gold-medal winner. Now that is a resume. And, at the Dakar Rally, Kurt became a stage winner. He also just recently won the five-day Tour of Lima. At the moment, Kurt is setting his sights on winning the prestigious 2014 Dakar Rally, which starts on January 1, 2014, and is watched by over 15 million television viewers worldwide. SO, WHAT’S THE MXA WRECKING CREW DOING ON A DAKAR BIKE? This bike is way off the beaten path for the MXA wrecking crew, but when Kurt Caselli told us that we could take his full-factory Red Bull KTM Rally bike out for a test spin, how could we say no? The privateer version of Kurt’s bike is called the KTM 450 Rally Factory Replica, and you could buy one for next year’s Dakar Rally for around $35,000. Let that be your guide as to how much money Kurt’s full-factory KTM works version costs. We had to test it—not to expand our knowledge base, but for the thrill of it.
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. Decorated multi-time offroad champion Kurt Caselli answered the last-minute call to fill in for Factory KTM’s injured Marc Coma in the 2013 Dakar Rally just a few days before the two-week South American race was about to start. If ever there was a man up to the task, it would have to be Kurt Caselli. Caselli is one of the most versatile riders in the world. He has qualified for an AMA outdoor National, raced Endurocross main events, was the three-time WORCS Champion, finished eighth overall in the Erzberg rodeo, and is a two-time National Hare & Hound Champion and 11-time ISDE
Kurt Caselli’s Dakar bike is a full-blown
factory racer that is unobtainable to the
average rally racer, but KTM does sell a
450 Rally Factory replica for $35,000.