Kurt was the current two wheel king of desert racing in North America. He won a third straight Hare and Hounds Championship this year. He also raced in his first Dakar earlier this year and won two stages. KTM had him slotted into the factory Red Bull team at next year's Dakar as one of their lead riders. Kurt also just recently inked a contract with KTM to run the FIM Cross Country Rally Championship.

He was running in the first or second position since leaving the starting line last night. A few hours ago it was reported that he was down about 100 miles from the finish and was being transported to a hospital. It has now been confirmed that he died from injuries due to the crash.

He will be missed. Blessings to his family and friends.