Sunday, 7 February 2010

Are Straw Bales Really More Stable Than A Professional Interlocking Barrier System?

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
First of all, if during the course of my postings here it appears to some that I may be tarring all motorcycle road racing officials with the same brush - that is most definitely not the case - so if I've given that impression, my apologies to those hardworking honest caring officials in our midst.

However, there are those other officials, who should do the decent thing - hang their heads in shame and resign their posts - and do it NOW!'

Every morning since the revelations of the inquest I've listened intently to the local news reports, read the local papers and still the headline so many desire has failed to appear: MCUI-UC Officials Resign. Tony Harvey and Richard Nesbitt along with the rest of the Safety Committee and Roads Inspection Committee, have finally all done the honourable thing, and resigned from their positions within the MCUI-UC. As if!

Strange is it not, how under the auspices of the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, our beloved sport of real motorcycle road racing has survived for so many years, and this despite the huge toll of injured riders, and fans there've been along the way - many so terribly injured they've never fully recovered - and so, so many fatalities - riders and fans, yet for some unexplained reason I'm unable to name one person, one company, that's ever been held to account.

Perhaps though, in this new Millennium in which we find ourselves, a wind of change has started to blow through this wee country of ours, a strong wind that will uproot those who have brought our sport into disrepute, and rid them forever from the sport of real motorcycle road racing.

It was allegedly, Richard Nesbitt, alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for allegedly looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, who in court allegedly claimed there was nothing more stable available in 2007.

An amazing claim by any standards, in my opinion of course, and a claim worthy of some further investigation - just take a moment to digest that one little snippet of alleged evidence - allegedly, nothing more stable than straw bales was available in the year 2007 for the construction of a chicane at a high speed real road race event!

The lap record for the Tandragee 100 currently exceeds 106mph. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the average speed of a high powered racing motorcycle around 5.34375 miles of narrow, twisty, bumpy country roads in Northern Ireland. The concentration required to negotiate such a high powered 160mph plus motorcycle around 5.34375 miles of narrow, twisty, bumpy country roads in approximately 3 minutes, is unimaginable to mere mortals like the rest of us, and that is why our sport requires, no - demands to be protected from those people who don't appear to know the meaning of the word - SAFETY.

Since doubting so very much that interlocked barriers were not available before 2007 - with the assistance of friends, I conducted a little research which led me to a UK based company manufacturing interlocking barriers for all types of motorsport purposes.

It can therefore be confirmed, an integrated track barrier system designed to cover all aspects of safety on any race track, was available in the United Kingdom - prior to 2007.

It was, and still is described as being safe, durable and cost-effective. Whatever your track formation, our track barrier system remains interlocked without any gaps, protrusions or obstacles, providing a solid all-in-one track wall for maximum safety.
All our rota-barrier track barriers are lightweight and easy to handle, yet remain durable and are water or ballast fillable for stability. We can make them in your own customised colours and deliver them to your track anywhere in the world.

All of the foregoing information was published pre 2007 and at that time it also clearly stated: Rota-Barrier Track Barriers in use at the famous Isle of Man T.T. Races - Pre 2007

So I ask again, why did Richard Nesbitt, alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) limited allegedly claim there was nothing more stable available in 2007? More stable than white painted straw bales that is. Surely this doesn't mean the alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limted, committed perjury in Court! Even this cynic finds that one difficult to believe.

It also transpires that an interlocking barrier system was allegedly being used at the Athea road races, also within the Island of Ireland, in 2005, an event held under the auspices of the MCUI, yet Richard Nesbitt, in court allegedly claimed there was nothing more stable available in 2007.

Presumably though, he could claim, due to an incident involving Donegals' Ray Porter in 2005, the interlocking barrier system had been found to be also totally unsafe, but that would mean the MCUI-UC had since passed it as safe for use at Tandragee - after John Donnan's tragic crash, courtesy of the insane straw bale chicane.

So, perhaps we could now have a definitive answer from the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited - was the interlocking barrier system used for the Tandragee chicane, post 2007 - safe, or downright dangerous.

If it is the latter, the MCUI-UC have continued to put riders, and spectators lives at risk, and therefore it should not be used ever again due to the simple fact that should there be another fatality, the verdict would more than likely be wilful manslaughter. Further more, the manufacturers would, by law, have to be informed of the dangers posed by their products.

If it has in fact been deemed as being safe for use by the MCUI, and was in use, in Ireland in 2005, why then did a Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited safety official allegedly tell the Senior Coroner for Northern Ireland - there was nothing more stable available in 2007.

Either the interlocking barrier system when properly assembled by sane sensible, caring people, is safe, or it isn't, but even I know, God forbid, if idiots were permitted to assemble it - we all wince at the thought.

In the hands of a sane sensible person, a loaded gun is safe - but in the hands of an idiot, it can kill.

Save Our Sport From Evil

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