Moto3 Mugello: Jason Dupasquier has died

Jason Dupasquier has died aged 19
Jason Dupasquier has died aged 19

Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier has passed away from injuries caused in a qualifying crash at Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old Swiss rider fell on the exit of turn nine in the closing seconds of Q2, with Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba unable to avoid the accident ahead of them. Dupasquier received treatment on the circuit by medics and was airlifted to hospital for further treatment. Sadly, it has now been confirmed that Dupasquier has succumbed to his injuries.

A statement was released by Dorna following this morning's Moto3 race:

"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.

"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.

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

2021 marked Dupasquier's second Grand Prix campaign. The CarXpert PruestelGP rider had scored points in each of the opening five races and was 10th in the championship standings heading into the weekend.

Dupasquier began his racing career in Supermoto and was a multiple-time Swiss National champion. In 2016 he switched to road racing and was crowned ADAC NEC Championship Moto3 champion, before entering the Junior World Championship the following year.

A broken femur ruled Dupasquier out of the 2018 Red Bull Rookies Cup, but he would return the following year to secure eighth overall, with a best result of fourth at Jerez.

Our thoughts are with Jason's family, friends, and team at this difficult time.

Moto3 Mugello: Jason Dupasquier 'in a very serious condition' following Q2 crash

First published: 29 May 2021 by Josh Close

Jason Dupasquier Mugello

Jason Dupasquier has been flown to hospital after a serious accident in the closing stages of Moto3 qualifying at Mugello.

Dupasquier crashed at the exit of Arrabbiata 2 (turn nine) on his final flying lap of the session. Tech3 KTM rider Ayumu Sasaki was behind Dupasquier at the time of the incident and unfortunately had no time to avoid the crash ahead of him.

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Sasaki was thrown into the air as a result but is said to be ok, but bruised. Gresini Racing's Jeremy Alcoba was also caught up in the incident but is also believed to be ok.

However, Dupasquier underwent lengthy medical treatment on the circuit by trackside doctors and early indications suggest that he may have been hit by one or both of the other riders involved. The air ambulance helicopter was called to the scene and Dupasquier was airlifted to a hospital in Florence.

FIM Medical Officer Giancarlo di Filippo has since provided the following statement on the condition of Dupasquier.

"Rider #50 Jason Dupasquier was involved in a very serious crash in Qualifying 2 of Moto3. The FIM medical intervention team in the vehicles arrived immediately on the site of the accident and after that he was transferred to the Careggi hospital in a hemodynamically stable way to the Careggi hospital in Florence and we will wait for updates from the hospital.

"At the moment we know that for sure he’s in a very serious condition and as I said we are waiting for updates by them [the hospital]."

Prior to the incident, Dupasquier had done enough to qualify 11th on the grid for tomorrow's race. The 19-year-old has scored points in each of the five races so far in 2021, with a best result of seventh at Jerez. He currently sits 10th in the championship.

The CarXpert PruestelGP rider made his Moto3 debut last year after finishing eighth overall in the 2019 Red Bull Rookies Cup.

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Josh Close

By Josh Close

Sports Reporter and fan of all things motorsport.