Ride long enough, especially if you push your limits and your luck, and bad things will happen. The first time you unexpectedly wash the front end or slide the rear will cause you major puckerage, but it’s no big deal once you’ve recovered from a few of these. Ditto with scraping the hard parts of your bike on pavement; after you get over the initial shock of grinding metal and flying sparks, you can generally prevent these from turning into a full on low side crash if you’re style is smooth enough.
My style is nowhere near as smooth as the rider in this video, and the same circumstances would have left me eating asphalt. I bow before the master, Alex Debon, whose save of this low side at Brno was nothing short of epic. Debon uses his knee, hip and elbow to recover from imminent doom, caused when the hard parts of Debon’s FTR M210 made contact with the asphalt. Aside from losing a few tenths of a second in recovering the bike, Debon appears to be none the worse for wear. Just another day at the track when you do this for a living.