A professional motorcycle racer from Switzerland has died following a crash Saturday in Italy.
Jason Dupasquier, 19, was hospitalized Saturday after the incident involving multiple riders, which occurred during a Moto3 qualifying session ahead of the Italian Grand Prix race.
His death was announced Sunday by the Florence hospital where he was treated, and the news was shared publicly by the MotoGP organization.
“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,” reads the statement from MotoGP.
“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 crash occurred between Turns 9 and 10 during Saturday’s race and also involved motorcyclists Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba. The accident appeared to involve Dupasquier being hit by his own motorcycle, as well as the one operated by Sasaki.
In a TV appearance after the crash, Alcoba said he thought he struck Dupasquier’s legs.
Dupasquier was in stable condition Saturday when he was airlifted to the Careggi Hospital after receiving aid on the track.
Before Sunday’s race, teammates held a moment of silence for Dupasquier, who started competing in Moto3 last year.
With News Wire Services