Motorsport rocked by tragic death of 15-year-old Dean Berta Vinales

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Dean Berta Vinales, pictured here before his tragic death.
Dean Berta Vinales died after a crash while riding. Image: Twitter

The motorsport world is mourning the tragic death of 15-year-old Superbike star Dean Berta Vinales.

The teenage phenom was taking part in the opening race of the Motul Spanish Round in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championships on Saturday when the tragedy occurred.

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Berta Vinales was on lap 11 of the race when he was involved in a multi-rider crash, suffering severe head and spinal injuries.

The race was stopped and paramedics rushed to his aid before he was transferred to the medical centre on site.

However Berta Vinales' injuries were too severe and he couldn't be saved.

"We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Dean Berta Viñales," a statement from World Superbikes read.

"The WorldSBK family sends love to his family, loved ones, and his team. Your personality, enthusiasm, and commitment will be hugely missed.

"The whole motorcycle racing world will miss you, Dean. Ride in Peace.

"Berta Viñales was enjoying a recent run of good form in his rookie season in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, claiming a best of fourth place at Magny-Cours in Race 2.

"And backing it up with sixth in Barcelona-Catalunya Race 2, having set the fastest lap in Race 1.

"He was showing great potential during the Motul Spanish Round, in the leading group and starting from his best Superpole result of tenth."

Motorsport world in shock over devastating tragedy

Berta Viñales is the cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales.

“We’re devastated by the tragic loss of @DeanBerta21 following a crash in #WorldSSP300 Race 1 today,” MotoGP wrote on Twitter.

“Sending all our love and strength to Maverick Vinales and Dean’s entire family, his team and loved ones.”

Six-times MotoGP champion Marc Márquez wrote: “Rest in peace Dean. All my support to family and friends.”

Six-time World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea also paid tribute, saying his death is "such a sad day".

Berta Vinales' death is the latest in a series of crashes that have claimed the lives of young riders in recent times.

Fourteen-year-old Hugo Millan died during a race in Spain in July, while Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, 19, died in May after a three-bike crash during a qualifying session at the Mugello circuit in Italy.

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