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Fabio Quartararo led tributes at a sombre Mugello circuit shaken by the death of Swiss 19-year-old Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, who succumbed to injuries sustained in a multi-bike qualifying crash.

“We all know the risks, but its hard to lose one of your own, said Yamaha’s French world championship leader, who held up a Swiss flag on the podium in honour of a “friend” whose promising young career was cut short in brutal fashion.

“This one’s for Jason. I didn’t really know him, he was just a kid. I tried to put it out of my mind but I thought of him every time I went past where it happened,” he said of the rider whose death was announced around midday by MotoGP organisers.

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Jack Miller and Ducati Lenovo Team makes the condolence during a minute of silence in order to remember the young rider Jason Dupasquier. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Jason Dupasquier,” MotoGP said on Twitter.

“On behalf of the entire MotoGP family, we send our love to his team, his family and loved ones. You will be sorely missed, Jason. Ride in peace,” the statement added.

Australian Jack Miller was among a legion of the sport’s leading figures to pay tribute to Dupasquier, the Australian Ducati rider posting on twitter: “Rest In Peace Jason, thinking of his family and team” alongside a red heart.

There were question marks over whether the race should have gone ahead, with Francesco Bagnaia asking not to.

“I asked to not race today,” Bagnaia said to Crash.

“It was not correct for me. If it happened to a MotoGP rider we wouldn’t race. I’m not happy about the decision of someone to let us race after news like this.”

Bagnaia described it as “one of the worst days of my life” regardless of where he finished.

Miller though believed it was the right call.

“For me, I felt like racing. Jason was a racer at heart,” he said to Crash.

“I’m sure he’d have wanted the race to go on. It’s the one thing we love to do and it’s the one thing we’re good at. We have tragedies. We all know motorcycle racing is dangerous. You try not to believe it, or think about what can happen.”

The Careggi hospital in Florence treating Dupasquier confirmed to AFP that the teenager had suffered brain injuries “incompatible with life”.

Motorcycling’s governing body the FIM, the teams’ IRTA umbrella association, and the sport’s commercial rights holder DORNA issued a joint statement on the tragic news.

“Following a serious incident in the Moto3 Qualifying 2 session at the Gran Premio d’Italia, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier,” it read.

His team, Pruestel GP, had already pulled out of Sunday’s race, and Tom Luthi, a Swiss Moto2 rider, also withdrew to be close to Dupasquier’s family at the hospital.

Japan’s Ayumu Sasaki and Spaniard Jeremy Alcoba were the others involved in the horrific accident. Organisers reported that both were “fine”.

Miguel Oliveira, Fabio Quartararo and Joan Mir pose with a Swiss national flag in tribute. (Photo by Tiziana FABI / AFP)Source: AFP

Dupasquier, whose father Philippe was a former motocross rider, was in his second season in Moto3.

Racing for his German team he finished his rookie Moto3 campaign last year pointless, 28th in the overall standings.

After five races in 2021 he was placed 10th with 27 points.

The FIM joint statement noted: “Dupasquier had made an impressive start to his second season in the lightweight class of Grand Prix racing, consistently scoring points and within the top ten in the standings.

“The FIM, IRTA, MSMA and Dorna Sports pass on our deepest condolences to Dupasquier’s family, friends, team and loved ones.”

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One dead and two injured in incident at off-road race



A man has died and two others have been injured after a group of spectators were hit by a vehicle at the Finke Desert Race near Alice Springs on Monday morning.

NT Police confirmed the death of a male spectator in his 60s, and serious injuries to a male spectator in his 50s.

The navigator of the vehicle, a woman in her 50s, sustained minor injuries in the crash.

The two-day Finke Desert Race is an off-road event for bikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through the central Australian desert from Alice Springs to Aputula, held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.

“At 9:38am police received a report of a group of spectators being struck by a vehicle racing the Finke Desert Race track, 35km from the start/finish line,” a police spokesperson said.

Emergency services are at the scene of the crash at Finke Desert Race where one person has died with two were injured. Picture: SuppliedSource: Supplied

“A male spectator aged in his 50s was seriously injured as a result of the crash and medevaced to the Alice Springs Hospital, and the navigator of the vehicle, a woman aged in her 50s, received minor injuries.

“Another man in his 60s who was a spectator at the event and was struck by the vehicle has died at the scene.”

Police are calling for witnesses to the event as investigations continue.

The area has been cordoned off and competitors have been diverted from the area, which has been declared a crime scene.

An NT Health spokesperson said the two injured people were in a stable condition after sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.

Organisers said vehicles had been stopped on the course and would be recovered by crews.

The car section of the race and the presentation night have been cancelled, they said about 1pm on Monday.

“Motorsport Australia and Event Organisers have advised that as the NT Police are still carrying out investigations at the scene of today’s incident, the Clerk of the Course has declared the Car Section of the Finke Desert Race concluded,” they said in a Facebook post.

The race is a two-day off-road event for bikes, cars, buggies and quad bikes through the central Australian desert from Alice Springs to Aputula, held each year on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Picture: Finke Desert RaceSource: Supplied

“Arrangements will be made in conjunction with NT Police for vehicles stopped on the course at various locations on the Finke Track to be recovered by crews.

“Competitors and crews will be advised in due course.”

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the cause of the incident and calling for any spectators who may have witnessed the incident, or have dash cam or video footage – to contact police immediately on 131 444.

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Romain Grosjean tries to put out car fire Detroit, Formula 1, news, video, Bahrain GP, crash



Seven months ago, Romain Grosjean’s Formula One career ended in horrifying fashion as his Haas erupted a scorching inferno that shook the motorsports world.

The Frenchman was lucky to escape the 192km/h crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix with severe burns on his hands and a sprained ankle from yanking his foot from a trapped racing boot to escape the blaze.

The 35-year-old subsequently moved to IndyCar this season – only to see his Dale Coyne Racing vehicle catch fire in overnight in a Detroit race.

Far from running away, Grosjean stunningly reacted to the fire from his left-front brake by grabbing a trackside fire extinguisher and running back to deal with the flames himself.

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Officials soon arrived to save his car, but were forced to hold Grosjean back – such was his desire to help.

Given his previous incident, Monday morning’s (AEST) stunning effort drew plenty of praise from the racing community.

But Grosjean played down the incident, posting a photo of himself wearing a Detroit Fire Department shirt on social media.

He also joked online: “I care about my racing cars.”

After retiring from the race, he told media at a press conference: “Eventually we had a brake fire, and I had to extinguish a fire, but we’re all good here.”

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Daniel Ricciardo set for McLaren boost in triple header, Lando Norris



Three races in three weeks is a gruelling prospect for most F1 drivers, but Daniel Ricciardo believes the chaotic schedule is exactly what he needs to “fast track” his progress at McLaren.

Ricciardo’s transition from Renault to McLaren — his third team in four seasons — is proving to be tricky as he tries to come to terms with the car’s unique driving demands.

Difficult assignments at low-grip street circuits Monaco and Baku led to the widening of the gap between the Australian and his teammate Lando Norris, who has 40 more championship points after six races.

But the French, Styrian and Austrian Grands Prix — all at conventional, purpose-built circuits — will take place on consecutive weekends, allowing Ricciardo to log valuable track time in a condensed period.

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“(I’m) looking forward to a triple-header actually,” he said per the F1 website. “Getting into a rhythm, getting into three races in a row. Bit more conventional, bit more run-off room, won’t do us any harm.

“When you’re trying to learn any sport, the best way to learn is practice and doing it and that’s the unique thing with our sport, we can’t do it every day, we can’t just go out tomorrow and go and run a few laps, so I think having three consecutive weekends and putting in the practice consecutively will fast-track my progress.

“We’ve got the simulator and these things help but in the simulator, the walls don’t hurt. So it’s never quite the same.”

Ricciardo crashed during qualifying in Azerbaijan with the 13th-fastest time before he finished the race in ninth.

Asked if he could take comfort in the result, he said: “I can. Just getting the laps in and completing the race – that sounds so basic – but just to keep learning with the car.

“I think there’s moments in the race that took a bit more from it but I think that’s important and yes, a couple of points.”

The French Grand Prix is on June 20 before the Styrian GP on June 27th, and Austrian Grand Prix on July 4.

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