BLAST FROM THE PAST: CARLSBAD USGP 1973
America got its first MX World Championship event in 1973 at Carlsbad Raceway. Motocross was blowing up and the European racers dominated the sport still very young to the USA. Promoter Gavin Trippe had put on Trans-AMA events at Carlsbad since 1971 and the Carlsbad USGP had the best riders from Europe and America’s top talent doing battle on a rough, hilly venue that was painted with blue grooved hard pack, the Carlsbad Freeway and a brutally rough high-speed downhill. Germany’s Willi Bauer would dominate both motos, with Roger DeCoster taking second in moto one, and the Dutch Dentist Gerrit Wolsink finishing runner up in moto 2. It was the first time America got to see the Works Maico’s which featured ‘moved up’ shocks and a long travel rear end. This would prove to be a game changer in the sport as suspension travel and technology exploded for the next four years. Brad Lackey finished in eighth and was the ‘Top American’.
Kurt Caselli inducted into AMA Hall of Fame
Kurt Caselli, whose father Rich was an active member of AMA District 37’s Prospectors Motorcycle Club, started winning at an early age. In 1998, at age 15, Caselli won the desert championship in his class. In 2000, he won an amateur championship in three disciplines: enduro, desert and grand prix. Caselli soon took his talents overseas, participating in the FIM International Six Days Enduro on the official U.S. team. He competed in the ISDE for 12 years. Eight times Caselli was the top-finishing American rider, and he won his class twice. Caselli was on the winning U.S. Junior Trophy Team in 2006, and he was on the U.S. World Trophy Team in 2013 when the team finished second, matching its best finish in the event at that time. Riding for the factory-backed KTM team, Caselli committed full time to the AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series in 2011 and won the title. In 2012, he successfully defended his title before repeating that performance in 2013. Caselli’s focus then shifted to international rally racing. In 2013, he finished strong in Dakar and won the Desafio Ruta 40. His final race before making the full leap to rally racing would be the SCORE-promoted Baja 1000. Tragically, Caselli died in that race, colliding with a large animal while competing and suffering fatal injuries. While Caselli is remembered for his incredible skill and talent on an off-road motorcycle, his most lasting impact may be his role, inspired by his father, in fostering a deep sense of team, dedication and patriotism among U.S. riders competing at the ISDE. Those efforts paid off in 2016 when the U.S. World Trophy Team finally won the World Trophy, an achievement that had eluded American riders since the event began in 1913.
A TRIBUTE TO DESTRY
This was snagged from Mark Kariya’s Instagram. Mark “Kato” Kariya is one of the most accomplished photographers in our arena and he posted some pics and comments about Destry Abbott, who he has shot and known for years.
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Z1R Adult and Youth MX Camo Helmets
Z1R introduces an all new look for their adult and youth off road helmets by adding four new camo graphics to the Rise Dirt Helmet series. These light weight off-road helmet utilizes a DOT and ECE certified shell along with a dual density EPS. The injected polycarbonate molded shell offers a unique rear shape that ensures a proper fitment when wearing goggles. Providing great ventilation, multiple colored camouflage options, and now and now select colors offered in adult 3X-4X sizing. Suggested retail $89.95-$99.95
WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY
This was in 1994 at an ISDE Qualifier event in Minden, Nevada. My machine is a Husaberg 501, and it was a seriously strong machine with big easy to use power. Too, it was super light (compared to other 4-strokes at the time) and nimble. I fit on a Marzocchi fork, a Honda front wheel and brake and Paul Thede at Race Tech helped me setup the suspension. Notice the sparky clamped onto the big stock muffler. The ‘Berg exhaust was quite good and quiet, the Sparky made it legal for races requiring a spark arrestor. One final note, the airbox was located under the tank and I had my buddy Ray Gibbs build me a very trick titanium tool box with a flip open lid that mounted under the seat. I got the idea from the Factory Husaberg ISDE machines.