Hundreds of riders and industry and friends gathered at Glen Helen Raceway on December 5 to once again honor and celebrate the life of the late, great Kurt Caselli…

The second annual event attracted a great turnout with recent Southern California rains ensuring perfect riding conditions.

A lengthy and challenging off-road loop was laid out by Ivan Ramirez, Erek Kudla and Quinn Cody through the “freshly watered” hills of Glen Helen. The combination of technical sections and fresh-cut single-track was praised by all, and something Kurt would definitely have appreciated, as well.

KTM North America President Jon-Erik Burleson commented it was “the best single-track he’s ridden on the west coast.” Attendees also had fun on the hillclimb section, and of course, the fully-prepped motocross track.

Nancy-Caselli MG 4234Nancy Caselli stands next to proud display of the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s accomplishments in 2014.
Notable names at the event included riders such as Toby Price, Kendall Norman, Robby Bell, Colton Haaker, Wil Hahn, Josh Strang and Geoff Aaron, to name a few. Supercross stars such as Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short, down to amateur motocross sensations like Ryder DiFrancesco, were also in attendance, turning laps and celebrating the memory of Kurt Caselli.

Auction MG 4240Racing memorabilia of Kurt Caselli’s and from fellow friends and riders were up for silent auction.

Following a raffle and silent auction benefitting the Kurt Caselli Foundation, the event held its signature parade lap around the motocross track in Kurt’s memory – an always moving tribute to KC66.

“It means a lot to have everyone out here,” said Kurt’s mother, Nancy Caselli. “It warms my heart – all the love and support. So many people… everyday I get new emails and notes on how Kurt affected people’s lives. He’d be so proud of what we’re doing. It means a lot personally, and for the foundation that we started in his honor to make riding safer for people from the small local races to the big SCORE races. The love is amazing.”

Foundation-Members MG 4227Like at most of their events, the Kurt Caselli Foundation board members took the opportunity to circle up. (Clockwise from center) Sarah-Jean White sits alongside fellow foundation members Carolyn Caselli (Kurt’s sister), Donny Emler of FMF Racing, racer Quinn Cody, KTM’s Christy LaCurelle and Jon-Erik Burleson.

The event also provided an opportunity for the Kurt Caselli Foundation to showcase the progress it has made in its first year. Focused on “protecting and supporting the lives of off-road racers,” the Foundation has already amassed an impressive list of accomplishments, including numerous fund-raising events, raising awareness of safety issues in off-road racing, working with the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit to provide more advanced medical equipment, establishing a scholarship program for racers, and of course, implementing many new safety measures at the SCORE Baja 1000.

For more on the Kurt Caselli Foundation and its accomplishments, please visit www.KurtCaselli.com

Story and Photos by Jean Turner

Kurt-ISDE-bike MG 4291Kurt’s ISDE bike was on display.
Parade-lap MG 4348Sarah Jean White – Kurt’s fiancé – and Ivan Ramirez lead the way on the tribute parade lap.
RSD-display-bike MG 4242The now-famous Roland Sands custom-built KTM – auctioned off a week earlier to Ivan Ramirez – was on display.
Toby-Price MG 4324