All other things being equal, motorcycle racing isn't meant to be a contact sport. Sure, the well-used saying 'rubbing is racing' applies here from time to time, but that's the exception, not the rule. And even in that case, it's the bikes making contact, not the riders.

All of that makes the video below all the more worth watching. Here's the scene: Tyler O'Hara is in second place behind Michael Barnes, both pilots mounted on Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles, on the last corner of the last lap. The race couldn't be closer... until, that is, O'Hara decides to reach out and touch Barnes in an effort to complete the pass.

It worked. O'Hara slowed Barnes down just enough that he was able to push past and take the win. At least for a little while. The American Motorcyclists Association retroactively gave the victory to Barnes, punishing O'Hara all the way into last place. If you live in the US, you can watch the action unfold in the video below.


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      Space
      • 2 Years Ago
      Road rash! Man i loved that game when i was kid.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not one of O'hara's better decisions - I am sure he is wondering what the heck he was thinking after the fact. I hope he can suck it up and admit he was a dumb arse.
        GFB
        • 2 Years Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        Agreed! O'Hara got up next to Barnes in the turn. Chances are, he might have beaten him to the line without doing something stupid.
      Roy Bird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Should have double tapped B and used one of his turbo boosts.
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not so much hand to hand combat as, I'm gonna pull my self ahead by grabbing you.
      wickedme91
      • 2 Years Ago
      Roadrash?
      Tigim101
      • 2 Years Ago
      Lol you could tell the guy was cussin his butt off spitting all over his helmet screen when he did that. Dunno how he thought he would get away with that lol.
      IOMTT
      • 2 Years Ago
      When O Hara reached over, I thought he was going for Barnes' brake lever. That would have been truly unforgiveable.
        icon149
        • 2 Years Ago
        @IOMTT
        naw, he lifted the elbow on Barnes throttle hand, effectively taking Barnes "foot off the pedal", pretty clever if you ask me.
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Autoblog, not Motorcycleblog
      Alex
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The video you are trying to watch is not available in your current location". Seriously, what the hell? Dear Autoblog, I don't live in Narnia, so please let me watch the video.
        Brent Jatko
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex
        Do you live in Canadia?
          zc1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brent Jatko
          It works for me in Canada
          Alex
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brent Jatko
          Sadly I live in a place well known for being the sphincter of the Planet, Romania, but anyway I just noticed the last line in the article which says that it's only available in the US so probably the people in Germany will be just as mad, maybe even more than they already are (insert LOL here).
      jammyjo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hero or zero! Zero it is.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA omg tears funny. and the guys reaction was hilarious
      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow. Road Rash in real life.
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