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Is this the strangest accident to have ever occurred in WorldSBK? – Visordown.com

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YOU KNOW those stories where a mother can seemingly discover superhuman strength to lift a car should her child be trapped beneath it?

It seems the principle can apply in motorsport too, particularly when the adrenaline kicks in as a response to potentially losing ground in the WorldSBK Championship title fight, as 75-time race winner and quadruple World Champion Jonathan Rea this weekend.

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In surely one of the strangest accidents to have ever occurred in international Superbike competition, let alone involving one of the title contenders, Rea suffered a low-side during Sunday’s WorldSBK Superpole Race but instead of detaching from the Kawasaki ZX-10RR he clung onto the handlebars, with the force subsequently swinging the bike up and over him.

Coming to a halt mid-bend and on his back with the Kawasaki wheel-side up on top of him – briefly looking like an upturned tortoise – Rea held the bike aloft for a moment before swinging it back down and over onto its wheels, dragging himself up with it and remounting.

Remarkably, Rea – who was running second at the time – lost only a few seconds before recovering for fifth position. 

It’s impressive as it is baffling… watch and marvel.

For a better quality version – plus the addition of some commentary from a bewildered yet impressed James Whitham – CLICK HERE

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