WATCH: Moto3 Riders Miraculously Walk Away After Suffering Near-Fatal Crash at the COTA

Published 10/03/2021, 3:10 PM EDT
MotoGP – San Marino Grand Prix – Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy – September 19, 2021 Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Pedro Acosta and Red Bull KTM Tech 3’s Ayumu Sasaki in action during the Moto3 race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini


Moto GP is certainly one of the most dangerous motorsports in the entire world but hasn’t caused a fatal incident since the passing of Marco Simoncelli in 2011 at the Sepang International Circuit. However, Moto3 is indeed gaining attention for causing way too many intense crashes in recent months.

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2021, in particular, has been quite a dark season for the Moto3 riders, as Jason Dupasquier suffered a fatal crash during the qualifying session in Mugello. Hardly 4 months later, this particular series has offered another shocking incident, this time, at the Grand Prix of the Americas.

What happened during the Moto3 race?

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Three drivers including the championship leader, Pedro Acosta, were part of two separate yet intense incidents around the Circuit of The Americas.

On lap 8 of the race, the race had a brief stoppage after Prustel GP’s Filip Salac lost control of his bike and ended up being launched off his KTM into the path of other riders. This mishap took place around the exit of turn 11 hairpin on the back straight.

But then arrived the worst. The race restarted with 5 laps left, meaning it was pretty much a sprint race. On the third lap of the race, Tech 3 driver, Deniz Oncu, clipped the front of Jeremy Alcoba’s Honda, when subsequently lost control as both the drivers came together on the firing line of other riders.

Neither Acosta nor the Snipers rider, Andrea Migno, had anywhere to go as they had to crash into Alcoba’s stranded bike. Both the riders were launched into the air, orchestrating a rather nerve-wracking few seconds for the viewers. Thankfully, all of the riders walked away unscathed, which is quite a miracle.

Are the riders safe?

As of the latest update, all the drivers involved in the second incident are safe. However, there is still a bit of uncertainty over Salac’s condition. As of the medical director’s update, Salac was initially taken to the medical center.

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Citing a few concerning signs, the rider is now at the Dell Seton Medical Center for a CT Scan on his thorax and abdomen.

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Overall, Moto3 has garnered enough attention in this season by causing one too many fatal and near-fatal crashes. Hence, could this well be the trigger to possible changes to the bikes from the next season, securing the safety of the riders?

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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