The Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier has died as a result of injuries sustained in an accident during qualifying on Saturday, MotoGP has announced. The 19-year-old Swiss was hit by another bike after falling from his own at Mugello in Italy.
“Following a serious incident in the Moto3 qualifying two session at the Gran Premio d’Italia, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier,” MotoGP said on its official website.
“Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident between turns nine and 10, with the session red flagged thereafter,” the statement added. “FIM medical intervention vehicles arrived at the site immediately and the Swiss rider was attended to on the track before being transferred by medical helicopter, in a stable state, to Careggi Hospital in Florence.”
“Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and all those subsequently attending to the Swiss rider, the hospital has announced that Dupasquier has sadly succumbed to his injuries.”
It was reported that Dupasquier was being treated by medics on the circuit for more than half an hour after the incident before being flown to hospital. His team, Prustel GP, announced they would not be taking part in Sunday’s race. Dupasquier was in his second season in MotoGP’s lightweight class.
The MotoGP grid staged a one-minute silence before Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix, which was won by the world championship leader, Fabio Quartararo. After his win, the French rider stopped at the scene of Dupasquier’s accident before pointing to the sky.
“It was tough because when you do the one-minute silence, the emotion is coming really quick and it is difficult to stay focused,” said Quartararo, who also held a Swiss flag on the podium alongside the second- and third- placed Miguel Oliveira and Joan Mir. “We got the win and that one was for Jason and his family.”
The three-times MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo earlier paid tribute to Dupasquier on Twitter. “My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason,” Lorenzo wrote.
Several Formula One drivers also posted tributes. “Motorsport can be so cruel,” wrote the Williams driver George Russell. “Thinking of the family and friends of Jason Dupasquier and everyone in the MotoGP paddock. Ride in peace, Jason.”