Superbike star Dean Berta Vinales dies aged just 15 when his bike crashes in race
- Dean Berta Vinales died after crashing in a World Superbike Championship race
- Spanish prodigy was 11 laps in when he crashed with three fellow drivers today
- Emergency medics treated the 15-year-old but he succumbed to his injuries
Superbike star Dean Berta Vinales has died aged just 15 after his bike crashed in a race.
The young motorcyclist tragically passed away today following a crash in the Supersport 300 support race of the World Superbike Championship in Jerez.
The race was 11 laps old when Spaniard Vinales crashed along with three other riders at turn two, forcing the director to red flag the race.
‘After a serious incident during WorldSSP300 Race 1, Dean Berta Vinales has sadly succumbed to injuries,’ World Superbike said in a statement.
Superbike star Dean Berta Vinales has died aged just 15 after his bike crashed in a race in Jerez today
‘The rider suffered severe head and thoracic injuries. Medical vehicles arrived at the site immediately and the rider was attended to on track, in the ambulance and at the circuit Medical Centre.
‘Despite the best efforts of the circuit medical staff, the Medical Centre has announced that Berta Vinales has sadly succumbed to his injuries.’
The race and the remainder of Saturday’s action were cancelled.
Vinales is the cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales and he rode for the Vinales Racing Team.
The statement added: ‘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.’
The young motorcyclist tragically passed away today following a crash in the Supersport 300 support race of the World Superbike Championship in Jerez
World Superbike said Vinales was ‘enjoying a recent run of good form in his rookie season in the FM Supersport 300 World Championship.
He claimed ‘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.’
‘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 Marquez wrote: ‘Rest in peace Dean. All my support to family and friends.’
Jeffrey Buis, who rides fo Kawasaki, was declared the winner based on the results of the last completed lap.
MotorSBK said in a statement that Vinales succumbed to his injuries from the crash despite emergency medical attention (pictured)
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