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.
ENSENADA, Mexico—SCORE International, a desert racing sanctioning body based in Reno, Nev., has confirmed that American motorcycle star Kurt Caselli tragically lost his life Friday as a result of injuries sustained during a late-race accident at the SCORE Baja 1000 being held in Mexico’s Baja California.
One of the best-liked and respected personalities in American desert racing, Caselli, 30, of Palmdale, Calif., died of serious trauma incurred when he apparently lost control of his KTM motorcycle in a sandy, high-speed section at approximate race-mile 792 while his team was leading in the late stages of the 883.1-mile international desert race.
Ensenada, B.C., Mexico (November 14, 2013) – Three-time Score Baja 1000 champion Robby Gordon will be joined by co-driver and veteran Score Class 1 Baja competitor Billy Gasper when the 2013 Baja 1000 starts from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico Friday morning.
This year’s 46th running of the SCORE Baja 1000 features 26 of the world’s best desert racers in the top Trophy Truck division who will navigate the grueling 883-mile course over the span of nearly 24 hours. Gordon, a seven-time Score International Off-Road Champion and a four-time and most recent Baja 500 winner, will start and finish the No. 77 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI Chevrolet trophy truck, while Gasper will drive in the middle section of the course.
87. Eight-seven. 80-7. However you flip it, 87 is a big number, especially when you consider that when the flag drops for the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000 it will be Rob MacCachren’s 87th race of the year. A true professional in every sense of the word, MacCachren is always on the hunt for the ever-elusive Baja 1000 victory, but considering he’s sitting third in overall points, a win can potentially wrap up the Trophy Truck Championship for him as well.
Considering the longer-than-usual distance of this year’s Baja 1000 loop race, and the fact that most racers feel it will be a brutal one, MacCachren enlisted the help of some top-flight talent in the form of former Baja 1000 winner Andy McMillin. The two will share driving duties throughout the 883.1 miles, with Rob taking the truck off the line, Andy tackling the middle section, and Rob hopping back in for the finish.
ENSENADA, Mexico — With all the festive pre-race activities complete, racers from around the world get down to serious business starting tonight as the world’s most legendary desert race,the iconic 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 desert race is held in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The green flag drops tonight at 11 p.m. PT for motorcycles and ATVs and Friday morning at 9 a.m. PT for cars and trucks as 254 entries from 36 U.S. States, the U.S. territory of Guam and 23 countries are in Mexico to compete in 42 Pro and 7 Sportsman classes.
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
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.”
Ensenada, Baja California – BJ Baldwin is in the midst of final preparations for the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 (B1K). He won the B1K last year and hopes to back that up with the victory this year as well. BJ ran the entire 1,120 mile “Peninsula Run” race driving solo with a winning time of 20 hours and 59 seconds.
Driving solo again this year, BJ has spent hours prerunning the 883 mile loop course that covers the gamut of treacherous and punishing Baja terrain. This is the longest loop course ever run during the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. It starts and finishes in Ensenada-Baja California, Mexico. The course travels southeast to San Felipe on the Sea of Cortez before heading south through the infamous Coco’s Corner. It then heads to the Pacific coast, up through Ojos Negros and back to Ensenada for the finish.
Here are the official results for the Pro Motorcycle and Pro ATV qualifying for the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000. There were 32 motorcycle teams that qualified yesterday just outside of Ojos Negros, Baja California, Mexico. Only four ATVs opted to qualify for this year’s race.
1. Kurt Caselli-KTM, Class 22, 5 minutes, 41.690 seconds
2. Colton Udall-Hon, Class 22, 5:43.245
3. David Pearson-Kaw, Class 22, 5:55.237
4. Francesco Arredondo-Hon, Class 30, 6:04.503
5. A.J. Stewart-Hon, Class 30, 6:10.500
6. Brian Garrahan-Kaw, Class 22, 6:18.601
7. Dustin Paloposki-KTM, Class 22, 6:19.606
8. Mike Meyer-Hon, Class 30, 6:32.351
9. Cody Schafer-Kaw, Class 21, 6:32.860
10. Mike Johnson-Hon, Class 30, 6:34.693
11. Adam Neuwirth-Hon, Class 21, 6:41.654
12. Steve Kameda-KTM, Class 20, 6:50.925
13. Mike Prunty-Hon, Class 40, 6:53.050
14. Bobby Belz-Hon, Class 30, 6:53.790
15. Paul Gallagher-KTM, Class 30, 6:53.819
16. Chris Warwick-Unk, Ironman, 6:57.974
17. Giovanni Spinali-Hon, Class 40, 7:02.599
18. Jeff Benrud-Hon, Class 22, 7:06.522
19. Chad Broughton-Hon, Class 20, 7:10.031
20. Cliff Cook-Hon, Class 30, 7:12.435
1. Javier Robles Jr.-Hon, Class 25, 6 minutes, 23.295 seconds
2. Adolfo Arellano-Hon, Class 25, 6:33.417
3. Oscar Ruiz-Hon, Class 24, 6:50.811
4. Thomas Wright-Hon, Class 24, 7:00.831
The Pro Motorcycle class took a new turn in Baja California, Mexico, today, even before the official start of the 46th annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Racers took part in a timed qualifying format on a slightly modified version of the five-mile course that the Trophy Trucks used, just outside of Ojos Negros, to set the front of the field for the race, which is scheduled to start at 11 p.m. Thursday night.
In a frantic sprint unlike anything that many of the racers are used to, FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Kurt Caselli is generally acknowledged to have claimed the top spot, although official results were not available as of our post time. Caselli is said to have completed his flying lap between one and three seconds faster than Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s Colton Udall, with THR Motorsports/Monster Energy Kawasaki’s David Pearson timing third quickest, setting the front three starters for the grueling 883.1-mile race.
Bryce Menzies put an exclamation point on the 2013 SCORE Baja 1000, and the race hasn’t even begun yet. Menzies placed first in qualifying today at a short five-mile track just outside of Ojos Negros in Baja California, Mexico. With race times now official, Menzies beat his next closest competitor by roughly 7 seconds.
Juan Carlos Lopez finished in second place behind Menzies. Finishing in third place during qualifying was Gustavo Vildosola Jr., who said that he likes the qualifying format despite a poor qualifying attempt at the Baja 500 last June.