He was 19.
He was a young rider with a passion, a burning desire to be the world’s next MotoGP world champion.
Yet, sadly, Jason Dupasquier succumbed to injuries sustained in a Moto3 crash at Mugello today.
Dupasquier was involved in a freak accident in the final minutes of qualifying for the Moto3 race, which had him collected by another rider.
Dupasquier was airlifted to hospital where it was announced that he had passed away.
“Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and all those subsequently attending to the Swiss rider,” said series promoters Dorna in a brief statement, “the hospital has announced that Dupasquier has sadly succumbed to his injuries.”
Dupasquier was a talented youngster who earned his way onto the Moto3 stage after finishing eighth in the Red Bull Rookies Cup last year.
He then scored points in each of the opening five races this season and was tenth in the championship.
His tragic passing is the first death in the MotoGP paddock for five years since Moto2 rider Luis Salom passed away after a crash in the 2016 Catalan Grand Prix.
Velocity News joins the racing community in extending its condolences to the Dupasquier family.
May Jason rest in peace and never be forgotten.