The impossible list
AMERICA’S BEST OFF-ROAD RIDERS
Off-road racing is huge and undefinable. We tend to lump all dirt racing that isn’t motocross into one big
category, but in truth, what we call off-road racing is a collection of at least a half-dozen types of competition. That’s
why ranking America’s best off-road racers is so difficult.
We’re comparing riders who might never even have met.
In recent years, the situation has become even more complex, because off-road racing is more regional than ever.
It’s a grass-roots sport with no millionaires to be made.
The one thing these racers have in common is the passion it takes to participate in a very difficult, all-consuming
sport. It takes a special kind of person to excel as an off-road racer in America, with mental and physical toughness
that go off the chart.
Kurt Caselli embodied that spirit. He was tough, passionate and dedicated. That’s why the top rider in Dirt
Bike’s annual ranking of off-road racers is the recipient of
an award named for Kurt. Each year we present the Caselli
Cup to the best of the best. We use results from races all
over the country to determine the list, and we also factor
in each rider’s prospects for success in the year ahead.
Those events include GNCC, WORCS, National Enduro,
Hare & Hound, OMA, Best in the Desert, SCORE and
EnduroCross. As always, we give added weight to riders who participate in more than one type of racing. This
year we gave extra emphasis to the International Six-Day
Enduro, where riders represented the U.S. in Argentina
and came back with our best overall performance ever.
THE CASELLI CUP
Photos by the Dirt Bike staff, Kinney Jones, Mark Kariya, Ryan Brehob, Kenny King, Ken Hill, and Simon Cudby.