The teenage girlfriend of World Superbike star Dean Berta Vinales has said she was certain “they would be together for life” following the horror crash that took his life.
Rebecca Ortola, a youth footballer Valencia, has spoken publicly for the first time since the tragedy in a social media post which she began by asking: “Why? Why is life like this? Why does it snatch from you the people you most love in life?”
Alongside a series of photos and home-made videos of her and Dean, Rebecca added: “I have not got the strength or words to express my pain right now.
“From the day I met you we began to speak every day until the moment you were gone. I knew from the very first day that you were the right one. I trusted you, no matter what. That’s how unfair life is.
“I’m left with all the moments we’ve spent together (which are many) and all the times we’ve come through things together and supported each other.
“That smile you always had, your sense of humour and your silly stuff, your friendliness, how affectionate you were with the people you loved, and above all the warrior you were.
“My love, you always achieved what you set as your target and you never gave up.”
Admitting she would miss the romantic messages he used to send her like ‘You’re the best girlfriend in the world’ and ‘My life has no meaning without you’, Rebecca added: “Who is going to tell me those things now you’re gone? Who’s going to send me a good morning message when I wake up. You’ve left such a deep emptiness.
“I promise we will see each other soon. As you used to say ‘Always together my love.’
“I love you with all my being, love of my life, now and the rest of my life. I love you, I love you, I love you. Rest in peace my darling, now you know everything.”
Dean died during the opening race of the Motul Spanish Round in the FIM Supersport 300 World Championships.
The crash that involved four riders left him with severe spinal and head injuries occurred on lap 11.
After the race was stopped, paramedics ran to Jerez in south-west Spain and took the rider to an emergency room.
Sadly he couldn’t be saved and Dean – cousin of MotoGP race winner Maverick Vinales – was pronounced dead at the scene.
A statement from WorldSBK said: “We’re deeply saddened to report the loss of Dean Berta Vinales.
“The WorldSBK family sends love to his family, loved ones, and his team. Your enthusiasm, personality, and dedication will be greatly missed. Dean, we will all miss you. Ride in Peace.”
Six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez wrote on social media: “Rest in peace Dean. All my support to family and friends.”
The tragedy is the latest in a series of crashes that have claimed the lives of young riders.
Hugo Millan, aged 14, died following a crash in Alcaniz in Spain. Jason Dupasquier (Swiss Moto3 rider) died in May after suffering injuries in a three-bike accident during a qualifying session at Mugello circuit, Italy.