News, Culture & Society

Moto3 star Jason Dupasquier, 19, dies in hospital 24 hours after horror crash in qualifying

Jason Dupasquier has died at the age of 19 following the Swiss’ horror crash in qualifying for the Mugello Grand Prix, Moto GP have confirmed.

The Moto3 rider was taken to hospital in Florence on Saturday for checks after a huge crash over the crest at turn nine.

But now a statement 24 hours on from the incident has confirmed that ‘despite the best efforts’ of all involved, Dupasquier has died in hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered. 

The Swiss suffered a horror crash on Saturday

Jason Dupasquier has died at the age of 19 following the Swiss’ horror crash in qualifying

The 19-year-old Swiss Moto3 rider was taken to hospital in Florence after a huge crash on Saturday but has now died there

The 19-year-old Swiss Moto3 rider was taken to hospital in Florence after a huge crash on Saturday but has now died there

‘Following a serious incident in the Moto3 Qualifying 2 session at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier,’ it read.

‘Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident between Turns 9 and 10, with the session Red Flagged thereafter. 

‘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.

Dupasquier had made an impressive start to his second season in the lightweight class

Dupasquier had made an impressive start to his second season in the lightweight class

‘The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports pass on our deepest condolences to Dupasquier’s family, friends, team and loved ones.’

Dupasquier had made an impressive start to his second season in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing and was consistently within the top ten in the standings. 

But everything came to a sudden halt for him on Saturday when he lost control and fell off his bike before being struck by Ayumu Sasaki who had no time to avoid the impact and was sent flying off his own machine. 

Jeremy Alcoba was caught up in the aftermath of the crash as he also arrived unsighted, but Moto GP have since confirmed he and Sasaki are okay.

Posting on Facebook, Dupasquier’s Prustel GP team wrote: ‘It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Jason Dupasquier.

Dupasquier's compatriot and fellow rider Thomas Luthi had also decided not to race today

Dupasquier’s compatriot and fellow rider Thomas Luthi had also decided not to race today

‘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.’

Fellow MotoGP team Yamaha meanwhile tweeted: ‘Yamaha Motor Company, Yamaha Motor Racing, and the entire Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are deeply saddened by the passing of Jason Dupasquier. 

‘We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, loved ones, and the PrüstelGP team.’ 

Dupasquier’s Prustel GP team had confirmed prior to the announcement that they would not participate in the Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon.

The Moto3 Italian Grand Prix however did go ahead with Dennis Foggia claiming victory

The Moto3 Italian Grand Prix however did go ahead with Dennis Foggia claiming victory

Fellow Swiss Thomas Luthi had also decided not to race on Sunday and was going to be close to Dupasquier’s family, his SAG Racing Team confirmed on Facebook. 

The Moto3 Italian Grand Prix however did go ahead with Dennis Foggia claiming victory on home soil, but the race at Mugello had finished by the time the sad news had broken.

German rider Marcel Schrotter – who finished fifth in Sunday’s Moto2 race – later tweeted: ‘Despite a P5 +12.343 at#ItalianGP, all thoughts with the family and team of Jason Dupasquier, deepest condolences. R.I.P.’

Schrotter’s compatriot and racing driver Sophia Florsch – who herself suffered a fractured spine after a 170mph horror crash at the 2018 Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix final – added: ‘Racing could be so horrible. Sending love to your family and friends. RIP Jason Dupasquier.’

Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo also paid tribute to Dupasquier, tweeting: ‘My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason.’

Mugello Circuit – where Dupasquier would ride for the final time – also offered their condolences, stating: ‘We are deeply saddened by the news of Jason Dupasquier passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

‘The entire Mugello Circuit would extends their best wishes to Jason’s family, friends and love ones in this difficult time.

‘Ride in peace, Jason.’

British Superbike star Glenn Irwin meanwhile simply tweeted: ‘Thoughts go to this young mans family today. So so sad.’

Alfa Romeo Racing also paid tribute: ‘Our most heartfelt condolences go out to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends and team. We are deeply saddened by this terrible news.’



Read more at DailyMail.co.uk