Aussie MotoGP star's fury over 'unacceptable' act amid tragedy

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Jason Dupasquier, pictured here after his devastating crash.
Jack MIller has slammed the corerage of Jason Dupasquier's crash. Image: Getty

Aussie MotoGP rider Jack Miller has slammed the "unacceptable" showing of replays in media coverage of Jason Dupasquier's tragic crash.

Dupasquier, a 19-year-old rider in the Moto3 category, died in hospital on Sunday after a horror crash during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

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The promising young Swiss rider suffered severe injuries when he was hit by another bike after falling from his own on Saturday.

The motorsport world has been rocked by the devastating tragedy, with tributes flowing for Dupasquier in recent days.

But amid the sadness, Aussie MotoGP star Miller has offered a concerning insight into the media's coverage of the crash and subsequent death.

Multiple replays were shown of Dupasquier's crash before there was any knowledge of his condition, leaving Miller incensed.

"(On Saturday night) I had a dinner, we had Sky TV on in the hospitality and I made everybody unplug all the TVs because at the end I think I saw 10 f***ing replays of the crash,” Miller said.

“And I think this is unacceptable more than anything. You don’t know the situation, you don’t know what’s happening.

“We were all hoping and praying and for them to keep playing this s*** shouldn’t happen. That they have access to this footage, it shouldn’t be there.

“But that’s the world we live in at the moment, it’s all about media and getting views. So, it is what it is.”

Jack Miller, pictured here during a minute of silence for Jason Dupasquier at the Italian Grand Prix.
Jack Miller pays his respects during a minute of silence for Jason Dupasquier at the Italian Grand Prix. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Motorsport world in shock over tragedy

Dupasquier was treated by medics at the circuit immediately after the crash, before he was airlifted to the Careggi Hospital in Florence.

"Following a serious incident in the Moto3 qualifying two session at the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, it is with great sadness that we report the passing of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier," MotoGP said in a statement on Sunday morning.

"Dupasquier was involved in a multi-rider incident between turns nine and 10, with the session red-flagged thereafter.

"The Swiss rider was attended to on track before being transferred by medical helicopter, in a stable state, to Careggi Hospital in Florence.

"Despite the best efforts of circuit medical staff and all those subsequently attending to the Swiss rider, the hospital has announced that Dupasquier has sadly succumbed to his injuries."

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Responding to the news, Formula One 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," F1 tweeted.

Miller wrote on Twitter: "Rest in peace Jason. Thinking of his family and team."

The Swiss teenager was in his second season in MotoGP's lightweight class and was in the top 10 in the overall standings heading into the weekend.

The MotoGP grid staged a one-minute silence ahead of Sunday's 23-lap race, which was won by world championship leader Fabio Quartararo.

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