Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier succumbed to injuries following a crash in the s qualifying session of the Italian Grand Prix at the Mugello Circuit. Following the crash, Dupasquier was airlifted to a hospital in Florence. Prior to the airlift, the Swiss was was treated on the track for approximately 30 minutes.
The 19-year-old was involved in a crash with riders Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba toward the end of the session. It appeared that Dupasquier fell and was then hit by his own motorbike followed by that of Sasaki. Later, Alcoba said on TV that he might have also gone over the teen rider’s legs.
“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,” MotoGP said in a statement. “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.“
Jason Dupasquier was in only his second Moto3 season
Jason Dupasquier’s team, Pruestel GP pulled out of Sunday’s race, posting on Facebook: “PruestalGP decided not to race today in the #italianGP. The situation of @jasondupasquier50 is still critical and all our thoughts are with him.“
Moto2 rider Tom Luthi also withdrew from Sunday’s grand prix to be close to Dupasquier’s family at the hospital, the Swiss rider’s team SAG Racing announced.
Dupasquier was in his second season in Moto3. Racing for his German team he finished his maiden Moto3 campaign last year pointless in 28th in the overall standings. After five races in 2021, he was placed 10th with 27 points. The last fatality in the motorcycling world championship was Spain’s Luis Salom, who died in practice at the Catalonia Moto2 Grand Prix in 2016.
MotoGP world championship leader Fabio Quartararo had dedicated his pole-clinching qualifying lap to Dupasquier on Saturday.