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Corner workers getting hit by racebikes - October 7, 2009, 05:27 PM

holy crap i was bored at work looking for a race that i think happened last year or 2007 during a sbk (i think) race where one of the sponsor signs flew onto the track and one of the riders smashed right through it and the sign blew up into a billion pieces and nobody crashed look scary as hell and cool at the same time. if anyone remembers that race please post up.

well, anyway found this one instead and holly crap:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...ts+sign&hl=en#


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October 7, 2009, 06:24 PM

i just knew when that big crowd was coming for them that it was gonna be a clusterfuck


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October 7, 2009, 06:28 PM

Is this the LRRS video from a few years back? If so, I'm not watching it.


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October 7, 2009, 06:36 PM

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Is this the LRRS video from a few years back? If so, I'm not watching it.
Yep, watched the first few seconds of it.


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October 7, 2009, 08:56 PM

Holy shit I was getting ready for bed, it's hard enough doing funerals for people all day but damn...... I feel sick after that video and there is no way in hell I'm going to sleep for a few hours now. Target fixation is stupid out of all things to do it to another person is....


Well I really wouldn't watch this if your getting ready to call it a night I just found out the hard way be warned.


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Is this the LRRS video from a few years back? If so, I'm not watching it.

I said I wasn't watching it again and I forgot to listen to myself.


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October 8, 2009, 06:36 AM

Damn. Please tell me somebody walked away from that....?? Even better tell me they all did.


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October 8, 2009, 07:06 AM

That shit was horrible! I kept bracing for the impact when the rider was crawling off the track, thinking he was the one that was gonna get it, but then, DAMN!!! The worker in between the rider and the other worker looks dead! So does the second rider, for that matter.


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October 8, 2009, 07:11 AM

i really hope everyone was ok from that......i would rather wreck myself REALLY bad then to hit another rider or cornerworker....call me crazy as i have only cornerworked for 1/2 a day but i would think a bike in the track would cause for a red flag and then when the track was cold for them to retrive the bike...at least any race i have been in where that has happened (bike in track on race line) has been red flagged


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..i would rather wreck myself REALLY bad then to hit another rider or
There are several riders on this site who have crashed-to-avoid.

Here's some info about the wreck:

Rob Dages was seriously injured on Saturday, July 7, 2001, when he was struck by a rider in Turn 2 at (New Hampshire International Speedway) Loudon, while clearing the track of a previous incident. Rob's actual injuries are: fractured pelvis and tailbone, bruised ribs (one broken), an impressively ugly gash in the left forearm, an equally scary gash in the head, and lots of bumps and bruises. The other track worker Rick Martin suffered only bruises and scrapes. The rider who hit the two, Rick Currier suffered similar non-fatal injuries.

Rob is fine today, no lasting injuries, he races when he has time. Rick Currier (the racer who hit the workers) did suffer some lasting long-lasting effects from his closed head injury. He was not breathing after the crash and was resuscitated on-scene. Rick Martin had a minor leg injury.

In case you're wondering, I was there and watched it happen and helped clean up the mess afterward. Racing was resumed about two hours later.

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Cornerworking is extremely dangerous and they are never far from my mind when I'm out there. I'm not sure how I'd deal with things if one (especially MARRC) got hit pulling my dumbass out of the gravel. Survivor's guilt I guess. Being friends with them makes it even harder to watch them run out and pick folks up from harm's way and it was even worse last year when I had a personal interest involved in it.

WERA lost a racer this year when a cornerworker went on track at Barber to retrieve a dead bird. The CW who was struck also died in the incident.


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Cornerworking is extremely dangerous.....
The amount of risk a Cornerworker is prepared to take in any given situation is a very personal decision. My own personal nightmare is to get another racer injured because I ran out onto the track to try and help a downed rider and then got hit by someone else, causing myself and the rider who hits me to get hurt, or worse. However, I have to balance this with not going out there and then the downed rider getting hit anyway because I didn't go out and try and prevent it.
Every situation is different and you can only hope you make the right decision in the fraction of a second you have to think about it.
Typically, I find MARRC folks are some of THE bravest Cornerworkers you are likely to come across, and rarely put their own well being ahead of helping crashed racers.


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Rob is fine today, no lasting injuries
After watching the video, that's the best thing I could have read.
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October 15, 2009, 05:39 PM

Why the fuck wasn't the race red flagged to begin with?

Aren't corner workers in communication with each other via radios? Why are they running out in the middle of a hot track?

That looked more like a bad judgment, and/or horrible communication between race officials and corner workers.


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October 16, 2009, 10:44 PM

Yeah thats some crazy shit! I didn't see any red flags waving around. You would think they would stop the race right away especially when two CRs are in the middle of the track.


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