American off road and rally motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli succumbed to injuries suffered in a high speed, single vehicle accident during the 46th running of the SCORE BAJA 1000 this afternoon.
Caselli, 30, was highly regarded as a master of his sport and deeply respected among his fellow competitors for his incredible talent offset by his noticeably laid back and sportsmanlike demeanor. Many of his peers idolized him and he was a hero to thousands of young riders as a notable role model under the KTM tent for his entire professional career. Caselli was always great with the fans, made time for autographs and spoke eloquently with the media.
They called him Captain America for his wide range of talent on 2- wheels. He asserted authority and dominance every event and series he conquered. From his multiple consecutive AMA Titles, WORCS and GNCC to leading team USA in the ISDE for over a decade.
Caselli’s 2013 rally debut in the DAKAR Rally was nothing short of phenomenal with 2 stage wins and a near 3rd. That performance earned him the a 3-year contract with KTM Europe to run the entire FIM World Championship Cross Country Championship, something Caselli was setting his sights on after his bid for the BAJA 1000.
The entire off road community mourns for the loss of an incredibly talented and well poised motorsports warrior. RIP Kurt Caselli.