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Is this the GREATEST save in the history of GP motorcycle racing?

Bo Bendsneyder just submitted an application for the GREATEST save in MotoGP-Moto2 racing history after catching this incredible moment at Misano

Bo Bendsneyder


OK, so the question in this headline might seem like click-bait (it is to an extent because, you know, we love a good traffic surge on Visordown) but we genuinely believe this wild Moto2 high-side turned sideways-riding save is a strong contender in an already competitive field of ‘nooooo waaaaay’ moments.

With the early running for this weekend’s Emilia Romagna MotoGP at Misano being held in treacherously wet conditions, it certainly threw a slippery curve ball into proceedings as the riders navigated the slick Italian venue.

With MotoGP title contender Pecco Bagnaia and Johann Zarco among those to meet the asphalt in MotoGP, it was Moto2 racer Bo Bendsneyder that captured the headlines with this skillfully unintentional slip ‘n’ slide ‘n’ save during FP1.

The Dutchman - riding for the Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team - loses the rear of his Kalex coming out of the final corner onto the home straight, leaving him hanging off as the rear-tyre grips again to flick him into your typical high-side.

Physics attempts to do its thing as Bendsneyder’s body is flicked stage left, but the canny racer clings onto the handlebars, flinging him up and across the other way.

Landing him on top of the tank, at one stage Bendsneyder is looking at the asphalt half way down his Kalex’s chassis, his legs either side of the windscreen. Surely he has to let go, but no, Bendsneyder swings himself back the other way, legs coming down to the left of the bike.

The airborne part may be over, but Bendsneyder is still now skating feet on the track with his still fast moving machine on a wet track. He eventually brings it to a stop, no doubt adrenaline a touch heightened.

Definitely a 10 from us for artistic impression!

He certainly fared better than Aron Canet, who not only had to contend with this front somersault of a crash, then had the possibly more painful indignity of slipping over on the wet grass trying to get up...