New vision has emerged of the monster crash at the Austrian MotoGP, proving just how close Valentino Rossi was to being struck in the head by a stray motorbike.
The Italian legend admits he didn't even see the wayward bike come hurtling towards him, missing him by mere millimetres - and now you can see exactly what he meant.
In the newly-released vision from Rossi's front camera, you can see Franco Morbidelli's bike flash right in front of his face following a collision down the straight with Johann Zarco.
Rossi, as well as his Yamaha teammate Maverick Vinales, somewhat cheated death as the stray bike flew agonisingly between them as they turned the sharp corner.
"The images from my camera are the ones that scare me the most, because from here you can understand the speed with which Franco's bike crossed the track right in front of me," Rossi said in a statement on Twitter.
"She passed so hard that I didn't even see her. When I got back to the pits I was already shaken enough to have seen Zarco's bike literally fly over Maverick's head.
"Miraculously, nobody got hurt, but I hope this incident makes everyone think, especially us riders."
In the aftermath of the incident, nine-time world champion Rossi looked visibly shaken up.
Seen with his head in hands in the pits after the race had been red-flagged, attention immediately turned to working out what had caused the wild crash.
Rossi's initial frustrations were clear for all to see, but he insists Johann Zarco (whose bike was involved) wasn't entirely to blame.
"Zarco did not intentionally cause such an incident, but it is still a serious error of assessment, which a MotoGP rider cannot afford - especially in a braking [zone] at 310km/h," Rossi said in his statement.
"Moving quickly to the right and braking in the face of Franco, he didn't give him the place to slow down, so Morbidelli couldn't help but hit him at full speed.
"I understand that in the race we play a lot and everyone gives their best to stay in front, but we must not forget that ours is a dangerous sport and that the safety of our opponents is much more important that gaining a position."
Featured Image Credit: Twitter / Valentino Rossi
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