'We could be writing obituaries right now': Valentino Rossi CHEATS DEATH as TWO flying bikes miss him by INCHES after 200mph crash
The crash itself involved Italian rider Franco Morbidelli and Frenchman Johann Zarco, whose bike tangled at the fastest part of the circuit with the two bikes at 200 miles per hour.
The two riders fell to the floor and slid into the grass, while their bikes hurtled towards the corner and flew through the air, missing Rossi and Vinales by mere inches.
The crash instantly forced the race to be red-flagged, and Rossi returned to his pit garage looking visibly shaken.
Various camera angles showed the scale of the crash, and highlighted just how close Rossi was to being struck by both flying bikes which narrowly missed the Italian legend.
Remarkably, despite their terrifying high-speed crash, both Morbidelli and Zarco left the scene of the crash under their own steam.
If there's ever a moment to make you question if you want to continue...Valentino Rossi looks visibly shaken after the crash between Morbidelli and Zarco.Rossi's onboard footage shows the bike bounce over him 😳#AustrianGPpic.twitter.com/5t9DZ3VUWW— MotoGP on BT Sport (@btsportmotogp) August 16, 2020
The crash prompted a host of comments from stunned observers online, with MotoGP writer David Emmett commenting, "Rossi and Vinales literally dodged a bullet there," while fellow motorsport writer Chris Medland offered, "I'm so glad we're talking about how lucky people have been rather than unlucky. Going to be on edge for the rest of this race after that. Still amazing that Zarco and Morbidelli walked away - that crash was at 200mph. 200 MILES PER HOUR."
MotoGP journalist Simon Patterson said things could have turned out much, much worse, saying, "That's possibly the most horrific crash I've seen in two decades of watching racing. We could so easily be writing obituaries right now, given the speeds involved in that crash. Terrifying."