Tragedy struck the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North America Road Racing Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca yesterday evening just before 5pm when near about 5 motorcycles collided into one another. Some witnesses reported, just when Daniel Rivas launched his BMW S1000R, the motorcycle lost its power suddenly, Rivas alerted his fellow riders by raising his hand. Some of the riders managed to escape Rivas but at some point Rivas was knocked off from his motorcycle and unfortunately one of the riders wasn’t able to avoid Rivas that resulted in multiple riders crashing into one another, including Josh Chisum, Bernat Martinez, Devon McDonough and Kevin Pinkstaff.
According to a press release from MotoAmerica, 35-year-old Bernat Martinez of Alberic, Valencia, Spain was taken to the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula by ambulance where Martinez lost his life due to his sever injuries from the crash. While Daniel Rivas Fernandez, the 27 year old rider from Galicia, Spain, succumbed at Natividad Medical Center. It was Rivas’s first race with MotoAmerica and Allende SBK BMW Racing. Rivas Qualified eighth for the combined Superbike/Superstock 1000 races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Rivas won the European Supersport Championship in 2009 and finished sixth in the CEV Repsol Superbike championship, he told Roadracingworld.com on July 17.
More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:
MONTEREY, CA, JULY 19 - A chain-reaction, multi-bike incident on the first lap of today's 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.
"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 goes 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."
We at Bikeportal pay our deepest condolences to their family and friends. May their souls rest in peace.