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Young rider dies in San Diego event

Riverside, California rookie rider has died of the injuries he sustained at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Supercross event in San Diego on Saturday night. Jason Ciarletta was only 19 years old, and was racing in his second pro ...

Riverside, California rookie rider has died of the injuries he sustained at the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Supercross event in San Diego on Saturday night.

Jason Ciarletta was only 19 years old, and was racing in his second pro event, when he crashed during a heat race in the Western Series 125cc Supercross competition.

Ciarletta took his first off-road motorcycle ride at the young age of seven and has competed in amateur events since he was 11. The crash happened on the outside of the first turn at the berm that the riders use to help make the 90-degree left turn onto the course.

The early reports from onlookers were that Ciarletta was bumped just as they set up for the turn, putting the rider head-on into the berm. He landed hard on the dirt off the track.

The on-site medical team was attending to Ciarletta immediately about the accident; he was then transported to Sharp Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead at 5:28pm, within twenty minutes of the time of the crash.

The AMA reported that this was the first death of a rider in the 31-year history of AMA Supercross racing.

AMA Pro Racing Motocross/Supercross Series Manager stated, "All of us in the Supercross racing community are taking this hard. I'm confident Jason's family will receive a great deal of emotional support in dealing with their loss."

At this time, as would be expected, the Ciarletta family is in seclusion. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, January 26. The AMA will investigate the accident and will release a report once the investigation is complete.

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