GRID START HORROR AT SECA: Bernat Martinez (left) and Daniel Riva were killed by a grid-start crash at the Laguna Seca Raceway. Image: Twitter
LONDON, England - Two Spanish
motorcycle racers have been killed in a series of crashes on the start grid during a support race for the World Superbike championship at California's Laguna Seca circuit.
Martinez, 35, and Daniel Rivas Fernandez, 27, died in hospital after a multi-bike accident in the second
MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock 1000 race on Sunday.
Roadracingworld.com reported witnesses as saying that Rivas had just launched his BMW
S1000RR from Row 3 when his bike lost power and slowed suddenly. Rivas put
his left hand up to alert other riders, according to racer Mark Heckles.
FIRST-LAP CHAIN REACTION
He was knocked off his bike and hit by other motorcycles. Rivas was also involved in the chain collision and sustained fatal injuries.
Rainey, a three-times 500cc motorcycle World champion and president of
MotoAmerica, said in a statement on Sunday night.
really don't have any words to describe what we all feel. First and
foremost is the loss to their families and loved ones. Our sincere
condolences goes out to each and every one of them as well as (to) the
The crash happened Lap 1 of the race and started a chain reaction.
was taken by ambulance to the nearby Community Hospital of the Monterey
Peninsula; Rivas was flown to Natividad Medical Centre in nearby Salinas.