New drama for the biker community this Saturday. Young driver Dean Berta Viñales, just 15, died after an accident at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.
The Spaniard took part in the first Supersport 300 race, an event of the Superbike World Championship held this Saturday. The crash happened three laps from the finish and involved several other competitors. Dean Berta Viñales then occupied 13th place in the race. The race was immediately interrupted, and the young driver was quickly taken care of by the emergency services on site. He was injured in the chest and head, and could not be resuscitated.
We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Dean Berta Viñales. The #WorldSBK family sends love to his family, loved ones, and his team. Your personality, enthusiasm, and commitment will be hugely missed The whole motorcycle racing world will miss you, Dean. Ride in Peace. pic.twitter.com/46KuUt4Vnl
Born in 2006, Dean Berta Viñales participated in his first season in Supersport 300 and was 22nd in the championship. A member of the Viñales Racing Team, he was the cousin of Maverick Viñales, 26, a MotoGP racer and currently 8th in the World Championship, dominated by Frenchman Fabio Quartararo. Maverick’s father, Angel Viñales, runs their joint stable.
Other races were to be held throughout the weekend in Jerez, but the competition remains for the time being logically suspended. All races scheduled for Saturday have already been canceled.