Tuesday, February 4, 2014

King of Motos 2014 Results - Cody Webb Wins Pro, GAS GAS 360 Wins Team

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Webb Retains King Status As Top Riders Battle it Out at the 2014 King of the Motos Presented by Trail Tech
Results Riders 1-10
1. Cody Webb, 2:38:01
2. Taylor Robert, 2:40:19
3. Graham Jarvis, 2:47:19
4. Kyle Redmond, 2:51:19
5. Noah Kepple, 3:30:52
6. Mitch Carvolth, 3:44:39
7. Kale Elworthy, 3:57:12
8. Ty Tremaine, 3:58:00
9. Travis Coy, 3:58:16
10. Peter Weiss, 4:06:57
Teams
24 overall1st Team360TStevenFoord1:52:324:33:526:26:24
24 overall1st Team360TMichaelSalsman1:52:324:33:526:26:24
25 Overall2nd Team1TNathanBrown2:30:085:24:297:54:37
25 Overall2nd Team1TRobertMadden2:30:085:24:297:54:37
Amateur
20 overall1st Amateur104MichaelAllen1:30:143:49:415:19:55
22 overall2nd Amateur105ErinJames1:42:464:08:005:50:46

February 2, 2014 (Johnson Valley, CA) – The 2014 King of the Motos Presented by Trail Tech lived up to its reputation as the toughest extreme enduro in the U.S. as 75 riders took the green flag in the third edition of the race.  Less than three hours after he raced across the wind-scoured Mojave desert and manhandled his Beta two-stroke up a series of rocky ravines with names like Chocolate Thunder and Wrecking Ball, Cody Webb, 25, from Watsonville, Calif. won his second King of the Motos crown.

The two-stage race began with a high-speed desert 40-mile course in the morning and concluded with a 36-mile highly technical course covering multiple rock climbs and descents.  Sunday’s afternoon race was a mass start at the bottom of the famed trail, Chocolate Thunder. The spectacular land rush start began with a sandy-hill then quickly pivoted left to head up the rocky ravine. This is where Webb separated himself.  Because he was wearing the yellow jersey, he got the best “lane” choice, and he avoided the carnage heading up the rocky canyon. "I rode great today,” said Webb, even though he lost his GPS during the morning’s desert section and then suffered a flat tire 15-miles before the finish. “I had a clean start, and I think that was the key to getting into to my own race.”

The all-star field packed the Pro class including former X Games competitors like Kyle Redmond, Corey Graffunder, Colton Haaker and Peter Weiss, in addition to factory KTM rider Taylor Robert, GNCC star Kailub Russell and the legend of extreme enduro riding himself, Graham Jarvis from the UK.

Jarvis, who won the inaugural KOM in 2012, has made the voyage across the pond to compete in KOM every year. Despite being tangled up during the afternoon’s mass start, Jarvis, a three-time Hell’s Gate winner and 2013 Erzberg winner, still managed to pick off riders in the technical sections of the course before finding his way to the podium in 3rd.

Sandwiched between Webb and Jarvis in second was Taylor Robert, an emerging star in world of endurocross. Robert rode a 300cc two-stroke during the race, the bike of choice among most riders because of its speed in the desert and maneuverability in the rocks.  

Class News
King of the Motos Presented by Trail Tech was divided into three classes – Pro, Sportsman and (two person) Teams.  Riding for Dirt Rider, Michael Allen won the sportsman class. In 2013, Allen registered as a pro, but joked onstage that after he got last place, he decided to demote himself. 

Steven Foord and Michael Salsman won the team category and both were riding trials bikes. While Foord and Salsman won the category, it was the “Flying Hawaiians” Robert Madden and Nathan Brown that were crowd favorites as they returned to KOM to defend their 2013 win.  The uncle and nephew team, who were also riding trials bikes, and dressed in their signature Hawaiian shirts.

Racing for the unofficial crown of “Queen of the Motos,” Louise Forsely, Morgan Tanke and Ruth Gutish put in respectable efforts.  While Gutish DNF’d the morning race, both Tanke and Forsely timed out during the afternoon competition.  Forsely, an X Games medalist and trials champion who competed in the 2013 King of the Motos commented that this year’s course was much more difficult than the previous year.

Perhaps the most prestigious honor of the day, though, went to Steve Behunin. Behunin was given the first annual Kurt Caselli Sportsmanship Award for his efforts helping other riders throughout the day. There were numerous times during the brutal start that Steve would get off his bike to assist other riders who were struggling.  Caselli, a well-loved rider in the role model in motocross community, was killed in 2013 Baja 1000.

Hammertown Grows
As the popularity of KOM continues to grow, so does the crowd who follows it. On Sunday afternoon, while the Broncos battled the Seahawks, the sea of RVs in Hammertown spread across the desert and people from across the globe were glued to their computer screens watching the live webcast.  More than 35,000 people total are expected to fill the makeshift city during the King of the Motos/King of the Hammers week-long event which concludes Friday, Feb. 7th with the main event – Griffin King of the Hammers Presented by Nitto.
 
Photo Credits: 
Kathy Durrett & Nicole Dreon

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PositionClassBike #FirstLastAM RacePM RaceTotal Time
PROS
1Pro1CodyWebb0:57:351:40:262:38:01
2Pro33TaylorRobert0:56:081:44:112:40:19
3Pro2GrahamJarvis1:02:431:44:362:47:19
4Pro7KyleRedmond1:02:171:49:022:51:19
5Pro696NoahKepple1:07:422:23:103:30:52
6Pro177MitchCarvolth1:15:282:29:113:44:39
7Pro5KaleElworthy1:13:032:44:093:57:12
8Pro114TyTremaine1:11:382:46:223:58:00
9Pro452TravisCoy1:10:422:47:343:58:16
10Pro13PeterWeiss1:18:472:48:104:06:57
11Pro403JustinMorgan1:15:252:54:184:09:43
12Pro9DONBOESPFLUG1:10:173:01:194:11:36
13Pro118CoryGraffunder1:05:443:15:474:21:31
14Pro203MikeAranda1:20:543:09:144:30:08
15Pro4QuinnWentzel1:20:073:13:464:33:53
16Pro27WallacePalmer1:25:173:13:424:38:59
17Pro507RorySullivan1:12:513:28:264:41:17
18Pro30JasonMatheney1:15:103:35:574:51:07
19Pro34BradyElton1:20:443:47:535:08:37
21Pro108JosephEdsman1:32:073:52:385:24:45
23Pro616BradHendry1:30:014:26:185:56:19
DNFPro557KailubRussell1:01:02DNFDNF
DNFPro106BryanNelson1:24:18DNFDNF
DNFPro15MaxGerston1:25:04DNFDNF
DNFPro20KevinMurphy1:27:49DNFDNF
DNFPro804AJLehr1:28:52DNFDNF
DNFPro579KyleStrawn2:33:38DNFDNF
DNFPro160RandyDuke2:36:19DNFDNF
DNFPro602MatthewCaraway3:08:53DNFDNF
DNFPro711SteveBehunin3:11:10DNFDNF
DNFPro720JordanBrandtDNSDNFDNF
DQPro10ColtonHaaker0:59:06DQDQ
Amateur
20 overall1st Amateur104MichaelAllen1:30:143:49:415:19:55
22 overall2nd Amateur105ErinJames1:42:464:08:005:50:46
DNFAmateur86TravisTiner1:47:54DNFDNF
DNFAmateur262rDarrelCollins1:50:35DNFDNF
DNFAmateur374JustinLeineweber1:59:43DNFDNF
DNFAmateur239VKevinDriver2:00:11DNFDNF
DNFAmateur303JimSitton2:01:23DNFDNF
DNFAmateur17BernardUnhassobiscay2:02:04DNFDNF
DNFAmateurN375BrendenThrockmorton2:04:16DNFDNF
DNFAmateurv37CraigThompson2:07:16DNFDNF
DNFAmateur88DrewDickson2:08:31DNFDNF
DNFAmateur15ZRobertKatz2:11:46DNFDNF
DNFAmateur441MattKearney2:16:53DNFDNF
DNFAmateur74RadekBurkat2:20:21DNFDNF
DNFAmateur107JohnBennett2:26:56DNFDNF
DNFAmateur302ShaneMcNulty2:32:45DNFDNF
DNFAmateur727JamesKing2:33:47DNFDNF
DNFAmateurV3GregGilbert2:47:42DNFDNF
DNFAmateur251JeremyKirby2:49:23DNFDNF
DNFAmateur308AlexLehr2:55:02DNFDNF
DNFAmateur84TomWalker2:58:00DNFDNF
DNFAmateur103RemusHaupt3:10:01DNFDNF
DNFAmateurN1mJohnKearney3:12:34DNFDNF
DNFAmateurN7TomAlbright3:13:51DNFDNF
DNFAmateur328V. RogerFludDNFDNFDNF
DNFAmateur97DaveSanchezDNFDNFDNF
DNFAmateur454RyusFinchDNFDNFDNF
DNFAmateur101KahawaiAlanaDNFDNFDNF
DNFAmateur175LChrisGageDNFDNFDNF
DNFAmateur666ChadHummer2:23:51DNSDNS
DNFAmateur76patrickkubiak3:02:02DNSDNS
DNFAmateur23ScottyKing3:25:40DNSDNS
Teams
24 overall1st Team360TStevenFoord1:52:324:33:526:26:24
24 overall1st Team360TMichaelSalsman1:52:324:33:526:26:24
25 Overall2nd Team1TNathanBrown2:30:085:24:297:54:37
25 Overall2nd Team1TRobertMadden2:30:085:24:297:54:37
DNFTeams6TThomasPira1:56:33DNFDNF
DNFTeams6TPhilPira1:56:33DNFDNF
DNFTeams201TWadeKimble3:06:39DNFDNF
DNFTeams201TJeffStrutz3:06:39DNFDNF
Women
DNF1st Woman77LouiseForsley2:00:37DNFDNF
DNF2nd Woman31MorganTanke3:16:15DNFDNF
DNF3rd Woman217RachelGutishDNFDNFDNF