One of the most difficult things any racer will ever experience is keeping their concentration when they know they’re about to win a race. Some refuse to let the moment get the better of them until they see the checkered flag, but some just get a little too excited too soon.
That’s exactly what happened to rider Riccardo Russo who thought that he had just won a race despite having yet to complete the final lap. As you can see in this hilarious video, Russo immediately goes into full celebration mode as he crosses the line heading into the final lap, thinking that he had already won it. Despite seeing his other competitors still engaged in full race mode, Russo pumps his fist, stands on his bike, and at least according to the announcer, takes off his helmet to acknowledge the crowd, thinking that the race was over.
Unfortunately for him, he not only surrendered the win in the most inexplicable fashion, but he missed out on what turned out to be a scintillating finish that went down the wire. Even more perplexing is the apparent lack of awareness in his surroundings. Didn’t he realize that there was no checkered flag waving on the lap he thought he had won?
Talk about the ultimate brain fart.