1, 2, 4, 6, 2, 1, 5, 3, 4, 3.
That’s the annual death toll — 31 people in all — over the last decade at the annual Isle of Man Tourist Trophy motorcycle event and amateur races at the accompanying Manx Grand Prix.
Racers dying at the TT is nothing new. If you take part in the race, as participating athletes have previously stated, you’re knowingly taking your life placing it precariously on your handlebars. “If Roger Federer misses a shot, he loses a point,” former TT winner said Richard Quayle told The New York Times. “If I miss an apex, I lose my life.”
However, just because they accept the ultimate risk doesn’t mean TT racers want to pay it, as was proven — in superhuman fashion — by James Hillier at this year's event:
Hillier is hardly the first racer to perform such acrobatics. Over the years, Isle of Man attendees have witnessed the extraordinarily skilled riders pull off a raft of dazzling “saves,” some of which we've compiled below.
Amazingly, no racers were harmed in the making of these videos, we think.
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