Michele Pirro crash: MotoGP rider suffers horrific 200mph crash during practice session but is unharmed

MICHELE PIRRO survived a horrendous 200mph crash during a practice session for his home Italian GP today.

The MotoGP test rider, 31, took off on a straight before skidding across the track and into the gravel just 20 minutes into the second practice at Mugello.

 Michele Pirro survived a horror 200mph crash

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Michele Pirro survived a horror 200mph crash

Pirro was knocked unconscious when he hit the ground, but by the time he was taken to the circuit medical centre for checks, he had regained consciousness, according to motorsport.com.

The Ducati tester braked at the end of a 1.1km straight before Turn 1 when his rear tyre lifted up.

This launched the rider spectacularly into the air and the session was immediately red-flagged.

Pirro eventually came to a stop on the gravel and was quickly attended to by medical staff before being taken to a Florence hospital by helicopter for further examinations.

 Michele Pirro pictured at Assen last year

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Michele Pirro pictured at Assen last year
 Pirro's back wheel spun out sending him flying into the air

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Pirro's back wheel spun out sending him flying into the air
 The Italian flew along before a hard landing on his home circuit of Mugello

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The Italian flew along before a hard landing on his home circuit of Mugello
 Pirro landed hard but appears to have escaped injury

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Pirro landed hard but appears to have escaped injury
 Emergency crews rushed to Pirro's side

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Emergency crews rushed to Pirro's side
 He was initially found unconscious but regained consciousness by the time he returned to the paddock

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He was initially found unconscious but regained consciousness by the time he returned to the paddock

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti told Spanish TV channel Movistar Pirro was awake but couldn't recall the crash.

Ciabatti said: "I spoke a few minutes ago with [Ducati team manager] Davide Tardozzi, who is in the medical centre. Apparently the situation is less serious than it looked before.

"Michele recognises people and can talk. He doesn't remember anything.

"He can move his legs and arms, but he could have a problem with the shoulder, so they are going to check it in a hospital in Florence with an MRI to make sure nothing is broken."

The Italian MotoGP starts at 1pm on Sunday as local favourites Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi look to close in on leader Marc Marquez.

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MICHELE PIRRO survived a horrendous 200mph crash during a practice session for his home Italian GP today.