King Of The Motos - Dirt Rider Magazine

New races carry so much excitement for both the racers and the fans, and at an event like King of the Motos nobody really knew what to expect. King of the Hammers (a massive four-wheel rock crawling/desert race) takes place every year in Lucerne Valley and attracts over 20,000 off-road truck fans; out of that was born The King of the Motos. With a massive $10,000 winner-take-all pro purse, 21 riders from all disciplines of professional off-road racing showed up for some intense all-out battling over a 65-mile desert course littered with extreme sections. The racers where equipped with Trail-Tech Voyager GPS units with the racecourse pre-programmed to follow. The course was also marked but not fully, requiring use of the GPS and off-road smarts.

The Start

The start scenario was different, cool and great for the spectators at King of the Motos. The racers stood holding their non-running machines by the back fender waiting for the green flag to wave. As soon as that happened, they horse jumped on, started their bikes and battled it out up a crazy rock hillside with zero lines burned in. The hillside was soft dirt dotted with loose flat rock, some buried and some fully exposed. Massive boulders separated the lines, forcing the riders to choose the smartest line, or in this case, the line with the least amount of dust and traffic. It was an all-out sprint to the top of the hill, and Kurt Caselli made it look easy by grabbing the holeshot as he left the others in the dust.

What Happened

There were four riders who had a strong chance of winning, three of those had issues that took the lead out of their hands and allowing Graham Jarvis to stay consistent and push through to the end for the win. Kurt Caselli completely stomped the rest of the field up the start mountain and disappeared off into the high-speed desert followed by Jarvis, Corey Graffunder, Cody Webb and a handful of others. Where Caselli has silly speed through the desert, Webb, Graham Jarvis and Kyle Redmond had the technical sections faster than Caselli. After bike issues, Caselli dropped out of the race and it was Webb's turn to lead. Webb and Redmond swapped the lead a few times when Webb would pass Redmond through a nasty section and then Kyle would get him back on a wide open desert section. Eventually, while leading Webb had an insignificant tip over which destroyed his radiator and had him pushing his bike back to the nearest checkpoint, potentially out of the race. This handed the lead back to Redmond who pulled out a couple minute gap on Jarvis. Heading into the famous Jack Hammer section of Lucerne Valley Kyle struggled with his GPS and Jarvis caught him at the base. The two Husaberg mounted riders swapped the lead position all the way to the top where Jarvis squeezed by Kyle. Kyle dropped his bike on the throttle side and had to use tools from his tool belt to free up the throttle tube before giving chase to Jarvis. About thirty minutes later 39 year-old Destry Abbott came through Jack Hammer in third place. By the end of the race Jarvis put twelve minutes on Redmond and Destry came across the line twenty minutes behind Redmond. Mike Slawson survived for forth. Not wanting to DNF the Kind of the Motos, Webb switched radiators with fellow Beta teammate Max Gerston, who was having some bike issues. Trailside they got the radiator swapped and Cody Webb was able to finish just over an hour after winner Graham Jarvis in fifth place. The sixth and final rider to finish the King of the Motos was Jimmy Jarett, getting a full dose of west coast terrain.

The King

In the end, Graham Jarvis finished the race with a time of 2:57:19 just 12 minutes ahead of Kyle Redmond who came in at 3:09:41. What made the finish so cool is the fact that both Jarvis and Redmond were on borrowed Husaberg TE300 two-strokes and each of the bikes belonged to a different magazine! Dirt Rider loaned their Berg to Jarvis (the winner) and Dirt Bike Magazine offered their TE300 to Redmond who put in an impressive ride. Was the race really that gnarly that the guys didn't want to thrash their own personal rides? Possibly. But either way, these riders showed that stock Husabergs are fine bikes and can take the beating across miles and miles of over-sized desert whoops, nasty rock gardens and the softest power-robbing sand dunes.

Destry Abbott came in third with a time of 3:29:16 and looked absolutely worn out. The Dusty Rabbit recently announced his partial retirement and came out and schooled a bunch of young guns. He even went down on the start and was nowhere near the front of the pack. Destry is a man who never gives up and will fight all the way to the finish. The racer is still alive and well within Destry.

2012 King of the Motos Results

1 Graham Jarvis # 88 2:57:19

2 Kyle Redmond #17 3:09:41

3 Destry Abbott #8 3:29:16

4 Mike Slawson #307 3:45:32

5 Cody Webb #247 4:00:40

6 Jimmy Jarett #24 4:05:28

7 Chris Ridgway #181 DNF

8 Cory Graffunder #115 DNF

9 Jason Smith #20 DNF

10 Joe Kessler #46 DNF

11 Jordan Brandt #2 DNF

12 Kurt Caselli #66 DNF

13 Max Gerston #15 DNF

14 Nicholas Burson #9 DNF

15 Tim Robel #222 DNF

16 David Pearson #22 DNF

17 Max Eddy Jr. #6 DNF

18 Gary Sutherlin #21 DNF

19 Frank Schettini #23 DNF

20 Brad Pace #3 DNF

21 Chris Midkiff #18 DNF