The day that Valentino Rossi was born again

The day that Valentino Rossi was born again

After a foreign accident, the Italian miraculously dodges two uncontrolled motorcycles that brushed him laterally

The day that Valentino Rossi was born again

Valentino Ross i, a legend who has been in the World Championship for 24 years, more than 400 races contested, nine titles celebrated, saw the repetition of what happened and put his hands to his head: he had just saved his life. He sensed it when, in the middle of the race, two uncontrolled motorcycles ran over him, but he paled as soon as he stepped in front of a television. Everything that happened before and after the miracle at the Spielberg circuit had little relevance because the important thing, the only important thing, is that Rossi is still alive and does not regret injuries. A miracle. [This is how we live it]

On the eighth lap of the test in Austria, Johann Zarco overtook Franco Morbidelli on a downhill straight and, after a braking from the French, the Italian sharpened him. That's where the disaster began. At about 315 km / h, the two riders crashed and their bikes continued at full speed without them. Morbidelli's Yamaha rolled over and over, over and over again and returned to the track with the extraordinary luck that happened right between Maverick Viñales and Rossi. And Zarco's Ducati crashed into the protections with such force that it burst them and returned to the asphalt again inches from Rossi himself. If either of the two 160-kilo bullets had hit the Italian sideways, any outcome would have been possible. Fate, on the other hand, wanted everything to be a scare and a break that changed the race.

Because before the accident, Pol Espargaró was leading and beginning to gain an advantage with his pursuers. Because after the accident, Espargaró fell and Andrea Dovizioso indulged in a kind of catharsis. This same Friday, after several months of fruitless negotiations, Ducati announced that the three-time MotoGP runner-up will not continue at the brand next year and his future is now uncertain. The Italian claimed a historic contract and was not granted it so he will have to look for a new job in the paddock. In that scenario, he needed to return to victory and he returned. Just one year after his last win, also at Spielberg, Dovizioso ran away with 10 laps to go and annulled the options of his two pursuers, Joan Mir and Jack Miller , who ultimately finished second and third.

The Italian is now the favorite again for the title as he is already second in the World Cup after another day of disasters from the rest of the applicants. Fabio Quartararo made a mistake in the first part of the race, he went to the gravel and could only climb up to eighth place. And Viñales ended with a live tear. In the second part of the race, due to some mechanical problem, his Yamaha barely ran straight, it was difficult for him to exceed 300 km / h, and he had to settle for tenth position. The two added points, but so few that Marc Márquez is still a threat when he returns. Right now, Quartararo has 67 points, Dovizioso, 56 and Viñales, 48.

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