LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Motocross star Kurt Caselli has died following an off-road racing accident in Mexico’s Baja California.
SCORE International says Caselli died Friday following injuries sustained during a late-race accident.
KNX 1070’s Megan Goldsby says the 30-year-old from Palmdale was leading the iconic 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 at the time of the crash.
The accident happened around 4:30 p.m. after Caselli apparently lost control at approximate race-mile 792.
“Our desert racing family has lost a very special person in Kurt,” commented 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 was one of the most popular and well-respected riders in off-road racing.
“Hugely shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Kurt Caselli as the result of a crash while riding in the Baja 1000,” Caselli’s KTM team said in a statement posted on Facebook. “A huge loss to his family, team and to our sport. Kurt was a wonderful competitor and an all round top guy.”
Calls placed to independently confirm reports of Caselli’s death have not immediately been returned.