Dean Berta Vinales: 15-year-old World Superbike star dies after crash during race in Spain | World news

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Biker Dean Berta Vinales, 15, died of an accident during a World Superbike Championship race in Jerez, Spain.

After 11 laps in the Supersport 300 assistance race, the Spanish athlete crashed at the second corner, along with three other riders.

He suffered serious head and spine injuries and was treated by medical teams who arrived at the scene, World Superbike said.

They treated him on the track, in an ambulance and at the circuit medical center.

“Despite the best efforts of the circuit medical staff, the medical center has announced that Berta Vinales has unfortunately succumbed to her injuries,” said the World Superbike.

The race was flagged by the manager and called off, along with the rest of Saturday’s action.

Vinales was the cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales and he rode for his uncle’s Vinales racing team.

In a social media statement, Vinales Racing Team said it was “devastated”.

MotoGP said on Twitter: “We are devastated by the tragic loss of @ DeanBerta21 following an accident during # WorldSSP300 Race 1 today.

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

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

World Superbike said Vinales was “enjoying recent good form” in his rookie season in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship, finishing fourth in Race 2 at the Magny-Cours circuit and sixth in Race 2 on the Barcelona-Catalunya track.

He had set the fastest lap in Race 1 and the organization said he “was showing great potential”.

The tragedy is the latest in a series of accidents that claimed the lives of young runners.

Hugo Millan, 14, died after crashing during a race in Alcaniz, Spain, in July, while Swiss Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, 19, died in May from injuries sustained during accident involving three bikes during a qualifying session on the Mugello circuit. in Italy.



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