Who is Jason Dupasquier?
Jason Dupasquier was a Swiss motorcycle rider who competed in the Moto3 class in the motorcycle world championship until his death at the 2021 Italian motorcycle Grand Prix. He was the son of MotoCross rider Philippe Dupasquier.
He was airlifted to the hospital before his tragic death was announced on Sunday morning.
MotoGP confirmed on Twitter: “We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Jason Dupasquier.
“On behalf of the entire MotoGP family, we send our love to his team, his family and loved ones.
“You will be sorely missed, Jason. Ride in peace.”
The Swiss starlet’s team, Prustel GP, released a statement that read: “It’s with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Jason Dupasquier.
“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 racers and fans led the tributes to the teenager.
MotoGP legend Jorge Lorenzo stated: “My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason.”
We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Jason Dupasquier
On behalf of the entire MotoGP family, we send our love to his team, his family and loved ones
You will be sorely missed, Jason. Ride in peace pic.twitter.com/nZCzlmJsVi
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) May 30, 2021
How Old was Jason Dupasquier?
Moto3 rider dies aged 19.
Jason Dupasquier Career
Dupasquier debuted in Moto3 last year, taking part in all 15 rounds with the Prustel GP team.
Already in 2021, he had secured his first top-15 finish and clocked 30 points in the opening five rounds.
The Italian GP continued on Sunday after a minute’s silence, with organizers stating they were racing with the 19-year-old at ‘the forefront of our minds’.
Swiss Moto2 rider Tom Luthi had already decided to end his involvement for the weekend and had travelled to hospital to be alongside countryman Dupasquier and his family.
He was in his second season in MotoGP’s lightweight class and was in the top 10 in the overall rankings going into the weekend.
Jason Dupasquier Death & Cause
On 29 May 2021, Dupasquier was involved in a crash with Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba near the end of the day’s qualifying session at the Mugello circuit of the Italian Grand Prix (Gran Premio d’Italia) in Scarperia.
Dupasquier appeared to fall between turns nine and ten and was hit by his own motorbike, and then by Sasaki’s; the session was red-flagged immediately. In a later interview, Alcoba stated that he thought he had also run over Dupasquier. FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) medical intervention vehicles quickly arrived at the site and the rider was treated on the track for about 30 minutes prior to a medical helicopter arriving and airlifting him to the hospital.
Dupasquier died at Careggi University Hospital, in Florence, Italy, on 30 May 2021 as per a statement from the MotoGP World Championship. The 19-year-old rider had “thoracic surgery for a vascular lesion” through the weekend, and was also operated on for a brain injury. “Despite all the efforts of the medical staff of the circuit and all those who subsequently took care of the Swiss rider.”
“The hospital announced that Dupasquier, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries,” the statement said. Dupasquier’s team, Prustel GP, announced it would not be taking part in the day’s race.
Formula One star Sergio Perez wrote: “Very sad news! All my prayers with Jason and his family. Rip champ.”
Carlos Sainz tweeted: “So sad to read this. Rest In Peace champ.”
Superbike rider Valentin Grimoux stated: “RIP Jason.”
Manufacturer Ducati wrote: “We extend our hearts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jason.
“The entire community shares in this loss together. No words can express, but we send our warmest wishes to the motorcycling family in this difficult tragic moment.”