Back in 2002 Kurt Caselli was the son of a full blown desert rat- his dad Rich. Rich raced both desert events and enduros for years, and took his son with him to nearly every outing. Locals can remember Kurt burning laps on a KX65 and this turned him into a dirt biker who had a passion for…moto! Back in 2002 Kurt was just coming into his own as a racer and spent his race time in the WORCS series and the Big Six events that were track inspired. As the tale unfolds we all know that Kurt morphed into one of the ISDE stars of the decade and eventually took on the National Hare and Hound series along with embracing Dakar and Baja long distance racing.

Kurt spent the majority of his racing career on a KTM. He was a 2-stroke aficionado and competed in the WORCS series on a 250. His style was always aggressive moto as he had a flair for the big jumps and burning corners on the Austrian brand that was etched into off-road but was just crawling up the ladder of moto oriented circuits.
Kurt’s ’02 KTM 250 was powered by FMF, a sponsor and relationship that traveled all the way through his career.
Caselli was all about air and this monster leap at Gorman’s Quail Valley track shows his prowess.




Check Chase Hare & Hound Results –Taylor Robert dominated the Check Chase, an event always tough and technical, and this year incredibly dusty. Jacob Argubright and his Husky battled with the new National champ Gary Sutherlin while former champ Kendall Norman returned to the desert and finished a very stellar fourth overall after a fairly long hiatus. Taylor ended up second overall in the series despite missing two events.

Taylor Robert
Jacob Argurbright


2017 Check Chase Hare & Hound Results


  1. Taylor Robert (KTM)
  2. Jacob Argubright
  3. Gary Sutherlin (Yam)
  4. Kendal Norman (Hon)
  5. Nick Burson (Yam)


Knich new Team Sponsor for Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing


 Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., today announced that its Monster Energy/Yamaha Factory Racing Supercross/Motocross team has signed a multi-year agreement with new sponsor Knich. The official team name is Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing, and riders include returning member Cooper Webb (#2) and his new teammate Davi Millsaps (#18). Cooper and Davi will both compete aboard the all-new 2018 YZ450F. Knich is a new action-sports apparel and equipment brand geared towards today’s active consumers who demand quality and performance in their daily lives.


2018 Trials Recap

By Shan Moore/Photos by Shan Moore

Pat Smage, your Moto Trials National champ!

Sherco USA’s Pat Smage claimed his ninth national MotoTrials title, coming out on top of a series-long battle with Spaniard Marc Freixa. Freixa dominated last year’s series to win the 2017 title, but Smage put his nose to the grindstone this past winter and came out swinging when the series opened up in Texas. In all, Smage won five of the eight rounds and beat Freixa, who was at one time ranked third in the world, by 14 points in the final standings. Sherco USA’s Andrew Putt was third in the final standings, while Gas Gas USA team mates Bryan Roper and Alex Niederer rounded out the top five.

Marc Freixa, a former #3 in the world came out in second place after a season long battle with Smage.
Andrew Putt- third place in the championship run





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Can’t get enough of Toni Bou!

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Ride Engineering’s first shipment has arrived! They have six styles to fit all brands (Hon, KTM, Yam,
Husky, Kawi and Suz). The quality and workmanship of the Raptor peg (fabricated then
hand welded in the United Kingdom) is second to none. They are made of high quality
6V-4AL titanium material, come with light weight stainless steel springs and fit perfectly
every time. These beauties at 57mm wide are the lightest pegs ever made that can hold
up to the abuse of Factory teams from both here in the States and Europe. With a retail
price of just $350, they are a work of art and now available from Ride Engineering.


Timbersled Releases Industry’s First 4-Stroke Snow Bike Engine Oil

Timbersled has released a new 4-stroke engine oil aimed specifically at the snow bike market. The industry’s first 4-stroke snow bike oil, Timbersled Full Synthetic 0W-40 4-Stroke Engine Oil features an advanced moisture control additive package engineered to emulsify moisture and prevent corrosion and engine wear, a common problem found in snow bike applications. Blended from full synthetic PAO and Ester base stocks, Timbersled Full Synthetic 0W-40 4-Stroke Engine Oil offers easy starting, advanced lubricity and is highly shear stable to withstand the extreme temperature fluctuations that occur in snow bike use.

Polaris Lubricants


It’s Black November at AOMC! All month we’ll be bringing you insanely marked down items. Today’s deal is this KTM Vert Zip Hoodie for only $34.99! Quantities are limited and the sale price on each item will only last 24 hours so you’d better hurry!
2016 KTM Vert Zip Hoodie

Code: 3PW165510X

Price: $34.99

Save $40.00!

Buy One Now!
2016 KTM Vert Zip Hoodie

Hooded sweat jacket with high collar. Black hood lining, large KTM logo, printed READY TO RACE arrows on sleeve. 70 % cotton / 30 % polyester.

Beta Steering Lock Plug

  • The new Beta USA Steering Lock Plug is made to replace the stock steering lock unit.
  • Custom machined from billet aluminum & anodized red, with a laser etched Beta logo.
  • Covers the frame mounting boss & is easily installed with instructions included.
  • Fits all 2010 – 2018 Beta 125, 350, 390, 430, 480 RR/RS/XTrainers.
  • Available at your nearest Beta Dealer, part# AB-20015

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The Wolf, Barstow to Vegas 1986. My ride was a KX500 and was a great ride for a high speed desert race. I had it geared to the moon, my buddy Paul Thede at Race Tech massaged the suspension and I hit the line with just under 1000 other racers for the dead engine start to the bomb. In truth, I was a way better enduro rider preferring technical trails to high speed and my results were very pedestrian. The cream of the true desert racer embraced fifth gear wide, hucking whoops at 90 and blitzing dusty canyons with near reckless abandon. I cringed (and still do!) at all of those obstacles.
It doesn’t get any better than when your good friend (Charles Halcomb) points out your less than stellar finish and the copious amount of nose goo dripping down your mug. Yee haw.



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