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2011 So Cal National Hare & Hound Results
Kendall Norman wins National Hare & Hound
Kendall’s Win ***Kurt’s Championship
Kurt Caselli National Hare & Hound Champion
Photos by Mark Kariya and Neena Gordon
That about sums it up. Kurt Caselli has really been in a class all to himself this season. In the penultimate round of the series, JCR’s Kendall Norman was able to break through and get the overall race win. Good Job Kendall
Looking conservative, KTM rider Kurt Caselli rode a fairly easy race to claim second and secure the 2011 AMA National Hare and Hound championship.
So Cal M/C laid out an excellent 100 mile course. It had enough technical sections to be a true national caliber event. The extra 15 miles of the final loop had most riders panting and anxious to see the checkers, yours truly included!
Jake Argubright continues his hot streak with a 4th place finish.
Destry Abbott was strong in third all day.
Davey Kamo got his first H&H ride on the JCR Honda, but he put a stick through the radiator on the first loop and would drop from 5th while making the repairs in the pits.
Blais Racing’s Shayla Fulfer wrapped up the women’s championship.
From JCR Honda:
Kendall Norman was a man on a mission at round 9 of the AMA National Hare and Hound series. He launched his Honda CRF450X out to an impressive holeshot and never looked back.
Taking the win Kendall had this to say, “Going into the So-Cal MC National Hare and Hound, I didn’t question my equipment, fitness or talent, instead just hoped for the perfect day. My Honda ran flawless, the pit crew was on point and I had that perfect day leading wire to wire. Thank you to all who believe in me and support the cause.” — Kendall Norman
The course consisted of 3 separate loops. Loop 1 was a 38 mile challenging high speed loop. Loop 2 was a 49 mile section that spread the field out and took the leaders nearly 1 1/2 hours to complete. Loop 3 was a 14 mile technical, demanding, rocky, high steaks sprint to the finish. All totaling up to a 100 mile race for the record books. Congratulations Kendall on a spectacular win!
“JCR/Honda had an AMAZING weekend and it showed the depth of talent and quality of equipment we race with. It also showed how incredible the support crews are. We made a plan to divide and conquer this weekend and that’s exactly what we did. Congratulations to Kendall Norman, what an amazing ride!” — Johnny Campbell
Quinn Cody and David Kamo also put in great performances. Quinn Cody moved thru the pack and finished 6th and David Kamo came out strong before a radiator puncture took him out of the race, but with the quick hands of the support crews he was able to battle back to 8th.
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli was crowned the 2011 AMA National Hare & Hound Champion, a title he was able to wrap up one round early after finishing second overall at this weekend’s event.
Caselli got off to a third place start at the beginning of the race. He quickly moved into second position behind early leader Kendall Norman. “I knew going into this race that I just had to finish ahead of David Pearson and I would be able to win the championship, so my goal was to ride my own race and focus on making no mistakes and staying ahead of David,” remarked Caselli.
Caselli remained close to the lead ride of Kendall Norman throughout the entirety of the race but was unable to make a pass. “Every time I closed in on Kendall the dust would get so thick it was impossible for me to pass without taking a big risk of crashing. I didn’t want to take those chances knowing the championship was on the line,” stated Caselli.
The KTM rider went on to finish second overall for the day approximately 30 seconds behind Norman. His second place result secured him the championship title for the 2011 season. Destry Abbott went on to finish third, Jacob Argubright fourth and David Pearson in fifth place.
“We are very proud of Kurt,” commented Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “He has worked very hard this season toward winning this championship and we are excited that he is able to win one round early. This is his first full year commitment to this series and it is great to see him walk away with the title after just one season.”