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Kurt Caselli Has Died While Competing in the Baja 1000

Factory KTM rider hit a booby trap while leading the Baja 1000.
WTF is wrong with people!

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http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/raci...ies-baja-1000/


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I've heard it was in a very remote spot and likely not caused by a booby trap.

Sad news, a top of the line rider and a well liked guy.

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just knew of him from the dakar. interested to see if anymore details surface about his death.

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I have not heard of people booby trapping the course and am somewhat shocked someone would. Do they put string or something across I mean WTF.

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I see they've updated it to a racing incident. Less angry but still sad.

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The Baja 1000 is notorious for having man made booby traps. The spectators set them up.


Sabotage and booby-traps

Each year there are reports of spectators*sabotaging*or*booby-trapping*the course by digging holes, blocking river flow, or burying and hiding obstacles. Racers are warned to beware of large crowds of spectators in remote parts of the course since it may indicate hidden traps or obstacle changes. Many of the booby traps are not created to intentionally injure the contestants but are created by the local spectators as jumps or obstacles for spectator entertainment and intriguing moments to be caught on videotape. The haphazardly-designed jumps, created by the spectators, are very dangerous as the contestants may inadvertently enter the booby-trap at unsafe speeds, resulting in damage to the vehicles or injuries to competitors or spectators. Awareness of booby traps and course alterations are often part of race-day strategy and convey an advantage to the best prepared teams — nonetheless given the danger the traps pose, it is customary for competitors to quickly communicate course hazards to other competitors through on-board radio communications and radio relay. On November 15, 2013, American KTM factory off-road racer Kurt Caselli died as he was nearing the finish of the 833-mile contest when he crashed at approximately 4:55 pm PST. Reports on Twitter have indicated that it was due to a booby trap set-up by locals in an effort to disable competitors.[1]
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Kim posted that there was no Bobbie trap but it seems that he hit some animal!
Sad news! Rip Godspeed and ride in peace Kurt!
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I just took a call from one of my western AMA colleages who is in the SoCal racing scene. He told me that the reports of a booby trap were incorrect. It doesn't make the loss of a talented young racer any easier but it takes away that frustration and anger that I felt thinking this could have been avoided had someone not boby trapped the course.
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Some details regarding the incident on this link:

http://jalopnik.com/kurt-caselli-not...pet-1465895717
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Thanks for posting that.

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Well written article. Very sad.

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