The first round of the 2013 AMA National Hare & Hound opened up nicely in Lucernce Valley on Sunday. NH&H is considered the elite desert racing series in the west.
Kurt Caselli stopped to help a downed rider with a broken that other racers had not seen as they rode by. Caselli rode his friend 2-up to the medics’ area and forfeited his finish and the points for the opener. He said it was the right thing to do and he had zero regrets.
Kendall Norman came out swinging for the fences at the National Hare & Hound Season Opener and opened up a noticeable lead over the field by the mid point. Conditions could not have been better for racing with moist soil and patchy clouds.
Capt. Kurt Caselli, back just one week after his stellar DAKAR debut, was riding on a bent rear brake rotor when he got the first RDC secret photo spot. There, he got help from feral desert nomad Jaime Luis & his trusty crescent wrench. It was later in the race when Caselli was making up for lost time and he came across the downed rider.
Caselli handled the bomb start with ease, while Norman was still 8-10 positions back in the pack. Clear on the other side of the course it was an entirely different story, Norman came into a tight, technical uphill section with minutes to spare. We saw him, he was riding his ass off. Kamo, Burson, and Arugbright started coming through several minutes later.
It’s an important win for Norman and a well executed move to start the AMA H&H Season. We expect to see Norman make a run for the title and mix things up a little bit, or at least hope so.
1. Kendall Norman (Honda CRF450X)
2. David Kamo (Honda CRF450X)
3. Jacob Argubright (Kawasaski KX450F)
4. Nick Burson (Beta 498 RR)
5. T.J. Hannafin (Beta 498 RR)
6. Ross Neely (Yamaha WR450F)
7. Skyler Howes (KTM 300 XC)
8. Justin Morrow (Beta 498 RR)
9. Tuffy Pearson (TM 300 MX)
10. Nic Garvin (KTM 250 XC)
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