Styrian GP has seen a recurring scenario in MotoGP, with a red flag in the first laps of the race. An incident involving Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Savadore It caused a fire on the track and stopped the feud in the third round in Red Bull Ring.
Returning to the MotoGP grid after years of absence, Pedrosa crashed out of Turn 3 and the KTM stopped in the middle of the track. Savadori failed to dodge with Aprilia and hit the competing equipment head-on, causing a fire with strong flames.
Savadori is still able to get up and then lie down in the escape area, needs medical attention and get off on a stretcher. The Italian is conscious but has been taken to the medical center for more detailed examinations. On the other hand, Pedrosa walked away and got back into the KTM pits. Both, however, would not return to the dispute in Austria.
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However, flames went down the path and the activities had to be halted. The inspectors had to remove the burnt equipment and wash the area filled with oil and fuel from the motorbikes, which were still full of tanks at the time of the accident. The race will resume with the original positions on the starting grid, even after three contested laps.
This is the third consecutive motorcycle race at Spielberg that had to be stopped due to strange circumstances: in 2020, at the Austrian Grand Prix, Johann Zarco caused a scary accident with Franco Morbidelli, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi. The following week, at the Styria GP, it was Spaniard Yamaha had to ditch the bike after running out of brakes.
Austrian track safety Constantly criticized by pilots MotoGP, mainly due to the higher speeds. NS Red Bull RingHowever, changes won’t be made to the Turn Two scheme even after the massive meltdown that marked last year’s race. The track officials confirmed that the track has been approved by the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation), which is responsible for proving the safety of the track.
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