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YouTube has served up some pretty impressive motorcycle saves over the years, and Gino Rea can now count himself among the hallowed few who have managed to pull a bike out of a tailspin and come up grinning.

The World Supersport rider found himself in a nasty high-side during last weekend's race in Portugal when the rear of his Honda went wild. Instead of simply accepting his date with the asphalt, Rea held on and actually managed to keep the machine vertical throughout the thrashing. Unfortunately, he did manage to push fellow rider Brock Parkes off of the track with him at one point.

The video is impressive enough, though BikeSportNews managed to snap a few incredible photos that show just how far Rea was removed from his steed before planting himself back in the saddle. Our hats go off to the rider. Rea finished the race 14th. Hit the jump to check out the impressive bit of riding for yourself.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a TON of skill and also a TON of luck! I mean when a bike is thrashing like that it takes skill and calmness to do the right thing. Even when doing the right thing with the bike thrashing back and forth, no telling if the right thing will actually work... but in this scenario - some luck definitely attributed to him saving it. Congrats on the save and glad to see a highlight where no one gets hurt!
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      I bet he had something to wipe out of his pants when that race was over!
      • 3 Years Ago
      awesome save
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG, I can't believe nobody had made fun of the guys name yet... I mean come on! Get the man a strong dose of penicillin!
      Du K
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think what also help him save it was bumping into the other guy ever so slightly.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Skill. No... luck. Both. Either way, awesome save!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like fun!
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's some mad skilz!! I would have laid it down/rode it into the ground.......
      • 3 Years Ago
      great save!
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK, now hose out his leathers! Still not as dramatic as the Wayne Gardner high side putting him above his Honda NSR 500 2 stroke with the front forks crossed up. But then again, that is all those 500s used to do...spit off riders who twisted the throttle too hard. just google "wayne gardner highside" bike is #10
      • 3 Years Ago
      You gotta realize that these guys are spinning the rear tire off every corner. The skill is in keeping the bike right on the edge. I've actually had a similar scenario happen to me on the street...albeit at slower speeds. I think what saved it for him was not fighting the bike....he let it oscillate and eventually centrifugal force brought things upright again.