Friday, 16 April 2010

Real Road Racing Faces Hedge Viewing Extinction

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


The end is nigh and rightly so for the days of spectators viewing motorcycle real road racing action from behind the hedges, through the hedges, and below the hedges. If real road racing is to have any future here in Northern Ireland, trackside viewing will allegedly soon be consigned to history at the behest of DCAL and a soon to be appointed External Assessor.

Earlier this year, Senior Coroner John Leckey allegedly asked whether it is acceptable in the 21st century to have motor cycle races on public roads bearing in mind the incredible speed potential of modern racing motorcycles, the nature of our public roads here in Northern Ireland, and the unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure or a competitor losing control of his machine or a crash involving a number of competitors.

More recently, DCAL officials and Senior Coroner John Leckey not only voiced there concerns about the close proximity of spectators to high speed motorcycles at our real road races but also allegedly failed to understand how it could have been logical to allow the speed of a safety chicane to increase from approximately 60mph to around 100mph plus, and allegedly also found the speed of the modern day motorcycles being used at our real road races to be almost incredible. Motorcycle road racing must be made safer for all concerned they allegedly concluded, and suggested that this could be helped by placing spectators in safe areas away from the track action, and reducing the power output of the racing motorcycles.

To assist with their decision making, DCAL have also allegedly decided - as originally suggested by the Senior Coroner - that there is now an urgent requirement to have in place, an official to oversee safety at all of our motorcycle race circuits - an External Assessor - and the sooner that happens the better for all concerned - except perhaps the Dinosaurs.

This External Assessor would be tasked with overseeing all safety issues at each individual event, and ensure that any particular issues which were agreed to - had in fact been carried out in accordance with that which was previously agreed by the aforementioned External Assessor - otherwise no real road racing event.

One of the first priority safety issues for the appointed External Assessor - would of course be spectator safety - and already being considered even before his/her arrival - is greatly increased and enlarged Prohibited Areas which would ensure ALL spectators are suitably corralled an acceptably safe distance from the trackside action - therefore the long time practice of close up and personal viewing of the action from behind the hedges, through the hedges, or below the hedges - will be no more.

How many times have we heard it said in the past - Northern Ireland motorcycle road racing fans would never pay the required entrance fees to watch World class motorcycle racing - they're much to accustomed to enjoying their free gladiatorial real road racing shows, apparently it's their God given right - therefore argued the real road race purists - there would never be a time when Northern Ireland would require an International Standards motorsports circuit.

With that in mind, one therefore has to wonder if those same fans will now be prepared to pay for the privilege of watching the ontrack action from a distance - within a corral - complete with third world facilities - or quite possibly no facilties at all?

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