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Cycle News 2021 Issue 22 June 2

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VOLUME 58 ISSUE 22 JUNE 2, 2021 P25 delayed after Jason broke his femur in the second round of that year's CEV Moto3 Junior World Championship, keeping him out for the rest of the season. But his comeback from injury the following year was impressive, as he became a top-10 regular in the Red Bull Rookies Cup as he finished eighth overall. A move to the Moto3 World Championship with the CarXpert PruestelGP KTM squad was just reward for his efforts. And while his rookie campaign in 2020 was a testing one, in which Jason failed to score a point, he re- turned reinvigorated in 2021. His progress was pronounced, scor- ing points in each outing prior to the Italian Grand Prix—including a best result of seventh at Jerez—to sit 10th in the world champion- ship standings. On Sunday afternoon, Ducati's Jack Miller led the tributes. "I see a lot of similarities with myself and Jason. Last year he was a little bit out of his depth. But he really started digging and working and this year we started seeing some great speed from him. But he was taken away from us far too early. It's a great shame. A tragedy." Moto2 race winner Remy Gardner added, "I didn't per- sonally know him. I'd seen him around the paddock. He looked like a really great kid. Motorcy- cles can be bitches sometimes, I tell you. It's a tough sport. We accept the risks. We need to enjoy every single good day we have. It's so sad. I'm lost for words. I should be super happy today but I don't know what to say—just sorry to his family and friends. I hope they can get through this." Dupasquier's death was the first at a grand prix event since Luis Salom was killed at the 2016 Grand Prix of Barcelona. Neil Morrison MotoGP racers held a minute of silence before racing began at Mugello.

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