A chain-reaction, multi-motorcycle incident involving five riders on the first lap of the second MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock 1000 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has resulted in the deaths of two competitors.
Bernat Martinez, of Alberic, Valencia, Spain, was transported from the raceway by ambulance to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in Monterey, where he succumbed to his injuries. He was 35. Martinez competed in seven rounds of the Moto2™ World Championship in 2010 and scored a podium in the Road Atlanta round of MotoAmerica earlier this season.
Daniel Rivas Fernandez, of Moaña, Galicia, Spain, was transported by REACH Medical Air Services to the Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, where he also succumbed to his injuries. He was 27. From 2010 to 2013, Dani Rivas participated in six Moto2™ rounds on a variety of machines. He recently took second at the Motorland Aragon round of the FIM CEV Repsol Championship in the Superbike class. He finished last year's championship in sixth position.
"I really don't have any words to describe what we all feel," said MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey. "First and foremost is the loss to the families and loved ones. Our sincere condolences go out to each and every one of them as well as the MotoAmerica family. They are in our thoughts and prayers."
"We are deeply saddened to learn the news of the passing of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas," said Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "Our prayers and hearts go out to their families and teams."
The FIM President Vito Ippolito, on behalf of the FIM family extends its sincere condolences to the families of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez, to the Spanish Motorcycling Federation (RFME) and to the MotoAmerica family.
Photo Brian J. Nelson: caption: Bernat Martinez (left) and Daniel Rivas.