Here's something you don't see every day: someone leaping off their motorbike while going at 125 mph (200 km/h)!
That's precisely what racer Maverick Viñales managed to do without seriously injuring himself at the recent MotoGP BMW M Grand Prix of Styria in Austria.
That leap of faith may have saved his life as his motorbike's brakes had malfunctioned before the first turn.
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The race had to restart after a red flag
Anyone watching the start of the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix this past weekend would have experienced their heart pounding profusely in their chest as they watched Viñales jump off his speeding bike.
As he was flying towards the first corner of the track, Viñales realized his brakes weren't working properly and took the split-second decision to jump off his motorcycle. As he was traveling at the unearthly speed of 125 mph (200 km/h), it took a lot of grit for Viñales to make his decision, but it's likely one that kept him alive and standing, or not seriously injured.
As he rolled behind his bike on the track, his motorcycle crashed into the air wall before bursting into flames.
The race was then restarted with 12 laps left to go.
Viewers were stunned by the 'stunt' and took to Twitter to express their awe and admiration for Viñales' swift thinking:
Jumping off was the right choice... pic.twitter.com/nrDIrpvdLB— Axis Of Oversteer (@AxisOfOversteer) August 23, 2020
It takes knowledge, courage, and fast thinking to achieve what he did:
Imagine how quick your reactions have to be to process the fact your brakes don’t work and then have the balls to just jump off— Lucas (@LucasGeorge0) August 23, 2020
It's clear Viñales is a quick thinker:
That Vinales crash is just terrifying. Imagine going that fast, pressing the brakes and nothing happens. To even have the sense to think to jump in that situation in mind blowing. #MotoGP— Michael Winfield (@MSWinF1eld) August 23, 2020
Some are commenting on the issue of the air wall causing the bike to catch on fire:
Red flag. Brakes didn't work on Viñales bike? Terrifying.
Red flag because the air fence was broken, because Viñales bike caught fire— David Emmett (@motomatters) August 23, 2020