Two riders have died following a multi-bike incident at the start of the MotoAmerica Superbike Superstock 1000 race at Laguna Seca on Sunday.
Bernat Martinez, 35, and Daniel Rivas Fernandez, 27, were both transported to local hospitals following the incident, where they succumbed to their injuries.
Laguna Seca (pictured in 2013) hosted the 13th and 14th races of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship last weekend in support of the World Superbike Championship round at the track near Monterey, California.
MotoAmerica issued the following statement in the early hours of Monday morning:
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.
MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey sent his condolences to the families of both riders and the superbike paddock members.
“I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel,” Rainey said.
“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,” Laguna Seca CEO Gill Campbell said.
“Our prayers and hearts go out to their families and teams.”