RIP Kurt Caselli

Discussion in 'Racing' started by woodchuckexc, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. woodchuckexc

    woodchuckexc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2008
    Oddometer:
    801
    Location:
    Pacifica Ca.
    For those who have not heard, Kurt lost his life today doing what we all love! God Speed Brother
    #1
  2. Solarbronco

    Solarbronco Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2012
    Oddometer:
    606
    Location:
    Boise, Idaho
    Killed by an intentional booby trap. Terrible news. RIP Kurt.
    #2
  3. newcastlebrown

    newcastlebrown cars suck

    Joined:
    May 30, 2005
    Oddometer:
    684
    Location:
    O.C. California
    From Mexico new wire:(translated)

    Ensenada, B.C. - The Californian rider Kurt Caselli died this afternoon during the 46th SCORE Baja 1000, this after suffering a head impact when was stalking the race leader, Colton Udal. Caselli, 30 years old, was part of the team with his fellow KTM, Elena Santos Junior, Kendall Norman and Mike Brown, participated in Class 22 motorcycle aboard 2x. Precisely the American had started on Thursday ahead within the competition, this after winning the first qualification of motorcycles in the history of SCORE International and Lows, in what is a story that fills in mourning the Off-Road or off-road . This year, Kurt debuted at Dakar Rally as a replacement Spanish Marc Coma after injuring the latter and managed to win several stages, ending at position 31 in general. Currently Caselli was second in the championship of the 22 and was a favorite to win the 1000 miles, after finishing second in the Baja 500 and San Felipe 250


    A little earlier the booby trap was mentioned, now gone.
    #3
  4. woodchuckexc

    woodchuckexc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2008
    Oddometer:
    801
    Location:
    Pacifica Ca.
    I've seen those fuckin booby traps myself. Helped to knock one down in 2010. Whatever caused his wreck is irrelevant. He's gone. No sense in being angry. His friends and family need all the love and positive vibes we can muster in these sad hours.
    #4
  5. SGrider

    SGrider 376 miles to Chicago

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Oddometer:
    1,279
    Location:
    MN
    Well this is some truly sad news. RIP Kurt.
    #5
  6. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Oddometer:
    10,161
    Location:
    Austria
    It's all over the web already with Scotty B. posting memorial pics, so I fear it doesn't get much more official. Or less true. :waysad

    What a tragedy. Kurt was a bright new light on the international rally scene. Everybody loved to watch him race.
    #6
  7. Dread Pendragon

    Dread Pendragon throttle to the donk

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2006
    Oddometer:
    2,567
    Location:
    Logan, Utah
    Well said.
    #7
  8. woodchuckexc

    woodchuckexc Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2008
    Oddometer:
    801
    Location:
    Pacifica Ca.
    I've seen those fuckin booby traps myself. Helped to knock one down in 2010. Whatever caused his wreck is irrelevant. He's gone. No sense in being angry. His friends and family need all the love and positive vibes we can muster in these sad hours.
    #8
  9. crillyiv

    crillyiv Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 29, 2007
    Oddometer:
    62
    Location:
    Ventura, CA
    Dying or getting injured while racing due to an "act of God", weather, mechanical, or other accident where there is no mal intent is one thing. It's part of the sport, and everyone understands that. Having someone get injured or killed due to a deliberate act is absolutely something to be angry about. I've never understood the acceptance of booby traps in baja.

    RIP Mr. Caselli

    Full respect for a life well lived.

    **added**

    <ADDED>
    It's looking like there was no booby trap involved in Kurt's accident. I still hate booby traps and anyone that builds one. I wish there was a way to run Baja without them. Sadly, I don't think it's possible in Mexico to have that kind of control of the course.
    #9
  10. HalfFastMoto

    HalfFastMoto bRad

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,161
    Location:
    Bothell, WA
    It is reported that Colton Udall crashed into a cattle guard in 5th gear and destroyed his front wheel. He lost a bunch of time. Still he managed to get the 1x across first.

    The last race report that I saw prior to the report of a Casselli Off was that he was less than 2min behind Colton.

    Given that informed sources are now saying it wasn't a booby trap we should probably not go down that rabbit hole and stick with what we know.

    Cheers
    #10
  11. Baja Dad

    Baja Dad Long timer

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Oddometer:
    2,040
    Location:
    Norco California
    Kurt will be missed!! RIP ..........................


    [​IMG][​IMG]
    #11
  12. ian408

    ian408 Oh? Administrator

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2003
    Oddometer:
    14,674
    Location:
    Santa Clara, CA
    FMF posted to their facebook page. I don't know that counts as 'official'. Sure hurts to read it.
    #12
  13. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Oddometer:
    10,161
    Location:
    Austria
    Thanks for that.
    #13
  14. TemeculaTim

    TemeculaTim Timeteo Viejo

    Joined:
    May 15, 2013
    Oddometer:
    189
    Location:
    So Cal
    .............devastating news. RIP Kurt
    #14
  15. mdubya

    mdubya Right Brigade

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2005
    Oddometer:
    7,219
    Location:
    western, MD
    Terrible news. RIP. :cry
    #15
  16. bikyto

    bikyto Dans le doute...gaz!

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,200
    Location:
    Northern Cali
    :cry

    RIP Kurt
    #16
  17. Hohmie

    Hohmie Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 23, 2013
    Oddometer:
    710
    Location:
    Bend Or
    RIP
    Sad ending to a great day of racing.
    #17
  18. vander

    vander full-time dreamer

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2007
    Oddometer:
    918
    Location:
    Barcelona
    From Barcelona, my respect and admiration.

    Kurt Caselli was a rush of fresh air for all. Cheered for him since day one last year when I first heard his name.

    :(
    #18
  19. Aussie66

    Aussie66 Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    863
    Location:
    Dubai Desert
    Sad sad news

    RIP, A fresh smile, new american spirit for the Dakar.

    Prayers and thoughts for his family and friends.

    Quite a few from the rally fraternity up there now. I am sure Ivan will show him around.
    #19
  20. Racing2t

    Racing2t Adventurer

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    34
    Very sad news, RIP Kurt. :cry
    #20