THE CASELLI CUP
ISDE E3 winner, Hare & Hound #2, WORCS #4
In 2017 Taylor Robert won 75 percent of the races he
entered. That included every WORCS race he did and the
E3 class at the ISDE. Yet, he failed to win a championship.
A severe crash at the beginning of the year put his season
and his very career in jeopardy. To bounce back from that
with even more speed and fitness than ever is nothing
short of amazing. Taylor Robert remains the one rider who
truly can do it all, and he’s still waiting for his first AMA off-road title.
National Enduro champion, Sprint Enduro champion,
When you win two major championships and finish
fourth in another, we would say that’s a pretty good year.
Steward Baylor is a very busy man and is successful at
everything he does. He was also one of few riders to finish
ahead of Kailub Russell in a GNCC in 2017. That’s the one
championship that’s still on his to-do list, and there’s no
doubt that he will earn it before he’s through.
Hare & Hound champion, WORCS champion
When you win two major championships in the course
of a year, you enter the realm of all-time greats. Gary
Sutherlin did that in 2017. His accomplishment was
earned through perseverance, grit and determination
rather than the weight of individual race wins. In our
minds, that makes him even more deserving of his place
in off-road history.
GNCC XC1 champion, ISDE gold
In 2017 Kailub Russell won his 47th GNCC overall,
becoming the winningest rider in the history of the
series. GNCC remains America’s most prestigious single off-road series, and Kailub is the best the series has
ever seen. Kailub also did three rounds of the National
Enduro series, then earned a gold medal in France.
At 27 years of age, Kailub has already become one of
America’s most accomplished off-road racers, and he’s
far from done.
Photo by Mark Kariya
Photo by Travis Fant