Kurt Caselli

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Kurt Caselli (June 30, 1983[1] – November 15, 2013) was an American off-road motorcycle racer.[2] He died in a racing accident at the SCORE International Baja 1000 in Baja California, Mexico.

Early life[edit]

Caselli grew up in Palmdale, California, the child of two desert racers who encouraged him in his athletic goals. He began racing at age 12 in Southern California's District 37. Caselli's father Rich died in 2008. He is survived by his mother Nancy, sister Carolyn, and fiancée, Sarah White.[3]

Career[edit]

His career achievements include:

Death and aftermath[edit]

On November 15, 2013, Caselli crashed while competing in the Baja 1000, a race in Baja California, Mexico, after colliding with a large animal at high speed. Early reports indicated that he hit a man-made booby trap, but that ultimately proved to be incorrect information.[5] Caselli did not receive immediate medical attention, and he died at the site of his accident from internal injuries.[10] He was 30 years old.[7] His family honored his life and celebrated by hosting a memorial ride day on December 6, 2013 at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, California.[11][12] SCORE International have announced that they have taken steps to improve safety at future races.[3] In December 2013, the Kurt Caselli Foundation was established. It will award scholarships and advocate for better rider safety.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kurt Caselli profile". KTM. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Kurt Caselli Remembered". Cycle News. 18 November 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Roenigk, Alyssa (21 December 2013). "Kurt Caselli's Last Ride". ESPN. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Wera, Tom (26 August 2013). "KTM’s Caselli – 2013 AMA National Hare & Hound Champion". Ultimate Motorcycling. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Kurt Caselli: Motocross Star Dies After Crash". Sky News. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  6. ^ "AMA: Statement regarding death of Kurt Caselli". Cycle World. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Subramanian, Courtney (16 November 2013). "Off-Road Racer Kurt Caselli Dies in Baja 1000". TIME Sports. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Marc Coma Out for Dakar 2013". Motorcycle-USA.com. 21 December 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "KTM's Kurt Caselli Crowned WORCS Champion". Motorcycle-USA.com. 7 November 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2014. 
  10. ^ Blackburn, Meg (9 December 2013). "The Ones He Left Behind". Vurboffroad. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "KURT CASELLI MEMORIAL RIDE DAY". Cycle World. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  12. ^ Burns, Josh (2 December 2013). "KTM appeals for contributing to honor the life of Kurt Caselli". Off Road.com. Retrieved 3 December 2013. 
  13. ^ Palmer, Kit (9 December 2013). "Kurt Caselli Foundation Founded". Cycle News. Retrieved 23 December 2013.