Motorcycling: Rossi urges riders to control aggression after 'terrifying' crash

Paola Ditto
Agosto 16, 2020

Yamaha's Valentino Rossi has actually prompted riders who make their method up to the premier class to workout care when defending track positions to prevent a repeat of the scary crash that stopped the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday.

A few places behind, Franco Morbidelli and Johan Zarco tangled and crashed at high speed.

Given the speed of the bikes, any impact could have caused life changing injuries to Rossi.

- MotoGP on BT Sport (@btsportmotogp) August 16, 2020 Back in the garage after the red flag was waved, Rossi was visibly shaken as he realised how much of a close shave it was.

On-board footage from a camera on Rossi's own bike also shows both vehicles coming within feet of him.

The Petronas SRT rider and Zarco were involved in a terrifying collision on lap nine, with Morbidelli clipping the rear of the Avintia Ducati as both headed through the Turn 2 kink.

MotoGP journalist Simon Patterson said things could have turned out much, much worse, saying, "That's possibly the most horrific crash I've seen in two decades of watching racing".

Marc Marquez reacted to the incident on Twitter, with the world champion simply posting three praying emojis. Rossi barely avoided getting hit by their vehicles.

"He nearly got hit by both Zarco AND Morbidelli's bikes so not really surprised [he might not want to carry on]", a fellow viewer said.

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