Valentino Rossi: “I was really afraid. The saint of drivers saved us today”

Valentino Rossi: “I was really afraid. The saint of drivers saved us today”

The Italian was miraculously saved from a serious accident at the Austrian circuit, where Andrea Dovizioso returned to victory

Valentino Rossi:

«I saw a shadow coming and I thought it was the helicopter that was flying overhead. I have felt real fear. The saint of motorcyclists has saved us today. It was the riskiest moment of my career. [Franco] Morbidelli's motorcycle did not give me a hair, “related Valentino Rossi and, in his words, the feeling he used to stage when he saw the repetition of the accident and threw his hands to his head. Despite his 24 years of experience in the World Cup, he had never experienced anything like it.

And it is that yesterday the nine times MotoGP champion and his teammate Maverick Viñales returned home without a single miracle scratch. An accident between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli sent their bikes at full speed against the track and the two brushed past the two Yamaha riders. The luck, the very great luck of what happened, was celebrated by the entire paddock, but later it was necessary to point out who generated the danger: Zarco.

The crash was caused by his braking in the straight after overtaking Morbidelli at more than 300 km / h and those involved could not forgive him for such recklessness. «Zarco is a crazy person. Last week he did the same with Pol Espargaró . Race Direction should meet and do something with him because we could have done a lot of damage, “said Rossi while Morbidelli himself, who despite the blow did not suffer any serious injury, described Zarco as” almost a murderer. “

“It was really difficult to run again,” admitted Rossi, although he did it and did it in a remarkable way: he finished fifth. The incident had a significant influence on the race as the break changed all positions. Pol Espargaró dominated before the red flag and fell after. Andrea Dovizioso suffered before the break and led to a comfortable victory afterward. He was accompanied on the podium by Joan Mir and Jack Miller , who showed that nobody wants to win this championship. With Marc Márquez still absent, Fabio Quartararo finished eighth and Maverick Viñales, tenth.

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