The fact the rider hit the fence suggests the gap needs to be a lot bigger if his helmet hit a spectator on the head that might have been the end of the event forever. I think health and safety is often taken too far but with public events one death of a spectator would probably be the end of the event permanentlyIt has been .. in the old days the track was the other side of the fence, with no markers giving a gap.
To be fair the rider was between a rock & a hard place, Just to to sit there you would have to be very very brave or stupid, if you get hit sat on a stationary bike at 80mph you are not going come out of it well! he may have been better to have jumped off & faced the pack until they passed but still with all the spray & sand tough decision, just stood there hoping they will see you. In count less starts I've stalled twice in all the years racing, the most scary thing you will experience 29 sidecars flyin past whilst you try to get the bike startedWhy the hell didn't the idiot who's bike had stopped simply waited still lined up the correct way until the rest had passed him by???
Unfortunately with around 1000 riders in the race it would have been far worse if he had stayed put and it was unfortunate that he got hit. The spectator suffered a broken knee apparently. The riders certainly aren’t idiots, many of them are British and World Championship contenders and are extremely experienced. I am personally not a fan of Weston but I see the draw. It is an amazing spectacle and is well worth a watch at least once if you ever get the chance.Why the hell didn't the idiot who's bike had stopped simply waited still lined up the correct way until the rest had passed him by???
You are riding blind, most of the time, even the best prepped goggles dont help, you just have to go fast enough that the speed clears them. The last time we did it , i had a 500cc Honda that was geared to do 115mph and i had it on the stop every lap, with the choke on to stop it seizing. Was a proper buzz.It is very difficult to distinguish wether a bike is moving or stationary when you are coming up behind one at speed and of course you do not want to slow down as you will loose places,as any racer will tell you.
The Marshalls there are insane, they get as much of a buzz as the riders, and to be fair, they have guys on quads with radios, to make calls like that , normally you would get a vehicle with lights out there on the straight guarding the medics and loads officials on quads/ in 4WD stuff keeping folk out of the way.A few marshals with their wits about them would help. I'm all for balls-out racing but an incident like that doesn't add to the spectacle and could cause a massive pile-up. IMO an incident with that many riders racing needs an instant red flag.
It was a buzz, Le Mans type start back then , you had to run to the bike , kick it and go, i had a team of pushers to get the bike as far up the beach as we were allowed, and the start was by a flare, and i could see the bloke striking the match trying to light it, when he stopped striking i started running and by the time it lit i was halfway to the bike, it went first kick, and i was gone, the hand protectors on the bars bent back at speed , so i had to hold my hands out flat to stop the clutch and brake levers getting pushed on.. and because i went right up close to the fence , it felt really bloody fast.. we broke a chain adjuster in a collision and lost 20 minutes fixing it , but still managed 95th with 100 to go through.. i think back then there were 200 Seeds , and the rest came from 3 heats, with 500 on the line, including 50 sidecars and 50 quads.. they get their own race now.You nutter. Brilliant.
One of the things about MX has always been proximity to the riders, at GP's now there are 6ft fences all over the place, to stop wayward bikes entering the crowd in even the most unlikely places.Let's hope it doesn't get sanitized like so many M/S's & M/S venues, as Brands GP Sheen curve/Sterlings, one of the latest viewing spots to go, big big grumbles from fan's at BSB
Did you do Mettet ? my mates young lad did it I believe he was just old enuff to do it the weekend of the race I havnt spoken to him about it yet but see pics on FB.One of the things about MX has always been proximity to the riders, at GP's now there are 6ft fences all over the place, to stop wayward bikes entering the crowd in even the most unlikely places.
The Supermoto race we just did in Belgium , you can high five the crowd on the warm up lap...