Maverick Viñales rescued at 200mph – North West 200

Media playback is not supported on this device Maverick Viñales makes brilliant escape

Maverick Viñales was lucky to escape serious injury when his TT racing bike bounced and flipped on the Peugeot RCZ 150 bike ahead of him at 200mph during a North West 200 practice session.

The Colombian rider looked in danger of colliding with the upright of a huge crash barrier he had abandoned as he came through at nearly twice the required speed.

A large pad had to be rushed to him on the fly by motorcyclist Kevin Madley.

But he soon managed to recover and get on the track for race practice.

Pole-sitter Huw Millar said he was “proud” of Viñales as he managed to make his way to the track for practice.

Madley, who was out cold after being hit on the helmet by an attached bike to aid Viñales, said: “I came around the corner on my bike and it hit me square in the head as they were having a stunt.

“It’s not meant to happen but I’m 100% sure he’s still here – he’d have died if he hadn’t made it.”

In a sign of how fast the racers went, John McGuinness on his Ducati, Steven Paterson on his Honda and Scot Chris Harris on his Fuji RB1 all managed to finish on their bikes in the practice session.

Harris, who has also scored notable victories at Bathurst, celebrated the victory with a lap around the circuit but his helmet arrived at the shop an hour later.

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