Fontana, California (April 6) -- Ricky Lundgren died at Loma Linda University Medical Center from injuries sustained from an accident during qualifying for the AMA Superstock race at California Speedway. Lundgren, 40, suffered blunt force trauma...
Fontana, California (April 6) -- Ricky Lundgren died at Loma Linda University Medical Center from injuries sustained from an accident during qualifying for the AMA Superstock race at California Speedway.
Lundgren, 40, suffered blunt force trauma to the head and chest. Lundgren's Suzuki was hit by another rider's bike. Jeffrey Tigert lost control entering turn nine, slid through the wet grass and started to tumble at which point Tigert fell off the bike as it launched into the air and flew over the 3-foot wall which separates the two sections of the infield circuit. The Suzuki bike hit Lundgren directly causing the same effect of a head-on collision. Tigert was released from the speedway's medical center without any major injuries -- stiffness and shoulder pain.
The Superbike series is racing on the 21-turn 2.3 mile road course. Officials increased the wall height prior to Saturday's activities.
AMA Pro Racing manager, Ron Barrick stated: "I would estimate that the bike was six to eight feet from the barrier when it had its last lurch and went into the air. From the barrier to where Ricky was struck was about 15 to 18 feet."
The safety/fire crews stationed at turn four of the oval section responded immediately and initiated first response to Lundgren. Trauma care was given prior to air-lifting Lundgren to the medical center where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 pm.
A resident of La Mesa, California, Lundgren was a series regular with the Willow Springs Motorcycle Club in the local area. He ran the Pro Thunder event at Daytona and finished sixth. This was his first ride in the Superstock division.
Lundgren leaves behind his wife and twin sons.
Motorsport.com extends their sympathy to the family and friends of Ricky Lundgren.