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Fiery Pedrosa and Savadori crash halts Styria MotoGP

Aug 8 2021
By Matt Beer

MotoGP’s Styrian Grand Prix has been red-flagged after a fiery crash between returnee Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Savadori.

Pedrosa – making his first MotoGP start since 2018 – fell at the Red Bull Ring’s Turn 3 on the third lap, with Aprilia rider Savadori then hitting his KTM.

Fuel was spilt and a fire erupted across the track.

Lorenzo Savadori Dani Pedrosa crash Red Bull Ring MotoGP 2021

Pedrosa walked away unhurt, while Savadori was taken from the scene on a stretcher but has since been shown talking to officials.

Though limping, Savadori was passed fit after medical checks but did not take the restart and was then diagnosed with a broken ankle that will rule him out of next week’s second Austria race. Pedrosa will participate in the restart on his spare bike.

The race will be restarted from scratch over a one-lap shorter distance of 27 laps.

Works Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia had taken the lead from Pramac’s polesitter Jorge Martin prior to the stoppage, but with the grid put back to qualifying order for the restart it will be Martin starting first again.

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