Maverick Vinales will miss the COTA Grand Prix due to his cousin’s death at the Jerez round of the World Supersport 300 Championship.
Why it matters: Dean Berta-Vinales tragically passed away last week in a serious accident at the Jerez WSSP 300 round.
- Dean Berta Vinales is the third teen to pass away during international motorcycle events in 2021, with 14 -year-old Hugo Millan killed in a crash in a European Talent Cup race at Aragon in July, and 19-year-old Moto3 World Championship rider Jason Dupasquier passing away in May after a serious incident during qualifying at the Mugello GP.
- Dean Berta Vinales’ death marks the third death this year during international motorcycle events, sparking discussion around the safety of younger riders in international events.
- It is not known when Vinales will return to racing.
What they had to say:
- Aprilia’s statement: “Maverick Vinales will not be on the starting grid for the GP of the Americas scheduled this weekend on the circuit in Austin, Texas.”
- “Less than a week has passed since the accident involving Dean Berta Vinales, Maverick’s younger cousin, which is not enough time to regain the serenity needed to race.”
- “Maverick, with the full and unconditional support of Aprilia Racing, has therefore decided to take a break on his journey of getting to know the bike and team from Noale. The entire Aprilia Racing family supports this decision and stands with Maverick and his loved ones. There will be other times and other rounds to resume the promising journey begun together. A journey that must be entirely respectful of the people involved and their feelings.”