The death of Jason dupasquier at the Italian Grand Prix it was a very hard blow for the world of MotoGP. After two weeks of dueling, the category will pay a very special tribute to the memory of the 19-year-old Swiss rider who lost his life at the Mugello circuit. As of next week, no other pilot of Moto3 You can use Jason’s number.
The 50, which characterized the Swiss rider, will be withdrawn from the category as of next week. This was confirmed this Friday by Dorna Sports (Company that owns the World Cup rights) and by the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation). The act will take place in the circuit of Sachsenring, in the German Grand Prix in the next week.
Dupasquier will become the eighth driver to have his number removed in any of the three categories of the Motorcycle World Championship. The first time this happened was in 1995, when he retired Kevin Schwantz of MotoGP, and the number 3. 4 was removed from the grid. After him were six riders who removed the paddock number.
On 2010, after 2003 Japanese Grand Prix in the circuit of Suzuka, the number 74 was retired in honor of the pilot Dajiro kato, passed away that weekend. The number 48, which belonged to Shoya Tomizawa, who died in San Marino on 2010 was also removed. A year later, in 2011, Marco Simoncelli lost his life in Malaysia, and the number 58 it was also removed.
The number 65, which belonged to Loris Capirossi, retired in 2011. The last two drivers to remove their numbers were those of Luis Salom (39. Passed away in 2016 in the Catalan GP) and that of Nicky hayden (69. He died in a bicycle accident in 2019). Finally, next Sunday, Dupasquier and the number fifty, will be the eighth number retired from the World Cup.
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