Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier has tragically died aged just 19 after suffering a serious
crash during qualifying in Mugello, Italy.
The Swiss rider was struck by another bike towards the end of qualifying at the Italian
He was airlifted to hospital before his tragic death was announced this morning.
MotoGP said 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 FIM stated on Saturday that Dupasquier was in a “very serious condition” in the
Careggia hospital in Florence but was transferred to hospital in a stable condition.
Tragically, Dupasquier succumbed to his injuries, with MotoGP confirmed his passing
on Sunday morning.
A statement read: “Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident between Turns 9
and 10, with the session red flagged thereafter.
“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 FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports pass on our deepest condolences to
Dupasquier’s family, friends, team and loved ones.”
Dupasquier cut his teeth in the national Swiss Supermoto scene, winning multiple
championships before graduating to road racing in 2016.
Winning the ADAC Moto3 championship that year, Dupasquier moved into the
CEV Junior Moto3 World Championship from 2017 and was due to race in Red Bull
Rookies Cup that year.
However, he was forced to sit out the campaign when he broke his femur at the start
of the CEV season.
He raced in the Red Bull Rookies Cup in 2019 and was eighth in the championship,
earning a step up to the Moto3 World Championship last year with Prustel GP.
Though never troubling the points in his first season, Dupasquier made a strong
start to the 2021 season on his Prustel GP KTM.
The Swiss rider scored points in all of the first five races, taking a best result of seventh
at the Spanish GP at Jerez.
Ahead of this weekend’s Italian GP, he is 10th in the championship having amassed
a reasonable haul of 27 points.
The MotoGP paddock will observe a moment of silence at 13:45pm local time at
Mugello.Dupasquier is the first grand prix rider to lose his life on a race weekend
since Moto2 racer Luis Salom tragically died from injuries sustained in a crash during
practice for the 2016 Catalan GP.