Some tragedies are funny. Even if it costs you the 2012 Italian CIV championship race in Mugello.

Motorcycle racer Riccardo Russo held a three-bike lead over his nearest racer, but when he started the final lap, Russo thought he had already crossed the finish line.

Russo began his celebration by letting off the accelerator and lifting his arm, cheering for himself as all of the other cyclists zoomed past. "What does it matter?" he must have thought. As a visibly pumped Russo stood on the bike's pegs, the Yamaha Team Italia FMI racer still didn't realize he had cashed in his chips a lap too soon. And while Russo didn't lift the trophy, people will probably still remember him for this monumental flub than the gent who actually took home the hardware.

Scroll down to watch the video, which is worth watching all the way to the end, as the last lap is a fight to the finish – even without Russo.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      THAT must have been embarassing.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      LoL, what an EPIC FAIL. I'd retire and crawl into a hole for the rest of my life after that one.
      Tom Biddlecombe
      • 3 Years Ago
      "That's not the first time Russo has been premature." -Russo's Wife- *rimshot*
      Top Stig
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as i feel sorry for the guy, that was pretty funny. I'd love to hear his explanation for it
      • 3 Years Ago
      wanna get away?
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ha Ha HA, I would want to die.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What the actual Fuh This is why learning to count and passing your 11plus is important kids
      • 3 Years Ago
      Aside from counting laps, he should have known otherwise. Aren't there pitboards telling him what lap it is? Radio from his team? He obviously didn't see the white flagsor lack of checkered flag. Seems really bizarre actually. Anyone know the what his explanation was?
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder when he figured it out in the end? If only they had another camera on him, the reaction and subsequent temper tantrum would have been priceless! Russo's so quick he can do a 50 lap race in just 49, now that's pretty hardcore.
      Carbon Fibre
      • 3 Years Ago
      BAHAHAHA. I never seen this before, so funny lol.
      • 3 Years Ago
      that f***ing sucks !
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