Alle vet at motorsport kan være farlig. Heldigvis har sikkerheten blitt svært god de siste årene, og det er heldigvis svært langt imellom de alvorlige ulykkene.

 

Nylig hadde vi et dødsfall i Formel 1, og sent i går kveld krevde motorsporten dessverre to nye liv.

 

Ulykken skjedde like etter start i MotoAmerica’s SuperBike/SuperStock 1000 løp på Laguna Seca i USA kl 17 lokal tid, og hele fem sykler var involvert i den tragiske ulykken.

 

Løpet var dagens siste på banen etter at World Superbike hadde kjørt sine løp. MotoAmericas er det nye navnet til tidligere American Motorcycle Association Superbike races (AMA).

 

Begge de forulykkede var fra Spania. Bernat Martinez ble 35 år gammel og Daniel Rivas Fernandez ble 27 år gammel. Må de hvile i fred!

 

Laguna Seca

 

Pressemelding fra MotoAmerica:

 

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.»