KTM off-road legend may be gone, but he is not forgotten. The second annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day at Glen Helen Raceway is proof of that.
Thanks to the work of the Kurt Caselli Foundation, a lot of good things have happened in the year since the world lost the popular desert racer from Palmdale, California, and the 2nd Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day at Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, California, served to illustrate this.
Several hundred of Caselli’s family, friends and fans gathered at Glen Helen to socialize, raise funds for the Kurt Caselli Foundation and take advantage of perfect conditions at the world-renowned motorsports park in the heart of Southern California. From factory motocrossers such as Davi Millsaps and Andrew Short to off-road stars including Caselli’s teammate Ivan Ramirez, and Geoff Aaron, to weekend warriors, a wide cross-section of people that Caselli touched in some way enjoyed a great day highlighted by a raffle, a silent auction and the aforementioned prime riding.
Though the event was not as heavily attended as last year, the sight of hundreds taking a tribute lap around Glen Helen’s motocross track still impressed onlookers, and the Kurt Caselli Foundation report provided all with a snapshot of all that it has accomplished since its genesis less than a year ago. Things like providing vehicles and personnel to open a course before the race starts, reviewing safety measures that organizations take (and how to improve them), successfully lobbying for having an official course marshal to approve and implement safety standards for all rounds of the Kenda/SRT AMA Hare & Hound National Championship Series–these and more measures are just some of the ways the Kurt Caselli Foundation is using monies raised to make good on its promise of improving safety for off-road racers.
The second year of the Kurt Caselli Foundation’s existence should only be better, and it is a perfect example of the good that can come from a tragedy such as the one the off-road world experienced with Caselli’s passing. Thanks to the passion and the proactive efforts of the foundation’s board, more than just time is healing the heartache.