Aprilia HSBK Racing Endures a Difficult Weekend at Laguna Seca
Houston, TX (July 23, 2015) – Aprilia HSBK racing started last weekend’s MotoAmerica round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with high expectations. They moved in Thursday and began setup for the seventh round of the nine round series. This was the first track that rider, Sheridan Morias, had visited previously and the team looked forward to good weekend.
Friday and Saturday practice went well with Sheridan on top of the time charts after every practice session. The team went into Saturday’s Superpoles with strong times. Devon McDonough went into Superpole 1 and ended with the ninth fastest time, while Morias went straight to Superpole 2 finishing just .1 second behind pole position.
The track had seen early morning fog Thurday through Saturday and Sunday morning was also accompanied by rain. The first race was deemed a wet one. However, as the riders went on their sighting lap the track appeared to be drying up making tire choice a critical factor. McDonough’s back tire was changed on the grid to a slick while Morias quickly came in after his first lap after realizing that the rain tires wouldn’t last him. Unfortunately, the tire change set him back in the pack and he wasn’t able to regain his strong position. Morias and McDonough finished race one in 9th and 12th respectively.
By the afternoon, the inclement weather had cleared. The start of race two was tragic as five riders were involved in a serious multi-bike accident resulting in two riders passing. Aprilia HSBK Rider Devon McDonough was involved in the pileup, but was released from the hospital Sunday evening and will continue his healing at home.
McDonough posted the following statement on his racing page, “First of all, thank you for everyone’s support and best wishes. My deepest condolences to the families of Bernat Martinez and Dani Rivas. Rest in peace to those two riders, I cannot believe this happened. I’m not really sure how to feel. We take the greatest risk every time we swing a leg over a bike, and I wish so much that it wasn’t their last. I have been released from the hospital and am now home resting with my family. I will keep everyone updated as I begin the healing process and get through these difficult times. Thanks again to my racing family and all my friends for their support.”
After the heartbreaking accident and red flag, the race was restarted. McDonough’s teammate Sheridan Morias was able to finish race two in second place.
Aprilia HSBK Racing extends their thoughts and prayers to all of the teams and loved ones affected by Sunday’s tragic accident.
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