13 hours, 500 km: Japanese rider Masaru Abe breaks world record for longest wheelie


  • Japanese rider Masaru Abe has set a new world record for the longest wheelie on a Yamaha Jog scooter. The previous record was held by motorcycle trials rider Yasuyuki Kudo in 1991, who rode 331.0195 km on one wheel. Abe had aimed for 600 km, but fell short and registered an impressive 500.5322 km.

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  • The record attempt was carried out at the Kawaguchi Auto Race facility in Saitama, Japan. Abe rode around the track, which in terms of distance would be like riding from Delhi to Dehradun and back.

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  • Abe maintained a speed of 40 kmph through excellent body balance and throttle work for lap after lap (688.495 metres per lap) with 39.2km achieved after the first hour.

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  • Two hours in, though, Abe experienced lower back pain and had to down painkillers he had earmarked for six hours later. Former two-time 125cc world champion Haruchika Aoki arrived four hours in to lend Abe support.

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  • After 12 hours, Abe cried out in pain,shouting: “It hurts! I hate this! I want to stop,” followed by words of encouragement to himself, “You got this, don’t stop!” The pain finally became too much over an hour later, with Abe bringing the front wheel down at a breathtaking distance of 500.5322 km to earn the name Wheelie King.

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