Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli has wrapped up his third consecutive AMA National Hare & Hound Championship one round early at the ninth round of the series held in the Nevada desert.
This round was unique from the other Hare & Hound races as it was ran as a point-to-point race instead of the typical multi-loop race. This meant that the riders started at one point and raced to the final point at the finish while their pit crew chased them along the way for support.
Caselli took the holeshot off the start and began to stretch his lead. “My bike started up right away and I was able to get a good jump off the start,” stated Caselli. “I rode a smart race, and luckily, made no mistakes. The course was very well marked for this event which allowed me to continue to pull out front.”
Caselli pulled over a one minute lead on the second place ride of David Pearson before he crossed the checkered flag to take his third consecutive Hare & Hound Championship. The podium was an all-KTM affair with Factory FMF/KTM rider Ivan Ramirez joining Caselli and Pearson in third place.
Caselli now exits the competition to concentrate on training for his debut full season as a factory rider for the Red Bull KTM Rally Team following his successful entry in the 2013 Dakar Rally with KTM.
“So many people have helped me along the way in my career and I want to thank each of them for their contribution to my success. I can’t wait for the next step in this journey, remarked Caselli.