Styrian MotoGP red flagged after fiery Pedrosa, Savadori crash

A massive clean-up operation is underway for the Styrian MotoGP after Lorenzo Savadori crashes into Dani Pedrosa's stricken KTM at Turn 3 and catches aflame

Lorenzo Savadori, fiery crash, Styrian MotoGP

The Styrian MotoGP has been red flagged with a huge clean up operation underway after a fiery accident involving Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Savadori.

The incident at Turn 3 was seemingly triggered when Pedrosa low-sided from his KTM on the exit of the bend, with Savadori following further back seemingly unsighted and collecting the stricken RC16 on the racing line.

The impact ruptured fuel lines and led to a fire that destroyed both the KTM and the Aprilia and left a large amount of ignited fluid across the track surface.

Though the incident itself wasn’t captured by cameras, the aftermath showed Savadori limping away from the wreckage before collapsing at the side of the track. He was stretchered away but is conscious. [Update: He has returned to his pit box limping but otherwise uninjured].

Pedrosa - making his first MotoGP start since 2018 as a wild-card for KTM - was away from the impact and therefore uninjured.

The incident bears a striking resemblence to a Moto2 crash at the Red Bull Ring in 2020, when Enea Bastianini crashed his Italtrans on the exit of Turn 1 at an unsighted point for the riders rounding the angled right-hand Turn 1.

The stricken bike was then struck at speed by Hafizh Syharin, who was launched from his Aspar bike, but got away with only  minor injuries.