King of the Motos 2014
Considered the toughest extreme enduro dirtbike race in North America, 2014 marked the third year of the King of the Motos. Held Sunday, kicking off the weeklong King of the Hammers desert truck races in Johnson Valley, Calif., the 76-mile, two-part enduro race combines fast desert racing with technical rock climbing. King of the Hammers runs through this weekend. Two-time King of the Motos champ Cody Webb, 25, from Watsonville, Calif. was the first off the line during Sundays final and the first to cross the finish later that afternoon. His time of 2:38:01 was a little more than two minutes faster than second place finisher Taylor Robert. Even more impressive was that Webb lost his GPS during the morning section and suffered a flat tire during the afternoon, 15 miles from the finish.
Ready to Ride
Eighteen-year-old Rachel Gutish (left) and 17-year-old Morgan Tanke (right) prepare for qualifying. They were two of three women competing in the 74-person field. Gutish competed in Enduro X at all four global X Games stops in 2013, while Tanke is a promising rider on the EnduroCross series.
Kyle Redmond, 24, a regular X Games competitor, is known for his ability to navigate technical terrain. Redmond finished second at the inaugural KOM event in 2012, and he just missed the podium in 2014, finishing fourth.
X Games Enduro X silver medalist Louise Forsley was the only woman to compete in the event in 2013 and was one of three women in 2014. During qualifying she beat half of the mens field, but did not finish Sunday's final.
Two Part Race
In 2013, King of the Motos combined desert racing with technical rock climbing. Sundays final was broken into two sections. In the morning, competitors hit a 40-mile desert track. In the afternoon, they tackled 36-miles of rocky terrain.
Quinn Wentzel, 19, from Ohio is an accomplished trials racer and endurocross competitor. He competed in his first King of the Motos in 2014.
Peter Weiss from Vejle, Denmark travelled across the big pond to compete in KOM, claiming its his favorite extreme enduro of the year. Weiss also competed in all four global X Games stops in 2013. In the background is Hammertown, USA a makeshift village of RVs that pops up every year with King of the Motos and King of the Hammers.
Britain's Graham Jarvis navigates a rocky ravine during qualifying. Winner of the inaugural KOM in 2012, Jarvis has made the voyage to the States compete in KOM every year. Despite being tangled up during the afternoons mass start on Sunday, the 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 third place.
The Mojave desert in the Johnson Valley area is wind-scoured and unforgiving, but riders had fun opening it up. The bike of choice by most riders was a 300cc/two stroke because of its speed in the desert and maneuverability in the rocks.
Competitors get ready for Sunday afternoons mass start at the bottom of Chocolate Thunder.
First Out Of The Gate
Only one rider gets the holeshot, luckily for Cody Webb, who was wearing the yellow jersey, he got to pick the best line off the start, and he avoided the carnage.
Room To Move
Time to get the elbows out!
Over the course of the week, Hammertown USA is expected to grow to 40,000 people by the time the Griffin King of the Hammers final kicks off on Friday.
What's In A Name
Throughout the course of the day, competitors had to navigate rocky ravines with names like Chocolate Thunder and Wrecking Ball.
Giving a lift
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. Caselli, a well-loved rider in the motocross community, was killed in this years Baja 1000.
Webb on top
Cody Webb remains King for one more year.
1. Cody Webb; 2. Taylor Robert; 3. Graham Jarvis
Up next is Griffin King of the Hammers, which goes down on Friday. Pictured are the future Kings of the event.