MotoGP’s touching tributes to Jason Dupasquier at Italian GP after tragic death

The world of motorsport has paid tribute to Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier after he tragically passed away on Sunday.

The 19-year-old was airlifted to hospital on Saturday after being involved in a three-bike crash during qualifying in Italy.

The MotoGP grid paid respect to the teenager today, holding a minute’s silence before the Italian Grand Prix.

News of the Swiss driver’s death hit the motorsport world hard, prompting tributes from all corners of the world.

Formula E driver Nico Mueller wrote: “So cruel, so sad, just unbelievable. to lose a member of the racing family is so brutally hard to accept, Jason was living his passion & had all his career in front of him. RIP Jason, my thoughts are with you & your loved ones”

Dupasquier shared a paddock with a number of motorcycle riders, including Australian Jake Miller and reigning champion Joan Mir, who are competing in the MotoGP race today.

Miller said: “Rest In Peace Jason, thinking of his family and team.”

Mir wrote: "Heartbreaking news. Sending all our love and prayers to his family, team and loved ones. RIP Jason."

Former motorcycle racer Cal Crutchlow tweeted: “Rest in Peace Jason. Such sad news and my thoughts are with his family friends and team.”

Ex-MotoGP champ Jorge Lorenzo also paid tribute, writing: “My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier's family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason.”

Meanwhile, the Formula One world has also voiced its sadness at the news of Dupasquier’s death.

British Williams driver George Russell said: “Motorsport can be so cruel. Thinking of the family and friends of Jason Dupasquier and everyone in the @MotoGP paddock. Ride in peace, Jason.”

Red Bull driver Sergio Perez wrote: “Very sad news! All my prayers with Jason and his family. Rip champ…”

The Aston Martin F1 team tweeted: “Our thoughts are with the friends, family and teammates of Jason Dupasquier, his fellow riders and the entire @MotoGP paddock. The motorsport community stands with you. Ride in peace, Jason.”

Motorsport journalist and presenter Suzi Perry also paid respect: “Such desperately sad news. Our love to his family, team and friends.”

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