Hispania Rally has announced that 42-year-old Alberto Martínez died today on his way to the five-day, biking competition. The organiser has confirmed that Martínez was involved in a motorbike accident on the A-92 motorway, north of Granada, just before the competition started.
In a statement, the organisers said: “It’s a very sad day. Alberto Martínez died today as a result of a traffic accident. Better known as Albertito Carpediem by his friends and motorbike aficionados, he was a charismatic and very-much loved participant in the rallies. His loss leaves a huge hole. We are very sorry for his loss, and extend our support to the family. Rest in Peace.”
The competition, now in its third year, attracts around 180 bikers to race approximately 1500 km of Spain’s Gorafe desert. However, as a result of this fatal loss, the organisers have cancelled this year’s event, before it even started.