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Old 07-20-2015, 02:32 AM   #1
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Two riders killed at Laguna MotoAmerica Superbike race

MotoAmerica Superbike racers Bernat Martinez (left) and Daniel Rivas Fernandez (right) unfortunately succumbed to injuries suffered in a chain-reaction start crash in Race Two at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Sport Rider Magazine expresses its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of both racers.

The World Superbike Championship weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca unfortunately suffered a tragic ending when a chain-reaction crash at the start of the MotoAmerica Superbike Race Two claimed the lives of two racers. Daniel Rivas Fernandez, 27, from Moana Galicia, Spain, and Bernat Martinez, 35, of Alberic, Valencia, Spain, both succumbed to injuries sustained in the horrific accident that involved at least four other racers (who reportedly suffered minor injuries). According to a report on, Rivas' BMW superbike apparently lost power just after the start. Rivas raised his left hand to let the riders behind know that he was slowing, but although several riders managed to narrowly avoid colliding with him, he apparently was struck and fell off his bike. Rivas was then hit by at least one bike as he lay on the tarmac, and the chaos of swerving bikes and riders caused more collisions and crashes, one of them involving Martinez.

Rivas was transported by helicopter to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, where he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. He was 27. Martinez was transported from the raceway by ambulance to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in Monterey, where he too succumbed to his injuries. He was 35.

Martinez had qualified 15th for the combined Superstock/Superbike class races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and was fifth in the Superbike points standings. Rivas was racing in the MotoAmerica series for the first time (he normally competes in the FIM CEV Superbike European Championship), and had qualified eighth for the Laguna Seca races.

The staff of Sport Rider extends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of both Daniel Rivas and Bernat Martinez.

The following is the press release from 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."

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the new North American road racing series created in 2014. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit

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