Rider banned after feigning faint
Fri, 21 Sep 2012 8:54a.m.
A Grand Prix Moto Racer in Brazil has been banned from a local championship after pretending to faint during the race.
The city of Santa Cruz do Sul in Southern Brazil witnessed one of the most bizarre scenes ever in Moto Racing.
During the Rio Grande do Sul State Moto Grand Prix, competitor Marlinton dos Reis Teixeira - known by his nickname Kalunga - was unable to make a turn on the rainy track and slipped.
He lost precious seconds trying to return to the race and decided to go for a red flag by pretending to faint in the middle of the track.
Several racers passed by him and luckily Kalunga was not hit. Some of his fellow riders then stopped to help him.
An ambulance and a safety car were sent to help the apparently stricken rider and paramedics took three minutes to remove him.
Later, the MotoRacing Association of Rio Grande do Sul State found out about Kalunga's apparent faint and banned the rider from the championship.
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1/10/2012 8:55:38 p.m.
Eric Kent wrote:
They should make him have a battery of tests to prove he is safe to be issued a driving license let alone a racing license.We need to really CRACK DOWN when someone tries to manipulate the system like this.Yes a series of tests to prove he didn't have a fainting attack or a seizure then a restricted license to allow only day time driving and then only with another person in the car with him at all times. In case he faints again or has a seizure. No racing for ONE YEAR of seizure Faint free time. The driver license restriction will be lifted after 2 years Fainting Seizure free time. That is what they do in California if a person has a fainting spell or an epileptic seizure. California DMV Rules.
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