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GODSPEED! SAD DAY IN MOTORCYCLE RACING

Kasper Lyngg a ard. Danish motocross star Kasper Lynggaard was killed in a practice crash at the Dortmund Supercross. Lynggaard was one of Denmark’s best racer and had represented them at the Motocross des Nations. Full details of the cause of death will have to wait for the official report. Eric Palante in Argentina. Belgian motorcycle rider Eric Palante died competing in the the Dakar Rally. This was the 11th Dakar Rally for the 50 year old. Organizers said they went out looking for the Palante after …

WE RIDE KURT CASELLI’S STAGE-WINNING DAKAR RALLY KTM 450

Imagine going from racing a 240-pound KTM 450SXF to racing a 380-pound bike. And not just riding it around your local track, but for 5000 miles with nine gallons of gas strapped between your legs. Kurt Caselli did it?and he did it with just a short amount of time to prepare before starting the most prestigious and grueling offroad race on earth, the Dakar Rally. In 2013, d ecorated multi-time offroad champion Kurt Caselli answered the last-minute call to fill in for Factory KTM’s injured Marc Coma in th…

A WORD ABOUT KURT CASELLI AND MXA

Godspeed! Kurt Ca selli (1983-2013). We can’t believe that we have to justify our actions in the face of the death of a f riend, but f or those who question our decision not to run the news reports of Kurt Caselli’s death on our website, we had our reasons and maybe you will understand them and maybe you won?t. MXA had a close relationship with Kurt?not just because we covered his races, did interviews, tested his bikes and had Kurt ride for our cover, but because MXA editor Daryl Ecklund was Kurt’s bes…

NEW ROUTE AND NEW COUNTRY FOR 2014 DAKAR RALLY… WELCOME TO BOLIVIA

The 2014 Dakar Rally is dropping its route through Peru for one that goes into Bolivia instead. The Dakar will still transit through Argentina and Chile in 2014. The 2014 Dakar Rally will have longer special stages, as well as several marathon stages (stages where only the competitor can do mechanical work on his machine, not the mechanics). The favored KTM team is Kurt Caselli, Marc Coma and Ruben Faria. Five-time winner Cyril Despres has yet to announce where and what he will be racing in 2014. It is …

KURT CASELLI WINS AGAIN: TAKES STAGE 11 OF THE DAKAR RALLY IN ARGENTINA

Kurt Caselli on his way to the Stage 11 victory. KTM’s Kurt Caselli, drafted to ride the KTM 450 Rally bike of injured teammate Marc Coma, picked up his second stage win in his first-ever Dakar on Wednesday. Caselli, who also won Stage Seven, took advantage of Argentina’s Baja-like terrain on Wednesday to win the stage. Sadly, Kurt is out of the top 20 overall after picking up more than three hours of penalties for missing checkpoints and waypoints in Stage Eight. On Thursday the riders leave Fiambala i…

KURT CASELLI WINS STAGE 7 OF THE PARIS-DAKAR RALLY

Kurt in C hile. Photo M. Matagni MXA is all about motocross, but we can?t help but admire motorcycle racers of all kinds ? especially if we like them. So, it is with great pride that we report that Kurt Caselli won the 220 kilometer special test as a fill-in rider for Marc Coma, who was injured before the Dakar started. Caselli averaged 117kmh and was the first newcomer to win a stage since 2006. Sadly, French rider Thomas Bourgin lost his life in a traffic accident in Chile during a liaison section of …

COLOGNE DEBUT: HONDA’S ALL-NEW CRF450 DAKAR MODEL

At the 2012 International Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany Honda unveiled its newest offroad race effort ? the Honda CRF450 Dakar. Honda will compete in the 2013 Dakar Rally to be held next January. Honda has won the Paris-Dakar fives times, although their last overall win was back in 1989. Based on CRF450X enduro model, the bike has already undergone testing in Japan and will be ridden in its first race at the Morocco Rally 2012 starting on October 14. The five riders set to compete in the Dakar Ral…