Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, who had an accident on Saturday in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, died at the age of 19 on Sunday (May 30), the promoter of the World Motorcycle Sprint Championship announced in a statement.
“Despite the efforts of the circuit’s medical team and all those who subsequently took care of the Swiss driver, the hospital (Careggi, in Florence, where he had been transported, Editor’s note) announced that Jason Dupasquier unfortunately succumbed to his injuries ”, is it specified.
We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Jason Dupasquier
On behalf of the entire MotoGP family, we send our love to his team, his family and loved ones
You will be sorely missed, Jason. Ride in peace pic.twitter.com/nZCzlmJsVi
– MotoGP ™ 🏁 (@MotoGP) May 30, 2021
The young driver fell between turns 9 and 10 of the Mugello circuit in the final moments of qualifying on Saturday.
According to television footage showing only the end of his fall and statements from the other riders involved, Japanese Ayumu Sasaki and Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba, he was hit by at least one motorcycle, before sliding lifeless on the track.
After forty minutes of intervention by rescuers who arrived on site immediately, the Swiss “Multiple trauma and in serious condition” But “Stable” was transferred by medical helicopter to the trauma center at Careggi Hospital.
Son of motocross and Supermoto rider Philippe Dupasquier, Jason made his debut in Supermoto, before focusing on circuit speed, going through all levels, despite a left femur injury that deprived him of the 2018 season.
The n ° 50 had made his World Cup debut in 2020 under the colors of the German team PrüstelGP, which races KTMs. He had not scored any points and was ranked 28e for its first season. In 2021, after five starts, he was 10e of the drivers’ classification with 27 units.
On the Mugello circuit on Sunday, where the races continue, many drivers wear stickers in tribute to the young Swiss. The last rider to die in the Grand Prix, before Dupasquier, was the Spaniard Luis Salom at the 2016 Catalan GP in Moto2