THE WEEKLY FEED: THINKING OF KURT CASELLI, OFF-ROAD REPORTS, VIDEO DRAMA

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Kurt Caselli

It’s been six years since we lost Kurt Caselli. Kurt’s dad was a great friend who I rode many desert enduros with. I can remember Kurt raging around a little track on a KX mini bike, knowing then that he was something special. We always considered him to be the consummate partner with Dirt Bike, a racer and a man with a gift as an athlete and as a spokesman for our sport. There’s not a day that goes by that we don’t think of him. This poster is in my garage and makes me smile every time I see it.

 

NEWS

PRECISION CONCEPTS VEGAS ‘WORCS’ RACE REPORT

The Chaparral Motorsports, Precision Concepts, Kawasaki Team Green crew invaded Sin City for the fifth round of the 2019 WORCS series. The Las Vegas round is a very unique stop on the circuit. To start, the tighter, arena-style racing is quite a break from the traditional terrain. Additionally, the endurocross-style obstacles and shorter race length increase the intensity and unpredictability.

Zach Bell — 2nd place Pro
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Zach was lined up on the extreme inside for the dead-engine start of the forty-five-minute pro race. At the wave of the green flag, his bike fired instantly and Zach was only beaten to the first turn by his teammate. Bell was able to square up his stablemate early on lap one and took off in the lead. Just as the first lap ended, Zach made a small bobble in the difficult rock section, losing the lead to Dante Oliviera. Bell then lost second place to Taylor Robert as he played it slightly conservative on the slippery pavement section.

Within a couple laps, Zach had found the lead pace and closed the distance to Oliviera, who had dropped to second. Around the halfway point, Dante opened the inside line just enough for Zach to make the pass through a log section. From there, Bell set quick laps, trading fast times with Robert, and closing to within ten seconds at one point. Zach held a good pace to the finish, losing a little time in the closing ten minutes, but claiming an impressive second.

In His Own Words

“The whole weekend went great. I’m getting better and better in the rocks and more comfortable in these kinds of obstacles. I got off to a second-place start behind Blayne again, he ripped the start. It was a good position considering my start pick. I made a few mistakes the first couple laps and those guys got around me. Looking back, I was being a little timid the first few laps with how slick it was. Then, after that I started picking up the pace. I passed Dante and was really trying to keep an eye on Taylor. I was matching his pace for a good ten or fifteen minutes, and I was happy about that. Once we got into the later laps, lappers played a part in the race. [The lappers] were battling and I couldn’t get by them for a while. But it was good. Getting second here is great. I’m learning and building, and feeling good.”

 

 


MAX GERSTON & MORGAN TANKE TOP BOTH PRO PODIUMS
AT ROUND 4 
OF THE WEST HARE SCRAMBLE SERIES

Photos Mark Kariya

West Hare Scramble Round 4 Overview:

 

Location: Shasta Lake, CA
Beta Factory Race Team Results:
  • Max Gerston topped the men’s podium with his second 1st place finish of the year. Gerston now leads the series points standings by 22 points
  • Morgan Tanke finished with a 1st place podium in the Pro Women’s class, and is currently in 2nd place in the series points standings.
  • Joe Wasson ended up the Open Pro podium in 3rd place and is currently seated in 2nd place for the series points standings.
  • Beta Factory Support rider; Zane Roberts finished 1st in the Pro 250 class for the 3rd time in a row! Roberts’ is now leading the Pro 250 class points standings by 32 points.
  • Wasson’s, Tanke’s, and Roberts’ next event will be at the 5th round of the National Hare & Hound on May 4th in Little Sahara OHV, UT. Max Gerston’s next event will be at the Wild West Extreme Enduro on May 4th in Sparks, NV.
MAX GERSTON
Bike: Beta 430 RR Race Edition
 
“The Shasta Dam Grand Prix went well! My 430 got me off to a great start. I was able to get into the lead and bring it all the way to the finish. The course had all types of riding from tight single track to wide open roads so I had a ton of fun. My team did a great job in the pits as we pitted every lap of the 28 mile loop. I am happy to build some momentum and expand my points lead.”
JOE WASSON
Bike: Beta 430 RR Race Edition
 
“Lake Shasta… I had a lot of work cut out for me after a bad start. I put my head down and started charging. I was able to make my way to the front of the pack, but I used a lot of energy and focus getting up there. I made a few mistakes and was sitting 3rd, so I made the decision to settle in there and ride to the finish. I probably could have charged harder, and got into second, but I didn’t wanna push myself into a mistake and risk crashing.”
MORGAN TANKE
Bike: Beta 250 RR Race Edition
 
“I got off to a great start at the Shasta WHS with the holeshot. After leading for a bit I developed a bad case of arm pump and was having a hard time holding on. I was able to shake it off about halfway through the race and catch back up to the leader. With about a half lap to go I made the pass into the lead again and held it to the finish! I’m super excited to get my Beta up on the top step!”

CLASSIC MOTO

photos from the Mark Kiel files
Adolf Weil- the epitome of grace and style. Tagged the Paul Newman of MX, Adolf was the ‘old man’ who used a smooth and effortless tact on his Maico- machines known for broad power, the best fork on the planet and handling traits that were unmatched at the time. Thanks Mark Kiel for the wicked pic.

 

Jim O’Neal is celebrating his 50th year in the motorcycle business! Back in the 1976 his company, O’Neal Distributing was starting to blossom and much of this was due to Jim’s passion for racing. One of his great friends was Andy Kolbe and Jim raced under the Kolbe umbrella- here at Indian Dunes at a Gran Prix. The Kolbe jersey was a classic!

 

John Savitski on his Bassett Racing Suzuki RM370 at the 1976 Sears Point Trans AMA. Another great shot from the Mark Kiel files.

 

 

VIDEO JUKEBOX

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SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

GEAR BAG

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 ARMADILLO PIPE GUARD   
ARMADILLO is a new generation of pipe guard that blends stainless steel and silicone to provide the best protection to the 2 stroke pipes. The use of elastomer reduces vibration noises and it is resistant to high temperatures. The mounting system makes it easy to install and disassemble the protection when cleaning, using only 3 brackets to assemble the part on the pipe and, after that, you only need to tight and loose 3 bolts.The protection is flexible in order to adapt to your pipe’s shape. ARMADILLO is an universal protection for the 2 stroke bikes is abrasion and impact resistant, includes all the hardware and is available in brand colors.

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PHOENIX HANDLEBARS


-The oversized clamp area is 1 1/8” to allow for a tapered design that creates strength while eliminating the crossbar clamp to allow added flexibility.

-Keeping your elbows up is critical to control your bike. All of our bars have a 57mm sweep that helps put you in that proper position.

-Four different rises allow for an easier choice in finding the right bar for your motorcycle.

-Laser-etched cut-lines on the ends of the bars help for those that are dodging tight trees and need to shave off metal. Or maybe you simply feel the 800mm width feels too wide.

http://www.phoenixhandlebars.com

 

PRODUCTS: BACK IN THE DAY

FMF GOES FAT

Donnie Emler always had a vision for his brand. The FMF logo came to him when he kept seeing STP logos on every truck grill he saw on the road. The FMF logo, now legendary can be seen on jillions of Ford truck badges across the planet.

With his expansion chambers he wanted them to be set apart from others so he chromed them. He came up with the Fat Boy when he discovered that going big in the belly section helped get him power gains. He was forced to kill the Fat Boy mark when Harley Davidson gave him a cease and desist, since they owned the trademark. It became the Fatty and is the most popular 2-stroke pipe on the planet.

 

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This was back in 1983. Honda had come out with their 5-speed CR480 and it was a superb do-it-all machine. I had been a compete Husky nut, but their switch from the 430 to a 500 didn’t work for me. The Honda made great broad power, was a little light in the flywheel department; but the handling was sharp and the suspension incredible. I did pretty well inn the enduro scene racing it, it was fairly stock except for a Preston Petty headlight and a Suzuki PE odometer, This event was the Prospector’s Enduro, and was a pretty tough snow run. We’d had a gnarly winter and the desert was a snow-fest. I ended up winning, and this was my second or third Prospector’s enduro win. Their event was a biggie, being one of the tough runs in the District 37 Enduro scene.

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