This is the mind-bending moment a daredevil rides his motorbike across the third largest lake in Italy.
Luca Colombo, a biker from Milan, set a world record for the longest distance ever travelled by motorbike on fresh water on July 31, 2017.
To achieve the remarkable stunt, Luca rode from all the way from the town of Gravedona to Colico on the other side of the famous Lake Como – a distance of around 5km.
Armed only with an inflatable bracelet, capable of expanding like a life-jacket, the Italian rode at breakneck pace at the water and hydroplaned his way across in just five minutes.
Luca Colombo can be seen motoring along the surface of the lake in the terrifying footage shot at Lake Como
Luca, pictured before the start, used a heavily modified Suzuki RMZ 450 – so don’t try this at home
Luca’s bike, a Suzuki RMZ 450, was specially adapted by Vercar Moto to be able to deal with the pressures of hydroplaning and make it less likely to sink.
It was equipped with nautical skates and with special rubber blades that provided the hydrodynamic thrust and gave it buoyancy.
After the modifications, all Luca had to do to achieve the amount of lift required to skim across the surface of the water, was maintain a terrifying speed of 40 knots, or 75km/h.
Luca had been forced to postpone the attempt after adverse weather conditions prevented him from trying a month earlier, in June last year.
The nerve-shredding footage, shot by support boats travelling close behind the biker, show him racing along the lake’s surface.
He can be seen opening the throttle from the beginning to end of the run while being slapped around by surface waves.
Despite the turbulence, Luca manages to retain his composure and fires his motorcycle through the finish posts on the other side of the lake.
Lake Como is Italy’s third largest lake – and the attempt represented a world record for riding a motorcycle on fresh water
At some points in the crossing Luca and the bike can be seen buffeting around on the surface waves
Eventually, however, the daredevil rider does make it across in a time of just over five minutes