We officially have a new motorcycle hero. Genki Hagata rolled his Yamaha YZF-R6 out onto the track during the second AMA Pro Supersport qualifying session at Sears Point recently. Partway through his out-lap, the bike lost traction in the rear before abruptly regaining it. We likely don't need to tell you that scenario almost always results in a one-way ticket off of the saddle in a not-so-glorious highside. But not for Hagata. The racer exhibited nothing less than super-human strength by clamping onto the handlebars and holding on for dear life.

Miraculously, it worked. After the bike settled down, Hagata managed to cling to the machine as it rode upright until he was able to fling himself back into the saddle. The guy's efforts kept the Yamaha off of the asphalt, but cost him a spot on the grid. Hagata missed the cut-off by a few tenths of a second. Still, we haven't seen heroics like this in a long spell. Scroll down to check it out for yourself.



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      ToyotaSupraMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, it helps to have balls big enough to create their own gravitational field.
      Kent Kangley
      • 2 Years Ago
      He has an appropriate first name. Genki means healthy, lively, enthusiastic, energetic. You could describe that save with pretty much the same words.
      Gerry
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaQGI8GSVJM
      Xedicon
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm speechless after watching that, just incredible! I mean what else can be said? WOW!
      ThinkAboutIt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gotta love how he gives the corner crew a little wave when he rolls by and forces his heart back down his throat ...
      james
      • 2 Years Ago
      Met-Life has ruined the peanuts charactors not to mention being horrid for insurance coverage. Cell phones ruin the workplace with new workers being more tied to their phones than the job they are being paid for. The mobile device has claimed our America, its time to stop
      Andre Neves
      • 2 Years Ago
      It was great, but not: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGKhkO-SsDk (As Gerry said) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaQGI8GSVJM
      CJ_S4
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would you mount a camera looking directly at your own a$$? Good thing he did, provided a front row seat to the heroics.
        protovici
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_S4
        I mounted you mama directly behind her a$$
        sc0rch3d
        • 2 Years Ago
        @CJ_S4
        he was able to cut the camera off just in time so we couldn't tell that he sh!t himself
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Usually, cameras are mounted to capture the road ahead. This guy likes a different angle.
        snowmanZ
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soccer Mom
        It shows how the rider reacts to the corners as well as the track ahead. It's a common camera angle in motorcycle racing, any racing for that matter.
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      db123
      • 2 Years Ago
      what I don't understand is how these guys don't nail the throttle when they're landing back on the bike? It seems like when you've got your head (and entire body) leaning over the front end it would be really easy to twist back on the throttle and send yourself flying off the other end. Definitely give anyone props who can hang on from a high side or any motorcycle crash! I knew a guy, I wasn't with him when it happened, but according to people riding with him this day he hit a cinder block on the freeway that was hiding in traffic. It threw the entire bike into the air, destroyed his tire and wheel but he managed to hang on.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @db123
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