November 12, 2013 (Temecula, CA) – King of The Motos announces a new format for the 2014 race to be held February 1st and 2nd in Johnson Valley, California as part of the King of the Hammers (KOH) weeklong event. In keeping with the tradition of designing cutting-edge, extreme races, KOH founder, Dave Cole and King of the Motos director, Jimmy Lewis have collaborated to bring a more exciting race format to what people consider the toughest survival races in the world, the 2014 King of the Motos.
Pre-qualified race spots will still be held for winners of key races from across the globe. However, new changes have been made in terms of the format and qualifying opportunities. A time trial/qualifying event will take place on Saturday, February 1st and a new two-stage race will comprise the day of racing on Sunday, February 2nd. Saturday’s qualifying event will serve two purposes. First, it will determine the starting order for the morning stage on Sunday with the fastest qualifiers from Saturday starting in the front on Sunday morning. Secondly, riders who have not pre-qualified for King of the Motos can earn a spot with a fast qualifying time on Saturday. The number of riders that will qualify on Saturday has yet to be determined.
Sunday’s King of the Motos race will be a two-stage format this year. The morning stage will be similar to the speed and flow of the 2013 course with extremely fast desert sections and technical, but not impossible, rock sections. Racers who do not qualify through Saturday’s qualifier will be given another chance to qualify into the main event in the morning stage. Riders will start two-at-a-time and will be timed on a course expected to be approximately 50 miles in distance. All riders, whether pre-qualified or not, will be required to complete the morning course in a given period of time in order to compete in the afternoon stage.
The King of the Motos “Main Event” will take place Sunday afternoon. Only registered racers will be allowed to work on their bikes between the morning and afternoon races. No outside assistance will be allowed. The main event will feature the now infamous goat hill land rush start and will incorporate the most difficult trails in Johnson Valley. The winner will be the rider who successfully completes both of Sunday’s stages in the least amount of combined time.
KOM racers will again be navigating the course mostly by GPS and limited markings. Pre-qualification only means there is a spot reserved in the final race. Racers will still have to complete and finish the Sunday morning stage before the cut-off time in order to start the main event Sunday afternoon.
Saturday’s qualifying rounds will take place near Hammertown for easy spectator access. All segments will be broadcast over the jumbotron and streamed live to the Internet and viewable at www.ultra4racing.com.
While anyone can sign up and race King of the Motos, the following is a list of prequalified riders earning a guaranteed spot in the Final Race:
King of the Motos (Top 5 from 2013 King of the Motos)
The Tough One
Tennessee Knock Out
Roof Of Africa
Sea to Sky
Last Dog Standing
Endurocross Series Champion (current and previous year)
Baja 1000 winner (all riders on team) (current and previous year)
Dakar Winner (current and previous year)