Accomplished American desert and off-road motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli has died after he crashed his motorcycle during an 883.1-mile desert race.
According to his racing team, KTM, Caselli was in the late stages of the grueling international Baja 1000 desert race Friday, when he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed. According to team officials there was evidence that the crash occured after Caselli hit a small animal.
The 30-year-old rider has been a veteran of American off-road racing for years especially the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS). Those races feature high-speed desert terrain and motocross tracks.
Caselli suffered severe head trauma as a result of the accident and he died Saturday in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico as a result of his injuries.
Although there have been previous reports in earlier years of the Baja 1000 desert race course being booby-trapped to create more excitement, Caselli’s teammate Taylor Robert said in a post on Facebook that course tampering had not played a role in Caselli’s crash.