Off-Road Motorcyclist Kurt Caselli, 30, Dies in Tragic Race Accident
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Off-Road Motorcyclist Kurt Caselli, 30, Dies in Tragic Race Accident

The off-road motorcycle-racing world has lost one of its most famous figures and most decorated champions at a much-too-young age.

Kurt Caselli died at age 30 on November 15 after crashing earlier that day while competing in the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 off-road race in Baja California, Mexico, according to ESPN.

It's not exactly clear what caused the accident, although early reports claim that Kurt hit a man-made booby trap, which some race fans will place along the race's course.

The collision occurred in the afternoon, and Kurt died while being transported to a hospital in Ensenada.

Kurt is one of the world's best-known off-road racers, according to Cycle News. He was named the American Motorcyclist Association's Sportsman of the Year in 2007. This year, he had just won his third-straight AMA National Hare & Hound Championship title.

Kurt was the World Off-Road Championship Series champion in 2007, 2010, and 2011. He won the Desafio Ruta 40 Rally in Argentina in June 2013.

"Our desert racing family has lost a very special person in Kurt," says the president of the SCORE racing organization. "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."

This is truly devastating news, and we're wishing all the best to Kurt's family and loved ones.

Sources: ESPN, Cycle News

11.16.2013 / 12:00 AM EDT by Ryan Gajewski
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