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Cycle News 2011 Issue 50 Dec 13

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INTERVIEW P76 AMA HARE & HOUND & WORCS CHAMPION KURT CASELLI STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER A t 28 years of age, when most motorcycle racers are winding down their careers, Kurt Caselli is just now hitting his stride. Instead of slowing down and cutting back, Caselli is getting faster and piling more on his plate, having just finished up what was probably his busiest and, not to mention, most successful year racing dirt bikes ever. He embarked on what would be a remarkably physically and mentally demanding journey at the beginning of the 2011 season that had him chasing two major and radically different off-road championships – WORCS and AMA National Hare & Hounds totaling over 30 races and more than 50 hours on the bike going full tilt. Throw in three two-day World Enduro rounds and the International Six Days Enduro along the way and you figure he raced, in a span of 10 months, upwards of 100 hours on the bike going as fast as you can over some of the toughest trails and terrain this planet has to offer. There's a reason why his friends call him "Special K." Caselli's ambitious endeavor paid off. When he took the checkered flag for the last time this year, he went home two for two - a double champion - successfully defending his crown in WORCS and earning his very first overall number-one plate in the desert. The pie was sweet75-88 Caselli Interview .indd 76 TWO-FER IT WAS A ROUGH START FOR KURT CASELLI, BUT WHEN THE DUST SETTLED, TWO NEW CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES WERE ADDED TO HIS MANTLE. Kurt Caselli challenged himself by going after two very different championships in 2011. And he got them both. 12/9/11 2:19 PM

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