MotoGP Racer Jumps Off His Motorcycle at 125 MPH

The mad leap of faith happened at the recent MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix.
Fabienne Lang
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Here's something you don't see every day: someone leaping off their motorbike while going at 125 mph (200 km/h)!

That's precisely what racer Maverick Viñales managed to do without seriously injuring himself at the recent MotoGP BMW M Grand Prix of Styria in Austria.

That leap of faith may have saved his life as his motorbike's brakes had malfunctioned before the first turn. 


The race had to restart after a red flag

Anyone watching the start of the MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix this past weekend would have experienced their heart pounding profusely in their chest as they watched Viñales jump off his speeding bike.

As he was flying towards the first corner of the track, Viñales realized his brakes weren't working properly and took the split-second decision to jump off his motorcycle. As he was traveling at the unearthly speed of 125 mph (200 km/h), it took a lot of grit for Viñales to make his decision, but it's likely one that kept him alive and standing, or not seriously injured. 

As he rolled behind his bike on the track, his motorcycle crashed into the air wall before bursting into flames. 

The race was then restarted with 12 laps left to go. 

Viewers were stunned by the 'stunt' and took to Twitter to express their awe and admiration for Viñales' swift thinking: 

It takes knowledge, courage, and fast thinking to achieve what he did:

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It's clear Viñales is a quick thinker:

Some are commenting on the issue of the air wall causing the bike to catch on fire: 

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