Motorcycle racing, particularly on the speeds MotoGP bikes recurrently hit, is inherently harmful. This truth was as soon as once more confirmed over the weekend on the Red Bull Ring in Austria as Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales narrowly averted hitting the runaway motorbike of Franco Morbidelli after he collided with fellow rider Johann Zarco whereas slowing down dramatically from round 200 miles per hour into Turn 3. If you have not but seen the crash and subsequent slender escape, you really want to look at the video up above earlier than you proceed studying.
Whew. That’s really terrifying. Just ask Rossi, who had a a lot nearer view of the damaged underside of Morbidelli’s Yamaha than he certainly ever needed. “I used to be with Maverick once we entered Turn 3 and I felt one thing coming in the direction of me. I believed it was the shadow of the helicopter as a result of generally it crosses the race monitor,” mentioned the 41-year-old racing legend to ABC News in Australia. “But then Franco’s bike handed me at an unimaginable pace and additionally the bike of Zarco jumped over Maverick. We had been very fortunate, however we hope such a incident is a lesson for riders to enhance their habits sooner or later.”
Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso went on to win the race after a restart following a pink flag to clear the monitor of particles following the crash. Rossi went on to complete in fifth place after beginning in 12th whereas Viñales got here in 10th. Both Morbidelli and Zarco had been evaluated by medical employees earlier than being launched.