Moto3 riderJason Dupasquier has tragically died aged just 19 after suffering a serious crash during qualifying in Mugello, Italy.
The Swiss Pruestel GP rider was involved in a three-bike accident with Ayumu Sasaki and Jeremy Alcoba between turns nine and 10 during Qualifying 2 for the Italian Grand Prix on Saturday.
He was treated on the track for around 30 minutes with the session red-flagged before being airlifted to Careggi University Hospital in Florence.
On Sunday morning, MotoGP confirmed the awful news that Dupasquier had passed away from his injuries.
“We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Jason Dupasquier,” MotoGP said.
“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.”
MotoGP said they would continue Moto2, Moto3 and MotoGP racing in Italy on Sunday with “Jason Dupasquier at the forefront of our minds”, and a minute of silence held in the paddock.
However, Pruestel GP had already withdrawn from Sunday’s racing, with team-mate Ryusei Yamanaka not taking part along with Dupasquier’s close friend Tom Luthi.
Condolences and tributes to the talented young rider quickly flooded in from around the world of motorsport and beyond, while championship leader Fabio Quartararo waved a Swiss flag in Dupasquier’s honour after winning the MotoGP race.
“It was tough because when you do the one-minute silence, the emotion is coming really quick and it is difficult to stay focused," said Quartararo.
"We got the win and that one was for Jason and his family."
Three-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo tweeted: “My deepest condolences to Jason Dupasquier's family, friends and team. Ride in peace Jason.”
Broadcaster Suzi Perry said: “Today the world of motorcycling lost a friend and a promising young talent, Jason Dupasquier.
“It’s hard to know what to say at this time. We are all devastated by this dreadful news. Our thoughts are with his family, team and friends. Nothing else about the day really matters.”
“Today was about Jason,” said the Repsol Honda team.
“Tragedy struck the MotoGP family this weekend and the Repsol Honda Team and HRC are deeply saddened by the loss of Jason Dupasquier. Each of us would like to extend our deepest sympathies to those close to him in this difficult time.”
A tweet from the Mugello Circuit read: “We are deeply saddened by the news of Jason Dupasquier passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
“The entire Mugello Circuit would extends their best wishes to Jason’s family, friends and love ones in this difficult time. Ride in peace, Jason.”
A message from the official Formula 1 Twitter account said: “No words can ever describe the pain of such a loss.
“Our thoughts are with Jason’s family, friends and the entire MotoGP community.”