Spanish racers die in US motorbike horror crash

Two Spanish motorbike riders were involved in a multi-bike crash during the MotoAmerica superbike race in Laguna Seca, central California, on Sunday.

Spanish racers die in US motorbike horror crash
Bernat Martínez and Dani Rivas have died after a motorbike crash in the United States. Photo: MotoAmerica.

Dani Rivas, 27 from Galicia and Bernat Martínez, 35, from Valencia were taking part in the World Superbike race on Sunday when they were both involved in a first lap crash.

“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,” MotoAmerica, which was supporting the event, said in a statement.

Martínez was taken from the raceway by ambulance to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula (CHOMP) in Monterey, where he died from his injuries, while Rivas was transported by air ambulance to Natividad Medical Centre in Salinas where he also succumbed to his injuries.

“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 Martínez 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.”

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Canary Island schools offer kids free fruit to fight obesity

Pupils at 169 schools across Spain’s Atlantic archipelago will be offered free fruit in a new initiative by the regional government to tackle the burgeoning obesity epidemic.

Canary Island schools offer kids free fruit to fight obesity
Photo: Mariano P./Flickr

Seasonal fruit will be distributed in classrooms along with lessons on the importance of eating healthily in a bit to keep waistlines trim. 

Ricardo Redondas, the head of public health for the Canary Islands warned that obesity had reached alarming levels.

“Around a quarter (24 percent) of our school children are now considered overweight and one in five suffer from obesity,” he said announcing the free fruit programme last week.

Some 1.4 million individual fruits will be distributed to 44,314 students before the end of 2016 under the scheme which is part funded by European Union grants.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum daily intake of 400 grams of fresh fruit and vegetables each day.

Although Spain is often lauded for its healthy Mediterranean diet and boasts the highest life expectancy in the world after Japan, the nation is facing an obesity epidemic, with a majority of the nation predicted to be overweight by 2030.