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Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier has tragically passed away after being airlifted to hospital following a three-bike crash in qualifying in Italy on Saturday.
MotoGP reported on Sunday: "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 accident impacted a number of the riders, with Jeremy Alcoba also caught in the pile-up as he made his way through turn-nine unsighted by the incident that occurred just seconds prior.
Dupasquier had lost control of his bike, which led him to falling off before being struck by fellow racer Ayumu Sasaki who could not get out of the way in time, with the incident leading Sasaki to also be thrown from his vehicle.
Adding in a longer statement: "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 Dupasquier’s family, friends, team and loved ones."
Tributes have poured in for the young rider, with condolences being sent to his family, friends and colleagues.
Ducati say: "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."
With Repsol Honda tweeting: "The entire Repsol Honda Team and HRC would like to extend their best wishes to Jason's family, friends and team at this difficult time.
"Heartbreaking news. Ride in peace Jason."
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