The Motorsport world experienced a tragedy this month when it lost a very young racer. Jason Dupasquier sadly passed away this weekend while taking part in the sport he loved.
On Saturday, May 29, 2021, Jason Dupasquier, 19, took part in his last race at the qualifying event for the Italian Grand Prix. He died in a multi-car crash involving racers Jeremy Alcoba and Ayumu Sasaki.
MotoGP revealed in a statement how Dupasquier was given medical attention immediately after the incident. The Swiss rider was allegedly in a stable condition before he was transported by medical helicopter.
Jason Dupasquier walks in front of his bike during a PruestelGP photo shooting at Losail Circuit on April 1, 2021, in Doha, Qatar | Photo: Steve Wobser/Getty Images
The teenager was taken to Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy. MotoGP sadly shared that despite the circuit medical staff’s work to assist the motorsport racer, the hospital said he “succumbed to his injuries.”
Taking to Twitter, MotoGP said their farewell’s to Dupasquier with a post that included a black-and-white image of the young racer. They revealed that they were saddened to have to report his death.
MotoGP also sent their condolences and love to his family, his team, and his loved ones. They concluded their message by sharing that Dupasquier would be missed and wished him a peaceful ride.
On Saturday, a Colorado mother sadly passed away after crashing her motorcycle during a memorial ride in honor of her son.
MotoGP said the Moto3 racer was initially a multiple-time Swiss National champion in Supermoto before transitioning in 2016 into circuit racing. He was taking part in his 2nd season in MotoGP's lightweight class.
The teenager was in tenth place in the World Championship standings, ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. Upon hearing about his death, MotoGP legendary racer, Jorge Lorenzo, retweeted MotoGp’s message, adding:
“My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier's family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason.”
Prustel GP, Dupasquier’s team, opted not to take part in Sunday’s race, while his fellow Swiss rider Tom Luthi pulled out of the Moto2 contest. A one-minute moment of silence was held ahead of Sunday’s 23-lap race.
On the same day, Enea Bastianini was involved in a crash with Johann Zarco on the grid before the Italian Grand Prix. He could not take the start while Zarco completed the race with some damage to his GP21.
He died in a recent motorcycle accident. According to the Fort Collins Coloradoan, his mother, 51, lost control of her motorcycle and crashed into a ditch near Loveland.