Australian MotoGP rider Jack Miller brands crash coverage as ‘unacceptable’

Australian MotoGP rider Jack Miller has provided a damning assessment of the media coverage surrounding the tragic death of Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier.

Dupasquier passed away after a horrific crash sent him off his bike during qualifying at the Moto3 Italian Grand Prix.

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Videos of the crash were constantly replayed and circulated throughtout multiple media outlets.

However, no-one had exact knowledge regarding the extent of Dupasquier’s injuries at the time of the incident.

There were also a number of live shots showing the trackside medical assistance team hard at work, as the qualifying was halted.

Miller, upset about the crash, took matters into his own hands within the Ducati hospitality section.

“Last night (Saturday) I had a dinner, we had Sky TV on in the hospitality and I made everybody unplug all the TVs because at the end I think I saw 10 f***ing replays of the crash,” Miller said.

“And I think this is unacceptable more than anything. You don’t know the situation, you don’t know what’s happening.

“We were all hoping and praying and for them to keep playing this s*** shouldn’t happen. That they have access to this footage, it shouldn’t be there.

“But that’s the world we live in at the moment, it’s all about media and getting views. So, it is what it is.”

Australian MotoGP rider Jack Miller labelled the media coverage of Dupasquier’s crash ‘unacceptable’. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

It’s not the first time that an Australian motorsport athlete has slammed the media coverage of similar incidents.

F1 driver Daniel Ricciardo expressed his displeasure regarding footage of crashes in November 2020, after Haas driver Romain Grosjean’s car was split in half after a high-speed colision into a barrier at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Fortunately, Grosjean was able to walk away from the incident with no serious damage.

“I want to express my disgust and disappointment with Formula 1,” Ricciardo told Dutch broadcaster Ziggo.

“The way the incident of Grosjean was broadcast over and over, the replays over and over, it was completely disrespectful and inconsiderate for his family, for all of our families watching.

“We’re going to go race again in an hour and every time we look on the TV it’s a ball of fire and his car’s cut in half.

“I mean we can see that tomorrow, we don’t need to see it today.

“For me, it was entertainment and they’re playing with all of our emotions and I thought it was pretty disgusting.

“So hopefully some other drivers have spoke up. But if that’s not how we all really feel then I’d be very surprised.”

Daniel Ricciardo expressed his “disgust” with the coverage of Romain Grosjean’s crash in 2020. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)Source:Getty Images

Ricciardo also blasted F1’s social media team in April this year, labelling them “f****** idiots”.

“I think last year, F1 put on their social channels, like, ‘top 10 moments of the year’ or something, and eight of the ten were crashes,” Ricciardo told UK lifestyle magazine Square Mile.

“I was just like, you guys are f***ing idiots. Maybe 12-year-old kids want to see that kind of content, and that’s cool because they don’t know any better, but we’re not kids. Just do better, guys. Do better than that.”

However, Ricciardo backtracked on his original comments regarding the social team and admitted he could have chosen his words better.

“I’ve certainly got to be better with my choice of words,” Ricciardo said to reporters ahead of the 2021 Italian Grand Prix. “I certainly, if I could, take that quote back. It was too aggressive.

“I should know better as well being in the sport probably as long as I have. And even if I feel at the time, it might be out of context, I know that it’s going to get pushed, and so I should do better with that.

“I’m not denying I said it but the tone doesn’t always get shown as maybe it was in that moment.

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