Jason Dupasquier dead at 19: Tributes paid to Moto3 star after being hit by another bike in horror crash at Italian GP

MOTO3 star Jason Dupasquier has died in hospital aged just 19 after a horror crash on Saturday.

The Swiss rider was struck by another bike towards end of qualifying at the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix.

He was airlifted to hospital before his tragic death was announced on Sunday morning.

MotoGP confirmed 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 Swiss starlet's team, Prustel GP, released a statement that read: "It's with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Jason Dupasquier.

"We're devastated, and at this time all of our thoughts are with Jason's family. You'll be sorely missed and never forgotten, Jason."


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Fellow racers and fans led the tributes to the teenager.

MotoGP legend Jorge Lorenzo stated: "My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier's family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason."

Formula One star Sergio Perez wrote: "Very sad news! All my prayers with Jason and his family. Rip champ…"

Carlos Sainz tweeted: "So sad to read this. Rest In Peace champ."

Superbike rider Valentin Grimoux stated: "RIP Jason."

Manufacturer Ducati wrote: "We extend our hearts and deepest condolences to the family and friends of Jason. The entire community shares in this loss together. No words can express, but we send our warmest wishes to the motorcycling family in this difficult tragic moment."

Dupasquier debuted in Moto3 last year, taking part in all 15 rounds with the Prustel GP team.

Already in 2021, he had secured his first top-15 finish and clocked 30 points in the opening five rounds.

The Italian GP continued on Sunday with organisers stating they were racing with the 19-year-old at 'the forefront of our minds'.

Swiss Moto2 rider Tom Luthi had already decided to end his involvement for the weekend and had travelled to hospital to be alongside countryman Dupasquier and his family.

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