Swiss Moto3 rider, Jason Dupasquier has died in hospital from injuries he sustained in an accident during qualifying session on Saturday in Italy.
Dupasquier was struck by another bike after falling and slid along the track at the Mugello Circuit.
It was reported that the 19-year-old was treated by medics on the circuit for more than half an hour after the incident before being flown to hospital. His team, Prustel GP, earlier announced they would not be taking part in Sunday’s race. Dupasquier was in his second season in MotoGP’s lightweight class.
In MotoGP words, “Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and all those subsequently attending to the Swiss rider… Dupasquier has sadly succumbed to his injuries.”
“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,” it added.
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, Fabio Quartararo dedicated his victory to Dupasquier.
Dupasquier started his career in Supermoto and was a multiple-time Swiss national champion. He switched to circuit racing in 2016 and made his Moto3 debut in 2020.
Going into the weekend’s Italian Grand Prix, Dupasquier was 10th in the World Championship standings, with 27 points from the opening five races of his second season.