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Italian GP: Moto 3 rider Jason Dupasquier passes away

Jason Dupasquier

Bengaluru, May 30: Following a serious incident in the second qualifying session of the Italian GP at the Mugello circuit, Moto 3 rider Jason Dupasquier passed away.

The 19-year-old was involved in a multi-rider incident between turns 9 and 10, with the session red flagged thereafter.

Dupasquier was airlifted to the hospital after a crash at turn nine involving three bikes in which Tech 3 KTM's Ayumu Sasaki was unable to avoid the Prustel GP rider.

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.

The teenager had made an impressive start to his second season in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing, consistently scoring points and within the top ten in the standings.

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Dupasquier was 10th in the FIM World Championship standings after collecting 27 points from the opening five races of his second season in the competition.

His team Prustel GP wrote on Instagram: "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."

A joint statement by the stakeholders -- FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports -- expressed deepest condolences to Dupasquier's family, friends, team and loved ones.

(With Dorna Sports/MotoGP inputs)

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Story first published: Sunday, May 30, 2021, 16:30 [IST]
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