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Japanese Auto Racing

These bikes look so bizarre.

Japan's 'Auto Race' is a motorcycle race that takes place at Kawaguchi Auto Race track, Tokyo. The oval circuit sport somewhat resembles that of Speedway, which is on dirt tracks, but Auto Racing is on tarmac because the Japanese government deemed dirt tracking too dangerous in the 1960s.

Each race is comprised of eight riders who complete six laps, with the crowd betting on who will win the race. And just like greyhound racing, Auto Racing is a gambling sport - winner takes all. 

Every rider uses the same heavily modified Suzuki AR600, with two gears and the left handlebar higher than the right, to help with cornering stability. Oh, and the bikes have no brakes…

Check them out in action here:

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