coming season.

 

Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports: “Today we lost a KTM hero in the worst possible circumstances. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Kurt’s family. Kurt was much more than a very talented rider; he was also an exceptional team player. He represented and lived by the values and a passion for racing that lies at the very core of KTM. Our sport has lost more than a great rider; we have also lost an excellent ambassador for offroad racing.”

 

Jon-Erik Burleson, President of KTM North America: ”We at KTM can’t put into context the loss everyone in the motorcycling community is experiencing. Beyond his racing successes and talent as a rider, Kurt was above all else a core member of our greater off-road family that simply can’t be replaced. Kurt inspired the KTM family to keep pushing the limits of racing. He was the driving force behind our renewed efforts in Baja, Hare & Hound and the International Six Days Enduro. His work ethic, attitude and graciousness will never be matched.”

 

Antti Kallonen, Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager: “The loss of Kurt is immense to the sport, our team and to our family. Kurt has been on KTM his entire professional career. Even in the early years he brought something special to the off-road environment by bringing a leadership role like no other. He had the uncanny ability to bring a team together for efforts big and small. Professional motorcycle racing is always considered an individual sport, but Kurt made it a team sport. Whenever there was an opportunity to lead, help, inspire, advise or coach Kurt went into it like he went into a race—completely prepared, completely confident and knowing he could win. Kurt was the most galvanizing force I’ve ever seen. Those who knew him were lucky. Those of us who got to work with him were blessed”.

 

Kurt Caselli will be deeply missed by the entire KTM family, his teammates, his fellow competitors and by his fans all over the world. At this time of acute sadness, the KTM management and the entire KTM international family extend their heartfelt condolences to the Caselli family.

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2013 AMA 450 Motocross Championship Point Final Standings

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 450 Motocross Championship
Lake Elsinore National – Lake Elsinore, CA August 24th, 2013
Round 12 of 12

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2013 450 Class Motocross Point Overall Standings

1. #2 Ryan Villopoto 563pts.
8 Wins, 18 Motos

2. #1 Ryan Dungey 507pts.
3 Wins, 5 Motos

3. #51 Justin Barcia 411pts.

4. #41 Trey Canard 332pts.

5. #7 James Stewart Jr. 289pts.
1 Win, 1 Moto

6. #12 Jake Weimer 275pts.

7. #29 Andrew Short 262pts.

8. #20 Broc Tickle 236pts.

9. #800 Mike Alessi 229pts.

10. #33 Josh Grant 228pts.

11. #10 Justin Brayton 201pts.

12. #28 Tyla Rattray 198pts.

13. #32 Malcolm Stewart 197pts.

14. #49 Phil Nicoletti 190pts.

15. #22 Chad Reed 157pts.

16. #35 Ryan Sipes 147pts.

17. #46 Weston Peick 102pts.

18. #57 Ben LaMay 83pts.

19. #24 Brett Metcalfe 81pts.

20. #925 Clement Desalle 58pts.

21. #26 Michael Byrne 50pts.

22. #27 Nick Wey 48pts.

23. #922 Kevin Strijbos 45pts.

24. #54 Les Smith 45pts.

Ryan Villopoto is Your 2013 AMA 450 National Motocross Champion

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2013 AMA 250 Motocross Championship Final Point Standings

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 250 Motocross Championship
Lake Elsinore National – Lake Elsinore, CA
August 24th, 2013

Round 12 of 12

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2013 250 Class National Motocross Overall Point Standings

1. #17 Eli Tomac 552pts.
7 Wins, 13 motos

2. #94 Ken Roczen 493pts.
2 Wins, 8 Motots

3. #25 Marvin Musquin 411pts.
2 Wins, 1 Moto

4. #1 Blake Baggett 395pts.
1 Win, 2 Motos

5. #338 Zach Osborne 356pts.

6. #77 Jeremy Martin 300pts.

7. #34 Justin Bogle 291pts.

8. #21 Jason Anderson 260pts.

9. #175 Cooper Webb 255pts.

10. #38 Kyle Cunningham 228pts.

11. #43 Cole Seely 223pts.

12. #317 Justin Hill 217pts.

13. #19 Wil Hahn 172pts.

14. #44 Darryn Durham 171pts.

15. #40 Martin Davalos 168pts.

16. #292 Adam Cianciarulo 138pts.

17. #176 Joey Savatgy 89pts.

18. #13 Blake Wharton 85pts.

19. #37 Alex Martin 82pts.

20. #50 Kyle Peters 55pts.

21. #36 Jessy Nelson 47pts.

22. #396 Dillan Epstein 37pts.

23. #194 Jackson Richardson 33pts.

24. #556 Brady Kiesel 30pts.

Eli Tomac is Your 2013 AMA 250 National Motocross Champion

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Lake Elsinore National 450 Class Results

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 450 Motocross Championship
Lake Elsinore National – Lake Elsinore, CA
August 24th, 2013

Round 12 of 12

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450 Class Moto Overalls from the 2013 Lake Elsinore National

1. #2 Ryan Villopoto 1-1 50pts.
2. #1 Ryan Dungey 2-2 44pts.
3. #51 Justin Barcia 5-3 36pts.
4. #12 Jake Weimer 8-4 31pts.
5. #28 Tyla Rattray 7-6 29pts.
6. #41 Trey Canard 4-10 29pts.
7. #800 Mike Alessi 12-5 25pts.
8. #24 Brett Metcalfe 10-8 24pts.
9. #29 Andrew Short 6-12 24pts.
10. #20 Broc Tickle 11-11 20pts.
11. #33 Josh Grant 3-38 20pts.
12. #10 Justin Brayton 14-9 19pts.

13 35 Ryan Sipes 13-14 15pts.
14 32 Malcolm Stewart 9-18 15pts.
15 46 Weston Peick 33-7 14pts.
16 57 Ben LaMay 16-13 13pts.
17 27 Nick Wey 17-17 8pts.
18 26 Michael Byrne 23-15 6pts.
19 49 Phil Nicoletti 15-37 6pts.
20 71 Zack Freeberg 22-16 5pts.
21 62 Matt Goerke 18-34 3pts.
22 595 Evgeny Mikhaylov 21-19 2pts.
23 63 Derek Anderson 20-20 2pts.
24 83 Austin Howell 19-32 2pts.

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Lake Elsinore National 250 Class Results

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 250 Motocross Championship
Lake Elsinore National – Lake Elsinore, CA
August 24th, 2013

Round 12 of 12

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250 Class Moto Overalls from the 2013 Lake Elsinore National

1. #17 Eli Tomac 2-1 47pts.
2. #94 Ken Roczen 1-7 39pts.
3. #175 Cooper Webb 4-3 38pts.
4. #77 Jeremy Martin 3-5 36pts.
5. #338 Zach Osborne 5-4 34pts.
6. #19 Will Hahn 6-6 30pts.
7. #25 Marvin Musquin 9-10 23pts.
8. #34 Justin Bogle 8-11 23pts.
9. #1 Blake Baggett 33-2 22pts.
10. #40 Martin Davalos 11-9 22pts.
11. #317 Justin Hill 13-8 21pts.
12. #43 Cole Seely 10-12 20pts.

13. #36 Jessy Nelson 12-14 16pts.
14. #44 Darryn Durham 15-13 14pts.
15. #38 Kyle Cunningham 7-35 14pts.
16. #677 Matt Bisceglia 16-15 11pts.
17. #127 Shane McElrath 18-17 7pts.
18. #292 Adam Cianciarulo 14-40 7pts.
19. #244 Ryan Zimmer 20-16 6pts.
20. #21 Jason Anderson 17-32 4pts.
21. #157 Jacob Baumert 22-18 3pts.
22. #460 Jake Mohnike 23-19 2pts.
23. #50 Kyle Peters 19-30 2pts.
24. #397 Brandon Scharer 25-20 1pts.

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Lake Elsinore

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Utah National 450 Class Results

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 450 Motocross Championship
Utah National – Toole, UT
August 17th, 2013

Round 11 of 12

450 Class Moto Overalls from the 2013 Utah National

1. #2 Ryan Villopoto 1-1 50pts.
2. #1 Ryan Dungey 2-2 44pts.
3. #41 Trey Canard 3-3 40pts.
4. #46 Weston Peick 5-5 32pts.
5. #10 Justin Brayton 6-7 29pts.
6. #51 Justin Barcia 11-4 28pts.
7. #12 Jake Weimer 8-6 28pts.
8. #49 Phil Nicoletti 12-8 22pts.
9. #62 Matt Goerke 9-11 22pts.
10. 357 Ben LaMay 13-10 19pts.
11. #29 Andrew Short 15-9 18pts.
12. #28 Tyla Rattray 4-25 18pts.
13. #35 Ryan Sipes 7-26 14pts.
14. #595 Evgeny Mikhaylov 18-12 12pts.
15. #27 Nick Wey 17-13 12pts.
16. #32 Malcolm Stewart 10-29 11pts.
17. #982 Akira Narita 23-14 7pts.
18. #63 Derek Anderson 19-16 7pts.
19. #20 Broc Tickle 14-32 7pts.
20. #26 Michael Byrne 21-15 6pts.
21. #71 Zackery Freeberg 16-27 5pts.
22. #83 Austin Howell 39-17 4pts.
23. #168 Tucker Hibbert 32-18 3pts.
24. #621 Vann Martin 25-19 2pts.
25. #722 Adam Enticknap 28-20 1pt.
26. #548 Broc Schmelyun 20-28 1pt.

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Utah National 250 Class Results

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 250 Motocross Championship
Utah National – Toole, UT
August 17th, 2013

Round 11 of 12

250 Class Moto Overalls from the 2013 Utah National

1. #17 Eli Tomac 1-1 50pts.

2. #1 Blake Baggett 2-2 44pts.

3. #94 Ken Roczen 4-3 38pts.

4. #292 Adam Cianciarulo 3-9 32pts.

5. #34 Justin Bogle 9-4 30pts.

6. #44 Darryn Durham 8-5 29pts.

7. #25 Marvin Musquin 5-8 29pts.

8. #175 Cooper Webb 7-7 28pts.

9. #338 Zach Osborne 6-10 26pts.

10. #317 Justin Hill 10-14 18pts.

11. #19 Wil Hahn 12-13 17pts.

12. #77 Jeremy Martin 37-6 15pts.

13. #36 Jessy Nelson 14-15 13pts.

14. #43 Cole Seely 19-12 11pts.

15. #38 Kyle Cunningham 36-11 10pts.

16. #40 Martin Davalos 11-37 10pts.

17. #127 Shane McElrath 17-16 9pts.

18. #37 Alex Martin 15-19 8pts.

19. #21 Jason Anderson 13-28 8pts.

20. #677 Matt Bisceglia 20-17 5pts.

21. #80 Michael Leib 16-36 5pts.

22. #72 Dakota Tedder 22-18 3pts.

23. #50 Kyle Peters 18-32 3pts.

24. #157 Jacob Baumert 21-20 1pts.

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Rockstar Energy Racing to KTM

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Corona, CA – Bobby Hewitt’s Rockstar Energy Racing (RER) Team, is pleased to announce it has signed a three-year contract with KTM Motorsports for its team to race aboard KTM motorcycles in both the AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Championship Series. The team will make its KTM debut on October 19, 2013 at the Monster Energy Cup.

President and team owner, Bobby Hewitt, expressed his enthusiasm for the announcement, stating, “As a satellite team, we will always be the little engine that could, but having the support of KTM is a huge advantage. We are delighted and grateful to race KTM motorcycles and eagerly excited for the opportunity to utilize KTM’s new Factory Services program. This will be a very exciting venture for our team.”

The KTM brand has had great success over the past two seasons capturing both 450 and 250 Motocross and Supercross class wins. Both KTM and RER strive to continue to improve the overall race results and exposure gained in professional racing.

Through KTM’s Factory Service Program, which allows racers and support teams the opportunity to purchase the same engine and suspension components as the factory team, the RER Team will have the platform it needs to deliver the results that the team, it’s riders and it’s sponsors are looking to achieve. For 2014, RER will continue to support Davi Millsaps as its premier 450 Supercross and Motocross class rider. It will also field a two-man lites team with returning rider Jason Anderson as well as the 2013 Rookie of the Year, Joey Savatgy. The title sponsor will remain with Rockstar Energy Drink and the remainder of the 2013 season sponsors will return to support the team for the 2014 season. 

Team rider, Millsaps, commented, “I believe with my team’s support and my dedication to training that I can win on the KTM. I am excited for this new opportunity and am expecting another great season as I contend for the championship.” His teammate, Anderson, added to his statement, explaining, “I raced KTM’s for my last few years as an amateur and really loved the motorcycles. I am happy with the team’s decision to switch to KTM’s and I feel the bikes will be a good fit for me this season. I hope to put the KTM on the box at the opening round in Anaheim.”

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Red Bud 450 Class Results

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2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro 450 Motocross Championship

Red Bud National – Buchanan, MI
July 6th, 2013

Round 7 of 12

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450 Class Moto Overalls from the 2013 Red Bud National

 

1. #2 Ryan Villopoto 1-1 50pts.
2. #7 James Stewart Jr. 2-2 44pts.
3. #33 Josh Grant 3-5 36pts.
4. #41 Trey Canard 5-6 31pts.
5. #51 Justin Barcia 9-4 30pts.
6. #10 Justin Brayton 6-8 28pts.
7. #32 Malcolm Stewart 8-7 27pts.
8. #29 Andrew Short 4-12 27pts.
9. #12 Jake Weimer 7-13 22pts.
10. #20 Broc Tickle 11-11 20pts.
11. #1 Ryan Dungey 34-3 20pts.
12. #22 Chad Reed 13-10 19pts.

13. #35 Ryan Sipes 12-14 16pts.
14. #54 Les Smith 14-15 13pts.
15. #800 Mike Alessi 37-9 12pts.
16. #49 Phil Nicoletti 10-38 11pts.
17. #27 Nick Wey 17-16 9pts.
18. #57 Ben LaMay 19-17 6pts.
19. #3 Mike Brown 15-35 6pts.
20. #48 Cole Thompson 16-34 5pts.
21. #867 Fredrik Noren 21-18 3pts.
22. #26 Michael Byrne 18-27 3pts.
23. #595 Evgeny Mikhaylov 24-19 2pts.
24. #224 Heath Harrison 20-26 1pt.

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