When fans attend a motorsports event, they’re probably expecting to see action-packed races, tight competition and maybe even a photo finish. Spectators at the opening round of the 2013 AMA National Hare & Hound Series got to witness something rare when Kurt Caselli momentarily took himself out of the race – for a good cause.
The KTM rider started the race normally enough, winning the holeshot at the start and keeping up with the front pack of motorcyclists for the first portion. In the middle of his second loop, however, Caselli spotted a fallen comrade on the trail and decided to take a detour to help. According to Ultimate Motorcycling, the unnamed rider had suffered from a broken leg following the crash and hadn’t been seen by anyone until Caselli came along. He then loaded the injured competitor on the back of his bike and brought him to medics.
“I felt like it was the right thing to do,” said Caselli. “I definitely wanted to finish the race and earn as many points as I could toward the championship, but I did not want to leave a fellow rider on the trail without help.”
Caselli may have dropped from podium contention with the decision, but it was certainly one that made an impression on fans. He’ll return to action at the Hare & Hound on February 9 and 10 in Ridgecrest, California.