The 2023 Progressive King of the Hammers Powered by OPTIMA Batteries fortnight is underway with King of the Motos kicking things off in spectacular fashion. A whopping 175 riders ranging from amateurs to top pros started the Hard Enduro in front of a fired-up crowd and thousands watching online. As they say in the SEALs, "the only easy day was yesterday!" Saturday’s prologue left the riders in for a rude awakening for the charge up Chocolate Thunder to start Sunday, but it was the Dead Blow leg that broke the spirit of many competitors! Naturally that is where Dealernews went to watch the mayhem after the bottleneck at the start.
Using a GPS format, riders started Saturday with a short 2-mile Prologue followed by Race 1 that traversed the mountains just northwest of Hammertown. In keeping with King of the Motos tradition, both Race 1 and Race 2 on Sunday featured fan-favorite land rush starts, rock-strewn trails, rock slabs, sand and what Race Director Justin Leineweber calls, “The toughest trail I have ridden at the Hammers” - Dead Blow! The punishing terrain is what marks King of the Motos as not only the one that kicked off the Hard Enduro movement in the United States, but makes it a truly brutal mental, physical and mechanical test.
The event ended with the Rider Awards in front of the Hammertown Jumbotron, recognizing the entire field and multiple classes with ages ranging from 13 to riders in their 60s. Full coverage is coming in the next issue of Dealernews, but you can get the holeshot by watching all three 2023 SRT King of the Motos races at their new YouTube channel: