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Biggest highside ever: Barry Sheene Daytona 1975

Submitted by on December 23, 2009

Barry Shenne highsideBarry Sheene was testing the Suzuki XR14 in preparation for the Daytona 200 in 1975 when disaster struck.

Pinned in 6th gear at 8500 rpm and topping 170mph on the famous Daytona banking, his bike locks up and spits Barry onto the track in a sickening, skin shedding, bone breaking crash.

In the video, Barry matter of factly recounts the horror from his hospital bed ” I’m rolling and I can feel all the skin coming off my shoulder and that.” and then he explains what popped into his mind when he finally stopped rolling down the speedway ” Christ I’m still alive, it didn’t kill me, I didn’t even knock me out!”

At the time most pundits reckoned his career was over. Of course Bazza went on the win the 500cc World Championship the following year and claim the crown again in 1977.

They don’t make ’em like they used to. We miss you Barry.

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