Jason Dupasquier, Moto3 rider, in serious condition after an accident at the Italian GP

Jason Dupasquier, a 19-year-old Swiss rider from the CarXpert team in Moto3, fights for his life in a hospital in Florence, where he was operated on this Saturday after having suffered an accident at the Mugello circuit, one of the fastest tracks on the calendar, during the Italian GP. The young athlete was transferred to the Careggi University Hospital, in the city of Florence, where he entered the operating room early in the afternoon with multiple trauma. When he left the circuit, he did it in Moto3, after one in the afternoon. The stopwatch had already been reset, but a handful of riders were rushing the last seconds on the track to improve their times and thus leave in a better position in the race this Sunday (at 11.00; MotoGP, at 14.00, on DAZN ). One of those riders was Dupasquier, who fell after leaving the track and lightly touching the green at the beginning of the descent as he passed Arrabiata 2, one of the most popular corners of the Tuscan track, the ninth of a circuit with 15 corners . The Swiss, whose accident also caused the fall of Ayumu Sasaki, was lying motionless in the middle of the track while the Japanese slid down the asphalt until he ended up on the edge of the circuit.

The accident occurred in the last moments of the Moto3 qualifying session, after one in the afternoon. The stopwatch had already been reset, but a handful of riders were rushing the last seconds on the track to improve their times and thus come out in a better position in the race this Sunday (at 11.00; MotoGP, at 14.00, on DAZN ). One of those riders was Dupasquier, who fell after going off the track and lightly touching the green at the beginning of the descent as he passed Arrabiata 2, one of the most popular corners of the Tuscan track, the ninth of a circuit with 15 corners . The Swiss, whose accident also caused the fall of Ayumu Sasaki, was lying motionless in the middle of the track while the Japanese slid down the asphalt until he ended up on the edge of the circuit.

Only a few moments later, the Spanish Jeremy Alcoba passed through the area, hitting Dupasquier, whom he could not see when making the change of grade, according to his own account. “I was with Rodri [Gabriel Rodrigo], we saw the red flag, Rodri stopped and I got scared and went to the right. Suddenly, I found myself on the ground. He was right there, in the middle of the track, in a blind spot at the beginning of the descent ”, explained Alcoba, who was unharmed, in statements to DAZN. The pilot knew that he had hit “something”, and the first thing he did was go see Sasaki, who was hurting on the ground. “He was fine. Then I saw Dupasquier in the middle of the track. And I didn’t want to get close; I didn’t want to go just in case, ”he added.

Dupasquier was assisted in the area of ​​the accident by one of the medicalized cars that the Motorcycle World Championship has had for years. Doctors, led by Spanish Ángel Charte, stabilized the pilot, who was finally evacuated from the runway by helicopter and transferred to the Careggi hospital, about 20 miles from the Scarperia circuit.

Meanwhile Sasaki was assisted in the medical center of the same Mugello circuit, conscious and out of danger. A couple of hours later, he explained, in a team statement, how the events occurred. “It was crazy qualifying. When I started to improve my times a rider fell right in front of me and his bike fell on me. I couldn’t help it. I had a big accident, although luckily I am fine. My whole body hurts a little, especially my foot, but it is not broken, “he explained, while hoping to be able to run this Sunday.

Dupasquier, the son of ex-motocross rider Phillipe Dupasquier, was one of those teenagers who made the grid at competitions such as the Junior World Championship or the Red Bull Rookies, platforms where emerging talents from European motorcycling meet. He made his debut in Moto3 last year and had scored 27 points at the start of the course on his KTM. At the time of the accident he was eighth classified for the race and was 10th overall in the small category of the Motorcycle World Championship, where 250cc motorcycles and four-stroke engines are raced.

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