Motorcycle racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. As motorsports try to be as safe as possible, there’s only so much one can do to protect someone on the back of a motorcycle going 200 mph.
A couple horrible crashes occurred over the Moto GP weekend in Austria and thankfully no one was killed. The most serious crash resulted in seven-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and pole sitter Maverick Viñales literally escaping with their lives. The two weren’t involved in the original crash between Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco but the way the Red Bull Circuit is shaped and how Morbidelli and Zarco crashed, their bikes kept going and were directly in the path of the other riders as they made a right turn on the circuit.
As Viñales and Rossi entered the turn, they came within inches of getting hit by both bikes that were still moving at a high rate of speed. Both Morbidelli and Zarco were declared fit to return as this crash could’ve been so much worse.
By Phillip Bupp