'This is scary': Riders forced to flee after Moto2 fireball crash

·Sports Editor
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Moto2 riders, pictured here in the scary fireball crash.
Multiple riders were involved in the scary scenes in Moto2. Image: Getty

The motorsport world was rocked by frightening scenes on Sunday when a multi-rider crash sparked a crazy fireball in the Moto2 Grand Prix in Portugal.

With 15 laps remaining in the race, a number of riders went down on the second corner and were left sprawled in the gravel.

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In horror scenes, riders were forced to flee as Zonta Van Den Goorbergh's bike burst into flames.

Marshalls immediately rushed in to help the riders and extinguish the blaze, with everyone managing to escape injury.

Cameron Beaubier said the incident was "pretty scary" and is expressed relief that everyone involved was safe.

"It was pretty scary, to be honest. What matters is that we are all safe and well," Beaubier said.

"There was a lot of chaos, it's a drag but things are what they are."

Fans also expressed their shock over the scary scenes.

Joe Roberts eventually claimed victory when the race was restarted in Algarve, moving the American up to fourth in the drivers standings.

Zonta Van Den Goorbergh, running away from the flames after the mass crash in Moto2.
Zonta Van Den Goorbergh runs away from the flames after the mass crash in Moto2. (Photo by Steve Wobser/Getty Images)

Fabio Quartararo claims victory in MotoGP race

Reigning MotoGP champion Fabio Quartararo later put his early-season speed issues behind him as he cruised to victory in the main race.

The Yamaha rider dominated the race and finished more than five seconds ahead of fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco of Ducati-Pramac.

Zarco was the beneficiary when Spaniard Joan Mir and Australian Jack Miller collided while battling for second place in the closing stages.

"This morning I felt very good during the practice laps but I was surprised to be so fast during the race," said Quartararo, who started on the second row of the grid.

"I pushed myself to the limit. I made a great start and I'm happy to win for the first time this season."

Johan Zarco, Fabio Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro Aprilia, pictured here on the podium after the Portugal GP.
Johan Zarco, Fabio Quartararo and Aleix Espargaro Aprilia on the podium after the Portugal GP. (Photo by Pablo Morano/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Quartararo's first victory since the British Grand Prix last August lifted him to joint first in the standings, tied on 69 points with Spaniard Alex Rins who started on the eighth row of the grid on his Suzuki.

Spaniard Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia finished third and climbed to third in the standings three points off the leaders.

Zarco said he was "impressed" by Quartararo's dominance.

"It's a great French victory but unfortunately it's not mine," he said.

Italy's Enea Bastianini, who led the championship before the race, dropped to fourth in the standings after crashing out on Sunday.

Sergio Garcia of Spain won in Moto3, edging compatriot Jaume Masia with Japanese rider Ayumu Sasaki third.

Garcia moved a point ahead of Italian Dennis Foggia in the standings.

The next race is the Spanish GP on May 1.

with AFP

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