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Francesco Bagnaia’s horrific crash shakes MotoGP world

MotoGP fans were left in shock and horror as reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia suffered a terrifying crash during the Catalunya MotoGP at Montmelo on Sunday. The race, which was won by Aleix Espargaro, was marred by the gruesome incident.

Bagnaia, who started the race from pole position, initially avoided a chaotic multi-bike pileup at turn one. However, disaster struck at the next corner as he lost control of his Ducati, hurtling violently into the air in front of the chasing pack. Brad Binder’s KTM then ran over Bagnaia’s leg in a horrific collision that left viewers aghast.

The footage of the crash was widely criticized for its graphic nature, with fans and experts alike expressing their dismay at the repeated replays and the insensitivity of showing Bagnaia’s distress and his family’s reaction.

Despite the gruesome nature of the incident, there was a glimmer of relief as Bagnaia was conscious and taken to the track’s medical center amidst applause from the crowd. Bagnaia, who led the championship by 66 points before the crash, was expected to have suffered a serious leg injury, but doctors later reported that he had avoided any fractures and was in stable condition.

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Francesco Bagnaia crash replay in MotoGP

On a less fortunate note, Bagnaia’s teammate, Enea Bastianini, also had a tumultuous race day, triggering a pile-up at Turn 1 and suffering injuries that included a non-displaced fracture of the medial malleolus on his left ankle and a sub-capital fracture to the second metacarpal of his left hand. Bastianini is set to undergo surgery and will miss the next weekend’s San Marino Grand Prix.

As the MotoGP community comes to terms with the harrowing incident, the racing world is reminded of the dangers that riders face every time they hit the track. The hope now is for Bagnaia’s swift recovery and for safer races in the future.

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