Kurt Caselli‘s family is inviting friends and fans of the accomplished off-road racer to join in a memorial ride to honor his memory. The Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day will be held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 6, from 10 am to 3 pm PT.

Caselli died from injuries sustained in a crash at the SCORE Baja 1000. Initial conclusions were Caselli had collided with an animal.


The 30-year-old Caselli had a successful career in off-road and desert racing. His accomplishments include wining the 2011, 2012 and 2013 AMA National Hare and Hound competition and representing the U.S. in the International Six Days Enduro.

Earlier this year, Caselli raced for the KTM factory team in the Dakar Rally as a replacement for the injured Marc Coma. In his first attempt at the famed race, Caselli finished an impressive 31st overall, winning the 7th and 11th stages. That performance helped earn Caselli a full-time spot on KTM’s factory team replacing Cyril Despres. It speaks well of Caselli that KTM selected him to replace a three-time Dakar winner in Coma and a five-time winner in Despres.


Here is the official invitation sent out by KTM on behalf of the Caselli family:

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.

It is with great sadness that KTM announced the passing of Kurt Caselli after injuries sustained in a crash while competing in the SCORE Baja 1000 last Friday. Kurt, 30, was an accomplished off-road and desert rider. He was admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. While Kurt was one of the most popular figures on the KTM team, he was also an unmatched role model for young riders and fans. Kurt was much more than a legendary racer and will always be remembered as a champion on the bike, and in life.

The Caselli family is appreciative of all support received during this difficult time. They are also very grateful for all of the stories fans have shared of their memories of Kurt. If you have a story you would like to share with the family, please send it to the address below and your letter will be given directly to the Caselli family.