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Kurt Caselli Off-Road Racing Champ Dead at 30 After Crashing in Mexico

11/16/2013 12:32 PM PST

Kurt Caselli Dead -- Off-Road Racing Champ Dies at 30 After Crashing in Mexico

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Kurt Caselli -- a highly decorated off-road racing competitor -- died Friday evening in Baja, Mexico ... after he crashed his motorcycle during a sandy section of the course.

According to a rep for the 2013 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 ... Kurt died from injuries sustained in the crash while en route to a hospital in Ensenada.

The rep says Caselli "apparently lost control of his KTM motorcycle in a sandy, high-speed section" of the course ... adding reports claiming the crash occurred because of a booby trap are false.

Caselli was in second place near the end of the race when the accident happened.

He was 30.

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