Dani Pedrosa and a return that almost ended in tragedy

The Spaniard returned to MotoGP after two years at the Styrian GP and was the protagonist of a spectacular accident in the second lap of the race.

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El Styrian Grand Prix de MotoGP marked the return to the Spanish competition Dani Pedrosa, who after announcing his retirement at the end of 2018 ran as a Wild Card in the Austrian test as part of his job as a developer of KTM. However, his return was not happy and it almost ended in tragedy after a spectacular accident that had him as the protagonist.

Pedrosa crashed at Turn 3 during the second lap and was narrowly missed by several rivals, until the Italian Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia) hit his bike. On impact both machines caught fire, something that forced to stop the test with Red flag.

Dani Pedrosa
Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

After leaving on a stretcher although in a conscious state, Savadori returned to his truck in the paddock limping; while Pedrosa was on the second start of the race about forty minutes after the accident. Despite the initial shock, the Iberian finished tenth.

“I was scared, because I never saw a situation like this in my entire career. Seeing all the bikes go by was a shock. Right afterwards I thought of my family and the people at home, who surely thought: 'who sent him to run again' ... When I got to the box they asked me if I wanted to go out, and I said yes, that I would take it with calm, but yes "Pedrosa summarized.

Dani PedrosaWhat happened put the Red Bull Ring in the eye of the storm and, especially, turns 2 and 3 since the pilots themselves consider that they are dangerous to travel with motorcycles.

The competition was won by the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati-Pramac), which debuted this year in the category. The 23-year-old, who started from pole, was escorted by his compatriot Joan mir (Suzuki), current champion of the category; and french Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), which established itself at the head of the tournament.

Regarding promotional categories, in Moto2 Italian won Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex); while in Moto3 the Spanish celebrated Pedro Acosta (KTM).

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