He flies through the air…

September 26, 2007

Highspeed spills are an occupational hazard for motorbike racers and have produced some spectacular images which are rather more memorable than the standard knee-on-the-ground-diagonal-bike- frozen-action kind. This sequence by Toru Hanai of Spanish MotoGP rider Dani Pedrosa falling off his Honda bike during the Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi is a case in point.

  Dani Pedrosa crash

Not only is it a toe-curlingly fascinating portayal of what happens to rider and machine when they part company at speed but it has great news value too because the rider concerned is a former World Champion, this year lying in third place behind Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi. Fortunately he limped away from the crash with little more than a suspected broken toe and while it may have dashed his hopes of victory it produced a very good result for Toru Hanai.

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It is too dangerous to drive so fast!

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