Wednesday 26th September 2012
TIME FOR TEA: THROWING THE RACE AWAY
Need to stop the race? Don't do this.
Tantrums are all very well and good when you're five, at that age you can throw yourself on the floor as much as you like, but it's a different matter when you're a grown up...or is it?
Marlinton dos Reis Teixeira, aka 'Kalunga', slid from his motorcycle during the Rio Grande do Sul State Moto Grand Prix in Brazil. Forgetting that he was likely to be spotted by TV cameras, he set to work trying to restart his machine. The race was getting away from him, the anger was building and there was only one thing to do: fall into the middle of the circuit and stop the race. That'll work, it's bound to, and nobody will know he's faking it.
Sadly, it didn't go as planned. Quite a few riders passed him by before someone finally stopped to help. Kalunga was placed on a stretcher and put in the back of an ambulance...probably while saying "ooh" and "ahhh" a lot, in the style of Peter Griffin.
Did it work? No. The MotoRacing Association of Rio Grande do Sul State quickly found out about Kalunga's apparent fake injury and banned him from the championship.
Thanks to Porsche Supercup driver Sean Edwards, who posted this video link on his Twitter feed.