Posted Jul 11th 2012 7:59PM
Some tragedies are funny. Even if it costs you the 2012 Italian CIV championship race in Mugello.
Motorcycle racer Riccardo Russo held a three-bike lead over his nearest racer, but when he started the final lap, Russo thought he had already crossed the finish line.
Russo began his celebration by letting off the accelerator and lifting his arm, cheering for himself as all of the other cyclists zoomed past. "What does it matter?" he must have thought. As a visibly pumped Russo stood on the bike's pegs, the Yamaha Team Italia FMI racer still didn't realize he had cashed in his chips a lap too soon. And while Russo didn't lift the trophy, people will probably still remember him for this monumental flub than the gent who actually took home the hardware.
Scroll down to watch the video, which is worth watching all the way to the end, as the last lap is a fight to the finish – even without Russo.