In sad news, Fox Sports is reporting that off road racing legend Kurt Caselli died after suffering serious head injuries in a crash during the Baja 1000 race in Mexico yesterday. According to a statement released by Score International the crash occurred at 4:30 pm PT when Caselli was leading in the late stages of the 883.1-mile race.
Caselli’s KTM team have recovered the bike and discovered evidence that he had collided with a small animal that might have possibly caused the crash.
“Today we lost a hero in the worst possible circumstances,” said Pit Beirer, head of KTM Motorsports. ”We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Kurt’s family.
“Kurt was much more than a very talented rider; he was also an exceptional team player. He represented and lived by the values and a passion for racing that lies at the very core of KTM. Our sport has lost more than a great rider; we have also lost an excellent ambassador for off-road racing.”
Score also released a statement.
“Our desert racing family has lost a very special person in Kurt,” said SCORE President Roger Norman. “Kurt was a superb racer and this is a tragedy that affects us all. We extend our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to the Caselli family. Their loss is immeasurable and we grieve with them.”
Caselli leaves behind his fiancé. Thoughts and prayers with his family as they mourn the sudden loss of their loved one.