Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, who suffered a terrible fall during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, suffers from “serious brain damage”, the hospital which treated him said on Sunday.
The 19-year-old underwent chest surgery overnight “for a vascular injury.” Severe brain damage persists. He remains in intensive care in very serious condition, ”a spokesperson for Careggi hospital told AFP, without giving further details.
His team, Pruestel GP, withdrew from Sunday’s race following the crash and wrote on Facebook that his rider’s situation was “still critical”.
“All our thoughts are with him. Keep fighting against Jason, ”they said.
Dupasquier fell and was hit by another motorcycle, before slipping along the track, during qualifying on Saturday. Medics rushed to the scene and after treating him for 40 minutes on the racetrack, had him airlifted to hospital.
Japanese rider Ayumu Sasaki and Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba were the others involved in the crash that delayed MotoGP fourth practice. Organizers said both were doing “well”.
Alcoba then qualified sixth for the race. Sasaki finished 10th.
MotoGP championship leader Fabio Quartararo on Saturday dedicated his qualifying lap for pole position to Dupasquier.
“I hope he’s okay. I pray for him and I pray for his family, ”said the French Yamaha rider.
Dupasquier is in his second season in Moto3.
Running for his German side, he ended his scoreless rookie campaign in 28th place overall.
After five races in 2021, he ranks 10th with 27 points.
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