100 mourners, 500 motorcyclists and GP celebrities from Tom Lüthi to Dani Pedrosa gave Jason Dupasquier his last escort in Bulle (Switzerland) today.
This afternoon the funeral service for the Swiss Moto3 World Championship rider Jason Dupasquier, who died ten days ago in an accident in Mugello, took place in the “Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens” church in Bulle in French-speaking Switzerland. Due to the Covid measures, 300 people were allowed outside; a personal invitation from the family was necessary for the interior of the church. 100 mourners appeared there.
In honor of Jason, a motorcycle column was organized with the support of the police, which accompanied the Freiburg man on his last way to the church of Sorens. The market square next to the church was designated as the meeting point.
It was not only because of the changeable weather that the authorities could not estimate how large the crowd of grieving motorcyclists would be on this working day.
Nevertheless, the motorcycle procession seemed to be endless. It took a few minutes for all the motorcycles on the market square in Bulle (Canton Friborg) to get their vehicles going and then to drive past the church “Saint-Pierre-aux-Liens”. Around 500 motorcyclists from all over Switzerland met to give Jason Dupasquier the final escort. The journey led from his hometown Bulle to his hometown Sorens FR, where he is buried.
The motorcycle noise formed a welcome background noise. The closest relatives with mother Andréa (she comes from Portugal) and father Philippe (125 cc Motocross World Championship fourth in 2002) as well as Jason’s siblings Bryan and Alyson did not feel left alone in these difficult hours. The motorcycle community signaled their sympathy with the procession.
Swiss motorcycle celebrities also met in the canton of Friborg to say goodbye to the greatest Swiss motorcycle GP talent of the last 15 years. Jason’s mentor Tom Lüthi, who wanted to take over the management of the GP talent, was also there, as were the deeply affected racing driver colleagues Jesko Raffin and Dominique Aegerter.
As a surprise guest, the three-time motorcycle world champion Dani Pedosa did not miss a visit to Bulle. The Red Bull KTM test rider, who lives in French-speaking Switzerland, joined the KTM squad yesterday at the MotoGP test in Jerez and today, as the envoy for motorcycle manufacturer KTM, said goodbye to Jason Dupasquier, who achieved his greatest successes (he came tenth in the World Championship Mugello) on KTM.
Parts of the CarXpert-Prüstel-GP could also be seen in Bulle. For example teammate Ryusei Yamanaka and Jason’s crew chief Stefan Kirsch. The Portuguese FIM President Jorge Viegas, who has a headquarters in Mies near Geneva, also made his way to say goodbye.
Rest in peace, Jason.