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Old 11-18-2013, 06:18 PM
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OK , this is the final explanation (facts) of what happened and when

This is from the people that found him


Here is the latest from D-37's forum... District 37 Website

"These are the facts of what happened at RM 792.
(per Skyler Howes and Ivan Ramirez)

KTM had just pitted Kurt at RM 779. 13 miles later is where Kurt had crashed. The first person on scene was a spectator named "Turtle". Kurt was still breathing at this time. After many minutes, Turtle left to go get help. He did not want to leave but had no choice. This was in a very remote area with sand washes, ravines and trees and hardly any spectators. In the meantime, KTM was re-fueling their helicopter. When they got back in the air, they could not find Kurt - nor could the Honda helicopter. Chris was now getting calls from KTM and SCORE, everyone was looking for Kurt. Kim was working the radios for SCORE and this had now become a Code Red. She was helping us as much as she could. They were all frantically searching. Nobody could find him. We tracked him and told as many as we could what race mile he was at approximately (with Spot trackers, it's not exactly accurate and updates only every 10 or so minutes).

Ivan rode in to find him and he and Ricky Brabec got to Kurt almost at the same time (maybe one right before the other). Ricky on the 4x bike. This was quite a bit of time after Kurt had crashed. Then they started pushing the SOS button on the bike and got the info to KTM and SCORE. Kurt was not breathing at this point. The ambulance arrived at Kurt and now it's night time. They tried to revive him but Kurt had already passed.

After inspection of Kurt's bike, it has been confirmed that he hit a large animal at full speed - either a cow or horse.

So now we can put all the speculation and guessing to rest , either way it was still a tragedy
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It is a horrible thing that has happened. Kurt was truly the most genuine person I have ever met in my life. When his father passed away, Kurt made it his mission to carry on his dads legacy with our summer MX series. Dane came up with the idea to create our series sportsman award and named it after Rich Caselli. Kurt made it a point every year since to make sure that HE was the one to present it to the winner. Then that person was treated to a day just spending time with Kurt riding. I've never seen someone take the time with all the kids like he did. I'll never forget the big bashful smile on his face when Dane got him to admit in front of 300 people that he had just proposed to his girlfriend Sarah and that she said yes! We were all so happy for them and looking to watch him one day with his own children. That was only two months ago.

I know his dad was there to greet him at the finish line to tell him that for this finish line, he got there too soon.

Prayers to his mother Nancy, sister Caroline and his fiancé Sarah. This weekend there will be a flashlight vigil and a memorial ride at the national. We haven't been to a d37 desert race in 3 years but we will be there along with hundreds.

Ride in Peace KC66.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:44 AM
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I never had the pleasure of meeting Kurt, but have seen him from time to time and followed his riding on youtube. A real person, I mean that in all the good ways.

Just a little something to remember Kurt by. Check out at around 1:53

ISDE 2011 Kurt Caselli Fundraiser at Gorman MX
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I never had the pleasure of meeting Kurt, but have seen him from time to time and followed his riding on youtube. A real person, I mean that in all the good ways.

Just a little something to remember Kurt by. Check out at around 1:53

ISDE 2011 Kurt Caselli Fundraiser at Gorman MX

Class act right there. The big guy with the microphone isn't bad either. Thanks for posting that memory.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:35 AM
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Very nice memory Andy thanks for posting that! I will miss Kurt being at that race every year and of course miss seeing him help hand out the Rich Caselli Sportsman award at our MX banquet.
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:48 PM
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Well, for those who know me, this has been a tough one and that is the reason, plus the lack of up to date (correct vs. net) information has kept me from talking.

I have spent a lot of time in Baja, riding and pitting the Yamaha and Honda factory teams from the 80’s to 2010 and many of the front runners those years were friends and then some.

The death of Kurt Caselli brings great sadness and leaves a huge hole in the desert racing world. So if you would, please send best wishes or a prayer for the Caselli family, Team KTM and their competition as they also need blessings at this very sad time.

Assuming the teams, KTM, Kawasaki and Honda had no problems this event would have been a war to the very end of the race instead of just 3/4’s of the event.

Below is an overload of video of the race and sure leaves me with a lump in my throat. Hope you like it.

Robby Bell

Kurt Caselli
KURT CASELLI AS THE GEARS TURN - YouTube

Kurt Caselli

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JCR Honda Wins in Tragic 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 | Off-Road.com Blog
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Old 11-20-2013, 02:55 PM
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What is so amazing is the fitness these riders need to keep that pace for hours on end. Great video of Robby Leroy.
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Old 11-20-2013, 04:41 PM
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Dangit!! I was just watching him on "Moto 2" two days ago.
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