Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) conquered his fourth consecutive pole position this season in MotoGP, this Saturday at the Italian Grand Prix, ahead of Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), and dedicated it to the Swiss Jason Dupasquier, who remained “In serious condition” after an accident in Moto3 on the same day.
That Dupasquier accident overshadowed the purely sporting aspects of qualifying day at Mugello. “The patient was transferred to the Careggi hospital trauma center. He has multiple trauma and is in serious condition, “explained a medical source to AFP, who has” no information “about a possible neurosurgical intervention, reported by the Italian press.
According to images broadcast on television, Dupasquier fell to the ground and appeared to be hit by a motorcycle, before apparently being knocked unconscious. Half an hour later, the 19-year-old Swiss was still on the runway surrounded by toilets, with a helicopter ready for evacuation.
The Japanese Ayumu Sasaki and the Spanish Jeremy Alcoba were also involved in the accident, although “they are fine”, added the organizers.
Jason Dupasquier is the son of motocross and Supermotard rider Philippe Dupasquier. After his beginnings in Supermotard, he focused on speed tests on the circuit, going through all the steps, despite the fact that a serious injury to the left femur deprived him of the 2018 season.
“I pray for him”
Regarding the MotoGP qualifying session, behind Quartararo and Bagnaia this Saturday was the French rider Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), who will start third on Sunday’s grid.
“It’s the best lap I’ve ever done in my life,” exclaimed Quartararo minutes after taking the lap record on the Italian circuit to 1 minute, 45 seconds and 187 thousandths (compared to 1 minute, 45 seconds and 456 thousandths, that Bagnaia wore).
I pray for him and his family. I hope it goes well, ”said Quartararo about Dupasquier. For Quartararo, this ‘pole’ is hopeful for the race on a circuit where he says that “you feel the adrenaline everywhere.”
The French rider, leader of the World Championship in the general classification with a point ahead of Bagnaia, said he was “confident” ahead of Sunday’s race.
“We have a very good rhythm and I think we can achieve something,” he said. The Japanese Ayumu Sasaki and the Spanish Jeremy Alcoba were also involved in the accident, although “they are fine”, added the organizers.
In the premier class, the second row will be for the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati), winner of the last two races, and the South African Brad Binder (KTM).
It shows that the Austrian brand is beginning to leave behind its problems at the beginning of the season, Binder’s teammate, the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, signed the seventh fastest time, ahead of the Suzuki of the Spanish Álex Rins and Joan Mir.
Marc Márquez (Honda), who has yet to regain his best level after a long absence due to injury, was eleventh.
His compatriot Maverick Viñales (Yamaha) will start from 13th place. And Italian national hero Valentino Rossi (Yamaha-SRT) could only be 19th.
In Moto2, the ‘pole’ went to the Spanish rookie Raúl Fernández (Kalex), already a winner twice this season. In Moto3, the ‘pole’ went to the Japanese Tatsuki Suzuki (Honda).