On Thursday at the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the MotoGP paddock came together to pay tribute to and remember WorldSSP300 rider Dean Berta Viñales, cousin to Maverick Viñales, who sadly passed away during the Jerez Round of WorldSBK after a tragic accident.
Below the podium at the Circuit of the Americas, members of the paddock including Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, IRTA President Herve Poncharal and riders from across each class of Grand Prix racing gathered together for a minute of silence in honour of Viñales, who will forever be remembered.
The Spaniard was well on track to a promising career in the Supersport 300 category with room to progress to higher categories. There has been an outpour of tributes on social media following the sad news, with plenty of support for Maveric Viñales who was the cousin of Dean and the whole Viñales family. WorldSBK have since posted a tribute video and compiled all of the social media tributes which can be seen and followed here.