The number 50 will be retired from the Moto3 class from this weekend, in a ceremony commemorating Jason Dupasquier at the Sachsenring.

From this Friday, the number 50 will no longer be available for use in the Moto3 world championship. In a special ceremony on Friday afternoon, the number will be but to history as the one used by Swiss rider Jason Dupasquier, who died aged 19 in a crash at Mugello.

It is the seventh number to be retired in Grand Prix Motorcycle racing, and the second in Moto3. Luis Salom’s #39 was retired after his passing from a crash in Barcelona five years ago, with Moto2 doing the same. Shoya Tomizawa, Marco Simoncelli, and Dajiro Kato had their numbers retired in other classes following fatal crashes, with the numbers of Nicky Hayden, Loris Capirossi, and Kevin Schwantz retired too.

Dupasquier was tenth in the title at the time of his death, scoring 27 points, including a career best seventh place in Jerez, only a second off the leader.

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