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King Of The Motos, Rnd. 1

Johnson Valley, California United States

Not Yet Scheduled

Next Race: Awaiting 2024 date.

Championship-Race: Yes, AMA West Extreme Off-Road Regional Championship

King Of The Motos Jan 28-29, Johnson Valley CA.

Sign up held on Must have AMA membership and have registered your racing number with for the year. Registration usually open 60 days prior to

For 2023, all riders will be racing the US Hard Enduro Series classes. This class expansion gives
riders of different abilities the opportunity to compete with their peers! Classes are Pro, Pro
Women, Women, A, B, C, 45+ and Youth Lites. AMA will be on-site to verify membership. Be
sure to follow the links and register your race number on the USHE MotoTally site, which is a
requirement to race. An AMA membership is also required to race.

Saturday morning, the prologue will be a two mile loop with riders leaving one at a time every
30 seconds. This will set the start time for the afternoon loop. Race 2 on Saturday will be apx.
12 miles with the start in waves of 30-40 riders, not on corrected time, so your morning race is
very important! Race 2 will set your start position for Race 3. If you do not race you will start in
the back, regardless of class. 

Sunday, Race 3 will be 2 laps with the start in waves of 30-40 riders. Lap one will be apx. 12
miles and Lap two will be 13.5 miles. There will be a gas stop at the start/finish line. Riders will
be responsible to set up the stop Sunday morning before the race. There is no outside
assistance at the gas stop and USHE rules apply.

The King of the Motos course is GPS based. This course takes out the guesswork when using the
GPS. Dangerous or possibly confusing sections will be marked accordingly. The racer MUST
know how to use their GPS!!! It is another racing skill to master to be successful at KoM. GPS is
necessary here in Johnson Valley due to the expanse of area being utilized! Find the full details
in the GPS Section.

For 2023 the SRT King of the Motos competitors will be required to rent and carry a Yellowbrick
Tracker. They will fit in most packs, and are essential to the safety of the competitor. These
trackers allow the Race Ops team to have eyes on the competitor at all times and are required
for all King of the Hammers races. There is an emergency button on the tracker that can utilized
in the event of a medical or mechanical issue. Cost will be $65 at the time of tracker

Event Schedule:
January 25 Online Registration Closed
January 27 Sign in, GPS download, Tracker Assignment 12-5, Rider’s Meeting 7PM
January 28 Rider’s Meeting and Staging in Hammertown, 7AM, Prologue/Race 1 – 8AM 2 miles
loop 1. 12PM staging Race 2 – Start announced at Riders meeting, 11 miles. Checkpoints
close 4PM. 

January 29 Rider’s Meeting at Chocolate Thunder 8AM, Race Start 9AM, Checkpoints close
at 3PM: Lap 1 – 12 miles, Lap 2 – 13.5 miles, Awards in Hammertown 5PM.
Event Registration/Classes
Competitors Start Here! – King of the Hammers
All racers will have the same course to compete on with the same opportunities to win the
overall. See Race Format. 

Prologue  Staging 7AM, Start 8AM
The rider’s meeting will kick off King of the Motos 2023 In Hammertown at the Start/Finish Line.
Staging will be based on class Pro, A, Pro women, 45+ and B, C, and Youth.  The race will start
one rider at a time every 30 seconds on a GPS based course with some markings. 2 miles of
intense time trial! No outside assistance during the race! Only racers helping racers.
Race 2 Staging 12PM, Start 1PM

The afternoon race will be one GPS based lap with a three hour limit. Start line location to be
near Hammertown and the finish line will be in Hammertown. Racers from race 1 will stage in
rows according to how they finished in the morning race. Checkpoints will hard close at 4PM.
Sunday Race 3 Staging 8AM Start 9AM at Chocolate Thunder Start/Finish Line
Race 3 will start at 9AM and will be staged in order of Race 2 finish positions. The start will be
rows of 30-40 starting in waves. Lap 1 is Approx 12 miles and will include a gas stop at the
Start/Finish line. Lap 2 will be Approx 13.5 miles.  Laps are GPS based with some course
markings. Checkpoints will hard close at 3PM

Awards in Hammertown, 5PM

What to do after?
Many races you attend are over, but not King of the Motos! If you are done racing for the day
go watch the guys still on the track on the jumbotron in Hammertown or in one of the
spectator sections. Then being part of King of the Hammers we Motos racers are promised an
after party you won’t forget! Stick around and enjoy the festivities for the rest of the week!

The winner of KOM will be the competitor that completes all the laps of the race the fastest.
Race 1 will set race line-up for Race 2, Race 2 doing the same for Race 3. The winner of Race 3
will be the winner of SRT King of the Motos.

Technical Notes
Motorcycle rules and regulations
All motorcycles will be race ready machines without any technical unsafe issues. Spark
arrestors are required.  Race numbers are based on the AMA United States Hard Enduro series.
Register your number here—

No outside assistance will be permitted. Racers may help racers on the course as long as they

have not finished or timed out. Any work done to the motorcycle will be done by the racer or
racers not finished or timed out. 

The course will be difficult, ascending in difficulty as the weekend proceeds. Checkpoints will be
clearly marked on the course and on the GPS. No passing in the checkpoints! Racers will be
scanned in the checkpoints, it is the competitors responsibility to hit all the checkpoints and get
scanned! The GPS track log will be the deciding factor in any course dispute! Make sure you
know how to use your GPS and log your track!

Space and location TBA

GPS appendix

Tracks will be marked mainly with GPS routes, with just little physical arrows or guiding
We will have tracks loading desk right at the sign up / Tech area 
A good GPS mounting is essential – be sure to buy one in advance 
Rider must stay within GPS track, with max deviation of 50 feet
All tracks will be loaded to the competitor GPS the day before the race at the
registration desk / Tech. Up to 2 GPS units allowed per rider
We will delete ALL data from competitors handed-in GPS (including old recordings and
maps). Be sure to make a backup before you give us your GPS.
Learn how to activate the “Track recording/Track log/TrackBack” in the GPS before
arriving to Hammertown. It is the competitors responsibility to make sure that their GPS
records during the race, competitors will get large time penalties for not having a
recording unit. Check the manual of your GPS so you know how to check this setting.
When a rider finished his race, organizer might take the unit for track and CP’s
If a rider gets lost (leaves the race track) he must re-enter the GPS track using the same
route to avoid time penalties.
Absolutely no pre running is allowed on the race area – pre running will lead to
immediate DQ. If you want to test your bike, please ask at the registration desk for
designated practice area and GPS track

Failure to record track – Up to 1 hour penalty (which can lead to DQ if time limit has
been met with penalty)
Re entering track by making cuts / taking shortcuts – minimum of 1 hour penalty and up
to DQ
“Local” track deviation of more than 50 feet and gaining advantage by either avoiding
obstacle or making up time –  30 minutes penalty
Missing virtual or physical CP, 1 hour penalty for each missing CP

Failure to hand over GPS at the finish line if requested will result in minimum of 2 hours

Tips for GPS use and navigations

o Running GPS with full backlight on, helps reading the track with direct sunlight.
However, it will consume a lot of power. We STRONGLY recommend the use of
Lithium (non rechargeable) batteries, and carrying extra batteries with you or
hard wire the unit to the bike battery.
o Running 2 units is better than 1. Besides the obvious backup unit, rider can use
one unit at “zoom in” and one unit “zoom out”, allowing quick recovery in case
of exiting track.
o Touch screens are not recommended for off road – every time you clean the
screen from dust, rain or mud, the track moves and requires time and button
press to bring it back on.
o Learn how to switch on and off tracks view and how to load new tracks. You
will need to do that between races.

Allowed GPS devices
Please note – New suitable models are added each year, if your GPS is not on the list please
send an email to ask if we can accept this specific model.

Colorado Series: 300, 400c, 400i, 400t
Dakota Series: 10, 20
eTrex Series: Touch 25, 35, 20, 20x, 30, 30x
GPSMap Series: 60, 60 C, 60 CSX, 60 CX, 62, 62 S, 62 SC, 62 ST, 62 STC, 64, 64 S, 64ST, 76
C, 76 CS, 76 CSX, 76 CX, 78, 78 S, 78 SC, 276 C, 376 C, 378, 478 
Montana Series: 600, 610, 650, 650 T, 680
Oregon Series:  400 C, 400 i, 400 T, 450, 450 T, 550, 550 T, 600, 600 T, 650, 650 T, 700,

Voyager and Voyager Pro unit with GPX file loaded on micro-SD card.

Part of the AMA US Hard Enduro Championship.
High desert Terrain. Sand, Loose and imbedded rocks, grippy and slippy rocks, steep, big
Multi moto format. GPS. Must complete each race to proceed to the next. 3 races, 3 courses
getting progressively more difficult. Race 1 Sat morning, short prolog for race 2 starting order,
approximately 3 miles, 1 lap. Race 2, Sat afternoon, 12 miles, single lap. Sunday, waves of 20
based on Sat
At KOM and all other “US Hard Enduros” sanctioned events there are 9 classes to choose from.
Pro, A, Pro Woman, B, 40+ Expert, C, Amateur Woman, 45+, Youth Lights.
GPS race with some arrows.
Pro entry is $400 at the gate $300 early bird special. Amateur entry $300 at the gate, $200 early
bird special.
$15,000 Pro Purse.
The event has been running since 2012
Normal attendance is about 150 racers. Over the course of 2 weeks “HammerTown” will usually
see around 100,000 spectators.
SBD International airport is probably the closest. Several others slightly further away but
potentially cheaper.
Ready to ride rentals Usually do bike rentals As
well as Rocky Mountain Way Extreme
Spark arrestor and registration required.
Weather can vary. Cold windy dry usually dusty sometimes rainy but never muddy out in the
desert sand.
All the “motos” participants are eligible to camp in a specific sight from Thursday to Monday on
race weekend. $30 per vehicle. And before or after that anywhere else in the desert.
Sightseeing close by for the family: Joshua Tree National forest.

Disclaimer: Always do your own research if planning on attending this race, as the info we provided could be wrong or out-dated.

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