SCORE-Logo-12-20-11SAN DIEGO — BFGoodrich Tires, KTM, champion motorcycle racer Kurt Caselli (posthumously) racer Rene Rodriguez, and mechanic Johnny Nelson were among the big winners Saturday night as SCORE International officially concluded the 2013 SCORE Desert Series with the annual SCORE Awards Night gala in SoCal at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in San Diego.

SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards were presented in 11 categories along with the 30 winners of the SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards and the class and overall point champions of Roger Norman’s three-race 2013 SCORE Desert Series.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 400 and a worldwide audience via the live webcast of the festivities, the evening was also a celebration of 40 years of SCORE championship desert racing. Following the lengthy salute to the stars of the 2013 SCORE Desert Series, new SCORE owner Roger Norman summarized his first year as SCORE’s CEO and President.

Untitled-4Murrieta, CA – KTM Motorsports and FMF Racing, LLC have worked together with the Caselli family to set up a foundation to honor Kurt Caselli, who passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident on November 15, 2013.

“My son, Kurt, loved to learn and he loved to race,” commented Kurt’s mother, Nancy Caselli. “He was inquisitive and investigative. I am hopeful that this foundation will initiate learning, inspire others and help raise the bar for increased rider safety. Kurt would be proud, as am I, to promote this foundation’s effort to better protect current and future racers for years to come. Thank you to all for your support in his memory.”

A portion of the Caselli Foundation money will go toward a scholarship for high school seniors. Caselli’s sister, Carolyn, works as an English teacher at Corcoran High School, and she knows how important it is to encourage students to follow their dreams. “My brother Kurt had an amazing job doing what he loved. He inspired thousands of young riders to follow their dreams,” stated Carolyn. “I believe, and I know Kurt would agree, that the beauty of living your dreams is not only in the courage to dream large, but also, and more importantly, in the learning, dedication, and hard work required for turning those dreams into reality. I am proud to create this scholarship encouraging the hard work it takes to live your dreams. In this way, Kurt’s legacy will continue forward not just in the off-road community, but in the lives of all young believers.”

RIP-Kurt-Caselli-KTM-12-2-13KTM Sportmotorcycle AG and KTM Racing are appealing to everyone throughout the racing community who may have shared special moments with Kurt Caselli to share them with us. Please send us your stories, anecdotes, tributes and photos to honor Kurt’s memory. He tragically lost his life in a racing accident while competing in the recent SCORE Baja 1000.

This compendium of memories of Kurt is for the Caselli family and it is hoped that the collection will be a worthy tribute to someone very special who will be very sadly missed throughout the international racing community. 

Kurt was an accomplished off-road and desert rider, admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. He was not only one of the most popular figures on the KTM Team but also a great role model for young riders and fans. He is and will always be remembered as a champion on the bike, and in life.

Caselli-THUMB-Hare-Hound-11-22-13We are just three short days away from the start of the final event of the 2013 FMF/GPR National Hare and Hound Championship Series, and although many class championships have already been decided, there is plenty more racing to be had. With 100 miles of grueling, exciting, National-Level terrain prepared for the racers, the 100′s MC along with the help of the Invaders MC have been hard at work ever since rescheduling of their event due to the government shut down.

Kicking things off Saturday Morning, Erek Kudla and the National Youth Hare and Hound Series Presented by District 37/Kenda/Fasst Co. will see the crowning of 5 new Champions for the first time ever, with four classes that are yet to be decided. Cleaning up early in his class, five-year-old Cole Timboe is your 2013 AMA National Pee Wee Champion. In the Micro Mini Class, Mason Klein aboard his KTM65 is currently in the lead but must finish fourth or better to wrap up the championship. Second in points, Cody Glover has the chance to take the Championship for himself if he can win here at round 10. The win, and championship will only hold up if Klein finishes 5th or worse. Either way its going to be an exciting race for the little guys. Caitlyn Kurtz can seal her own destiny with a win this weekend, but with five wins of her own Utah’s Rachel Stout is knocking at the door. However, a midsummer injury could keep Rachel on the sidelines, only time will tell what Saturday will bring..

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– The Caselli family would like to invite all family, friends and fans of Kurt Caselli to honor Kurt’s life in a special Memorial Ride Day held at Glen Helen Raceway on December 6, 2013 from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

SCORE-Logo-12-5-11SAN DIEGO—American desert racing champion and budding international rally racing star Kurt Caselli will be remembered during Tuesday’s SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show airing at 7 p.m. (PT). Caselli died last Friday as the result of a tragic racing accident at the SCORE Baja 1000 in Mexico.

A multi-time AMA National Hare & Hound Champion, WORCS Champion, multiple ISDE gold medalist and XGames competitor, Caselli was a developing international rally racer as well. In June of this year he won the Desafio Ruta 40 Rally in Argentina – in what was only his second international rally since making his debut in the Dakar Rally at the end of 2012. Caselli won two stages of the Dakar Rally this past January.

Kurt Caselli was leading the race at the time of his crash. Although booby trap rumors spread throughout the Internet, the KTM team believes he may have hit a small animal. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Kurt Caselli was leading the race at the time of his crash. Although booby trap rumors spread throughout the Internet, the KTM team believes he may have hit a small animal. Photo: GETSOMEphoto.com

Numerous media outlets have reported Kurt Caselli died last night while racing in the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000, but until recently the details have been unclear. Although all the specifics are still being pieced together, 30-year-old Caselli did pass away during a racing accident last night at approximately race mile 792.

UPDATE: As of 8:15 a.m. PST on Friday, November 15, SCORE Ops showed the 2X FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM and the 1X JCR Honda together at Race Mile 454. The 349X Honda was at Race Mile 411, and the 4X THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki was at Race Mile 402.

FMF Bonanza Plumbing KTM's Kurt Caselli awaits the signal to leave the starting line in Ensenada for the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Photo: Scott Rousseau

FMF Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Kurt Caselli awaits the signal to leave the starting line in Ensenada for the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Photo: Scott Rousseau

FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Kurt Caselli made a little history right off the starting line at the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the 30-year-old becoming the first rider to start the race at night, leaving Ensenada promptly at 11 p.m. to start KTM’s quest for a Baja 1000 victory.

The top pro motorcycle teams joined the Trophy Truck and car teams in Ensenada today for the traditional press conference prior to the start of every Tecate Score Baja 1000. The only difference is that, this time, after finishing their various speeches and interviews, the motorcycle guys had to switch into full race mode for tonight’s scheduled 11 p.m. motorcycle and ATV class start. In light of the race schedule, attendance by the riders was sparse. Here is what they had to say.

FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM team manager Antti Kalonen (left) and Kurt Caselli (right).

FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM team manager Antti Kalonen (left) and Kurt Caselli (right).

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Antti Kalonen, Team Manager: “I have Kurt Caselli with me today. Unfortunately the rest of the riders are on the course, getting ready for tonight’s start. We have Kurt starting today for the first part of the night section, and then Kendall Norman will get on in San Felipe for the rest of the night section. Then Mike Brown is going to get on the bike, and we’re going to have a couple more riders along the way, taking the shorter sections toward the end. It is a long race, and we have been working very hard for this one. Preparation has been going well. We learn, every race, something new. I’m excited, and I want to thank Roger (Norman) for making some necessary changes to the rules and the course and making the sport better and the racing better. I am looking forward to this one, and we hopefully we can cross the finish line on the top spot.”

KTM-Coma-Morocco-10-15-13KTM factory rider Marc Coma opened his account in the OilLibya Morocco Rally on Monday with a second place finish in the stage, trailing leader Joan Barreda of Portugal by just over three minutes.

Coma is looking to seal the 2013 FIM World Cross Countries Rally Championship title at this event in Morocco, which represents the final rally of the 2013 season. He is the championship leader by a narrow three-point margin from Paolo Goncalves of Portugal and the contest is expected to be tough between these and other riders. The rally is disputed over six stages, much of it in typical sand and dunes, the preferred terrain for KTM’s three-times Dakar Rally winner.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Team are also using the rally as its final preparations and testing before the Dakar Rally in January 2014 and have unleashed the brand new KTM 450 Rally bike for the occasion. Joining Coma in Morocco are factory riders Chaleco Lopez of Chile and Ruben Faria of Portugal who finished 5 and 12. Teammate Kurt Caselli (USA) was ranked at seventeenth after the opening day after incurring a 20-minute penalty for missing a waypoint. KTM Australia’s Ben Grabham was a creditable eleventh after stage one and the secodn KTM support rider, Riaan Van Niekerk of South Africa was sixteenth.