While the driver is steering the bike, the monkey has the important job of shifting their weight to make sure the bike doesn't actually tip over in the turns. Andrea Purdy, one such monkey, describes the experience as "high-speed gymnastics."
Buckley stumbles through a crash course on how to be a monkey before he's thrown right into the action. "I've got a bad feeling I've forgotten to do up my helmet like a bloody idiot," he says during the race, visibly terrified. Thankfully, our host survives and sums up the experience with a simple "you guys are nuts."