Champion off-road motorcyclist Kurt Caselli has died following a crash while he was leading the world-famous Baja 1000 race in Mexico on Friday (15Nov13).

The 30-year-old California-based race ace was ahead with less than 100 miles (160.9 kilometres) to go when he lost control of his bike after reportedly swerving to avoid hitting an animal on the track.

He died at the weekend (16-17Nov13) at an Ensenada hospital.