Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier has died aged 19 from injuries sustained in a crash in qualifying at the Italian Grand Prix, organisers MotoGP announced on Sunday. “We’re deeply saddened to outline the loss of Jason Dupasquier,” MotoGP said on Twitter. “On behalf of all of the MotoGP circle of relatives, we send our love to his team, his circle of relatives and loved ones. You’re going to be sorely missed, Jason. Ride in peace,” the commentary added. The Careggi hospital in Florence treating Dupasquier confirmed to AFP that the teenager had suffered mind injuries “incompatible with life” in the multi-bike accident at Mugello on Saturday.
Dupasquier, in his second season in Moto3, fell and used to be struck by a minimum of one bike, before sliding along the track, all through qualifying.
Doctors rushed to the scene and after attending to him for 40 minutes on the circuit had him airlifted to hospital.
He underwent chest surgery overnight “for a vascular lesion” and had suffered “severe mind damage”, a hospital spokesman told AFP earlier Sunday.
Motorcycling’s governing body the FIM, the team’s IRTA umbrella organization, and the sport’s commercial rights holder DORNA issued a joint commentary on the tragic news.
“Following a serious incident in the Moto3 Qualifying 2 session at the Gran Premio d’Italia, it is with great sadness that we outline the passing of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier,” it read.
It said after Dupasquier’s crash medical officers “arrived at the site immediately and the Swiss rider used to be attended to on course” before his transfer to hospital.
“Despite the most productive efforts of circuit medical staff and all those therefore attending to the Swiss rider, the hospital has announced that Dupasquier has sadly succumbed to his injuries,” the commentary continued.
His team, Pruestel GP, had already pulled out of Sunday’s race, posting on Facebook: “PruestalGP made up our minds not to race today in the #italianGP. The situation of @jasondupasquier50 is still critical and all our thoughts are with him.”
Tom Luthi, a Swiss rider who races in Moto2, also withdrew from Sunday’s grand prix to be near to Dupasquier’s circle of relatives at the hospital, his team SAG Racing announced.
Japan’s Ayumu Sasaki and Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba were the others involved in the horrific accident. Organisers reported that both were “fine”.
MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo had committed his pole-clinching qualifying lap to Dupasquier on Saturday.
Dupasquier, whose father Philippe used to be a former motocross rider, used to be in his second season in Moto3.
Racing for his German team he finished his rookie Moto3 crusade final year pointless in 28th in the overall standings.
After five races in 2021 he used to be placed 10th with 27 points.
The FIM joint commentary famous: “Dupasquier had made an impressive start to his second season in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing, consistently scoring points and inside the top ten in the standings.
“The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports pass on our deepest condolences to Dupasquier’s circle of relatives, friends, team and loved ones.”
The final fatality in the motorcycling world championship used to be Spain’s Luis Salom, who died in practice at the Catalonia Moto2 Grand Prix in Barcelona in 2016.
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