RACERS PAY TRIBUTE

The motorcycle industry takes to social media to honor Bernat Martinez and Dani Rivas, the two Spanish roadracers killed last weekend at Monterey.

Daniel Rivas race action

Many riders, teams, and members of the motorcycle industry have turned to social media to remember Bernat Martinez, 35, and Dani Rivas, 27, the racers killed on Sunday in a multiple-bike collision at the start of the second MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock 1000 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Martinez, fifth overall in Superbike points coming into round seven, had qualified 15th for the pair of 23-lap races and finished 14th in race one. FIM CEV European Superbike racer Rivas was making his MotoAmerica debut. Devon McDonough, Cory Call, Kevin Pinkstaff, and Josh Chisum were also involved in the accident but their injuries were not life-threatening. Here’s a sampling of the support, all posted recently on Twitter:

Sad day in the racing world with the loss of riders Bernat Martiez & Daniel Rivas. Prayers up to there teams & families #RideInPeace #Rip -- Nicky Hayden (@NickyHayden) July 20, 2015

Thoughts are with the families of Dani Rivas and Bernat Martinez right right now! Our sport can be so cruel at times! -- Jonathan Rea (@jonathanrea) July 20, 2015

Motorsports is a family. We will lean on each other and honor the memories of Jules, Bernat, and Dani. Together. -- COTA (@circuitamericas) July 20, 2015

RIP Fellas sad to hear the events of yesterday at Laguna pic.twitter.com/uzDdoc2snH -- Colin Edwards (@texastornado5) July 20, 2015

For more messages of support from the racing community, see this story on the MotoAmerica website:

Daniel Rivas.
Daniel Rivas.
Bernat Martinez.
Bernat Martinez.