WATCH: Horror Scenes in Styria as MotoGP Rider Dani Pedrosa is Engulfed in Flames After Crash

Published 08/08/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
MotoGP – Styrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – August 8, 2021 Marshals attend to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Dani Pedrosa’s bike as it’s on fire after crashing during the MotoGP race REUTERS/Borut Zivulovic REFILE – CORRECTING ID


As wet tracks and intense emotions set the stage for the Styrian GP, MotoGP drivers faced a difficult race at the Red Bull Ring. However, the race saw an early stop as two drivers were involved in a fiery incident on the second lap.

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Dani Pedrosa lost control over his bike on turn three and had to vacate his KTM; Lorenzo Savadori could do nothing to avoid the stranded bike. He crashed into it, and the KTM burst into flames. The bike’s fuel tank ruptured and made way for massive flames that engulfed the corner.

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Fortunately, both drivers left the fireball incident conscious. An initial medical check deemed Savadori fit, although they moved him to the medical center for further check-up.

Red Bull Ring’s notorious T3

The circuit’s most infamous corner has seen many crashes over the decades. Even F1 drivers have failed to avoid incidents at the corner, including the likes of Raikkonen, Leclerc, and Schumacher.

However, almost a year ago, MotoGP had seen another horrific crash on the same corner. Motorsport legend Valentino Rossi described the event as “so scary, it was terrifying.” Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco’s bikes collided ahead of the corner. While both drivers fell off their vehicles, the speed had sent both bikes tumbling over the racers, making the turn ahead.

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The two bikes narrowly missed Rossi and his teammate, who returned to the pits, disturbed by the incident. “Franco’s bike passed me at an incredible speed and also the bike of Zarco jumped over Maverick. We were very lucky…” 

The event was so jarring, Valentino Rossi pleaded with drivers to take the sport more seriously. He said, “You need to respect the other riders that are on track with you. We can’t forget this sport is very dangerous… we hope this type of incident is a lesson for riders to improve their behavior in the future.”

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Another reminder of the dangers of Motorsport – these accidents only remind drivers and their fans of the importance of the rules and safety regulations that come along with the sport. Luckily, both drivers emerged from today’s incident relatively unharmed and on their feet.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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