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MotoGP star Maverick Vinales was forced to jump off his bike at 140mph after his brakes failed mid-race.
Vinales was flying towards the first turn when he realised that his brakes did not respond to his actions.
With the corner approaching, the Yamaha rider had no option other than to disembark his bike, despite the immense speeds he was driving at.
Vinales landed on his back and slid into the lay-off area, and was fortunate not to suffer any serious injury due to the airbags in his suit.
The bike continued to career forward and smashed into the air fence, before bursting into flames.
Stewards quickly attended to put out the fire, but the burst airbag meant that the race had to be red-flagged with 12 laps to go.
In video footage after Vinales returned to the pit, he was seen showing his boss that he tried to press the brakes four times before having to jump off his vehicle, which is widely considered one of the scariest things that can happen while wearing a motorbike.
It was a bitter blow for Joan Mir, who was extending his lead at the front of the pack on his Suzuki bike as he looked for his first-ever MotoGP win.
The race restarted from the grid, in the order of the bikes where they were placed when the red flag was waved.
Vinales’ crash comes just seven days after the horror crash involving Valentino Rossi, where the legendary Italian was lucky to avoid life-changing injuries.
A crash involved Franco Morbidelli and Johan Zarco sent bikes flying – with Morbidelli’s almost hitting Rossi in the head.
On that incident, Rossi said: “Everyone has to pray to whoever they pray to today. F***. It was very dangerous and I was very, very scared.
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“For me, now everybody is very aggressive but also from the small classes. I can understand because you play a lot. But for me it’s important that we don’t exaggerate [the aggression].
“You need to respect the other riders that are on track with you, because we can’t forget this sport is very dangerous – especially in a track where you have long straights and you always go 300km/h.
“What I said is that also from the small classes, you have a lot of riders who close the door when braking.
“Zarco is very wide and braking in the face of Franco, maybe to not let Franco overtake in braking.
“But it was too close, and when we are at 300km/h we have a lot of slipstream and Franco had no chance to brake.
“We risk a lot, especially me and Maverick. This could have been a potential disaster.”
This weekend’s race is also taking place on the Red Bull Ring in Austria, but additional safety fences were in place to avoid a repeat incident.
Miguel Oliveira went on to win the race on his Tech3 KTM after a dramatic final lap.