Irish Real Road Racing Motorcycle Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
Whilst considering the more mundane issues of life in the modern world, a deceptively simple question for you to ponder over. Do you believe in the prophetic declaration of what must be, or to put it another way - do you believe in fate?
Believers would say you must accept your fate, or be destroyed by it, but what if that is your fate - to be destroyed by your fate?
Disbelievers would say there is no such thing as fate, it's a false concept, therefore the only person with control of your life - is you.
Personally, I don't accept the theory that events are inevitable and will therefore occur no matter what, nor do I concur with those who believe you and you alone are in control of your own life. But I do subscribe to the fact that decisions control life - my life, your life, all of our lives.
There's this person who's been out for a night of indulgence with friends - partaking of the Devil' brew. Suitably inebriated, our hero makes a decision - he decides to get behind the wheel of his car, and drive home. Drunk in charge, he loses control, there's a head-on collision with your car - you are killed. Are you dead because it was decreed by fate? Are you dead because you were in control of your own life? Are you dead because an irresponsible person made a decision to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol?
There are these officials charged with ensuring a real road racing circuit is fit for purpose. After alleged due consideration - they make a decision - the circuit is safe for the purpose of high speed motorcycle real road racing - they even issue a certificate - the track is officially safe.
You're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle, a competitor in a Northern Irish real road racing event. You're on a narrow twisty bumpy road travelling at high speed - in a blur - hedges, walls, people, houses, trees, telegraph poles and more all flash past on either side and you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend - you attempt to brake hard but your machine suffers a brake failure.
You're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle, you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend, you're travelling at high speed, you're brakes have failed - so why worry? On your behalf, safety conscious experienced officials made a decision - they declared the track to be safe for the intended purpose - certified it as being just that - safe.
You're on board an extremely powerful motorcycle, you're approaching a dangerous 90 degree right hand bend, you're travelling at high speed, you're brakes have failed - where is the run-off area, where is the slip road?
Senior Coroner John Leckey has suggested a hard look should be taken at the safety issues in all the circuits and further declared "We have reached a situation where we have these totally professional, highly financed teams and they are operating in an environment that is set up by enthusiasts and amateurs without any, it seems to me, professional guidance" And more recently he also said if tracks cannot be made safe to a requisite standard, then the question has to be asked - should motorcycle racing on public roads take place at all?
As another season of high speed Irish motorcycle realroadracing approaches, perhaps it would be prudent to ask ourselves a more fundamental question: "Should I place my fate in the hands of an MCUI-UC official?"
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