It is with great sympathy and deep regret that we inform you that AA Pro Mario Soto (22 years old) died in a motorcycle accident in his hometown of Bogota, Colombia on Tuesday January 16, 2001.

Mario was one of the fastest and most promising stars that BMX has ever seen. He recently finished off his first professional season by winning the ABA’s Golden Crank Award for Rookie Pro of the Year, and captured the UCI’s World Championship title for Elite Men’s Cruiser. Mario recently took two second place finishes at the NBL’s Christmas Classic National in Columbus, Ohio placing him as the current points leader in the NBL’s AA Pro class. Mario had been a loyal member of the Powerlite racing team over the past years.

The employees of Ride Publishing send our most heart felt and sincere prayers to his family and friends.

We will keep you informed as we find out more about the accident.