Dean Berta Viñales Has Died After WorldSSP300 Crash
Dean Berta Viñales has lost his life following a multi-rider crash at Jerez this past weekend. In the World Supersport 300 (WSSP300) Championship race on Saturday, Dean Berta was part of a collision that also involved Alejandro Carrion, Daniel Mogeda, Harry Khouri, and Yeray Ruiz.
The race was immediately red-flagged, and medics arrived on the scene immediately. Viñales was attended to on track and at the circuit medical center but sadly succumbed to his injuries. A statement released by the team mentioned that he had, unfortunately, suffered severe head and thoracic injuries in the accident.
Viñales is the cousin of MotoGP rider Maverick Viñales and participated in his first WSSP300 Championship atop a Yamaha R3. Racing for the family-run Viñales Racing Team, the 15-year old was slowly blooming into a formidable force in the paddock. He managed his best finish of fourth at Magny-Cours earlier in the season, followed by an impressive performance that put him in sixth in Barcelona last weekend.
Following the incident, the WorldSBK organizers decided to cancel the rest of the day’s races. Our thoughts are with Dean Berta Viñales’ family, friends, and team during this difficult period.