It i with great regret that we relay the following information about today’s round of racing in the MotoAmerica Series at Laguna Seca. On the second lap of today’s race, a multi-bike accident occurred resulting in the loss of life for two of the 1000cc Superbike/ Superstock riders. We are saddened to inform you of the passing of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas Fernandez.
Martinez, of Valencia Spain, was transported to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula by ambulance where he succumbed to injuries. He was 35 years old and had extensive experience including 7 races of the Moto2 World Championship series in 2010 and a podium finish at MotoAmerica‘s first round this season at Road Atlanta.
Fernandez, of Moana Galicia, Spain was transported to Natividad Medical Center via helicopter, where he also succumbed to injuries. Fernandez was 27 years old and boasted previous experience on a multitude of Moto2 Machines, as well as a recent second place finish at Aragon as part of the FIM CEV Repsol Championship in the Superbike class.
This is truly a dark day for the recently blossoming MotoAmerica Series. “I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel,” said MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey.
Our thoughts go out to both rider’s family and friends involved in the incident. May both riders Ride In Paradise. We will keep you posted on any updates as they become available.