I am watching the Valencia round of the 2009 World Superbike championship.  Ben Spies, the only American in the series, has just crashed out of race 1 after winning three of the four races already run this year.  In honor of this tragedy.  I bring you the most impressive motorcycle crash I have ever seen.

Under no circumstances should you show this to your non-motorcycling significant other — at least not if you ever want to ride a motorcycle again.

Akira Yanagawa at Monza in 1998.