MotoAmerica racer and race technician Jason Aguilar, 25, is on life support in a Southern California hospital after suffering a serious accident while riding his mountain bike on Saturday, February 5.
Aguilar was with friends, who immediately called for help, and he was airlifted to Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, California.
“He had emergency surgery to relieve the bleeding in his brain,” Bob Aguilar, Jason’s father, posted on Facebook on February 6. “Although the operation was successful in stopping the bleeding, he was without oxygen in his brain for too long before the operation. Due to the lack of oxygen, he suffered catastrophic irreversible brain damage.
“Jason is an organ donor, so the hospital is making arrangements for (the) donation of his organs and for the recipients of those organs. Once this surgery is complete, Jason will be taken off life support. We hope Jason will live on in your memories and ours, and that the donation of his organs will allow his memory to live on in others.
Jason Aguilar started road racing and won at a young age. He won road racing mini championships with M1GP and SCminiGP before winning other club racing titles with MotoWestGP and WERA.
In 2014, Aguilar, then 18, took third place in AMA Pro Supersport Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park and finished sixth in that championship. In 2015, Aguilar secured another MotoAmerica Superstock 600 podium and reached the podium three more times in 2016.
In 2017, Aguilar, riding a Yamaha for his own team, won six races and the MotoAmerica Superstock 600 championship.
Aguilar moved up to the MotoAmerica Supersport class and, again riding for his own team, he finished fourth in the 2020 championship with three podiums and a total of 11 top-five finishes.
The Californian had planned to move up to the MotoAmerica Superbike class in 2021, but a sponsor pulled out at the last minute, forcing him to abandon any racing plans that season.
When he wasn’t racing, Aguilar worked full-time as a technician for FTECU and sometimes as a team manager for other MotoAmerica racers. He was an avid mountain biker and had recently moved in with his girlfriend Mehgan McDonald with their dog Finn. He had planned to return to MotoAmerica full-time in 2022.
“He is likely to be taken off life support tomorrow (February 8),” Bob Aguilar wrote in a message to Roadracingworld.com. “In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that donations be made to the Roadracing World Action Fund to help prevent serious injury.”