AMA Supersport Racer
Join Date: Sep 2008
Thanked 106 Times in 92 Posts
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
No. No experience is required, with the exception of being a flagger (wave the colored flags as broadcasted on the radio). All of the information is on the website, which should give you an understanding of what it's like. There are 3 positions, flagger, handler and handler w/ radio (you just call things in) crashed bike, bike #, turn, and you get to hear other crashes (anyone can borrow the radio to listen in, they'll announce positions, who's crashed, etc).
The 3 days are work, you do get breaks, just depends on the turn. Some turns more than others. Everyone wants the corkscrew, but you're also furthest from the vendors, etc. You're basically have a front row seat of all the action and you're picking up bikes, and if you go out, you may need to ensure the safety of the medical person or fellow handlers you may need to act as a watcher telling them to get back/out of danger.
Last year I picked up Pedrosa's bike during practice, and Crutchlow's and Bautista's during the race. Crutchlow's & Bautista's were back-to-back, after a full sprint you're exhausted.
Definitely think about it.