American off-road racing champion, Kurt Caselli, died Friday after sustaining injuries from a crash during the SCORE Tecate Baja 1000 race in Mexico.
Rumors flew that the crash happened due to a man-made booby trap, however that has been discredited by eyewitness accounts, according to ESPN. Caselli was riding through a high-speed, sandy part of the track when he lost control of his bike. The 30-year-old died during transportation to a hospital in Ensenada.
A tragic loss to off-road sports, we compiled tweets sent in tribute to the professional rider.
Initial confusion led to high hopes for the motocross community.
“Hello All, please keep Kurt Caselli in your prayers. Details are not known right now but there are rumors of the worst possible situation.” Motocross Rulebook (@MotoRulebook)
As official reports were released, the off-road family paid their respects in every way possible.
“Thoughts and prayers go out to the Caselli family. RIP Kurt Caselli, you will be missed!” Motocross Girl Probs (@MotoXGirlProbs)
“Really Sad News , RIP Kurt Caselli thoughts and love is with you all” Scott Redding. (@Reddingpower)
Even reporters who came to cover the event were touched by the tragedy.
“My heart is broken. I came to #Baja1000 to write a story on 4 fantastic riders & their support crew. Sadly I report Kurt Caselli has died.” Alyssa Roenigk (@ESPN_Alyssa)
Pain resonates throughout the entire motocross community, even for those who didn’t know Caselli personally.
“I didn’t know Kurt Caselli personally but anytime you lose anyone in the industry it’s sad. My heart goes out to his family. RIP Kurt” James Stewart (@js7)
Professional ATV rider Cody Janssen put it best:
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