Moto2 riders are counting their lucky stars after one of the craziest crashes in recent motorsport shocked the motorsport world.
In the third lap of the race, championship leader Enea Bastianini lost his bike and slid across the track, luckily away from his stranded bike that lay in the middle of the track.
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With the rest of the field coming around the corner, Bastianini tried to get off the track but it was in an awkward position with Malaysian rider Hafizh Syahrin slamming into the stranded machine with both shattering on impact and sending debris across the track.
It had been a blind corner as Syahrin came out of a slipstream at just the wrong time.
The debris spread across the track after the wild incident.Source:FOX SPORTS
Edgar Pons hit some of the debris and hit Honda Team Asia’s Andi Farid Izdihar to take both men out of the race as well.
The commentators immediate said it was “a dangerous, dangerous place to crash”.
“That was horrific,” the commentator said. “It’s just about the worst thing that can to riders, it doesn’t get much scarier than that at Grand Prix level.”
Bastianini was gutted by the side of the track as the carnage took place and medics, and the clean up crew got to work.
The race was immediately red flagged with 22 laps remaining with the race restarting for the final 13 laps.
There was plenty of worry for Syahrin but news quickly came through that he and all drivers remained conscious and suffered just a pelvic contusion, but the first scan didn’t reveal any fractures.
Syahrin‘s team boss Gino Borsoi confirmed he was all right.
“The rider is fine, with many bruises, especially on the hip, but has always been conscious,” he said.
Even in the garages they were shocked.Source:FOX SPORTS
The motorsport world was quick to react.
Freelance MotoGP reporter Simon Patterson tweeted: “Red flag in Moto2. One of the most horrid crashes I‘ve seen in a long time. F***.”
Horrific crash in Moto2 in Austria. Championship leader Enea Bastianini falls coming out of turn one, and another rider collects his stricken bike in the middle of the track. Not nice to see
Omg 😨 #moto2 https://t.co/wld6x11Cc5
Breathless crash in Moto2.
Rider Syahrin drove full gas into Bastianini bike lying on track.
Never saw before a bike rolling in the air so high.
Luckily Bastianini had already run away.
Syahrin flew straight in front on him but apparently is miraculously conscious https://t.co/TvWyewqOTT
Jorge Martin was the eventual winner of the race with his first win in the category.
But it was clearly overshadowed by the terrifying crash.
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