MotoGP Cal Crutchlow stinging wasps

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This pro motorcyclist was stung by a wasp while racing at 200 mph

This was a sticky situation.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on May 8, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 3:12 pm CDT

Racing motorcycles professionally is a tough way to make a living. You are in danger of crashing every second you’re on the bike, and if you do wreck and aren’t hurt, you sometimes have to borrow a cameraman’s scooter in order to complete your laps.

Everybody who races for MotoGP, the world’s premiere pro motorcycle racing tour, is well aware of the danger. But nobody ever said anything about wasps in your race suit.

Unfortunately for a rider named Cal Crutchlow, he now knows the danger of racing at speeds of 200 mph while trying to kill the wasp that invades your suit. This is what happened this past weekend as Crutchlow was racing through a qualifying run for the Spanish Grand Prix.

Yeah, that’s not good, especially when the wasp stings you a total of five times before you can squash it.

Crutchlow ended up qualifying third for the race. As for the race itself, Crutchlow missed making the winner’s podium because he crashed.

The reason for that crash? Crutchlow allegedly was suffering from ants in his pants.

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*First Published: May 8, 2017, 11:54 am CDT