Soup’s “This Week’s Greatest Photo Ever Taken…” for September 4, 2018: Don’t Say The Throttle Stuck


James' YZF Superbike was Hobbled in the incident.
James’ YZF Superbike was Hobbled in the incident.

 

Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the late 1990s: Ex-Superbike champion Jamie James was enjoying a nice second or third gear wheelie in pit lane as he went out for morning practice when disaster struck.  James looped his factory Yamaha YZF-based Superbike and the bike crashed into the wall and burst into flames. Fire suppression equipment was a long time in getting to the site and the bike was heavily damaged.

Some brave souls suggested that the cause of the crash was a stuck throttle.

 


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