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CCS and international racer Kiurys Martinez died Sunday after a crash at a raceway in the Dominican Republic.
Martinez, 37, of New York, known as "Super" because of his job as a building superintendent, competed in the CCS Mid-Atlantic region for several seasons aboard his Suzuki GSX-R1000 and his Ducati Panigale 1199.
Martinez also was also part of a group of racers who would compete in the Dominican Republic at national and international events that attracted racers from across North, Central and South America.
Martinez was competing in a National event in preparation for next week's FIM Pan American Championships at the Autodromo Mobil 1 circuit near Santo Domingo, a 1.655-mile drag strip and return-road circuit.
According to reports from friends, Martinez went straight on at the end of a short straightaway and hit a barrier, suffering head injuries. He was pronounced dead at the medical center shortly afterward.
Donations are being accepted to transport Martinez' body back to the United States. For further information, contact Darwin Rodriguez at (401) 617-9964 or at firstname.lastname@example.org .