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Kurt Caselli

A decorated champion, Kurt Caselli was a multi-time champ in many off-road races.

Kurt Caselli
Rider: Kurt Caselli
Nationality: American
Team: FMF / KTM
Machine: (#66)
Born: June 30, 1983
Died: November 15, 2013
Kurt Caselli was born June 30, 1983 in the Southern California desert, and that’s also where he found his passion as a racer. Influenced by the example of his father Rich, who was an avid off-road rider and enthusiastic supporter of the sport, Kurt began to ride as a boy and by his mid-teens had started competing in mini enduros and desert races.

Caselli’s professional career began to take off in 2006 when he joined with Ricky Dietrich, David Pearson and Russell Bobbitt on the ISDE Junior Trophy Team in Taupo, New Zealand. The squad notched the United States’ third ever victory in the event that year. The following season Caselli entered the WORCS Pro class where he consistently finished on the podium, earning two wins and the title by four points over Nathan Woods. He then went on to finish eighth with Team USA in the ISDE World Trophy class. In 2007 Caselli was also named AMA Sportsman of the Year, an honor given by the American Motorcyclist Association to one “who has, in the opinion of AMA Racing, demonstrated a high degree of unselfishness and concern for the welfare of other competitors during the course of standard activity.”
Kurt Caselli WORCS
Kurt Caselli was the hardest working man in
WORCS in 2007 which earned him the

In 2008 Caselli continued on in WORCS, battling against Dietrich and Bobby Bonds for the top-spot. He took two wins and three additional podiums to finish third overall. The KTM ace remained a part of the ISDE World Trophy Team, joined by Destry Abbott, Dietrich, Jimmy Jarrett, Nathan Kanney and Nathan Woods. Team USA finished third in 2008, earning its best result at the event in the class since the US Trophy Team took second-place in 1982.

Caselli continued as a representative on the US Team in ISDE competition in 2009, helping the squad on its way to a fifth-place finish. He switched gears stateside that year, however, choosing to enter the Grand National Cross Country Championship (GNCC) rather than WORCS. He struggled to find the same success in GNCC as he did in the desert racing series though, finishing seventh and earning just one podium through the 13-round season.

In 2010 Caselli returned to WORCS and won the pro class for the second time in his career, followed up by a fourth-place finish in the ISDE World Trophy class. 2011 marked his final stint in WORCS, and he finished on top once again for a third-career title in the series. He also entered the AMA National Hare & Hound series in 2011, earning the top-spot in that series as well. In 2012 Caselli ventured into even greater desert racing territory and contested the Baja San Felipe 250, which he won. He also took top-honors in the AMA National Hare & Hound Series again and finished fourth in ISDE competition.

Kurt Caselli Hare & Hound
Kurt Caselli won the 2013 Hare & Hound
Series at the penultimate round in Panaca,
Caselli’s skill as an off-road competitor earned him a spot on KTM’s factory-backed Dakar Rally team in 2013. During his first-ever outing in the grueling event Caselli earned two stage wins and finished 31st overall. He and Team USA also took second-place in the ISDE World Trophy class.

Caselli was on deck to compete in Dakar with KTM once again in 2014, but while contesting the 2013 Baja 1000 in November the 30 year-old rider suffered a fatal crash. The KTM champion was leading the 1000 in the final stages of the event when the accident occurred.

In the following months KTM Motorsports, FMF Racing and the Caselli family created a foundation in his honor to provide scholarships to high school seniors and provide funds for new technology for increased rider safety in off-road competition. More information on the Kurt Caselli Memorial Foundation can be found by contacting,

KTM North America, Inc.
c/o: Caselli Foundation
38429 Innovation Court
Murrieta, CA 92563
Kurt Caselli Career Highlights
2013 - 2nd ISDE World Trophy
2013 - 31st Dakar Rally - KTM
2012 - 1st AMA National Hare & Hound
2012 - 4th ISDE World Trophy
2012 - 1st Baja San Felipe 250
2011 - 3rd ISDE World Trophy
2011 - 1st National Hare & Hound
2011 - 1st WORCS
2010 - 4th ISDE World Trophy
2010 - 1st WORCS
2009 - 5th ISDE World Trophy
2008 - 3rd ISDE World Trophy
2008 - 3rd WORCS
2007 - AMA Sportsman of the Year
2007 - 8th ISDE World Trophy
2007 - 1st ISDE E3 Class
2007 - 1st WORCS
2006 - 1st ISDE Junor Trophy

Kurt Caselli News & Articles
Caselli Foundation Fundraiser at Doffo Winery
Friday, May 16, 2014
The Kurt Caselli Foundation will host a fundraiser at Doffo Winery in Temecula, California on May 31, 2014 from 10am - 4pm.
Kurt Caselli 66 Ride the Dream Film Premier
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
FMF and Red Bull host a gathering for the premier of the Kurt Caselli 66 Ride the Dream film which documents the life of the late motorcycle off-road racing champion.
Kurt Caselli Foundation Official Site Launch
Thursday, February 27, 2014
The Kurt Caselli Foundation announces its official website launch and the launch of its first initiatives for the 2014 season.
Kurt Caselli Memorial Ride Day 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Fans, friends, and family pay their final respects to off-road racing champion, Kurt Caselli at his memorial ride day at Glen Helen Raceway.
Kurt Caselli Foundation Established
Friday, December 06, 2013
KTM Motorsports and FMF Racing, along with the Caselli family, have set up a foundation to honor the late Kurt Caselli.
KTM Appeals for Memories of Kurt Caselli
Monday, December 02, 2013
KTM Sportmotorcycle AG and KTM Racing are appealing to anyone with stories, anecdotes, photos or tributes to the late Kurt Caselli to include in a compendium of memories for the Caselli family.
Kurt Caselli Ride Day at Glen Helen
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Caselli family would like to invite all family, friends and fans of Kurt Caselli to a memorial ride day at Glen Helen Raceway on December 6, 2013 from 10am to 3pm.
Caselli Rememberance in SCORE Dirt LiveHD
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Kurt Caselli will be remembered during the SCORE Dirt LiveHD internet show airing Tuesday November 19, 2013 at 7 p.m. Pacific Time.
Kurt Caselli Dies During 2013 Baja 1000
Friday, November 15, 2013
American KTM factory off-road racer Kurt Caselli has died during the 46th running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road motorcycle race.
Caselli Wins 2013 Hare   Hound Championship
Monday, August 26, 2013
Kurt Caselli earned his third consecutive Hare & Hound championship during the penultimate round of the 2013 series in Panaca, Nevada.
Caselli Helps Injured Rider at Lucerne Valley
Monday, January 28, 2013
In the opening round of the 2013 AMA National Hare and Hound Series in Lucerne Valley, FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli stopped a mid-race charge to help a fellow competitor who had broken his leg.
Kurt Caselli Opts for Knee Surgery
Thursday, June 07, 2012
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli will undergo knee surgery this week and return to racing after the summer break.
Caselli   Brown Team with Coma at Baja 500
Friday, May 25, 2012
Factory KTM announced that Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, Ivan Ramirez and Marc Coma will team to ride the 44th annual running of the Tecate SCORE Baja 500.
Caselli Undefeated at AMA Hare   Hound
Monday, March 26, 2012
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli took his third win of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series to remain undefeated this season.
KTMs Kurt Caselli Crowned WORCS Champion
Monday, November 07, 2011
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli clinched his third career WORCS Championship title in the first of two motos at the final round of the WORCS held at Speed World Motorsport Park while his teammate, Mike Brown, also celebrated by taking the moto win.
KTMs Caselli and Ritzman Win Adelanto GP
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Kurt Caselli and Brenden Ritzman made a dominating duo in the final running of the 2010 Adelanto Grand Prix.
Men at WORCS Kurt Caselli
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
For our premier article of Men at WORCS, we couch-dive at the Palmdale, CA residence of reigning series champ, Kurt Caselli, to witness the life of a factory KTM motorcycle rider.