Brake Failure Causes MotoGP Rider to Bail at 140mph

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STYRIA, Austria – Maverick Viñales’ Styrian motorcycle Grand Prix ended in a terrifying fashion at the weekend, with the Monster Energy Yamaha rider forced to abandon his bike at high speeds following a loss of front brake pressure.

A graphic on MotoGP’s replay shows that on lap 17 the Spaniard dismounted at 223kmh, which is nearly 140mph. He did not suffer any serious injuries. The motorcycle, meanwhile, sailed into the air fence of the Red Bull Ring’s Turn 1, quickly catching fire.

Click HERE for a Twitter video of the crash.

Viñales later said he realized as early as the third lap that something was not quite right with his brakes, and by lap 10 he was dropping down the order due to these issues.

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Suzuki’s Alex Rins criticized Viñales for staying out, as reported by Autosport.

“Maverick had already known for a few laps that he had run out of brakes and that is why he was raising his hand, it is normal that he would have entered the pits earlier,” Rins said, adding, “I don’t understand why he had to continue in the race”

“We are surely going to discuss it at the next meeting of the Safety Commission.”

Several Yamaha riders experienced problems with overheating brakes at the Austrian Grand Prix, which was also held at the Red Bull Ring.

In response, Brembo brought improved calipers and pads for the Styrian GP, which Viñales elected not to use since he had not encountered any issues with the standard setup.

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