Motorsports star killed in race crash

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The off-road racing circuit lost one of its biggest stars on Friday night as Kurt Caselli died from injuries suffered during a crash at the SCORE Tecate baja 1000, according to KTM Racing on Facebook.

Per Chris Estrada of Motorsports talk, the fatal accident occured near the end of the 833-mile Baja 1000 in Baja California, Mexico. Caselli’s motorcycle reportedly hit a man-made booby trap 796 miles into the race, which caused him to suffer significant head injuries.

He was airlifted to the hospital where he was ultimately pronounced dead.

Caselli was an elite rider for KTM Racing, and he was a three-time Hare & Hounds champion and winner of the Desafio Ruta 40 Rally, according to Ballaban.

In addition to KTM Racing and the AMA, a number of people involved with off-road racing have spoken out following the untimely death of Caselli. Among them is fellow off-road racer Ryan Arciero:

Dakar Series commentator Ben Constanduros also had some great things to say about Caselli: