In Greymouth, New Zealand, a legal street race is held annually for amateur motorcycle riders, and we assume it's not every year that a last-lap motorcycle crash threatens to set the town ablaze. But that's what happened last Sunday when a Ducati rider lost control and high-sided his bike.

Graham Boyd was following close behind on his modified Yamaha R6 and plowed into the Ducati, breaking the gas tank, spraying fuel everywhere and catching it all on video thanks to a helmet cam. But the ensuing fire reminds us why racing on dedicated tracks is much safer, and why you shouldn't equip a fiberglass gas tank on any motorcycle, as the Ducati rider admits to doing in YouTube comments. No one was seriously injured, and the track marshals were on the scene quickly.

Watch the video below to see the carnage.

UPDATE: The previous headline of this post incorrectly stated that it was an Australian motorcycle race.


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      RWD
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is one lucky SOB wearing the helmet can, sprayed with fuel but thrown clear an instant before the blaze ignites!
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Checking for the rules is of moderate use if the rules are lacking. I guess next year the rules will be unmodified stock gas tank or fuel cell only. Distressing to see the other rider lying there in the road with no one helping him. Also contradictory to what the intro text says.
      Clancy
      • 1 Year Ago
      Australia is not New Zealand you geographically illiterate muppet......great reporting
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Australia... New Zealand....what's the difference anyway, am I right?! One is full of sharks, snakes, poisonous snails and spiders, the other is full of kiwi fruit, and hobbits. No real difference if you ask me!
        ilikedags
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        yeah but hitler was australian. most people think he was german, his dad was a border guard.
          FreshKidME
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ilikedags
          WOW! this dude wanted to sound literate and said "Hitler was Australian".... smh
      • 1 Year Ago
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