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The greatest flop of all time happened in a motorcycle race

Those of you who think NASCAR is fixed might want a look at what a real attempt to rig a race looks like. And it looks a whole lot like a kid faking injury to get his brother in trouble.

Our scene: Brazil, the Rio Grande do Sul State Moto Grand Prix. Now, this is from a few weeks back, but it's new to us and possibly new to you, too. Our driver is Marlinton dos Reis Teixeira, who goes by the nom de plume "Kalunga." He skidded on a rainy track — dubious decision to race in that mess, to begin with — and couldn't get it restarted. So what does he do? In the greatest European soccer tradition, he flops. Right in the middle of a race track.

Kalunga's idea apparently was to get the race halted, giving him time to get his bike restarted. It didn't exactly go as he'd planned; as you can see, both other riders and a medical crew take him very seriously. Once Kalunga checked out fine, well, he was banned from the Grand Prix.

And we have this priceless comedy gem.

[Big thanks to Uproxx for this one.]

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