Spectators were left in a state of shock on Friday after seeing Moto GP rider Michele Pirro suffer a horrific crash during practice at the Italian Grand Prix.

31-year-old Italian Pirro was driving at 210mph before he suddenly lost control of his vehicle at turn 1 of the circuit.

Pirro was then thrown off his bike and flung shockingly in the air before his body crashed back onto the Mugello track and rolled numerous times on the gravel.

Pirro, who lost consciousness upon hitting the ground and rolling onto the gravel, was immediately checked by medical staff.

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The Italian was then taken to the circuit medical centre for a check-up. After regaining consciousness, he was taken to hospital in Florence for further tests.


After the sickening crash, Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti reassured fans after telling Spanish TV channel Movistar that Pirro can still 'move his arms and legs'.

Michele Pirro celebrates on the podium after winning the Moto GP Grand Prix last year. Photo / Getty Images
Michele Pirro celebrates on the podium after winning the Moto GP Grand Prix last year. Photo / Getty Images

'I spoke a few minutes ago with [Ducati team manager] Davide Tardozzi, who is in the medical centre,' Ciabatti said. '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.'

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