Dean Berta Viñales, 15, cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales, died of an accident during the Supersport 300 support race of the Superbike World Championship in Jerez, organizers announced on Saturday.
The race had 11 laps when the Spaniard, who was riding for the Viñales racing team, crashed with three other riders at turn two, forcing the manager to signal the race.
“After a serious incident in Race 1 of the WorldSSP300, Dean Berta Viñales unfortunately succumbed to injuries,” the World Superbike said in a statement. “The runner suffered serious head and chest injuries. The medical vehicles arrived immediately on the site and the runner was taken care of on the track, in the ambulance and at the Circuit Medical Center. Despite the best efforts of the circuit medical staff, the medical center has announced that Berta Viñales has unfortunately succumbed to her injuries. “
Saturday’s race and the rest of the action has been called off.
“We are devastated by the tragic loss of @ DeanBerta21 following an accident in # WorldSSP300 Race 1 today,” MotoGP wrote on Twitter. “Sending all of our love and strength to Maverick Vinales and all of Dean’s family, his team and loved ones. “
Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez wrote: “Rest in peace Dean. All my support to family and friends.