Time For Tea? If you want it with buns...


Now, onboard car videos are an online stock in trade. And the promise of the same from a World Superbike ridden by Jonathan Rea around Phillip Island to celebrate this weekend's opening round of the 2013 championship should promise much.

And it perhaps would've done, were it not for the camera angle chosen. Which gives a very good view of Rea's sponsors' logos and ... erm ... Rea's rear. Not to put too fine a point on it. It is safe for work, but you may want to have a think about how you're going to explain watching a close-up video of a man's leather-clad behind jiggling about.

Er, yes.

Once over the initial shock factor, it does go to show quite how involved riding a Superbike at race speeds really is. We car drivers may allude to sports cars making it feel like our backside is just millimetres off the road. But Rea's actually is. Amazing stuff.

Maybe bolt the camera somewhere else for the next one though guys...

 

 

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  • Alv 23 Feb 2013

    Johno said:
    Andrews is a nut.

    Valencia WSB into the pitwall, then Snetterton, then TT .... Loon, dedicated loon.

    What we so often don't see are the quiet reflective, self doubting moments. Cummins was a broken man for many months, but to have the mental fortitude to come back, incredible.

    Bike racing is full of these stories ....
    I never did really see what happened then, he just came round the last corner and you didn't see anything else except dust all down the pit wall!

  • Johno 23 Feb 2013

    sprinter1050 said:
    "Involving" is, I believe, the word for riding a superbike...& far more so than even the fastest supercar. Which is probably why people become bikers (or not)

    A few other instances of "hard men" worth recalling though.
    Shinya Nakano- Mugello MotoGP a few years back- rear tyre on his Kawasaki let go at the end of the finish straight at approx 200mph & chucked him off.
    I think he slid for some 200 yards but was largely unhurt.

    Troy Bayliss- Donington World Superbike (Race 1 of 2) again, a few years back. High sided I think into McLeans or Coppice? Ground his finger end off & split a testicle open yikes. His team had to convince him he couldn't ride in Race 2 a few hours later.

    Conor Cummins- Isle of Man TT bike let go on a fast stretch of the mountain throwing him over the stone wall like a rag doll cartwheeling through the field. Horrible video to watch, looked terminal. Been back racing for a few years now.
    Simon Andrews- Snetterton BSB race a couple of years ago-spectacular crash-racing in BSB/IOM TT & FIM Endurance championships this year. Similarly Ian Hutchinson series of bad crashes that destroyed part of left leg muscle- seems to be continually wearing external cage on it. Raced TT last year & others I believe.
    Many,many more when you look into it.
    Hard men indeed. Dedicated- Most definitely.
    Andrews is a nut.

    Valencia WSB into the pitwall, then Snetterton, then TT .... Loon, dedicated loon.

    What we so often don't see are the quiet reflective, self doubting moments. Cummins was a broken man for many months, but to have the mental fortitude to come back, incredible.

    Bike racing is full of these stories ....

  • MrKipling43 22 Feb 2013

    dibblecorse said:
    MrKipling43 said:
    1000s are better for road riding. Less maniacal.
    You don't half talk some rubbish fella ......
    Are you aware of the expression 'tongue in cheek'?

  • LeMomo 22 Feb 2013

    Dave Hewson (a very good friend of mine) broken vertebrae from a crash in the first race of the 2010 UlsterGP, was back racing on the roads at the Tandagree 100 in May 2011 and had some respectable finishes in the TT that year too.

    It's not just the top boys who are like this, it's part of a racers mentality!

  • garypotter 22 Feb 2013

    Conor Cummins- Isle of Man TT bike let go on a fast stretch of the mountain throwing him over the stone wall like a rag doll cartwheeling through the field. Horrible video to watch, looked terminal. Been back racing for a few years now.


    Very lucky to survive any incident on the IOM tt (Best motorcycling race in the universe)

    All these racers have my total respect, I ride bikes but at 10% no 5% of how these guys ride

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