KCF Race Report, National Hare & Hound Round 7 Panaca, NV

Pre-race course inspection, concussion baseline testing support racers

 

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The Kurt Caselli Foundation (KCF) was on hand at Round 7 of the AMA National Hare & Hound series in Panaca, NV, collecting valuable concussion baseline data from youth racers and providing pre-race course inspection and guidance.  

 

The event began early Friday morning with off-road legend Paul Krause completing the KCF’s mandatory pre-ride of the three-loop, 100-mile Hare & Hound course. Krause was able to inspect the entire race course-providing feedback to the hosting club about possible dangers and areas to improve course markings.

 

As sign-up opened for the increasingly numerous AMA Youth Hare & Hound racers, The KCF was set up to administer the King-Devick concussion baseline test to youth racers who have not yet received their baseline score. It’s important for participants to receive a baseline score so they can be evaluated after an impact if necessary. Sign-up proves an excellent time and place to capture as many young racers’, and their parents’, attention as possible.

 

The King-Devick Test is an objective remove-from-play sideline concussion-screening test that can be administered by parents and coaches in minutes. The King-Devick Test is an accurate and reliable method for identifying athletes with head trauma.  

 

At The Kurt Caselli Foundation, we believe we can create a safer environment for all of our youth racers by identifying concussions and mild traumatic brain injury early. Early detection from King-Devick test results can provide parents with valuable information to use, along with health care professionals, to determine proper treatment for their children and encouraging kids to receive proper treatment before returning to sport.


The Kurt Caselli Foundation would like to thank the Silver State Trail Blazers, The NHHA and all of the Youth hare & hound parents for making it possible for us to drive forward our mission of Protecting And Supporting the Lives of Off-Road Riders.


2nd Annual MotoDoffo Kurt Caselli Foundation Fundraiser 

Over 500 motorcycle enthusiasts made their way to the Doffo Winery in Temecula, California Saturday, March 30th for the 2nd Annual MotoDoffo Kurt Caselli Foundation Fundraiser.  

For this one-of-a-kind event guests were able to enjoy hundreds of the rare vintage motorcycles on display along side several modern bikes, including Kurt Caselli’s 2013 Dakar Rally bike and the recent Roland Sands Custom KC66 Tribute bike.  All while enjoying excellent wine, food, live music and special screenings of the excellent films; Caselli 66: Ride the Dream, Baja 1000: The New Era of SCORE, On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter. Highlighting the day was a raffle, and live auction for incredible prizes from KCF foundation supporters.  

For the second year running, The Doffo Family produced a Limited Edition Kurt Caselli Tribute Wine, available for sale on-site, and even bottled a very special six liter “Quadruple Magnum” bottle of Doffo Rosso that sold at the live auction for $2,066.00.  The Second Edition Tribute Wine, which is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel, is still available for purchase on Doffo’s website or in their tasting room.

With over $16,000 raised, the day was a huge success for the Kurt Caselli Foundation. 

A special thanks goes out to The Doffo Family, everyone who worked so hard to make this event possible, and especially the attendees, without you, our mission of protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders would not be possible. 



The Kurt Caselli Foundation Launches Concussion Management Program For Youth Motorcycle Racing
April 20, 2015


Murrieta, CA - The Kurt Caselli Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of The KCF Concussion Management Program.  The first of its kind for youth motorcycle racing.  In cooperation with the AMA Youth Hare & Hound Series, The KCF will begin collecting concussion baselines from all youth series competitors using the King-Devick Concussion Test.

In recent years, nearly every form of youth sports in the country has implemented some type of concussion management protocol. The Kurt Caselli Foundation recognized a void in youth motorcycle racing and began to take action.  Starting with the Youth Hare & Hound Series, The KCF hopes to bring awareness to the issue of mild traumatic brain injury, educate parents, and youth races about the risks of repetitive concussions.

"The dangers of concussion induced traumatic brain injuries in sports have come into focus in recent years.  There can be long lasting brain function deficits and even death with multiple concussive episodes, particularly when concussion occurs prior to complete brain healing from a previous injury.  These problems are magnified in youth as the speed and extent of recovery are adversely affected in this group. Therefore, it is exceedingly important to implement concussion management programs in youth sports and all sports," said Chris Alexander, MD, and The KCF Medical Advisor.


The Kurt Caselli Foundation will begin to administer the King-Devick Concussion Test at Round 4 of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series on April 24th in Lucerne Valley, CA.  All testing will be done free of charge for youth racers. For more information or to donate go to www.kurtcaselli.com.


About the King-Devick Test

King-Devick Test is an easy-to-administer test which is given on the sidelines of sporting events to aid in the detection of concussions in athletes.  King-Devick Test (K-D Test) can help to objectively determine whether players should be removed from games.  As a result, King-Devick Test can help prevent the serious consequences of repetitive concussions resulting from an athlete returning to play after a head injury.

February 17, 2015
Murrieta, CA


The Kurt Caselli Foundation is proud to announce the release of its first officially endorsed safety product, the Giant Loop Tracker Packer, a ruggedized holster for the SPOT Gen3 GPS-enabled location tracker and emergency beacon.


Developed in conjunction with The Kurt Caselli Foundation, the super rugged and secure Tracker Packer firmly attaches the SPOT Gen3 device to the rider's arm, backpack shoulder strap, handlebars, fork tube, and many other locations. Redundant closures, multiple connections, and tether points, help prevent the SPOT from becoming separated from rider or bike, even in the roughest, most extreme riding conditions. The Tracker Packer enables riders to follow best practices by wearing the SPOT within reach, in a horizontal position for optimal satellite signal. By keeping the device in a visible, easy-to-access location, anyone on the scene can quickly deploy the SPOT's SOS signal in the event of an emergency, sending the GPS location to an international emergency response coordination center.

"It has been a pleasure to work with Giant Loop and take the Tracker Packer from just an idea to a finished product" says KCF Rider Safety Adviser, Quinn Cody "This is our first mission related safety product and thanks to a great group of motivated people, we have been able to bring it to market in less than a year."


Made in USA with military-specification components and materials, the Tracker Packer is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. USA MSRP is $40. The Tracker Packer is available bundled with the SPOT Gen3 for $150 exclusively at Giant Loop a portion of all Tracker Packer sales will be donated to the Kurt Caselli Foundation.


AMA YOUTH HARE & HOUND SERIES   

Saturday January 24th marked Round One of the 2015 AMA Youth Hare & Hound Series presented by The Kurt Caselli Foundation, in Johnson Valley, CA. The KCF Members were on hand to pass out high visibility bibs to each racer as well as hold a special youth racers clinic before the event. The Kurt Caselli Foundation is dedicated to supporting the future of off-road racing by helping to educate and protect these young racers well into the future.

AMA NATIONAL HARE & HOUND SERIES

Our support did not stop with the kids as The Kurt Caselli Foundation is proud to name Paul Krause as Official Course Marshall for the entire 2015 AMA National Hare & Hound Season. For the first time in the history of the series, Paul took to the course on Saturday morning to check the suitability of the race course markings. Paul will be working along side the series promoter and hosting clubs to help bring a standardized racecourse marking system to the Hare & Hound series.

Desert racer Paul Krause is one of the most decorated off-road racers of all time, as a multiple Baja 1000 winner, Paul understands the risks faced by top racers. The Kurt Caselli Foundation is proud to have Paul on board.  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT 

The Kurt Caselli Foundation would like to thank all of our generous donors and partners for helping with our mission of protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders.


Visit http://redbull.com/kurtcaselliauction to bid on this one-of-a-kind bike through November 29, 2014. Off-road motorcycle racing legend, Kurt Caselli, is a rider who won't soon be forgotten. After a tragic accident while racing in the Baja 1000 in 2013, Caselli left the world all too soon.


MATRIX Releases KC66 Foundation Stands

In honor of Kurt Caselli, Matrix Concepts is proud to make this special stand available with the net proceeds going to The Kurt Caselli Foundation to support their mission to make off road motorcycling safer. 


Stand Features Include: 
• KC 66 Graphics with Black or Orange Stand 
• Injection molded from high strength lightweight composite polycarbonate plastic. 
• Extra wide feet prevents rocking making this design very stable. 
• Removable replaceable top pad. 
• Design includes four rectangle anti flex support tubes. 
• Bolted together with stainless steel fasteners. 
• RTL : $125.00 EA. 

To Join Team Matrix: We are now accepting 2014 Rider Resumes. 
http://www.matrixracingproducts.com/sponsorship 
http://www.hookit.com/brands/matrixconcepts/ 
About Matrix Concepts & 1.7 Cleaning Solutions: Matrix Concepts is based in Valencia, California and was founded in 2009. Our products are used by the top MX/Off-Road/Cycling race teams in the world and offers a complete range of track and garage necessities that include personalized off road Motorcycle and Bicycle Stands, Tie Downs, Tool Boxes, Utility Cans, Mats, and 1.7 Cleaning Solutions. For more information on Matrix Concepts products ... Visit:: http://www.matrixracingproducts.com


The Kurt Caselli Foundation Partners with the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center

Palmdale, CA - With the help of a generous donor, The Kurt Caselli Foundation has taken a bold step in increasing rider safety by partnering with the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center and donating a new Sonos Military Spec Ultrasound machine to the Asterisk Medical Team.

Through this new partnership, The Kurt Caselli Foundation will now have access to the best medical response team in off-road motorcycling. Led by John Bodnar M.D., the experience and expertise of the medical unit personnel provided to the U.S. Supercross and Motocross Teams can now be shared and implemented into off-road racing series in the future.  

Furthermore, the foundation will have access to the concussion management research and ImPACT baseline testing currently being undertaken by the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center that can be applied to help rider safety in all racing disciplines. 

While the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center has been fully financially supported in the past, in recent years this support has fallen off, and left the unit underfunded. The Kurt Caselli Foundation has stepped in to provide an important medical machine that could prevent another death due to internal injury, like Kurt Caselli sustained while racing the SCORE/Baja 1000. 

Nancy Caselli, Kurt’s mother, explained that, “While The Kurt Caselli Foundation remains focused on off-road safety, the support and connection with the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center doctors and staff will lead to the coordination and sharing of essential safety measures whether on a track or out on the open trails. The foundation is excited to foster a relationship with the Asterisk team to increase safety for those riding or racing off-road motorcycles.”

Tom Carson from the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center, commented, “We look forward to working with the foundation to bring rider safety to the highest level possible. We have been involved on the professional Supercross and Motocross level for the last fourteen years and it will be an honor to work with the foundation expanding into the off-road racing segments. We plan to bring our knowledge, expertise and dedication to the table to help them achieve their safety goals.” 

Dr. Christopher Alexander added, “I cannot be more excited about this collaboration of efforts. Having worked in the field as a physician with Asterisk and in Baja with the KTM off-road race team, I believe this will result in a higher medical standard for all off-road motorcycling and I am proud to be associated with this endeavor.” 


To all the generous donors who are helping to fund The Kurt Caselli Foundation: Thank You!  With your support, we have been able to do the following work and continue our mission of Protecting and Supporting the Lives of Off-Road Riders.

Paul Krause will be on site at each round of 2015 National Hare and Hound Calendar on behalf of the Kurt Caselli Foundation working to make each race as safe as possible.  

REMAINING 2015 NATIONAL HARE AND HOUND SCHEDULE

Round 4
April 25/26 2015 – Johnson Valley OHV – Lucerne Valley, Ca
Hosted by Vikings MC

Round 5
May 2 2015 (Sat. Only) – Little Sahara OHV – Jericho, Ut
Hosted by Sage Riders MC

Round 6
June 6/7 2015  – Exit 12 – Snowville, Ut
Hosted by Big Nasty LLC

*Round 7
August 22 2014 (Sat. Only) – Panaca, Nv – NO ATV
Hosted by Silver State Trail Blacers

Round 8 – Season Finale – DUAL WEEKEND 
October 25/26 2014 – Johnson Valley OHV – Lucerne Valley, Ca
Hosted by 100s MC

THE KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION: RACE WEEKEND RECAP  

Monday, January 26, 2015 

The Kurt Caselli Foundation wrapped up a successful but busy weekend with three events in two countries. The KCF took on the SCORE San Felipe 250, Round One of the AMA Youth Hare & Hound Series and Round One of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series.

SCORE SAN FELIPE 250 

First up was the SCORE San Felipe 250 in San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. Members of The KCF traveled to San Felipe on Thursday to be on hand for the pre race technical inspections and help SCORE educate riders and drivers on the proper use of their satellite tracking devices. The KCF also held a special 'motorcycle only' riders meeting to promote rider awareness and answer questions about the dangers faced during competition. For the fourth time in less than a year, The KCF had its official Opening Vehicle on hand to help clear the race course ahead of the lead motorcycles. We are well aware of the fact that racing accidents are sometimes unavoidable and unfortunately this event was no exception, however, The KCF is determined to analyze each of these incidents and work towards reducing risks outside of the rider's control.  

AMA YOUTH HARE & HOUND SERIES   

Saturday January 24th marked Round One of the 2015 AMA Youth Hare & Hound Series presented by The Kurt Caselli Foundation, in Johnson Valley, CA. The KCF Members were on hand to pass out high visibility bibs to each racer as well as hold a special youth racers clinic before the event. The Kurt Caselli Foundation is dedicated to supporting the future of off-road racing by helping to educate and protect these young racers well into the future.

When:  11/13/14

Where:  Baja, Mexico

Event:   Baja 1000

What we did:

  • Here is some great Go Pro footage of Robby Bell from the 2014 Baja 1000. At 4:08 in the video you can see Robby come around the corner and notice The Kurt Caselli Foundation heli flying very low. While sweeping for the lead bikes the heli noticed two horses in the road and flew low to scare them away and to let Robby know to be cautious.

When:  11/13/14

Where:  Baja, Mexico

Event:   Baja 1000

What we did:

  • It was a very tough week but when we started The Kurt Caselli Foundation, the goal was to make events safer for riders. In less than a years time the KCF has made huge strides with the support from all of Kurt's fans. We had many initiatives at this years Baja 1000 but the biggest being able to provide a pre sweep helicopter equipped with Dr. Alexander to follow the lead bikes and to provide any assistance needed. We feel we have made a big impact to make the sport safer and we hope you continue to support our efforts. Thank you!!!

When:  9/28/14

Where:  Park City, UT

Event:   Deer Valley Adventure & Dual Sport Rally

What we did:

  • Discussed rider safety ideas and standards with members of the Utah Sportsman Racing Association (USRA)
  • Attended Kurt Caselli Foundation charity auction to spread awareness of The Foundation’s mission 

When:  9/6/14

Where:  Murrieta, CA

Event:  SCORE Baja Series

What we did:

  • Developed Minimum Safety Standards for Areo Medivac support during Baja Races 
  • Worked with Rescue 3 and SCORE to plan the first ever Mid-Way Command Center for the Baja 1000 to provide rescue and medical support in the most remote areas of the race 

When:  8/27/14

Where:  Burbank, CA

Event:  National Hare & Hound (NHHA) Sponsor and Race Team Meeting

What we did:

  • Attended NHHA sponsor meeting to provide safety feedback to promoter for the upcoming race season 
  • Successfully lobbied to make key changes to series rules and class structure for the 2015 season to improve rider safety

When:  8/23/14

Where:  Panaca, NV

Event:  National Hare & Hound Round 8

What we did:

  • Observed race safety and provided feedback to promoter and hosting club
  • Attended Kurt Caselli Foundation charity auction to spread awareness of 

The Foundation’s mission 

 

When:  8/23/14

Where:  Salt Lake City, UT

Event:  AMA Pro Motocross National

What we did:

  • Sent two members of Rescue 3 to the Salt Lake MX National to work along side and share knowledge with the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit 
  • Rescue 3 members were trained on the proper use of the Eject System and the Asterisk Concussion Management Protocol 
  • Rescue 3 team shared information about off-road racing events with the Asterisk crew so that they can better understand the challenges faced by medical teams working at long distance off-road races  

When:  8/12/14

Where:  San Dimas, CA

Event:  NHHA Board Meeting

What we did:

  • Attended National Hare & Hound Association board meeting 
  • Successfully lobbied for the implementation of an Official Course Marshall to approve and help implement safety standards for all NHHA race courses for the 2015 season and beyond  

When:  7/20/14

Where:  Gorman, CA

Event:   Prospector’s SoCal Championship Series Motocross

What we did:

  • Attended Kurt Caselli Foundation charity auction to spread awareness of 

The Foundation’s mission

When:  7/2/14

Where:  Murrieta, CA

What we did: 

  • Developed a SPOT GPS tracking device holster in conjunction with Giant Loop Moto
  • Tested multiple prototypes and provided feedback to manufacture 
  • Standardized location of tracking devices to increase safety for riders 

When:  6/15/14

Where:  Murrieta, CA

Event:  Multiple 

What we did:

  • Produced “Race In Progress” and “Race Course Crossing” signs
  • The KCF is currently shipping signs to race promoters throughout the country including, NHHA, GXE District 37, AMRA, and MRAN 

 

When: 6/7/14

Where: Ensenada, Baja Mexico

Event: SCORE Baja 500

What we did: 

  • Conducted first ever motorcycle-only safety meeting
  • Helped motorcycle racers with SPOT tracking device mounting and any questions at Technical Inspection
  • Provided “Press Here” rescue stickers for SPOT devices on all motorcycles and ATVs
  • Provided two opening vehicles and one motorcycle to sweep the most populated and dangerous sections of the racecourse ahead of lead bike.  Swept total 103 miles of 447 mile course
  • Provided aerial support for the lead bike for the first 20 miles of the race 
  • Designed and tested a new SPOT device holster for motorcycles for secure mounting and easy access to the rescue buttons which worked well.  Will continue to develop this and release out to public soon
  • Studied and tested new tracking software and observed improvements in SCORE safety protocols

When: 5/30/14

Where: San Diego, CA

What we did:

  • Created a safety video explaining the proper use of SPOT tracking device during SCORE races and provided safety tips for new SCORE Baja motorcycle racers

When: 5/31/14

Where: Temecula, CA

Event: Fundraiser at Doffo Winery

What we did: 

  • Spread awareness of The Foundation to a non off-road community

When: 5/17/14

Where: Glen Helen, CA

Event: AMA Pro Motocross, Round 1

What we did:

  • Partnered with the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit and donated a new Sonos Military Spec Ultrasound machine to the Asterisk Medical Team
  • Through this new partnership, The Kurt Caselli Foundation will now have access to the best medical response team in off-road motorcycling. Led by John Bodnar M.D., the experience and expertise of the medical unit personnel provided to the U.S. Supercross and Motocross Teams can now be shared and implemented into off-road racing series in the future (See “news” for complete information)

When: 4/27/14

Where: Johnson Valley, CA

Event: National Hare & Hound, Round 5

What we did: 

  • Inspected the racecourse and studied what safety measures were in place
  • Suggested better standardized course markings and additional danger signs to road crossings and surrounding race area
  • Created “Race in Progress” and “Road Crossing Danger” signs to be distributed to Race Organizers

When: 4/26/14

Where: Plaster City, CA

Event: SCORE Plaster City 250

What we did: 

  • Provided one opening vehicle and motorcycle
  • Inspected the entire race course for any dangers
  • Studied more about SPOT tracking system functionality for desert racing

When: 3/1/14

Where: San Felipe, Baja Mexico

Event: SCORE San Felipe 250

What we did: 

  • Conducted rider safety meeting for motorcycle racers
  • Provided two opening vehicles to sweep the most populated and dangerous sections of the racecourse ahead of lead bike.  Swept 56 miles of 215 mile course
  • Implemented “time back” rule to encourage racer to stop to help injured racer
  • Studied the SPOT tracker functionality and safety protocols of SCORE race operation