Jason Dupasquier, a 19-year-old Swiss rider, died in hospital after suffering a severe crash during Saturday’s qualifying session at the Italian Grand Prix, MotoGP said on Sunday.
“Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident between Turns 9 and 10, with the session Red Flagged thereafter,” the statement read.
The MOTO3 star was hit by another motorcycle towards the end of qualifying. FIM medical intervention vehicles rushed to the scene, treated the young pilot on the track, and then transferred him in a medical helicopter to the hospital.
But MotoGP confirmed his tragic death on Sunday morning via Twitter.
It released a statement yesterday, saying: “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,” MotoGP went on.
In the statement, it also explained: “FIM Medical Intervention Vehicles arrived at the site immediately and the Swiss rider was attended to on 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 added.
Fellow runners and fans paid tribute to the young rider after news of his death broke. Prustel GP, the starlet’s team, also released a statement that read: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Jason Dupasquier.”
“We’re devastated, and at this time all of our thoughts are with Jason’s family. You’ll be sorely missed and never forgotten, Jason,” it added.
MotoGP legend Jorge Lorenzo said: “My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason.” Besides, Formula One star Sergio Perez wrote on social media: “Very sad news! All my prayers with Jason and his family. Rip champ.”
Jason Dupasquier started his career in Supermoto, becoming a multiple-time Swiss National champion.
He was in his second season of the Moto3 World Championship after debuting in 2020 and taking part in all 15 rounds with his team. This year, the starlet had secured his first top 15 finish, clocking 30 points in the first five rounds.