Spanish pilot Dean Berta Viñales, Maverick’s cousin, dies in an accident in Jerez

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Dean Berta Viñales, 15, has died after suffering a serious accident while filming in Jerez, in the first race of the day of the championship -small- of the WorldSSP 300. The medical services acted quickly, but the injuries suffered in the chest and head were very serious, ending the life of the cousin of Maverick.

The test was not resumed and was canceled the entire day. This was confirmed by the organization in a brief statement: “Following an incident in race 1 of the WorldSSP300 involving # 25 Dean Berta Viñales, the rest of the track activity on Saturday has been canceled. “

Later, a second official note confirmed the worst of the news: “We are deeply saddened to report the loss of Dean Berta Viñales. The WorldSBK family send love to your family, loved ones and your team. Your personality, enthusiasm, and commitment will be greatly missed. Everybody in motorcycle racing will miss you, Dean. Travel in peace. “

It was the first race of the weekend. On lap 11, Dean Berta Viñales, Alejandro Carrion, Daniel Mogeda, Harry Khouri and Yeray Ruiz they were involved in a steep crash at turn 2. The stewards immediately raised the red flag and the race was concluded, with three laps remaining, with the record of the last completed lap, with victory being for Jeffrey Buis.

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The medical assistance took to the track and Viñales could even be transferred to the nearest hospital, but nothing could be done for his life, as reported by the organization.

Dean Berta Viñales made his debut this year in the Superbike World Championship, precisely in Team Viñales sponsored by his cousin Maverick. In this category WorldSSP 300 the Spanish also competes Ana Carrasco. Motorcycling and the world of sports are dressed in mourning for the death of the young Spanish rider.

WorldSBK statement

“With deep sadness, we report the death of the pilot Dean Berta Viñales (Team Viñales Racing) after the serious incident that occurred in Race 1 of the Spanish Motul Round, the seventh round of the 2021 FIM Supersport 300 World Championship that takes place in the Jerez Circuit -Ángel Nieto.

Berta Viñales was involved in a crash with several drivers at Turn 1, and the race was immediately interrupted with the red flag. The pilot has suffered serious head and chest injuries. The medical vehicles have reached the point of the accident immediately and have treated the motorcyclist at the foot of the track before transferring him to the Medical Center of the circuit.

Despite the best efforts of the circuit’s medical staff, the Medical Center has announced that unfortunately Berta Viñales has succumbed to her injuries.

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Berta Viñales was enjoying a recent run of good performances in her season as a rookie in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championship. She had achieved a fourth place in Race 2 of Magny-Cours and then continued with a sixth place in Race 2 of Barcelona-Catalunya, having set the fastest lap in Race 1. During the Spanish Motul Round he had shown great potential fighting in the leading group and registering his best result in a Superpole.

The FIM, Dorna and the Circuito de Jerez – Ángel Nieto convey our deepest condolences to the family, friends, team and loved ones of Berta Viñales.

After the accident, the rest of the activity scheduled for Saturday at the Jerez track has been canceled. “

[Más información: Maverick Viñales vuelve a MotoGP: correrá con Aprilia en Aragón]

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