The sprint race at the historic Indian MotoGP saw the top drivers from all around the world race at the Buddh International Circuit on Saturday, September 23. While the racers were doing rounds around the track, Japanese racer Ayumu Sasaki suffered a crash around Turn 3 after a skid.
Just at this moment, while Ayumu fell off the bike, the bike caught fire and caused a major scare for the driver and the team. However, the racer escaped serious injuries, Sasaki drove to the pit and eventually continued the race and finished an impressive third in the second qualifying round.
Watch the video of this scary incident here:
It is to be noted that the sprint at Moto GP was delayed because of wet conditions following a spell of torrential rain earlier in the day, but apart from a few damp patches on the track, dry conditions greeted the riders with the sun low on the horizon.
This was not the only collision of the weekend, as Moto GP 1 pole-sitter Marco Bezzecchi also collided with his teammate Luca Marini during the first turn. Bezzecchi was a man on a mission as he moved up the grid and set numerous fastest laps after managing to re-enter the race. He ran out of time with only 11 laps remaining in the sprint, but he was still able to finish a respectable fifth. Pol Espargaro and Stefan Brald also collided, which resulted in both riders crashing out.
Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin won Saturday’s sprint race at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix ahead of Ducati’s championship leader, Francesco Bagnaia. Martin started second on the grid and had a perfect launch to take the lead going into the first corner ahead of Bagnaia and the two Hondas of Marc Marquez and Joan Mir.