News 21 Jul 2015

Tragedy strikes MotoAmerica series at Laguna Seca

Hayes and Beaubier split American Superbike race wins.

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.”

The weekend’s Superbike races were split by Monster Energy Graves Yamaha duo Cameron Beaubier and Josh Hayes, who are now tied for the points lead in the new-look series. Race one was topped by Haydes ahead of Beaubier and Roger Hayden (Yoshimura Suzuki), before in race two in was Beaubier from Hayden and Hayes.

Supersport leader JD Beach (Yamaha) stretched his advantage in the title race with a commanding eighth win of the year, over Josh Herrin (Yamaha) and Australia’s David Anthony (Suzuki), who’s now fourth in the standings.

2015 MotoAmerica Championship
Round seven – Laguna Seca

Superbike/Superstock race one results:
1. Josh Hayes
2. Cameron Beaubier
3. Roger Hayden
4. Jake Lewis
5. Mark Heckles
6. Steve Rapp
7. Chris Ulrich
8. Taylor Knapp
9. Shane Narbonne
10. Cory Call

Superbike/Superstock race two results:
1. Cameron Beaubier
2. Roger Hayden
3. Josh Hayes
4. Jake Gagne
5. Sheridan Morais
6. Taylor Knapp
7. Josh Day
8. Jake Lewis
9. Tyler O’Hara
10. Chris Ulrich

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