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Idaho National Hare & Hound Results
Caselli Gets His First Win Of Season
Kurt Caselli wins in Idaho
David Kamo takes over series points lead
Dusty start for Hare & Hound
From KTM – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli won the third round of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series after a come from behind race to victory to score his first win of the 2013 season. Caselli had trouble starting his bike at the start of the race which put him near the end of the pack off the start. Once sorted, he began to pick through the riders. He spent the first loop coming up through the pack and was able to move into fifth place by the end of the loop approximately one minute behind the lead rider. The two-time National Hare & Hound Champion turned up the heat on the second loop and was able to make impressive passes to move into the lead. Caselli was first to cross the checkers to take home his first win of the season. “It was a tight race today,” commented Caselli. “I had my work cut out for me after having a bad start. Once I saw them in my sights on the second loop I just set to work to reel them in and was thankful I was able to get around them and collect my first win.” Caselli’s teammate, Ivan Ramirez, used this round of the series to test the new fuel-injected 450 XC-F. “We have plans to begin racing the fuel-injected bike in desert racing and are testing it for any possible issues,” remarked Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “We feel the Hare & Hound Series is good testing ground for the other desert races we will enter in the future.” Ramirez had a few struggles throughout the day but was able to finish fifteenth overall on the new machine.
JCR Honda David Kamo – It is great to have a national race 30 minutes from my house! A big thanks to all the folks who work hard to make this happen. The weekend started out with the mini race on Saturday morning. Justin Morrow and I held the banner for the race. They had a 3 row start for the minis, Idaho style, rather than 3 separate races. For the bigger minis it was an hour and a half long race! Afterwards the club and local vendors made sure they all got contingencies for participating. Then it was on to the Poster signing at the Dan Wiebold Ford dealership at the Nampa Auto Mall. There were a lot of the racers who came to meet, visit and sign posters for everyone. Dirt, Inc. also had the sign up there so it made it easy for the racers. My mom had cupcakes, Honda, Beta, and Kawi cookies, and brownies for everyone. On race day, we headed out to Hemenway Butte (South of Nampa, ID). I had walked the start the day before but re-walked it again to make sure where I wanted to line up at. TR and Colby helped me get set up on the start line. There were so many racers on the line that they had to extend the start line. When the banner dropped, I got an average start. I then realized that there were several racers who were a jump ahead of me. Skyler got the hole shot to the bomb and kept the lead for a few miles. It was all I could do to stay the course as I fell into the cloud of dust and the mass of riders. I passed as I could, but it was sketchy. By the first road crossing, five miles in, I was up to 7th place. At the main pits, around 42+ miles into the race, I was 5th overall. TR did a super job pitting me. Goggles and gas, and I was out of the pits. I was able to make a successful pass on Skyler. Then I heard Kurt behind me and he made his pass – it was so dusty and rocky. After 32 miles in on the 2nd loop, I stopped for e-gas. I was just out of Kurt and Jacob’s dust. I was told after the race that Kurt was almost on top of Jacob at this point, waiting for his chance to get out in front. Colby, Kelly and my mom pitted me. I knew I had to keep on the gas and keep within striking distance. Kurt passed Jacob and I was able to reel Jacob in several times in between holes in the dust. Eventually I was able to put a pass on him and finish in 2nd place. I like to thank my sponsors JCR, Fly, Scott Goggles, Alliance Offroad, and Kelly Fulfer. Thank you to my cousin Colby, my roommate TR, Kelly Fulfer and my mom for helping pit me. I really appreciated all of the people along the course who were cheering!