Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Oak Ridge, NC, USA
Pretty hard to tell, but it appears that he was covering the clutch. So I think he down shifted, with the clutch pulled in, he drifted the bike, the rpm's dropped and he popped the clutch. This would lock up the rear tire for a second.
Classic mistakes after that. Regardless of how good you THINK you are, when things go wrong, you will go into survival mode.
For this guy he put his feet down, then went straight. He was not going fast, the turn was slight, the bike could easily be countersteered to make the turn and avoid the stone bridge. Human nature will make even the best rider go straight, or worse yet, turn the bike like a car.
The correct approach would be keep both feet on the pegs, roll on the gas to transfer weight to the rear tire to increase traction and COUNTER STEER. This is much easier said than done. Most would not or could not do this.
A slipper clutch could have saved his arse on this one. Very lucky he did not go over the bridge.