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Quartararo wins GP shaken by Dupasquier’s death

Fabio Quartararo dominated the Italian Grand Prix yesterday at a Mugello circuit shaken by the death hours earlier of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier.

Yamaha’s French MotoGP world championship leader held up a Swiss flag on the podium in honor of his 19-year-old “friend” whose promising young career was cut short in brutal fashion. The Swiss teenager’s death was announced around midday by MotoGP organizers after he succumbed to injuries sustained in a multi-bike crash in qualifying on Saturday. Quartararo crossed the line with over two and a half seconds of daylight back to Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira in second, with reigning world champion Joan Mir completing the somber podium after losing a place because of penalties incurred. The sixth leg of the season was preceded by a minute’s silence for Dupasquier — the sport’s first fatality since Luis Salom died in practice at the Catalonia Moto2 Grand Prix in Barcelona in 2016. Dupasquier was airlifted to a hospital in Florence after a crash at turn nine involving three bikes in which Tech 3 KTM’s Ayumu Sasaki was unable to avoid the Prustel GP rider. Sasaki walked away from the crash but Dupasquier was treated by medical staff for around 30 minutes on the track as the session was red-flagged. “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,” MotoGP said in a statement.


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