Alvaro Bautista was fortunate to walk away from this huge highside during Saturday morning practice at the Indianapolis MotoGP.
However the incident did end the Gresini Honda rider's chances of a top ten lap time and direct access to Qualifying 2.
Instead, the battered and bruised Spaniard rode to fourth place, for 14th on the grid, in the Qualifying 1 session.
“Luckily I'm feeling okay now, but this morning's crash was really scary; I had a high side and I think I have been flying for several seconds...
“However, like I said I'm physically fit, I'm just disappointed because the feeling with the bike is not the best; we have been struggling a lot with rear grip and this is the cause of the crash I had in FP3.
“In this condition I cannot ride, because if I try to go a little bit faster I risk to crash, like it happened this morning. This is frustrating. For sure tomorrow we will face a tough race, but we will try our best, as always.”
|Alvaro Bautista has a big slide, which goes badly wrong when the rear tyre bites (1)|
|Bautista is kicked from the seat (2)|
|The huge forces involved send Bautista flying over the handlebars (3)|
|Bautista is still rising as his bike hits the ground Qatar (4)|
|After landing heavily on his arms and shoulder, Bautista slides off the track (5)|