This Motorcycle Drag Racer’s Night Went Very Wrong, Very Fast

Bike and rider went flying down the track—but not in the usual way.

byWill Sabel Courtney| PUBLISHED Apr 7, 2016 12:10 PM
This Motorcycle Drag Racer’s Night Went Very Wrong, Very Fast

Australian motorcycle racer Brett Ghedina found himself skipping across the Perth Motorsports drag strip with his massive racing bike flipping ass-over-teakettle above him during the Maximum Thrust Grand Final on April 2, when his turbocharged drag bike leapt out of his control and tried to make a break for the sky.

Luckily, Ghedina only sustained a bruised knee in the incident, which he handled with traditional Aussie aplomb.

"That's not supposed to happen," the racer and accidental acrobat said to an interviewer while watching a slow-motion replay of the incident shortly afterwards.

"I thought I was on top of it, for a short period," Ghedina said, face tinged with sheepishness. "After that little episode, not so much anymore."

The problem, Ghedina revealed on April 4, was ultimately traced to a problem with the forced-induction system on his eight-second Honda. "In the first elimination round we experienced a wiring-related fault to the boost controller, which i thought would only give me wastegate spring boost pressure," he wrote on social media, according to "Unfortunately it had the complete opposite effect & applied maximium boost when i brought the engine onto the 2-step."

Between this incident and the slowest motorcycle drag race in history that happened there a few weeks ago, it's starting to seem like the Perth Motorplex is cursed. At the very least, the Rule of Threes suggests we should see at least one more entertaining viral video come out of the complex in the near future.