For the third straight year, Factory FMF/KTM pilot Kurt Caselli took the top honors in the AMA National Hare & Hound Championship.
Caselli clinched the title one round early at round nine in the Nevada desert. The round ran point-to-pint instead of the typical multi-loop race, which meant the riders started at one point and raced to the final point at the finish while their pit crew chased them along the way for support, KTM reports.
Caselli was quick from the beginning, getting the holeshot and immediately beginning to stretch his lead.
Kurt Caselli says: “My bike started up right away and I was able to get a good jump off the start. I rode a smart race, and luckily, made no mistakes. The course was very well marked for this event which allowed me to continue to pull out front.”
Caselli would finish over a minute ahead of KTM’s David Pearson. Taking the final podium position was Caselli’s teammate, Ivan Ramirez, making for a KTM podium sweep.
Kurt Caselli says: “It feels really great to clench the championship a round early. It is a great way to end the season. I am happy I was able to get another championship for the FMF/KTM Team before I switch over to rally racing.”
The champ will not attend the final Hare & Hound event as he will head to a World Rally round for practice and a team photo shoot for his 2014 debut as a Factory rider for the Red Bull KTM Rally Team, KTM reports.
Kurt Caselli says: “So many people have helped me along the way in my career and I want to thank each of them for their contribution to my success. I can’t wait for the next step in this journey.”