SHERCO MOTORCYCLES RACING NEWS
FactoryONE Sherco announce World Champion Snowmobile Hillclimber Keith Curtis to the Team
From Sherco Motorcycles For Immediate Release
San Antonio, TX – FactoryONE Sherco announce today the addition of 48-time snowmobile hill climb World Champion Keith Curtis to race select Kenda AMA Extreme Off-Road races in 2021. While this sounds like an odd combination, Keith is also a very accomplished in the extreme off-road discipline on dirt; even as a part timer. The Dillon, MT native scored a top five finish at the Kenda Tennessee Knockout in 2020 as well as a podium finish at the Battle of The Goats in condensed hard enduro season.
“It is nothing short of an incredible feeling becoming a dual sport Factory athlete on snow and dirt.” Said Curtis. “My alignment with FactoryONE Sherco and Polaris is the best of both worlds. I am looking forward to getting on my SE 300 Factory.”
His racing resume is quite robust.
RMSHA (Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association)
• 269 first place finishes
• 48 World Championship titles
• 52-time RMSHA hill climb points champion
Keith races in different categories such as Stock, Improved and Modified. This past weekend he won all three classes as well as the King of the Kings title at the World Championships in Jackson, Wyoming.
• P5 PRO- 2020 TKO- Sequatchie, TN
• P3 PRO- 2020 Battle of the Goats Extreme Enduro- USA, North Carolina
• P1 PRO- 2019 Stix and Stones- Kellogg, Idaho
• P1 PRO- 2018 Stix and Stones- Kellogg, Idaho
• P18 Gold- 2019 Red Bull Romaniacs- Romania
• P8 Gold- 2016 Red Bull Romaniacs- Romania
• P20 – 2017 Erzberg Rodeo- Austria
• P21 – 2016 Erzberg Rodeo- Austria
• P5 PRO- 2019 Ditrocks- Romania
• P4 PRO- 2016 Carpath Enduro- Romania
• P13 Club team- ISDE Team- Sardinia, Italy
“We are happy to have Keith with us. He adds tremendous firepower to our extreme program.” Said Ron Sallman, President of FactoryONE Motorsports. “For a part time dirt guy, he has had tons of success. He will fit in nicely with the rest of the guys and gals on the team. We are looking forward to seeing what he can do on his Sherco.”
With the 2020-2021 snow season coming to a close, Mr. Curtis will turn his attention to dirt and is scheduled to race the following:
• Last Dog Standing
• Donner Hard Enduro
• Stix and Stones
• Mad Moose
• Battle of the Goats
• Kenda Tennessee Knockout.
About FactoryONE Sherco: FactoryONE Sherco is a championship winning enduro and trials team based in San Antonio, TX. The team falls under the Sherco USA umbrella. They won the AMA Extreme Off-Road Championship and the AMA National Enduro Championship in their first year of racing in 2020. They are a 16x United States Observed Trials Champion.PAGE BREAKAdd block
Cody Webb has a clean sweep of the RevLimiter Extreme
For Immediate Release
Bridgeport, TX – FactoryONE Sherco pilot Cody Webb had a very memorable weekend at the RevLimiter Extreme, which is the East / West shootout of the Kenda AMA Extreme Off-Road Series. On Saturday, he set the standard during the qualification hot lap, followed by Ryder Leblond and Trystan Hart. Record setting AMA trials champion Pat Smage took his first crack at an AMA major and qualified 7th on his Sherco 300. This, while having to start second to last in the Pro class. This hot lap would set the stage for Sunday’s 3 moto format on some of North Texas’ gnarliest terrain.
Moto one would see Webb lead wire to wire over the course of the two-hour race. He would win the moto with a 3:08 advantage over Red Bull KTM’s Trystan Hart and Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker, who was another 4:42 adrift. Pat Smage had some great battles with Magna1 Husqvarna rider Jordan Ashburn during the race and finish 6th in his maiden moto.
Moto two, which was altered to a one lap format from the original two due to the rising Texas temperatures, would again see Webb rocket out to the front in the dry and dusty conditions and not relinquish that lead. Webb seemed to master the rock gardens and steep ascents, almost as if he was on a Sunday cruise. He would finish 1:50 over Hart and 6:31 to Haaker in 3rd. Smage would finish 7th in moto two.
Moto three saw the top 30 riders of the weekend shoot it out on a shortened course. This course contained most all of the top obstacles of the weekend. Named sections like Big Bertha, Mount Rushmore, Pucker Hill, Red Bull Rollercoaster and the newly added and simply put, “The Hill.” Instead of the usual 10 riders to a row, all 30 lined up bar to bar. This almost proved costly for Webb as a host of riders battled for line choice entering the first rock. Cooper Abbott and Webb would bang bars and almost go down, putting Webb 10th in the running order early on. By the time the riders reached Mount Rushmore, Jordan Ashburn would have a small lead on a quintet of riders which included Hart, Haaker, Leblond, Webb and Pat Smage.
Cody Webb moved to the head of the field as the riders re-entered the quarry. From that point, he would never look back over the 3-lap moto. At the exit of the quarry and Just before the finish line, riders would have to take on “The Hill.” This loose, seemingly impossible ultra-steep grade climb would have scores of fans in awe as rider after rider would send it up the hill. There were some cleans and some ghost rides, even by Cody Webb, but it would not be the undoing of any. Cody Webb would win moto 3 by a margin of 1:42 over Hart, followed by Ryder Leblond. Pat Smage would finish P5 in the final moto.
Men Overall Results:
Cody Webb – FactoryONE Sherco – P1
Trystan Hart – Red Bull KTM – P2
Colton Haaker – Rockstar Husqvarna – P3
Ryder Leblond – DRT Husqvarna – P4
Jordan Ashburn – Magna1 Husqvarna – P5
Pat Smage – FactoryONe Sherco – P6
Nick Fahringer – P15
Logan Bolapue – P16
Jackson Davis – P21
The Pro women would race on Saturday morning during the amateur qualifier. FactoryONE Sherco’s Louise Forsley would take the hole-shot and battle back and forth with KTM’s Shelby Turner and Beta’s Rachel Gutish. Misfortune would come to Forsley as she took in an entire snow fence in her rear brake rotor and sprocket as she attempted the water fall climb. This would lead to a lengthy delay as she had to stop to remove the shredded plastic. She was more than 9:00 down to Gutish as they re-entered the water fall on lap two, but would charge hard in the final half of the lap to finish 5:07 behind.
Women Pro Podium:
Shelby Turner – KTM – P1
Rachel Gutish – Beta – P2
Louise Forsley – FactoryONE Sherco – P3
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