[dropcap]A[/dropcap] chain-reaction, multi-bike incident 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 Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in Monterey, where he succumbed to his injuries. He was 35.
Daniel Rivas Fernandez, of Moana Galicia, Spain, was transported by REACH Medical Air Services to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, where he also succumbed to injuries. He was 27.
MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey said:
“I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel. First and foremost, is the loss to the families and loved ones. Our sincere condolences goes out to each and every one of them as well as the MotoAmerica family. They are in our thoughts and prayers.”
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca CEO and General Manager Gill Campbell said:
“We are deeply saddened to learn the news of the passing of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas. Our prayers and hearts go out to their families and teams.”