The official KTM in rally bikes, Kurt Caselli American, succumbed to his injuries in hospital Ensenada (Mexico) after a tragic accident during the Baja 1000, the major test of all-terrain North American. The exact circumstances of the fall of the driver only 30 years remain to be determined.
While he fought for victory in the Baja 1000, Kurt Caselli is heavily fell a hundred kilometers from the finish: seriously wounded in the head, the American was evacuated to the hospital Ensenda ( Mexico) where he unfortunately died.
According to his team marks on his KTM suggest a collision with an animal could be the cause of the accident.
Came from the enduro, multiple winner of the National Hare and Hound Championship and great animator International Six Days Enduro of (ISDE) on behalf of the U.S. team, Kurt Caselli had tried for the first time in Dakar replace with Marc Coma success alongside Cyril Despres in the official KTM.
Very fast and with an excellent technique, “Special K” was quickly acclimated to the requirements of “king of rallies,” including its specificities in terms of navigation and management effort. Provoking surprise and joy of his new employer Austrian, Kurt Caselli won the seventh and eleventh stages of Dakar 2013 before cracks discipline.
In January 2014, he would have taken the start of his second Dakar with fairly lofty goals considering its previous results, with Marc Coma as KTM teammate.
“More than a Great Driver, A Great Ambassador for the off-road Racing”
“Today we lost a hero KTM in the worst possible conditions,” laments Beirer Pir, the boss service run by the Austrian brand: “We are shocked and saddened by this tragedy and our thoughts and our deepest condolences go to the family of Kurt Kurt was more than a talented driver, he was also an exceptional teammate Our sport has lost more than a great driver.. we lost a great ambassador for the off-road racing. “
“This news was especially moved me in January, the Dakar had discovered a very talented driver but also an endearing character, humble, and so excited,” he commented Etienne Lavigne its side. “Preceded by a superb gained on the slopes U.S. off-road reputation, he said he was already conquered by the rally raid,” recalls the director of Dakar with emotion.