Moto3 rider performs epic save at the German GP
To be a world-class motorcycle racer takes skill, precision and a fearless attitude.
Moto3 rider Hiroki Ono displayed all three at Sunday's German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring.
While chasing race leader and Honda Team Asia team-mate Khairul Idham Pawi on the wet track, the Japanese racer lost control of his Honda NSF250RW in what looked to be a definite highside.
Incredibly, 24-year-old Ono clung on to the bucking bike, and managed to plant himself back on to the seat before regaining control.
After a brief detour across the run-off, he returned to the race, having dropped only three positions to fifth.
Unfortunately though, he later crashed and was unable to continue the race.
Commenting afterwards, Ono said: "When I was riding with good rhythm in opening laps, I made a mistake and lost some positions. Immediately I came back and started chase again for third position, but unfortunately I crashed at turn8.
"It's a shame because in this weekend I rode very well both in wet and dry conditions. I feel sorry for my team. I will come back stronger in the second half of the season."
Meanwhile, Pawi stormed to first place, displaying his impressive wet track riding technique.
The 17-year-old Malaysian commented: "It was a little bit difficult race for me because I had to start from lower grid position. I didn't think about podium and just tried to finish the race because I had crashed in previous three races.
"But the weather helped me today and I was able to win the race again. When I had some critical moments, I said to myself 'OK, maybe it's time to cool down!'"
Watch the video of the crazy save here.