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hi guys/girls...who are the bravest..motor car drivers/motor cycle riders?
i have watched alot of motorsports this year,and am amazed at the bravery of motor cycle riders. i have witnessed riders fall of there bikes at over 100mph and still get off the tarmac and try and get back on the bike and finish the race.
many bike riders are riding with broken bones..is this brave or just plain lunacy?
if a F1 driver was thrown from the car at over 100mph,would he run back to the pits and get in the spare car?
anyway who has the biggest plums?
As a kid, anyone who shared the same forename as myself was up for a touch of hero-worship. Have no idea why, but that led me to Mike Hawthorn and Mike Hailwood.
I remember best though, Hailwood's return to the Manx TT in '78. I was riding a bike myself by then, though this would become increasingly difficult as my family grew in size. I also recall quite vividly the sense of shock/numbness that I felt when news of his death filtered through.
Bikers a just plain mad, I think, though there's a few F1 drivers down the years that could have made a go of the bike circuits. Damon Hill has said that he really wanted to race bikes ratehr than cars, but his dad's legacy made that difficult - and I think his mother would have had something to say on the matter. And Schummi seems to enjoy falling off his bike...
- 1 Reply to danimik
In my fantasy I could imagine myself driving an F1 car. Remember this is fantasy!
I could imagine myself possibly riding in moto gp.
I could never ever in my wildest imagination driving a rally car i a race.
I mean sitting there responding to the navigator's instructions and driving flat out.
No never never never. As far as I am concerned those guys have don't have plums they have avocados.
- 2 Replies to MDNC
When it come to North American racing (IRL/Champcar) I'd go with Catherine Legge at Road America in 2006, not only was it one hell of a scary crash, but in the interview afterward, she said that if she had a car, she'd go back to finish the race. I recall getting a bit teary eyed when she walked out of the medical centre, I still get chocked up, watching the interview.
Even the superbike riders are completely mental and they don't have as much power as the MotoGP machines.
It happens a lot that a rider breaks a foot or hand and still races.
Schumacher has still not recovered from his fall a couple of months back. I wonder if he might be sensible enough to call it a day with the bikes.
The height of madness is still the Isle of Man though.
I found this clip a while back from a documentary on Barry Sheene. I was speechless when I saw the crash at the time and still have problems watching it.
He said he moved to Australia because of the pain he got from all the metal in his body in the English climate, and he always set off metal detectors.
His comments sum up the way bikers are.
Such a huge huge loss for motorsport and so ironic that he died of cancer rather than a crash:
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I didn't watch the clip, probablyg, but I remember seeing the race on tv at the time. I think he was travelling at over 150mph when the crash happened.
Mike Doohan from Australia was another of the all time great riders who raced with broken bones.