Off-road star Kurt Caselli died at the Baja 1000 at the age of 30.
AMA Hare & Hound Champion Kurt Caselli succumbed to the injuries
he suffered while competing in the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 in Baja
California, Mexico, on November 15. Caselli was 30 years
There is little information regarding the incident, though it’s
been widely reported that the factory-backed KTM rider crashed at high speeds at mile marker 796 (of the 883.1-mile race) while leading
and while involved in a close battle with the eventual winning JCR Honda
Team. Caselli was reportedly flown to a hospital in Ensenada with major
head injuries. KTM’s second entry reportedly withdrew from the race
after the accident.
No official word has been released from the KTM team or from SCORE officials.
Caselli is widely regarded as one of the best off-road racers in the
world. A multi-time AMA National Hare & Hound Champion, WORCS
Champion and many-time ISDE gold medalist, the Californian was just
beginning a new career in rally racing as a member of the KTM team. In
June of this year, Caselli won the Desafio Ruta 40 Rally in Argentina –
in what was only his second international rally since making his debut
in the Dakar Rally at the end of 2012. Caselli won two stages of the
Dakar Rally en route to finishing 31st overall in his debut in the race generally regarded as the most difficult off-road race in the world.
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