Quartararo mourns Mugello as Jason Dupasquier dies
Jason Dupasquier. (Steve Wobser / Getty Images)
Fabio Quartararo dominated sunday Italian MotoGP on dark Mugello circuit rocked by death of 19-year-old Swiss Moto3 rider Jason dupasquier, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a multi-bike qualifying crash.
“We all know the risks, but it’s hard to lose one of yours,” said French world championship leader Yamaha, who waved a Swiss flag on the podium in honor of one. friend “whose promising young career was brought to an abrupt end. fashion.
“This one is for Jason. I didn’t really know him, he was just a kid. I tried to make myself forget but I thought of him every time I passed where it had happened”, he said of the rider the death was announced around noon by the organizers of MotoGP.
“We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of Jason Dupasquier,” MotoGP said on Twitter.
“On behalf of the entire MotoGP family, we send our love to his team, his family and loved ones. We will miss you very much, Jason. Ride in peace,” the statement added.
Dupasquier, in his second season in Moto3, crashed and was struck by at least one motorcycle before sliding down the track on turn nine in qualifying on Saturday.
Medics rushed to the scene and, after treating him for 40 minutes at the circuit, airlifted him to hospital.
The rider described as “a leader in Swiss motorsport” died in hospital in Florence after suffering serious brain injuries and undergoing chest surgery overnight.
Quartararo said: “It was a strange day, a lot of emotion, every time I passed the 9th birthday I thought of Jason.
“It’s not a great feeling, you win a victory but we lose a friend of ours.”
Quartararo crossed the finish line with more than two and a half seconds of a day to return to Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira in second, with reigning world champion Joan Mir completing the podium.
The sixth stage of the season was preceded by a minute of silence for the sport’s first death since Luis Salom died in training at Barcelona’s Catalonia Moto2 in 2016.
As the MotoGP roadshow persisted despite the tragic circumstances, it was Quartararo, who had set a new lap record by taking pole on Saturday, who emerged with his third win of the season to tighten his grip on the rider standings.
He now has a 24-point cushion over Zarco with Francesco Bagnaia, a debutant on Sunday, two more points in third and Australian Jack Miller, winner of the two races before Mugello, fourth.
Miller was part of a legion of sports figures to pay tribute to Dupasquier, the Australian Ducati rider posting on Twitter: “Rest In Peace Jason, Thinking of his family and his team” alongside a red heart.
The Careggi hospital in Florence treating Dupasquier confirmed to AFP that the teenager had suffered brain injuries “incompatible with life”.
The motorcycling governing body, FIM, the IRTA umbrella association of teams and the sport’s commercial rights holder, DORNA, have issued a joint statement on the tragic news.
“Following a serious incident during the Moto3 2 qualifying session at the Gran Premio d’Italia, it is with great sadness that we announce the death of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier”, we read.
His team, Pruestel GP, had already withdrawn from Sunday’s race, and Tom Luthi, a Swiss Moto2 rider, has also withdrawn to be close to Dupasquier’s family in hospital.
The Japanese Ayumu Sasaki and the Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba were the others involved in this horrific accident. Organizers said both were doing “fine”.
Dupasquier, whose father Philippe was a former motocross rider, was in his second season in Moto3.
Racing for his German team, he ended his rookie campaign in Moto3 last year without any use, 28th overall.
After five races in 2021, he was ranked 10th with 27 points.
The joint FIM statement noted: “Dupasquier had made an impressive start to his second season in the Grand Prix lightweight class, consistently scoring points and in the top ten in the standings.
“The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports send our most sincere condolences to the family, friends, team and loved ones of Dupasquier.”