Swiss racer Jason Dupasquier succumbed to injuries from a crash during a qualifying session at this weekend’s MotoGP round at Mugello. He was 19.
Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident and was attended to on the track before being transferred by helicopter to Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy. His death was announced the next morning ahead of the day’s races.
We’re all aware that motorcycle racing is a dangerous sport, but that doesn’t make it any easier to process the loss of a racer, especially one so young. We’ve compiled a number of messages from Dupasquier’s peers in the racing community below.
Our thoughts are with Dupasquier’s family and loved ones, and anyone who lives have been touched by him.
From the FIM and Dorna:
Following a serious incident in the Moto3™ Qualifying 2 session at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Moto3™ rider Jason Dupasquier.
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.
Dupasquier 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.
The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports pass on our deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family, friends, team and loved ones.
The FIM familly extends its deepest condolences to Dupasquier’s family, friends, team and loved ones.
Members of the entire KTM factory and company wish to express their deepest sympathy and condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s family and friends and his PrüstelGP team after the 19-year-old sadly passed away today, Sunday 30th May 2021.
The Swiss, a talented, likeable and promising young racer with strong family connections to KTM, succumbed to injuries sustained in a Q2 crash at Mugello for the Gran Premio Oakley D’Italia on Saturday.
From the Aspar Team:
The Aspar Team wants to send its condolences and all its support to the loved ones of Jason Dupasquier, his CarXpert PruestelGP team and the entire motorcycle family.
Sergio Garcia Dols: “First of all, I want to remember the family and loved ones of Jason Dupasquier and send them my condolences. When things like this happen, the rest does not matter.”
Izan Guevara: “It has been a very tough weekend and I want to give my support to Jason Dupasquier’s family and team in these difficult times for everyone.”
From Indonesian Racing Gresini Moto3:
Gabriel Rodrigo (who finished 3rd in the Moto3 race at Mugello):
“It’s a bittersweet feeling, having scored my first podium in such a tragic day due to Jason’s passing away. This podium is for you and also for Fausto and his family – who were here at the track – and to my brother Juan – who passed away two years ago.”
Max Biaggi, Team Principal: “As a team we are very sad to learn the news about Jason Dupasquier and our thoughts are with his family.”
From the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team:
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd, Yamaha Motor Racing Srl, and the entire Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are deeply saddened by the passing of Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier today. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, loved ones, and the PrüstelGP team.
Fabio Quartararo (who won the MotoGP race at Mugello): “Honestly, I don’t know how I was able to keep up this pace because every lap you do, you are thinking about Jason Dupasquier. It’s not an easy thing to do, and I think that all the riders rode for him. My thoughts are with his family.”
Maverick Viñales: “It was very emotional to stand on the starting grid before the race for the one-minute silence in remembrance of Jason Dupasquier. I send my condolences to his family and friends as well as his team.”
Massimo Meregalli, Team Director: “All Yamaha staff’s and the team members’ thoughts are with his family, friends, loved ones, and the PrüstelGP team.”
From the Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSSP team:
Dominique Aegarter (who won the World Supersport Race 2 at Estoril: “We had some sad new before the start, we heard that Jason Dupasquier passed away, a great Swiss talent. My condolences to his family, friends and team, I will dedicate my win to them.”
From the Repsol Honda team:
The Italian Grand Prix was overshadowed by the heartbreaking news of Jason Dupasquier’s passing. The Repsol Honda Team and HRC would like to extend their deepest condolences to Jason’s family, friends and team at this difficult time.
Marc Marquez: “It has been a very hard weekend for MotoGP, we have lost a young talent, a young rider inside the paddock. This situation is very hard for everyone, and we wish everyone close to Jason all the best.”
Pol Espargaro: “Today our results are not the focus, the most important thing is thinking of Jason and his family. Today we all had him in our hearts and minds when we raced.”
From Suzuki Ecstar:
Joan Mir (who finished third in the MotoGP race at Mugello): “It was very difficult to put the helmet on today, a really hard day at the office. What happened to Jason was incredibly sad – we are all humans and part of a paddock family, so of course we feel all these emotions. It’s been the saddest podium of my career, and also for Fabio and Miguel I’m sure. I send my warmest wishes to Jason’s family and team and dedicate this podium to them.”
Alex Rins: “This weekend has been very tough for everybody, and my thoughts are with Jason Dupasquier’s family and friends.”
From Ducati Corse:
It was a difficult race for all the premier class riders, who, before the start of it, had to observe a minute of silence on the grid in memory of Jason Dupasquier. The young Swiss rider passed away just a few hours earlier due to the injuries sustained in a severe accident that occurred yesterday during Moto3 qualifying and which saw him involved.
From the Petronas Sepang Racing Team:
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team would like to send their sincere condolences to Jason Dupasquier’s team, family and friends. The young Moto3 rider will be sorely missed in the paddock.
Valentino Rossi: “My condolences go to the family of Jason Dupasquier, his team and also his friends. When these things happen it is difficult to find the will to race, because you question what is the point of racing? But unfortunately you also ask what is the sense in not racing? You cannot change what happened. It was very difficult to put the helmet on and concentrate on the race today.”
Franco Morbidelli: “Today was very difficult to concentrate and be focused for the race because of the very sad news that we received before the race. Our sport can be like this sometimes; unfortunately it is a dangerous sport and things like this can happen. I’m really sorry for what happened, but it’s important to absorb this hard hit and go forward with the same energy as always. My condolences go to all of Jason Dupasquier’s loved ones.”
Razlan Razali, Petronas SRT MotoGP team director: “It has been a difficult weekend for the whole of the MotoGP fraternity, with the loss of young rider Jason Dupasquier. It’s hard for all of us to have this loss in the paddock, but this is our sport and it’s dangerous. Everyone is grieving with this loss.”
Johan Stigefelt, Moto2 team manager: “Although it was not the best race for us, the result is not important today with the very sad news about Jason Dupasquier that has cast a dark cloud over today’s proceedings. Our thoughts are with Jason’s family at this moment and we send them our condolences.”
Jake Dixon, Moto2 racer: “My weekend is so irrelevant right now. I want to pass my love onto all of Jason’s family, friends and everyone who knew him. This is the cruel part of the sport that no one wants to see, it’s awful.”
Xavi Vierge, Moto2 racer: “Today, I only want to send my heartfelt condolences to Dupasquier’s family, friends and everyone who was close to him. It is a really sad day.”
Darryn Binder, Moto3 racer: “The race was the race today; it’s not something I want to talk about in the circumstances. I want to send my deepest condolences to Jason’s family, his team and his friends. I’m really sad to hear the news. Rest in peace Jason.”
John McPhee, Moto3 racer: “With the very sad news about Jason Dupasquier, the result of today’s race is not important. I would just like to send my condolences to Jason’s team, his family and his friends.”