Nine times world champion Valentino Rossi sent his motorcycle down the road during warm up practice on the morning of the Australian round of the 2012 MotoGP at Phillip Island.

This series of photographs captured by Gizmag photographer Olivier Bochsler at the Phillip Island Circuit shows Valentino approaching turn 10, losing his front end and sliding into the gravel.

Fortunately for Rossi and his bike, it’s the lowest speed corner on a track renowned for being one of the fastest on the calendar and he walked away unhurt to take part in the race a couple of hours later.

Known as “MG” it’s a favorite corner for passing but it catches riders out and reigning world champion Casey Stoner was lucky not to drop his bike when he went onto the grass in the same session.

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