If the last day of Dakar brought a tear to your eye and an empty feeling in the pit of your stomach get ready to feed your extreme off-road hunger with King of the Motos (KOM). KOM is a two-day (Feb. 1-2), motorcycle-specific extreme-enduro race, combining fast desert racing with technical rock climbing and descending. The event is an adjunct to the larger, week-long King of the Hammers (KOH) event beginning January 31.
Last year, three-time X Games medalist Cody Webb defeated 2012 KOM champ Graham Jarvis in an exciting elbow-to-elbow battle that lasted a grueling five hours. Returning to compete in the 2014 event, Webb is considered the odds-on favorite.
“KOM has some of the nastiest terrain,” says Webb. “It’s super hard to ride, but that’s why they call it the King of the Motos. The first step is winning King of Motos and putting some fear in my competitors’ eyes.”
KOH founder, Dave Cole and King of the Motos director, Jimmy Lewis have collaborated to bring a more exciting race format to this year’s event. For 2014 KOM has announced a new three-challenge format including qualifying on Saturday and a two-part final on Sunday. The changes add some of the exciting qualifying and spectator friendly-elements of the original KOH.
Motorcycle.com, in conjunction with our sister sites, DirtBikes.com and Off-Road.com, will be covering the event with daily race reports on Saturday and Sunday. The event is also being broadcast on CBS and NBC Sports as well as a live webcast beginning at 7 am, Sunday, February 2nd.