Endurance off-road racing is brutal, and riders willing to tackle the open desert on a motorcycle are as tough as they are adventurous. Sam Longson, competing in the Best in the Desert "Vegas to Reno" race on August 17, showed just how rough off-road racing can be when he rode his bike the final 14 miles of the race with three broken ribs and a partially collapsed lung.

After riding 520 miles of the 534-mile event (known as the "Longest Off-Road Race in the United States"), Longson crashed his Yamaha after hitting what appears to be loose gravel over the trail. The incident occurs at the 4:30 mark of the video, at which point Longson flies back-first into the rock-strewn terrain.

Being in such a remote location meant Longson was far from help, so he hopped back on his bike, took a quick breather and headed for the finish line. Through the rest of the video, you hear him groaning in pain as he rides over the rough terrain. Despite all that, he finished the race in 38th place overall and third in his class.

The ordeal, recorded on Longson's helmet camera, is posted below. Note that the audio contains some explicit language, particularly (and understandably) in the portion following the crash.


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      Tom Bryan
      • 2 Years Ago
      that's just dumb, no race is worth your life.
        A.H
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom Bryan
        I believe the closest place for help was the finish line, that's why he had to ride all the way I don't think his mind was totally focused on finishing the race...rather getting there and getting help.
          over9000
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A.H
          he should have a radio so that he could have constant communication at all times with the organizers. This guy is dumb.
          Tom Bryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A.H
          Crap, that's what i get for not paying attention to the article.
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 2 Years Ago
          @A.H
          He's in the high desert with mountains all around him. He was the only help he was going to get, and did what he had to do. His only other option would have been to wait long enough, possibly hours, and into the night before anybody realized he was "missing" and then found him. Most likely any rescue would be put off until the next day because they cancel them at dusk. Radios don't help where they won't work.
        Alex Butti
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom Bryan
        What would you do smartass? Call your mommy?
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hubert Auriol broke both ankles on the last day of Dakar rally when he rode bikes - he was in the lead when he felt. Somehow he finished the rally .... that requires riders to stand pretty much all the time. Both guys are heroes.
      AbdelQader El Guerra
      • 2 Years Ago
      he's a brave man! www.kooora-live.com
      Worx2749
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, that ride must have hurt.
      lordedardstark1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jerk on the quad should have asked him (more thoroughly) if he needed help. He just dumped his bike jeesh.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lordedardstark1
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      Alex Butti
      • 2 Years Ago
      That really fvcking sucks! I hope he gets well soon!
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      he could have an inner bleeding.. he's a brave man!
      Claire Amber
      • 2 Years Ago
      Was it for the race or just fear of death. That was a big fall. http://4wheelonline.com/motorcycle/Pirelli_Motorcycle_Tires.169577
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