Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
What a breath of fresh air it is in this wee country of ours when one hears all sides singing from the same hymn sheet, as indeed the riders, and fans, (sorry - make that customers) were when praising the new Mathers Cross chicane on the North West 200 course. Just as well really because if real road racing is to have a future, chicanes will be part and parcel of the raft of new safety measures to be shortly introduced at all surviving circuits.
All current Prohibited to the Public areas at remaining circuits are to be greatly increased, and for the safety of customers - the erection of grandstands around the circuits will be the way forward as it keeps large numbers of paying customers in positions of relative safety.
Along with chicanes, removable fences have been proposed, as has the permanent removal of obstacles such as telegraph poles, trees, walls, houses - in addition to improved runoff areas on the outside of corners with the obligatory gravel traps.
Come to think of it, perhaps a new International standards short circuit venue would be a cheaper option, but since it will be the taxpayer and real road race fanatic who'll be footing the bills - who really cares when it will enable our much loved Dinosaurs to maintain their alleged lucrative powerbase.
Also on the agenda, speed inhibiting measures as allegedly suggested by the Senior Coroner, but since this would not be achievable in practice, serious consideration is being given to the alternative of banning Superbikes from participating in all real road racing events within Ulster - Northern Ireland. And on the subject of banning Superbikes, one welcome proposal concerns newcomers - novices - all of whom might very well be resricted to competing on either 125cc two stroke machines or 450cc four stroke machines - for a period of at least one full season, or a specified number of short circuit events - followed by a similar real road race period of machine size restriction.
Due to the risk of unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure, the proposal is to reduce both the speed of the machines, and the number of simultaneous starters. One only has to look back at the recent Monza round of the World Superbike Championship to realise what the consequences could have been had such an incident occurred on a real road race circuit.
Three MCUI-UC Committee Members who wisely allegedly declined to let their names go forward for re-election in 2010, allegedly claimed they all agreed that unless drastic steps were taken to reduce the speeds of machines in real road races and all Officials and Spectators were removed from within range of track accidents, the time would very soon come when road racing would be a thing of the past.
The question must be asked whether it is acceptable in the 21st century to have motor cycle races on public roads bearing in mind the speed potential of modern racing motorcycles, the nature of our public roads, the unpredictable consequences of mechanical failure or a competitor losing control of his machine or a crash involving a number of competitors, and the difficulty of ensuring spectator safety particularly where spectators are allowed to be positioned close to the racing.
If motorcycle real road racing is to continue, all will come to pass, and sincere thanks must go to our wonderfully endearing MCUI-UC safety conscious officials.
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