There are falls and injuries, but the risk of motorcycling is only truly understood when it reaches its ultimate consequences. At least outside the paddock. Inside, everyone is more than aware that speed, corners and also rivals pose a danger from which they do not always get out. Hence, on Sunday morning, the motorcycling planet held its breath for a 19-year-old boy who suffered a terrible fall on Saturday, with the bad luck that other colleagues could not avoid it. But, at twelve in the morning, the news was running faster than MotoGP: Jason died this Sunday after the accident suffered during qualifying for Motorcycle 3 of the Italian Grand Prix.
The accident occurred in the absence of a lap to end the qualifying session. The red flag interrupted Q2 of the small class at Mugello when at Turn 9 Dupasquier lost control of his bike and crashed. The Japanese pilot Ayumu Sasaki (KTM), who was behind Dupasquier, could not avoid him and ended up on the grass, in an accident in which Jeremy Alcoba (Honda) was also involved.
Dupasquier, 19, was treated first on the track, for a period of 30 minutes, and then transferred to a hospital in Florence, where he underwent surgery in the following hours. The first reports pointed out that the Swiss pilot suffered extremely serious injuries to both the head and the thorax that forced him to be operated on urgently. Finally, this Sunday the worst possible news has been confirmed.
Son of the motocross rider Philippe Dupasquier, Jason began to excel in his country in the Supermoto category. His evolution led him to the Rookies Cup, but bad luck left him out of the game throughout the 2018 campaign. Already in 2019, recovered in spirit and physically, he reached a fourth position at the Jerez circuit before jumping to the World Cup Moto3, where he debuted last season.
His team had already refused to take part in the race, because there were only contrite hearts, tears trapped in the chest and the head had only one thought: Dupasquier’s family and that smiling pilot with the number 50 on his back who was carrying a fantastic career in the World Championship and that truncates his career and his life at the Mugello circuit.
According to the riders, the best tribute is to continue on the track, hence the Moto2 race took place, although the protagonists ended up breathless because it is more time to take off their helmets, they knew the news. The MotoGP race was also held, with a previous minute of silence in memory of the Swiss and of all those who have suffered like him the last consequences of a sport that is risky at every turn.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism