Monday, 21 March 2011

Wise Up Or Pay The Price - Don't Phone Maria and Drive

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Ride It Right has launched – “See Us – Get It Right” – an advisory and warning leaflet for other vehicle drivers, and I will take this opportunity to add to the warnings. Too many motorists are still prepared to risk their own safety, the safety of their passengers, and other road users, by using a phone while driving, you are breaking the law, and four times more likely to be the cause of a serious collision. It is also an offence to use a phone when stopped at traffic lights, even when queuing in traffic, and you can be prosecuted for using a hands-free mobile phone if you are deemed not to be in proper control of your vehicle - be warned. Wise up or pay the price!

The leaflet asks other vehicle drivers to – Just Think! – See Us and Get It Right! – at: Junctions - When Turning Right - When Emerging Onto Main Roads - When Overtaking - When Changing Lanes.

The collision facts speak for themselves, as the top three causes for all KSI (Killed Seriously Injured) motorcycle collisions (irrespective of responsibility) were*:

Emerging from a minor road without care; excessive speed having regard to conditions; and turning right without care.

More than two-thirds (65%) of collisions happened ‘at or within 20 meters of a junction’.

Of those collisions occurring at T-junctions, more than 45% occurred at a T-junction with give way signs or markings, followed by 36% at ‘uncontrolled’ junctions, and almost 13% at junctions with a stop sign.

Half of all motorcyclist casualties are caused by other drivers.
Ride It Right’s message for other vehicle drivers is to, “Use your head – Not just your eyes!”, Ride It Right’s, Trevor Baird says, “With a little thought other vehicle drivers can get it right and see us, motorcyclists should be a first thought, not just a second thought!”

The Ride It Right leaflet and website also has some advice for other vehicle drivers: Please take time at junctions – whether turning out of or turning into a junction – or a petrol station – or your own driveway, the last thing a motorcyclist wants to hear is, I didn’t see him/her or, are you all right!

View the leaflet on the Ride It Right website

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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Noriyuki Haga Message From Japan - Nitro Nori Samurai of Slide

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Pata Aprilia Racing's WSBK rider Noriyuki Haga who is currently in Japan has sent the following message to his legions of fans around the world.

'After the first round of the World Superbike championship at Phillip Island, I went back to my hometown Nagoya in Japan to visit my relatives. Of course now I am trying to get back to Europe for Round 2 of World Superbike championship at Donington Park in the UK next weekend.

First of all I would like to say thank you so much to everyone that has texted me and called me, concerned about my family and friends in Japan. I just wanted everyone to know how much it meant to me and I appreciate it very much! Thank you so much for all the kindness you show me. All my family (Yurie, Akito, Ryota and Kanon) are OK and our relatives who live in the suffering area are safe too.

We are very shocked about what is happening in Japan. Earthquake, tsunami and now trouble for Nuclear power plant. It's just like a nightmare! It is very bad and ugly, especially the Sendai area. I used to race there and I have good memories of it too but now it's unbelievable... sad! sad! sad!

My home is OK, it just has small damage and the aftershocks are still continuing but at the moment they are not as bad as the others.

I am very sad for all those who have lost friends and family in the tragedy and I am going to try my best at Donington Park to show you the spirit of "Don't give up Japan, Don't give up Tohoku!

I also have the good news that our friends Yukio Kagayama and family, Katsuaki Fujiwara and family are all OK!

Ciao and see you soon!

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Happy Saint Patrick's Day - Have a Good One

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Saint Patrick, the first real certified eejit, banishing all those poor snakes from Ireland when he could've rid us of the Dinosaurs instead.

Two Irish mothers, Kate and Lorna were talking about their sons.
Kate says, 'My Patrick is such a saint. He works hard, doesn't smoke, and he hasn't so much as looked at a woman in over two years.'

Lorna responds, 'Well, my Francis is a saint himself. Not only hasn't he not looked at a woman in over three years, but he hasn't touched a drop of liquor in all that time.'

'My word,' says Kate, 'You must be so proud.'

'I am,' announces Lorna, 'And when he's paroled next month, I'm going to throw him a big party.'

1st Irish Farmer: My cow fell down a hole and I had to shoot it.
2nd Irish Farmer: Did you shoot it in the hole?

First Irish Farmer: No, in the head.

Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.. Looking up to heaven he said, 'Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!'

Miraculously, a parking place appeared.

Paddy looked up again and said, 'Never mind, I found one.'

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut . The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.

He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'

'Just water,' says the priest.

The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'

The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'Good Lord! He's done it again!'

Walking into the bar, Mike said to Charlie the bartender, 'Pour me a stiff one - just had another fight with the little woman.'

'Oh yeah?' said Charlie, 'And how did this one end?'

'When it was over,' Mike replied, 'She came to me on her hands and knees.'

'Really,' said Charles, 'Now that's a switch! What did she say?'

She said, 'Come out from under the bed, you little chicken shit coward.'

The rest of the world can enjoy trouble free Saint Patrick's Days, let's just this one time try it here. Happy Saint Patrick's Day.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

MCUI-UC Directors Responsibilities Under Companies Act 2006

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Patrick Rice in his alleged capacity of MCUI-UC auditor, may or may not have quite recently allegedly furnished the Management Committee Members / Directors of the aforementioned Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited with the alleged following information and advice.

Apparently, as allegedly explained by Patrick Rice - a Director is defined as any person occupying the position of director by whatever name called, whilst a Shadow Director is a person in accordance with whose directions or instructions the directors of a company are accustomed to act.

The definition of shadow director will certainly apply in any case where a board of directors recognise communications given to them by a particular person as being effectively directions or instructions on any routine basis.

One can only assume those Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited Directors actually present - leastways bodily - were paying attention, but as the Chairman may have allegedly already proclaimed the alleged breaching of the Companies Act 2006 was something of a trivial issue, or perhaps allegedly not?!?!

The Duties of Directors Up to 2006 - Fiduciary Duty — Directors are obliged to act in good faith in the best interests of the company and then there is the Duty of Skill and Care.

Moi would request the Directors of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited to act in good faith in the best interests of the sport of motorcycle racing which they are obliged to do so - leastways as the Governing Body one would have imagined so.

Statutory Duties - brought about by various statutes etc. Companies Act 2006. Duty of directors to act within their powers (set by Memorandum and Articles of the company and Constitution of the company), Duty to promote the success of the company, Duty to exercise independent judgement with regard to the likely consequences of any decision in the long term. The need to foster the company's business relationships with suppliers, customers and others. The impact of the company's operations on the community and the environment. The desirability of the company maintaining a reputation for high standards of business contact. The need to act fairly as between members of the company. Duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence. Duty to avoid conflicts of interest. Duty not to accept benefits from third parties. Duty to declare interest in proposed transactions or arrangements

Personal Liability - Wrongful trading can lead to personal liability. Directors should be careful not to finance their company's continuing operations by unpaid debts to creditors. Another scenario could be continuing to trade with a company who is in known financial difficulties without taking appropriate steps to secure payment. Decided by court.

Derived from the Insolvency Act 1986 - Director who makes careless mistakes or is reckless could also become personally liable for loss of company. The Court will consider the general knowledge, skill and experience that may reasonably be expected of a person carrying out the same functions as are carried out by the directors being considered and the general knowledge, skill and experience that that director has.

Patrick Rice then allegedly drew the following conclusions - (1) No defence to plead ‘ignorance’ - (2) If you do not have the expertise in a particular area then you should seek appropriate advice - (3) If you do not agree with a particular decision then make sure that your objections are clearly recorded in the minutes.

Whilst it is most tempting to comment further on some of the foregoing points, particuarly those referring to - duty to avoid conflicts of interest, duty not to accept benefits from third parties, duty to declare interest in proposed transactions or arrangements, and duty to exercise reasonable care, skill and diligence - one will just for now, due to time restraints, reluctantly refrain from doing so.

It would appear, understabably so, that Patrick Rice did not offer any advice pertaining to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 which, considering the existence of several alleged pending legal actions, may or may not have been a more relevant topic for discussion with the Directors of Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited.

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Monday, 14 March 2011

MCUI - UC Management Committee Members & Directors Responsibilities

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Just recently an MCUI-UC meeting was allegedly convened for the purpose of receiving alleged advice from MCUI-UC auditor Patrick Rice regarding Management Committee members and Directors responsibilities and to possibly allegedly consider what actions needed be taken to ensure self preservation.

Hardly surprising when one considers that amongst other forthcoming legal proceedings, is the pending action by the John Donnan family, and the Martin Finnegan inquest which has been adjourned whilst further investigations are carried out, and further evidence sought out, so if you have any information which may be of use to either family please read this blog posting. After all, if you're the real road race fan you claim to be, who should you be supporting - the dedicated riders - your heroes - without whom there would be no real road racing - or the Dinosaurs - without whom real road racing would surely prosper for years to come. Please think carefully for a moment, then do the right and decent thing - support the loved ones left behind - don't allow the Dinosaurs to walk away from any alleged responsibilities - even though some allegedly barely can - walk.

The meeting allegedly commenced with Patrick Rice allegedly outlining Directors Responsibilities under the Companies Act 2006, then allegedly moved on to Directors Insurance Cover and Event Insurance cover and the requirement for the Ulster Centre to avail itself of Directors insurance cover, and event cancellation insurance - something one just can’t believe the MCUI-UC didn’t already have in place - actually having considered the matter for a mere millisecond - it is totally believable.

Mark Sanlon allegedly then asked if event cancellation insurance covers all the bills - to which Patrick Rice allegedly replied that it would be dependent on the type of cover taken out - or to perhaps put it another way - how much can you afford?

The baseline Road Race Insurance costs were allegedly summarised as follows: International Road Races – circa £21000 + sundries £5000 approximately. National Road Races - circa £11000 + sundries £5000 approximately.

Referring to Club events being grant-aided, Patrick Rice allegedly stated that it was often the case that grants are only paid out provided the money is spent on particular items such as advertising.

At this point the conversation allegedly turned to the amount of time and effort that had been spent on the issues which Jan Simms had reported about Steven Davison at the Skerries Road Races in 2010 - an issue for a future posting perhaps. Harris Healey allegedly stated that it was agreed at the last Ulster Centre Council meeting that a small team should be identified to consider the circumstances which led to the withdrawal of Steven Davison’s Photographers Pass. Mark Sanlon allegedly stated that the decision, which was allegedly minuted, should be re-issued and this should reveal once again that it was a unanimous decision made by the Ulster Centre Council. Really! How wonderful!

Ken Turner allegedly stated that three relevant people could be asked to take a fresh look at the situation and provide a summary of their findings – Ken Turner allegedly suggested Tony Harvey, John Savage and one other to be decided. Keith Carson allegedly suggested that John Atcheson and Mark Sanlon should look into this issue (possibly to include a representative from SNI). This was allegedly seconded by Richard Nesbitt. Yes, that Richard Nesbitt – the 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. Who said Richard Nesbitt had allegedly resigned? He just hasn't gone away you know!

At this point a number of persons then allegedly voiced their dissatisfaction that Articles of Association did not support the working of the Council - not as many persons though that have voiced their dissatisfaction with the MCUI-UC and/or the Dinosaurs. Patrick Rice allegedly stated that the issues, if not universally understood, must be agreed and recommended that further legal opinion may be necessary to resolve the situation. At this point the Ulster Centre Secretary asked to be excused and left the meeting – a wise person – allegedly - or perhaps not.

Patrick Rice allegedly stated that the Management Committee had Council powers and from time to time it would be necessary to exercise that duty. Patrick Rice allegedly stated they are bound by the Companies Act 2006. The Chairman stated that we are not here to make decisions about trivial matters. Moi would have thought that the alleged breaching of the Companies Act 2006 was no trivial matter.

Keith Carson allegedly stated he felt the rules which govern the Ulster Centre are okay. Harris Healey allegedly advised that where changes may be necessary these should be made with great care and never with haste – presumably as opposed to the bull in china shop method – comedians one and all, allegedly!

Maurice Little allegedly asked what liability Directors had if it was clear that negligence was on the part of a Club. Patrick Rice allegedly replied (without prejudice) that Management Committee members (Directors) would not be directly responsible but Stewards may be liable as they are present and hold responsibility at the event - who'd want to be an alleged fall guy Steward for any alleged callous eejit.

The Chairman allegedly stated that persons doing jobs such as acting on the Roads Inspection or Safety committees must have training and must act independently - and presumably be aware of the alleged fact that there was nothing more stable available in 2007 - than straw bales.

Harris Healey was allegedly asked to enquire if SNI had secured any information about the most recent recommendations for deployment of Recticel Bales. Presumably referring to an 'incident' which had occurred at the 2010 UGP, Harris Healey allegedly replied that it was clear that it was necessary to protect the inside and outside of corners.

Would you as a responsible person allow any of these people to organise and oversee a Teddy Bear's Picnic? Come to think of it, would any responsible parent allow their precious innocent child anywhere near any event organised, or overseen, by any one of these people?

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Saturday, 12 March 2011

Daytona International Superbike Results

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AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Daytona International Speedway - Race One Results

1 - Blake Young Suzuki, 2 - Tommy Hayden Suzuki, 3 - Josh Hayes Yamaha, 4 - Ben Bostrom Suzuki, 5 - Roger Hayden Suzuki, 6 - Martin Cardenas Suzuki, 7 - Larry Pegram BMW, 8 - Jeremy Toye BMW, 9 - Chris Ulrich Suzuki, 10 - David Anthony Suzuki

AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Daytona International Speedway - Race Two Results

1 - Blake Young Suzuki, 2 - Josh Hayes Yamaha, 3. Tommy Hayden Suzuki, 4- Martin Cardenas Suzuki, 5 - Ben Bostrom Suzuki, 6 - Larry Pegram BMW, 7 - Chris Clark Yamaha, 8 - Eric Bostrom Kawasaki, 9 - David Anthony Suzuki, 10 - Chris Peris BMW

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All New Belfast Bikers Forum - Local Belfast Bike Forum

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Probably the second most important thing for a motorcyclist these days after their bike is, their computer!

One does realise it's somewhat easier to carry your iPhone or Blackberry whilst biking, as opposed to the PC or Mac - but apart from that one small problem.

For those who disagree, form an disorderly queue and start typing on your keyboard in response, For those that agree and cannot do with a daily fixed of motorcycling internet surfing, head over to, register and introduce yourself to the recently launched local “Belfast Bikers” forum dedicated to local bikers in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Already with a core of dedicated posters, Belfast Bikers aim is to provide a platform for bike enthusiasts to talk about bikes, share advice on buying, selling or fixing bikes.

Belfast Bikers has also teamed up with a number of sponsors allowing you to get special discounts on a range of bike products as well as all the latest news about upcoming bike events.

The original concept behind the site was to create a central point in order to produce a simple yet effective link between all bikers and bike services in the area.

The "bolted on" forum is the backbone of the site enabling the area’s two-wheeled community to share experiences and make friends with people who share the same passion.

The forum has a dedicated section aptly named "Biker Watchdog" which Belfast Bikers says, “Is there to identify just who is giving great service and of course, who isn't!”

Apart from General Bike Talk and Chit Chat topics there are, real write ups by Belfast’s own riders, tips on servicing and repairs, Ride Outs, Events, Meets dates and information and a whole lot more.

Belfast Bikers are always looking for new members, so hopefully this point in their direction will see the forum grow and we wish Belfast Bikers all the success for the future.

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Mystery of Task Force 2000 - An MCUI Production

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Back in February we learned as a direct result of serious concerns being voiced by DCAL, the Department of the Environment, the Sports Council for NI (SCNI) and the Irish Sports Council (ISC) about the number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing in recent years, the governing body of motorcycling, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI) in August 2000 established a Task Force to examine the safety issues within the sport of motorcycle road racing in Northern Ireland.

Moi asked, what were the findings of the MCUI and/or MCUI-UC Task Force back in the first year of the new millennium - 2000, and what safety measures - which obviously had no effect on safety issues anyway - were put in place as a result of those MCUI / MCUI-UC Task Force findings?

DCAL have replied thus: 'DCAL may have received a MCUI Task Force report in December 2000 established to examine safety issues within the sport. However, no copy was held on our files.'

If the DCAL Minister of the day was so deeply concerned about the number of fatalities that had occurred in motorcycle road racing, where is the MCUI Task Force report? When one considers the number of lives that have been lost since 2000, one can only describe the DCAL reply as utterly incredulous - and downright callous. Who should it perhaps be asked, is less concerned about lives lost at motorcycle road races in Northern Ireland - Minister McCausland or the MCUI-UC?

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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

MV Augusta F3 Sculptured Art Supersport

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A new work of art on wheels is arriving that will upset the balance of power. As with all MV’s this new model is synonymous with excellence, style and technology. The new F3 will apply these principles to a new market segment, the middle weight supersport category.

If the F4, considered the most beautiful motorcycle in the world, set the styling and performance standards by which all others are judged, the F3 has completely exceeded all previous conceptions of what a supersport motorcycle should be, redefining an entirely new category. Light weight, power & electronics working in total harmony on a new motorcycle that pushes the supersport concept to the extreme.

Powerful, hyper-light and more compact than any other motorcycle in existence. The F3 sets the new standard by which all other supersport motorcycles will be judged and compared. A completely new project that was created by CRC, the research center that has continually designed and developed the motorcycles of dreams.

The styling is pure MV Agusta, as with its big sister the F4, but the F3 is even more unique. The new “middle weight” by MV follows the philosophy of all the MV Agusta works of art while pushing the limits of the supersport category with a maniacal attention to detail. The exhaust system has a triple pipe side exit muffler and is the perfect example of how design and function coincide perfectly. There is no doubt, the new F3 is a true MV Agusta - and I want one!

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

RealRoadRacing Pearls of Wisdom From The Darkside

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Time is it not, to embark once more on a journey to the darkside for yet another foray into the wondrous magically mystical world of the MCUI-UC, and the pearls of wisdom which doth emanate from within the confines of the inner sanctum of power to seek out - alleged statements to the press - this one for instance, allegedly from Tony Harvey.

'I write with reference to the resignation of Steve Freeburn as honorary secretary of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Ltd.

As an Honorary Life Member, and having previously been entrusted with the role of Incident Officer of the Centre for many years, having owned race bikes and being a present day rider, I have vast experience of motor cycling, both from an administrative perspective and from my involvement at the 'sharp end' of the sport.

Recent years have been difficult for motor cycle racing, particularly for road racing, and there are many, who should know better, who continue to adopt a 'head in the sand' attitude towards the regulation of road racing, peddling the misapprehension that all is 'rosy in the garden'. It is not and difficult times lie ahead.

The resignation of Steve Freeburn, after he was persuaded not to stand down from his post at the annual general meeting of the Centre, robs the administrative side of the sport of a most capable, dedicated, knowledgeable and hard working official. Thankfully, there are, of course, equally efficient individuals who will be able to step into Steve's shoes. Nevertheless, they will be difficult shoes to fill, and one ponders whether, given the 'witch hunt' that was conducted against Steve, any other volunteer will be prepared to put themselves into the same 'firing line'.

It should be borne in mind by those so quick to criticise that all officials and members of the MCUI (Ulster Centre) are unpaid volunteers who devote copious amounts of their personal time, at not inconsiderable personal expense, in the interests of the sport of motor cycling, while others are quite happy to benefit financially from the sport.

Certain individuals within the media must bear much of the brunt of responsibility which resulted in Steve resigning from a position in which he acquitted himself admirably. The treatment of such an upstanding official verges on derogatory. I trust that those so-called and self-styled journalists and photo-journalists who contributed to Steve's decision to step aside are at peace with their consciences, in the knowledge that the sport will be poorer without his steady hand and intelligent advice and counsel.

I have nothing but contempt for those who are prepared to anonymously and pathetically promote their personal agendas and opinions on worthless Internet forum discussion sites. Anyone secure and confident in their own convictions and opinions must be prepared to put their name to their comments. To do otherwise is worthy only of disdain, dismissal, disgust and derision. Therefore, for those with the courage of their convictions, I will enter into correspondence only at my published address.'

What many might find tantalisingly interesting within the eloquent foregoing alleged statement, is the resignation of Steve Freeburn as secretary – not another resigned MCUI-UC 'official' one might declare - until it is discovered not only has David McAllister been confirmed as acting secretary - Steve Freeburn has been confirmed as his Assistant Secretary – allegedly – yet another resigned MCUI-UC 'official' who hasn’t gone away you know!

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Monday, 7 March 2011

Castrol Honda Star Jonathan Rea Fighting Fit For Donington WSBK

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Official news from World Superbike is that Castrol Honda star Jonathan Rea was examined by his specialist doctor today, to ascertain how badly he had been injured in his multiple get-offs at Phillip Island. The good news is that Jonathan has not suffered any further fractures or other significant injury, and he will be able to ride at Donington close to full fitness.

Said Jonathan shortly after his extensive examination, "I have just been to see my specialist in Manchester and he has given me the all clear and confirmed that there is no further damage to my repaired ligament in my left wrist. I only have some soft tissue damage to the right wrist. That's really good news and all I have to do now is work hard in rehab to regain full function."

Rea was physically and mentally exhausted by his Phillip Island experiences, as he himself stated at the time, and it has taken him a few days to get back to normal . "It was really hard in Australia; it drained me of everything. When I got home it hit me two or three days later. Travelling home was a big effort and I also got sick at the end of last week, which knocked me out for a day. I think it was a mix of jet-lag and illness, but now I have got a spring in my step again. I should be close to full fitness in time for Donington, so I should have no pain like before. My dislocated left ring finger still does not have a full range of motion, but that is a minor detail."

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Sunday, 6 March 2011

Martin Finnegan #45 Tandragee 100 Investigation

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Although he had multiple Irish road racing championships to his credit, Martin Finnegan wasn’t just a hugely successful Irish motorcycle road racer, he was at the time of his tragic death one of the most popular Irish motorcycle road race competitors of his time. Martin was a man of the people - the People’s Champion – a much loved hero to countless motorcycle real road racing fans from all corners of the world, to them, he races on in a much better place, still winning.

Martin tragically lost his life in an ‘accident’ whilst competing in the Supersport 600 race at the notorious Tandragee 100 real road races in May 2008 – one year after the infamous circuit had also claimed the life of John Donnan - three spectators were also injured in the 2008 ‘accident’ including a woman who allegedly suffered head injuries.

Those fans attending the Tandragee 100 on that sorrowful day will no doubt fondly recall that earlier on during that tragic day, Martin who had been racing since 1997 had scored a spectacular victory over Ryan Farquhar - a highly significant point, about which, in light of rumoured allegations emanating from within Irish motorcycle real road racing circles, questions must now be asked of the MCUI-UC Dinosaurs. Still ongoing behind the Irish real road racing scenes, is an investigation into the Martin Finnegan 2008 Tandragee 100 fatal 'accident' about which 'what if scenario questions' are now tabled as follows.

First of all though, might it be said that independent, honest witnesses - not blighted by memory loss - are still being sought, as is any photographic and/or video evidence. Therefore if you can assist please contact the Belfast Coroners Office directly at Telephone 028 9044 6800 with any information you might have, no matter how seemingly trivial you imagine it might be.

What if after the 'accident' the #45 machine of the much loved Martin, had been tampered with for reasons that would therefore thus far be unknown? Presumably due to efficient marshalling, it would have been impossible for any member of the public at large to have gained such access, therefore one would have to consider other options.

Would any of the scrutinisers have had legitimate access to the #45 machine, and if so for what exact purpose would access have been required? Would this have ever been a plausible scenario, and if so, who in their right state of mind - in this imaginary scenario - would have permitted any person such access, but if they had, would there have been witnesses present? Perhaps members of a technical committee - would they - following the event, perhaps have had a legal requirement to examine the #45 machine - for legal purposes, for insurance purposes, for reasons which thus far, nothing is known?

Another after the event imaginary scenario would be a gathering of the clan - a meeting - to allegedly agree a plausible official version of the 'accident' - prepare statements perhaps - a hymn sheet from which all would sing as one voice, allegedly.

None of the foregoing actually took place, it's just moi considering possible scenarios that only mentally unstable individuals would ever consider, which they didn't. Besides, where for instance would such an alleged meeting have taken place? Tandragee? Doubtful - but there is nearby - Armagh, Markethill, Lurgan, even the great sprawling metropolis of Portadown. Personally speaking - and this is after all the imaginary scenario of moi - Portadown would be the perfect preferred destination, perhaps business premises, a motorcycle dealership might be worth considering, then again what reasonably sane business person would consider permitting such a meeting to be held in the confines of their business?

All of the foregoing imaginary scenarios are of course irrelevant, hasn't it been rumoured that the MCUI-UC have lodged documents with the coroner in which it is allegedly alleged that it was the way Martin was riding the #45 machine, but one must ask how many previous serious accidents Martin had suffered during the course of his long and illustrious career? It must also be asked of he who allegedly wrote of the way Martin was riding his machine that day – what is the purpose of a real road race, any race? Heroes compete in races to win, fans attend races to see their heroes win – so it should stand to reason that like all of his fellow competitors that fateful day – Martin Finnegan was as he always had done – was racing to win - so how dare the discredited MCUI-UC Dinosaurs allegedly now question how Martin was riding the machine bearing the legendary #45.

Warning - It is strongly recommended that you never hand over photographic/video evidence, or give evidence, to any race 'Official' and that includes MCUI-UC 'Officials', always present it personally to the PSNI or the Coroners Office.

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Thursday, 3 March 2011

Saint Patrick's Rock Night

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Right To Ride Club supporters the Ancestors MCC have reported that due to a hiccup with the original venue of their “St Paddy’s Rock Night they have had to change to a new venue but the date remains the same.

The new venue is the Rowallane Inn, Saintfield, Co. Down on Saturday 19th March 2011.

Unfortunately the club will no longer be able to offer any camping facilities.

And just in case you missed what is on for a cracking evening here it is again:

Live bands: Brownstone and Rocking Blues - 8pm Till Late - Hot Food - Only £5 entry.

The Ancestors say, “We hope that you all can still make it!”

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Josh Waters Australian Superbike Champion - Yoshimura Suzuki

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Tipped as the next superstar from down under, Josh Waters' Superbike World Championship debut at Phillip Island in Australia was good enough to earn the 24-year-old Australian the chance for further rides later on in the season.

The 2009 Australian Superbike Champion, riding for the Yoshimura Suzuki team as a wild-card last weekend, struggled with a deflating front tyre in race 1 and could only finish 18th. But a sterling ride to 13th in the second encounter earned Waters the praise of Yoshimura team boss Fujio Yoshimura and the prospect of further rides later this season for the talented Aussie.

"Josh showed he has the potential," declared Yoshimura. "I have told him we'd like him to ride again in America at Miller Motorsports Park. It's a good start for the team and Josh and we will both get better," he added.

Confirmed races so far for the Japanese outfit will now include Miller, the Suzuka 8 Hours Endurance race in Japan, and possibly another couple of WSBK rounds in the second half of the season.

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Irish Real Road Racing Dinosaurs Between the Hedges

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Asking direct pertinent questions of the MCUI-UC - it's been tried by many more knowledgeable people than moi - such tactics will get you nowhere, therefore why bother, let's just forget about the questions and instead draw our own obvious conclusions.

In Part Two of the Tony Harvey MCUI-UC DCAL Briefing posting we learned footage shown of the John Donnan Tandragee 100 fatal 'accident' clearly illustrated that many non-competitors, race officials, and spectators, including children, were at a very serious risk of injury or death, a worrying issue acknowledged by the MCUI-UC for several years now but rest assured - the implementation of improvement measures has after all, been under continuous review.

Presumably the Dinosaurs had been experiencing sleepless nights since the forming of the Task Force in 2000 to examine the safety issues within the sport of motorcycle road racing in Northern Ireland. The fact that there have been so many more tragic deaths since the establishment of the aforementioned Task Force in the year 2000 speaks volumes.

The MCUI-UC has allegedly paid particular attention to a couple of most important elements - Track dimensions, run-off and the design of chicanes; and the position of officials and members of the public in the immediate vicinity of the track. The original 65mph chicane design allegedly returned in 2008, and the nothing more stable available than straw bales of the previous year - leastways according to Richard Nesbitt - have gone, but Richard Nesbitt hasn't gone away you know. The foregoing decisions might it be pointed out had nought to do with the mysterious Task Force and allegedly everything to do with further alleged pending legal action.

No-Go Zones - for some a reminiscent throwback to the Northern Ireland of the 70s - have allegedly been implemented at all circuits post 2007, and will allegedly be pursued further, along with a No Track-Side Personnel policy both of which have allegedly been written into Official Track Certificates.

Only in an emergency will any officials allegedly be allowed onto the track to perform their duties, and always under the protection of a waved yellow flag - except when some spoilt prima donna assoluta riders are participating - in which case you're under the protection of your God, or the Devil.

The paying public - yes, you will be paying - can only be present in areas at an acceptable distance from the racing surface and where additionally protected (as appropriate) by walls, fences or other barriers, and speaking of these walls, fences, other barriers presumably including, trees, large wooden poles, concrete and/or wooden posts, and houses - what is to be used to protect the riders - not more exploding straw bales - who'd have thought it?.

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 motor cycles, the nature of 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, but haven't we just read in Part Two of the Tony Harvey MCUI-UC DCAL Briefing that No-Go Zones have allegedly been written into Official Track Certificates?

The question must indeed be asked, but the question answers itself, and that answer is an obviously emphatic: No, it is not acceptable, and nor is it acceptable or sufficient for spectators, including innocent children, to be warned that attending motor cycle road races can be dangerous - not until drastic steps are taken to reduce the speeds of machines in real road races, and all Personnel and Spectators are actually removed from within range of motorcycle real road racing circuit accidents. Talk is cheap though, so to it would seem are lives, leastways so it would seem after reading Parts One and Two of the Tony Harvey MCUI-UC DCAL Briefing

The days of watching “from behind the hedge” or “from below and through the hedge” are clearly gone - eejit spectators must be saved from their own stupidity - and the children, just like the riders - must be saved from the alleged irresponsible actions of the Dinosaurs.

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Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Should Sexual Predators Be Castrated?

Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
It's been allegedly estimated that at least 90% of all convicted sexual predators go on to commit even more sex crimes, some allegedly even graduate to murder. In the American Supreme Court a federal law allowing federal prisoners deemed "sexually dangerous" to be held even after they have served out their original sentences is constitutional.

On this side of the Atlantic, in this country, the court treats many of these sexual predators with kid gloves, while some Government Departments have allegedly also mislaid several serious predators, even released them back into the community that they'd been terrorising for countless years.

Many sexual predators go undetected for years, their victims so traumatised by the experience they never speak out. Others blame themselves; perhaps they've been abused by a family member, a religious figure, all of whom are adept in the art of manipulation of their innocent victims, many of whom have chosen to end their own lives as a means of ending the horrendous abuse.

All convicted sexual predators should be castrated without exception, no matter how old, or how young, we all need be to protected against such evil, all victims, and potential victims need to be reassured that no convicted sexual predator will ever be capable of re-offending.

And now for a totally unrelated little news story from the ranks of our dear friends - the MCUI-UC. Mr. Steve Freeburn is rumoured to have resigned from his MCUI-UC post and has thus far allegedly been replaced as secretary - by Mr. David McAllister! And while some in our midst are more than a little surprised by this appointment, many of us are not - this is after all the MCUI-UC we discuss.

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