Josh Wainwright became a living testimony for the value helmets during the British Superstock 600 recently. The rider put his bike down on the 11th lap just ahead of Johnny Bradshaw. With nowhere to go and no time to get there, Bradshaw literally drove over Wainwright's head with his motorcycle, catapulting both riders down the track.

Miraculously, Wainwright escaped the off with nothing more than a cracked rib and a broken collarbone. Bradshaw walked away without serious injury as well.

Any impact to the head involving that kind of velocity typically brings about neck injury concerns, but Wainwright seems to have avoided that peril. You can check out the video below for yourself to see just how close both Wainwright and Bradshaw came to having significantly worse days.


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      Buckingham's
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey dude, go have a beer and celebrate the FIRST day of the rest of your life!
      themanwithsauce
      • 2 Years Ago
      I see this and yet my home state of Michigan just passed a law making helmets optional to "increase tourism" while also mandating that all riders need more life insurance (a nice stimulus to a lobbying group.....). My only question is why? We have very clear evidence right here that even in extreme conditions, these safety devices can prevent injury. Even more shocking is how many people seem to think that riding this same style of bike without such a helmet is a good idea.......hopefully the rest of their organs aren't being used, their brains sure aren't.
        fast156GTA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @themanwithsauce
        Michigan is pretty clueless about biker safety but not about earning money over their lack of safety. Riding a bike without a helmet is not ultimate freedom of choice but ultimate stupidity.
        George
        • 2 Years Ago
        @themanwithsauce
        To answer your specific question of why, the answer is Michigan is finally coming more in line with a government invisioned by our founding fathers. That would be one of small government, which intrudes very little, if at all, into the People's personal lives. I think we would be in agreement on the fact that every motorcycle rider needs to wear a helmet every single time they get on a bike. The laws of physics, and how they apply to human anatomy and physiology, don't change when you cross a state line. Where I am not sure we agree is on the role of government. I for one don't want government telling me I have to wear a helmet. That is a choice I make on my own as a responsible adult.
          ksrcm
          • 2 Years Ago
          @George
          @pultar: I don't ride the bike. OK? To all people who like to say, just like you just did, I WILL NOT PAY FOR ... - why don't you just move to the deserted island and live there? I can assure you you will not have to pay anything to anybody. Or, if that is too extreme, why don't we just pass the law "every man for himself" - meaning, you pay for yourself and for nobody else. Oh, yes, that could be hardly called a "society". Those idiots as you call them for sure pay for the stuff you are using even if they don't use it - just think about it. Schools, libraries, parks, social workers ... and so on. Most of the people in this country (U.S.) really need to learn how to live in a civilized society. Actually, they should probably first learn how it works.
          pultar
          • 2 Years Ago
          @George
          Here a fact, it cost the GOVERMENT, around $1,000,000 dollars to support a person with a closed head injury for the rest of their stupid life. One week of intensive care is around $200,000. Then the lawsuits.... Here a fact, this not about choice or big government. It is about common sense and MONEY. If these idiots don't want to wear helmets, don't. But by law they should receive any government benefit, Medicare, Social Security disability, or be allowed to sue anyone if they choose to not wear a helmet. In the mean time they can stuff their load pipe up their ass.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Richard, do I have a mark on my face? It really hurts. Nope, nothing. I thought I hit you on the shoulder. My shoulder doesn't hurt very much, but my face does. Right here. Not here or here so much. Right here.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      That is a relief for the riders. I was unfortunate to see a rider have a low side crash at turn 10 of Summit Point and, while down, had his neck run over. The rider was lifted out but was later pronounced dead. I am glad the result here was much better.
      Narom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Had cold shivers when clicking play, had memories of someone i went to school with Ben Gautrey. RIP. Thank god Wainwright made it out alive in this instance.
      ray allen
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm a big believer in helmets, because they have saved my life,a nd I don't need to be told to wear one, however my health insurance company has an easy way to make its customers wear a helmet. If you wear the helmet or use all other recmmended personal protective equipment, they provide full coverage for any injuries. If you choose not to wear the helmet or use recommended personal protective equi\pment, then your benefits and coverage are markedly reduced because you assumed the risk for your irresponsible behavior. No government intervention necessary.
      kwikrdrvr
      • 2 Years Ago
      How were the bikes???
      melodie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats why u wear a helmet
      Human
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jaw Drop
      Dutch Oven
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does anyone know what helmet Wainwright wears? I usually wear Arai, but might be interested in what saved him on this occasion for my next lid.
        fast156GTA
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dutch Oven
        An orange Arai helmet with the number 5 on top: http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2012/04/bsb-brands-hatch-support-class-round-up/
          Dutch Oven
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fast156GTA
          That's what i thought, but couldn't tell from the video. I will stick with what I have been wearing then. Thank you kindly for the info. I really appreciate the information. They just make the best product for your head out there, don't they??
          fast156GTA
          • 2 Years Ago
          @fast156GTA
          http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Wainwright-BHR1.jpg
      Peter_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wainwright's saving grace may have been the other rider not being on throttle when the wheel went over his helmet. Spinning of the tire while under throttle could have spun his head around, snapping his neck.
        Joe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter_G
        If anything his saving grace was that front tire hitting him hard enough to pop the bike sky high.. If that rear tire had gotten a hold of him.. This wouldve ended a lot differently
        The Calligrapher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter_G
        It doesn't look like the rear wheel of the second bike has ever came in contact with his head. Only the front wheel hit him, meaning that the throttle didn't make any difference.
      pawleys6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Freedom of choice. I have been t boned while driving 35 mph, wearing a seat belt and have had 2 spinal replacements because of it. I have also been hit from behind while stopped at a red light while sitting on my Harley. My hand was crushed and the bike was totaled. The other drivers were at fault each time. The bike wreck was an uninsured driver TEXTING. I wouldn't call that an accident. That's ignorant. I still drive and I still ride. If I see you driving and texting I will say something to you and if you have kids in your car they may be in tears before you leave. If you want to play chicken I'll be more than happy to tie you down on some train tracks but don't put others at risk because of your ignorance. That being said, I hope everyone involved here is going to be ok. Personally I think it's a matter of if your numbers up or not.
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