Here’s How This Rider Walked Away From A Terrifying Daytona Sports Bike Crash

Banking in Daytona is inherently dangerous when driving at high speeds with other vehicles nearby. We’ve seen this countless times in NASCAR, although nasty crashes aren’t limited to tin-tops or even four-wheeled machines. MotoAmerica also races the facility’s road course, which features three banked corners, for the famed Daytona 200. Supersport rider Christian Miranda learned how quickly things can go wrong when his #18 Yamaha YZF-R6 swerves is inclined on the 31 -degree slope at speed.

First, it’s important to note that Miranda walked away from the incident on her own. Not only that, but his only injury was a broken bone in his hand that will only take 2-3 weeks to heal, as he explained to me. It’s amazing considering how violently he was thrown off the bike, sliding first towards the wall and then back down towards the infield. A big reason Miranda wasn’t hurt more was because of the way he handled the slide, letting her take it rather than fight back and fuss. The other key, of course, was his gear.

I spoke with The readerMotorcycle guru Jonathon Klein on this, because he’s the kind of guy who purposely puts his bike down just to test out the latest riding gear. He helped me identify Miranda’s boots as Alpinestars Supertech R, and his helmet appears to be a Bell Race Star. As for her suit and gloves, they were both from Envy Racing Apparel, which Miranda credits with saving her skin – and possibly her life.

Miranda was finishing a qualifying heat when the accident happened, and although a handful of riders crashed behind him, it could have been much more serious if they were racing in a peloton. The track surface was wet and although it’s hard to tell how fast he was going, Miranda estimates he was running at around 150 mph.

On Thursday, Cody Wyman, Miranda’s writing partner on track, shared footage of the crash on Instagram with more than a dozen others. Miranda is preparing for when he can get back on track, and while it sucks to have an injury of any kind, it’s a blessing that his incident hasn’t escalated.

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Earnest L. Veasey