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Motorcycle rider Dean Berta Viñales, 15, dies

The world of motorcycling has once again dressed in mourning. Dean Berta Viñales died this Saturday after an accident that occurred in the last laps of the first race of the Supersport 300 category of the World Superbike. Viñales, 15, died as a result of injuries sustained in a multiple accident that occurred with three laps remaining in the race. The rider, who made his debut this year in the smallest displacement category of the Superbike championship, was left lying on the track after a fall at the exit of the first curve of the Jerez circuit and was run over by some of the riders who came from behind and they couldn’t avoid the crash. He suffered multiple trauma, with severe head and chest injuries. He was treated on the same track and later transferred to the circuit medical center, where he could not be revived.

The Superbike World Championship Race Direction confirmed the death of the rider shortly after the race ended with a red flag and when the start of the Superbike event, the premier class, which was never held, had been delayed. “We are deeply saddened to report the death of Dean Berta Viñales. The Superbike family sends their love to family, loved ones and their team. Your personality, enthusiasm, and commitment will be greatly missed. Everyone in motorcycle racing will miss you, Dean. Travel in peace ”, communicated the organization.

In a family of pilots the rare thing is to play soccer or basketball. If your last name is Viñales and your grandfather, your uncle or your cousin are pilots, it seems that you have no choice but to be a pilot. Dean Berta Viñales, the son of a first cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales, became a rider as if he had no choice. And despite the fact that his body and physique could have been used to play almost anything. It measured more than 1’70m. “I called him the gallant because he had a bearing …”, indicates Paco Jarana, vice president of the Maverick Viñales fan club and friend of the family.

Dean’s grandfather, José Viñales, was the one who took him everywhere. From circuit to circuit. And after one race and another, she always waited for the moment when Dean would tell her that he preferred to do something else. He suffered. As many parents suffer, so many grandparents. “José confessed that every time he saw an accident he feared the worst. And, from time to time, he would tell his grandson that he would like him to leave him, to leave the motorcycles ”, says Jarana.

Dean Berta Viñales, from Palau-Saverdera, a municipality on the Costa Brava, in the interior of Roses (Girona), where his uncle Maverick is from, was the protégé of the Aprilia team rider. In fact, he made his debut this season in the championship as a member of the Viñales Racing team, led by Ángel Viñales, Maverick’s grandfather’s brother and father, who followed in his footsteps, trained with him and helped him compete in one of the benchmark categories. for the youngest after he was denied participation in the popular Red Bull Rookies Cup for being, they say, too tall to be a driver.

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Shy and very friendly, Dean was the child of the Pastisseria Can Berta, in Palau, where the family was well known. His death, inevitable, as a consequence of an accident on the track in a high-risk sport, begins to swell a list to which a few minors have joined in recent years, such as Hugo Milan, who died just ago a few months, at the age of 14, after an accident in the European Talent Cup in Alcañiz; Marcos Garrido, who also died in Jerez and also in SSP 300, in 2019. He was also 14 years old; the same age as Andreas Pérez, a Junior World Championship rider who died in Montmeló in 2018.

One can speak of fatality, bad luck or simply risk, which is assumed by kids like Dean, in small categories of championships that are in the background, and experienced riders like his cousin Maverick, one of the protagonists of the MotoGP World Championship, excellence in sprinting. Everyone, from the 12-year-old boy who begins to compete on asphalt circuits, runs the same dangers. And they are equally vulnerable when there is a race accident involving other drivers. The same happened to Jason Dupasquier in a World Championship race, in the Moto3 category, last May. I was 19 years old.

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