The 5th running of the KLIM King of the Motos, one of the toughest off-road races in America, will be a two-part competition taking place on Sunday, January 31st and kicking off the the 2016 Nitto King of the Hammers week. The event in Johnson Valley, California has attracted off-road’s elite since its creation, and it was extreme enduro rider and five-time British trials champ Graham Jarvis who took the first King of the Motos in 2012. Now, two-time KOM champion Cody Webb (2013 & 2014) is back to reclaim the King’s spot from 2015 KOM champion Colton Haaker. Webb and Haaker compete against each other throughout the year at X Games, SuperEnduro, and recently battled for a Championship at the final round of the 2015 EnduroCross series. The fight for the King’s throne will surely be a heated one.
With over 95 entries, it is the largest King of the Motos event yet with riders coming from all backgrounds of dirt bike racing from trials to enduro. The first race starts at 8am and is an untimed, once around loop. The second race starts at 1pm and will have continuous laps for 3 hours.
Cody Webb, @codywebb2 — Hailing from a trials background, Factory KTM rider Webb has a long list of accomplishments including two-time King of the Motos Champion 2013 & 2014, 2015 Tennessee Knock Out Champion, 2014 & 2015 EnduroCross Champion, three-time X Games silver medalist, two-time X Games bronze medalist, SuperEnduro and the list goes on. The 27 year old rider is also on track to graduate college as a mechanical engineer in May. It’s about time Red Bull finally added this winning rider to their roster of elite athletes!
Colton Haaker, @coltonhaaker — Recently celebrating his 26th birthday, Haaker was runner up in the 2015 EnduroCross championship title race, 2015 King of the Motos Champion, X Games silver medalist, made podium in his second SuperEnduro race and has unique fast and technical tricks up his sleeve. He can 360° a dirt bike like nobody’s business!
Taylor Robert, @taylor_robert33 — Red Bull FMF Factory KTM rider is competing in the 2016 EnduroCross series and SuperEnduro series. Surely Taylor is a top contender for King of the Motos where he finished on the podium with 3rd place in 2013 and 2nd place in 2014. The 25 year old, X Games gold medalist trains in the Arizona desert daily and has a laundry list of accomplishments including: 2012 WORCS Champion, 2nd overall at the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000, two-time ISDE gold medalist and top American in 2012 and 2013 and more. In 2015, he was once again on Team USA for ISDE in Slovakia. Recently, Taylor won the last round of the 2015 EnduroCross series and took 5th place in the point standings.
Cory Graffunder, @corygraffunder – Canadian off-road rider is the 2015 AMA Western Hare Scrambles Champion, competes in the EnduroCross series, Tennesse Knock Out competitor and an X Games medalist.
Kyle Redmond, @kyleredmond777 – California native Redmond grew up trail-riding on dirt bikes and is now a Factory Beta USA rider competing in the EnduroCross series, Western Hare Scrambles series and other race events such as the Tennesse Knock Out. Redmond took 2nd in the first ever King of the Motos in 2012.
Max Gerston, @maxgerston — From Arizona, you can spot the 24 year old in Hammertown as we’re sure he’ll have his cowboy hat on. Gerston is the 2012 Junior EnduroCross Champion, has since moved onto the Pro EnduroCross class, and an X Games competitor. In 2015, he claimed 3rd overall at King of the Motos and will be looking to better his result this year.
Andrew Putt, @andrew_putt2 – Another trials rider on the roster and an American MotoTrials rider for Factory Sherco USA, Putt is only 17 years old and was on the 2015 US Trials des Nations Men’s team. We’re excited to see this Pennsylvanian’s KOM effort.
Justin Morgan, @jmorgan403 – San Diego Rancher and National Hare & Hound racer, Justin will be competing on his Precision Concepts Racing Yamaha at his second King of the Motos. In 2014, he finished 11th at KOM. The desert terrain is nothing new to Justin, he iron-manned and won the Mexican Norra 1000 in 2013, as well as overall winner of the 2015 SCORE Baja 500 and took 2nd overall at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000 with his teammates.
Morgan Tanke, @mtanke31 – At 19 years old, Tanke is the top women’s finisher of the 2015 King of the Motos, finished 5th in the 2015 EnduroCross series and recently started racing the National Hare & Hound Series. Watch out boys!
Bryan Roper, @bryanroper3 – In 2013, Arizona’s Roper took 5th at King of the Motos. Since then Bryan has been racing EnduroCross, American MotoTrials competitor and was on the 2015 US Trials des Nations Men’s team. His impeccable trials skills will help in this rocky desert terrain.
Ty Tremaine, @ tyga_114 – Stillwell Performance rider finished 8th at King of the Motos in 2014, and is the 2015 FIM Junior SuperEnduro World Champion. The 20 year old from Northern Nevada has competed in X Games, WORCS, and is an up and coming EnduroCross rider where he finished 8th in the 2015 season.
Noah Kepple, @noahkepple – Finishing 5th at King of the Motos in 2014 and 7th in 2015, and at 19 years old is quickly becoming a name in the EnduroCross series where he finished 13th in points for 2015 while also attending college.
Quinn Wentzel, @quinn_wentzel — At 19 years old, Ohio native Trials rider turned Pro last year and rides for Team Scorpa. Quinn is a national Trials champ and competes in the EnduroCross series.
Kevin Murphy, @kmurph1000 – Top Amateur King of the Motos finisher in 2015, Kevin will race the Pro class this year and we expect him to do well as he finished 12th overall (beating some of the Pros) last year.
Key notes about the 2016 event:
All race bikes need to go through tech inspection on Saturday from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM. There will also be a late tech (listed in schedule below). Any motorcycle competing in the event will be required to have a spark arrestor, meet the 96 dB sound limit, proper and valid OHV sticker. Front number plate sticker will be provided.
There is no pre-running for the King of the Motos 2016 race and riders will not receive course track logs until the mandatory rider’s meeting Saturday, January 30th at 6:00 PM. GPS is very important, as navigation is relied on more so than ever at this year’s King of the Motos. Trail Tech is offering KOM racers a special discount on Voyager GPS units, protectors and radiator fans, and will be on site to help with technical questions.
The 2016 race will feature two parts. The first part of the competition will be an untimed morning race with a dead-engine, land rush start onto a scored loop with event sign up order to determine starting pick. Finishing position of the morning race will establish afternoon race start position. Sportsman/Amateur riders will start first followed by Pro class riders. Total mileage: 24 miles for Sportsman/Amateur, 27 miles for Pro. Event promoter and creator Jimmy Lewis offers, “As like last year, if the first Sportsman/Amateur rider can make it to the first loop finish ahead of the first Pro, I will give you a free Pro entry for 2017.”
Remote pit available for KOM riders approximately 12 course miles out, and pit team can only provide tools and items such as spare parts and gas for rider to work on and fuel bike. No parts can be delivered other than the two pit locations (remote and hot pits). KOM rider is the only one allowed to touch KOM race bike!
The afternoon race will be 9 miles per lap with a 1.1 mile start mileage and will start at 1:00 PM. Rider to complete as many laps as possible in 3 hours time. If the leader crosses the finish line at 3:59pm (not meeting time limit), riders will have to complete a new lap and the first rider to cross the checkered flag is the winner.
If you can’t make it out to Hammertown, be sure to watch the KLIM King of the Motos LIVE video coverage on http://ultra4racing.com/live/ starting Sunday, January 31st at 12 PM. The recorded start of the 8 AM race will be shown during the afternoon live webcast.
2016 King of the Motos Schedule
Friday 1/29 – Hammertown Opens
Rider registration: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
All day- Rider Video Interviews for the live broadcast.
GPS Test Loop available.
Rider registration: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Motos Tech Inspection: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
GPS Q&A with Trail Tech: 12:00 PM
Riders Meeting: 6:00 PM at Big tent
Sunday – 1/31- King of The Motos
Late Tech: 6:30 AM
Start Line Staging: 7:30 AM
Morning Start, Loop 1: 8:00 AM for Sportsman, 8:10-8:30 AM for Pros
Estimated First rider complete Morning Loop: 9:30 AM
Afternoon Start, Loop 2: 1:00 PM
Checkered flag: 4:00-4:30 PM
Awards: 5:00 PM
For more information, visit http://ultra4racing.com.