Phillips Island is one of the most particular and special tracks that make up the MotoGP world championship calendar. In addition to being an impressive setting, especially due to the proximity of the ocean, the weather conditions are always complicated and, in addition, the wildlife that concentrates the area means that, from time to time, some of the beasts that live in the surroundings of the route have prominence.
One of the most common unexpected protagonists are the huge seagulls that, on more than one occasion, have been involved in collisions with the pilots. The most famous, the one from 2013, when a huge seagull embedded itself in the front end of Jorge Lorenzo’s Yamaha, who, despite carrying that uncomfortable passenger, achieved pole position.
In addition to the obvious danger to the animals, which tend to be the worst off, the riders also run their risks, as happened this Friday morning to Aleix Espargaró, who during MotoGP FP1 saw a wallaby, an animal similar to a kangaroo, crossed his path in the middle of the track when the Aprilia’s was traveling at almost 220 km/h, which would have turned the impact, had it occurred, into a real disaster.
Fortunately for Aleix and the frightened animal, the crossroads did not intersect between the two, so the image remained one of the anecdotes of the day and one more image to keep in the collection of curiosities surrounding racing in Australia. .
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