July 25, 2015
A collision between five riders just following the start of a World Superbike race at Laguna Seca, located in Salinas, California, found two racers killed from Spain.
The incident occurred within seconds of the start of the race when the collision incited a chain reaction among the five involved. Videos show the riders being flung into the dirt and through the air.
The riders killed have been identified as 35-year-old Bernat Martinez of Alberic and 27-year-old Daniel Rivas of Moana Galicia.
By all appearances the crash is described as an accident, with no external investigations by law enforcement or otherwise being conducted. Instead, an investigation will be conducted by track administrators.
Paul Carruthers, spokesperson for MotoAmerica, said the track was dry and in good condition for the race.
According to Carruthers, “If there’s an issue with the track, we don’t hold the race.”
Following the incident there has been an outpouring of support and sympathies. Wayne Rainey, president of MotoAmerica, said in a statement:
“I really don’t have any words to describe what we all feel…first and foremost, is the loss to the families and loved ones.”
There is no doubt that motorcycle racing is one of the most dangerous forms of motorsports on the planet. The start of the race is often chaotic, but rarely the time of fatalities. This incident serves to perpetuate the truth that for motorcyclists, danger is a fact of life. Even these professionals, in a moment of utmost concentration and focus, found themselves in an irrecoverable situation.
The Bay Area motorcycle lawyers here at RiderzLaw offer our deepest, most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Bernat Martinez and Daniel Rivas. We beg all our readers to please, ride safely and look out for each other on the roadways.
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