Mini O’s, 2014 KTMs, Trey Canard Injured and More Kurt Caselli! – The Weekly Dirt: December 4, 2013

By the DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we look back on the 42nd running of the Mini Os in Florida. Sean Klinger gets up to speed on the 2014 KTM SX-Fs and Mark Kariya sends out the call for Kurt Caselli memorabilia. There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it.

Hampshire Shines at Mini Os

JR Hampshire won five titles at this year’s Mini Os. Photo By Rob Koy
Chase Sexton won the Fox Bronze Boot award. Photo By Rob Koy
Keith Tucker won four classes in the B divisons. Photo By Rob Koy
Austin Forkner claimed motocross and supercross titles in the Supermini 1 & and Supermini 2 classes. Photo By Rob Koy
Garrett Marchbanks won the 85 (9-11) Limited MX class. Photo By Rob Koy

The 42nd running of the Thor Winter Olympics, or Mini O’s as they are often referred to, took place last week at Gatorback MX Park in Gainesville, Florida, with over 3300 entries filling the grids in 77 different classes.

At the end of a long week of racing, local favorite RJ Hampshire emerged as top performer, the GEICO Honda rider claiming five titles over the course of the week, and going home with the coveted Pro Circuit Platinum Pipe award, which goes to the top overall performer of the week. Hampshire also won the Dunlop Silver Tire award, which goes to the Top finisher in the A classes. Hampshire’s titles came in the 250 A and 450 Pro Sport Supercross divisions, and in the Motocross classes, Hampshire won the 250 A and 250 and 450 Pro Sport titles. No doubt, Hampshire is a name to remember.

In the meantime, the Fox Bronze Boot award, which goes to the top youth rider, went to Yamaha’s Chase Sexton, who four titles (85 12-13 SX and MX; Mini Sr. SX and MX).

The Scott Golden Goggle award, which goes to the top Amateur racer, went to Florida rider Bryce Mauldin, who won the 250C, 450C, 250 C Limited, and 450 C Limited titles on his One Industries-backed KTMs.

Other big winners included Austin Forkner, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider taking titles in the Supermini 1 and 2 divisions in both motocross and Supercross.

Also, North Carolina’s Keith Tucker won four classes on a Yamaha, taking home big wins in the 250 B and 450 B supercross classes, and in motocross he won the 250 B and College B/C 16-24 classes.

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Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard Injured While Preparing for 2014 Supercross

Photo Courtesy American Honda

More bad news for Trey Canard! The Team Honda Muscle Milk’ rider was involved in a crash during practice over the Thanksgiving weekend while preparing for the 2014 Supercross season, sustaining a broken arm. Canard underwent successful surgery on Tuesday December 3, and will begin rehabilitation in preparation for the 2014 Supercross season. Canard had a successful 2013 season, highlighted by his sixth-place overall finish in the Supercross series and fourth overall in the Motocross standings.

“Of course we are disappointed that Trey will miss the opening rounds of the 2014 SX season,” said Director of Racing, Ray Conway. “He has been going really fast at all our pre-season test sessions. We all know how hard Trey will work to get back as soon as he can, and the whole team can’t wait for his return.”

Kurt Caselli Tribute Video

Here’s a cool and touching tribute video about Kurt Caselli from KTM: Embed Code:

—Shan Moore

Caselli Memories Requested

Kurt Caselli answers questions posed by Dirt Rider’s Shan Moore at the ISDE in Italy in October. The Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day is Friday at Glen Helen and everyone’s invited. Those who can’t make it are urged to send their memories and photos to KTM for a special collection it’s amassing. Photo By Mark Kariya

Though the service for Kurt Caselli on Sunday was a private affair, those who couldn’t attend and can get to Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, California, on Friday, December 6, are invited to do so for the Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day from 10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. It promises to be a great time of both riding and socializing, as a number of motorcycling icons are expected to attend as well as everyday dirt riders.

And since there will be plenty of enthusiasts visiting from out of the area, those looking to continue the fun (as Caselli would certainly suggest) might want to consider racing the final round of the AMA District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series at Pala Raceway (about an hour south of Glen Helen) or venture farther south for the Tecate Hare Scrambles hosted by the Los Ancianos Motorcycle Club. Those who’d like to gawk at many of the new 2014 models should consider attending the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach which starts Friday at 4:00 P.M. and runs all weekend.

KTM, Caselli’s bike sponsor for his entire professional career, is requesting Caselli’s friends and fans to send in anecdotes, photos, stories and other tributes to the fallen racer. In the press release sent out Monday morning, KTM said, “This compendium of memories of Kurt is for the Caselli family and it is hoped that the collection will be a worthy tribute to someone very special who will be very sadly missed throughout the international racing community. Kurt was an accomplished off-road and desert rider, admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. He was not only one of the most popular figures on the KTM Team but also a great role model for young riders and fans. He is and will always be remembered as a champion on the bike, and in life.”

Those who wish to contribute to this collection can do so until January 30, 2014. U.S. residents should send their material to KTM USA, Attn: The Caselli Family, 38429 Innovation Ct., Murrietta, CA, 92563. Non-U.S. residents should send to

Caselli Collection

KTM Sportmotorcycle AG

Betriebsgebeit Süd, Stallhofnerstrasse 38

A- 5230

Mattighofen, Austria.

While the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) Nationals ended with the Moose Run last month, one last order of business remained and that was the annual post-season banquet. Besides overall motorcycle champion Russell Bobbitt and ATV champ Spencer Dickerson, all of the assorted class winners received their well-deserved awards.

But there was more.

This group of Huskys from various model years is a minuscule portion of the collection housed at the Moto Armory in Moline, Illinois. Those who went to Saturday night’s OMA banquet got a first-hand look. A more complete photographic review is coming here soon. Photo By Mark Kariya

For the first time, the Moto Armory in Moline, Illinois, opened its doors to let the OMA racers, staff and friends view its extensive collection of vintage dirt bikes from most every genre of the sport. Look for an extensive photo story here soon. —Mark Kariya

KTM Launches the 2014 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition and Factory Services

To unveil its new bike, new race teams and new factory services, KTM North America invited us down to its headquarters in sunny Murrieta, California. First let us get to the cool stuff – the 2014 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. —Sean Klinger

Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen will be battling on machines pretty close to this next season. Photo Courtesy KTM

Last year KTM made 550 units for the U.S. yet this year they have 699 bikes available, each with a commemorative plaque with its unique number out of 699. Why the increase in production? Simple – an increase in demand. For 2014 the Factory Edition bike received changes focused on weight savings since most of the feedback from the last two model years have been very positive on the strong motor.

That orange frame is worth almost any price...almost. Photo Courtesy KTM

For $900 more than the standard KTM 450 SX-F, you get a whole lot of unobtainable products, most of which have been upgraded for 2014. One of the biggest changes is the new WP 4CS fork with its four-chamber design, lighter .48Nm springs and lighter fork lugs. Also new is the WP 5018 shock and revised linkage that increases shaft travel without increasing wheel travel and saves weight. Other parts have been lightened all over the bike and you can’t ignore that bright orange frame, those black rims or the factory graphics. As soon as we get our hands on one we’ll see just how it compares to last year’s Factory Edition and the standard 2014 KTM 450 SX-F

WP Suspension is offering factory service to serious racers. Photo By Sean Klinger

Located next to sister company KTM’s headquarters in Murrieta, California, WP Suspension is launching its factory support and service program. Now, if you one a KTM and would like suspension work, you can have it done by WP specialists with OEM parts.

KTM is committed to providing serious racing support. Photo By Sean Klinger

KTM is also launching its Factory Service program. This service is offered to privateers and is basically factory engine work done by the same guys and in the same shop as all of the KTM factory teams. The price isn’t completely solid yet but it won’t be cheap. Yet the benefit is having factory work with factory parts in a factory shop, which is hard to put a price on.

Dunlop’s latest intermediate to hard terrain tire, the GEOMAX MX52. Photo By Sean Klinger

Lastly, Dunlop was on hand to launch its new GEOMAX MX52 front and rear tires, which are included on the 2014 KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition. These tires have been tested throughout last year’s supercross season and feature progressive cornering block technology. This is fancy-talk for a terraced block shape that is said to give better grip and control. The front tire is directional and both tires have a side-wall rubber compound specifically formulated to deaden impact and reduce bounce.

2014 Red Bull Factory KTM Supercoss Team: Ryan Dungey, Dean Ferris, Marvin Musquin, and Ken Roczen. Photo By Sean Klinger

That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.