Motorcyclists walk away from spectacular crashes
LEE Cheetham's campaign in the Australian Superbike 300 Production Series at Morgan Park was cut short with a horrific crash in Race Two on Sunday.
"I wobbled coming out of the corner," the 31-year-old Grafton rider explained. "As soon as I opened the throttle the rear wheel let go. I thought I could drift through the corner, then it went too far and grabbed, and I flipped over the front.
"My right hand got stuck on the levers, then the bike ran over me. It tore the visor clean off my helmet."
Cheetham remarkably escaped with just a sprained ankle and sprained fingers.
"The bike was not so lucky," he said. "The bike hit the concrete ripple strip which ruptured the fuel tank, flattened the exhaust, broke the right handle bar clean off, snapped the rear brake line and speedo."
Cheetham even lost priceless footage of the crash from his camera attached to the handlebars.
"The force ejected the memory card out of the camera."
However, because it caused a red flag and for the race to be restarted, Cheetham said the crash will definitely be part of the highlights package to be aired on FoxSports 5 in two weeks.
The privateer has six weeks to repair his bike for the final round.
"Hopefully Winton is a better result."
Cheetham, who is in his first year in the class since only taking up road racing in 2013, had finished eighth in Race One on Saturday and was well positioned after avoiding two earlier crashes in Race Two.
"It was just a hectic day where everybody was riding to their limit."
Early crash fails to derail Luke Mitchell's charge
Luke Mitchell didn't escape the carnage either. Despite going on to win the round in the Supersport class, the James Creek rider hit the wall at turn three headfirst at 100kph during Friday practice.
"I came out relatively unscathed, a burn on my elbow," Mitchell said.
"It shook me up though. I was trying to set up a fast lap time, got a really good run up the hill and just threw it into the corner and lost the front end. I looked up and saw the wall coming at me.
"It was one of those crashes that you come out of and think 'I was lucky to get out of it'."
Mitchell bounced back in qualifying the next morning to break the circuit record (1:16.493) by just 0.001s.
"That was the icing on the cake."