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Incident at the track: is this normal ?
I am new to doing track days... I had been twice before and I was on my 3rd track day.
I understand why you NEVER go onto the track to help another rider... it has been explained to me and I've seen some videos that illustrate the point.
Anyways, I was at the track on my birthday, and because it was my birthday my parents decided to surprise me and come for lunch and to take some pictures.
I am 29 and I was there with my wife. My parents are in their sixties.
I was on the track when they came, so I didn't see them arrive and I didn't see them taking pics.
On the last lap of the beginner session a rider went down. My dad didn't know any better, and after all the riders were off the track (he waited for everybody to exit) he ran over and helped the guy pick his bike up.
I didn't know any of this was happening until right after I had gotten to my pit area and been pleasantly surprised to see my Mom. About a minute after I got there, the co-owner of the track day organisation escorted my Dad over and kicked him off of the the track, saying that he was "sorry" (but not sounding very sorry) and that my Dad, and consequently my Mom, had to leave the property.
Anyways, like I said, I understand why the rule is there and I would understand if a track organization kicked a rider out for breaking it... BUT: my parents are not reckless children, they are in their 60's and my dad had no idea that he was breaking a rule. He waited until it was "safe" for him to go onto the track. He was just trying to help.
I doubt if I'll ever get them to come to the track again. It's a 4 hour round trip, and even though they said it was alright I could tell they were pretty sad about it.
I guess I'm just pretty frustrated about it. I don't know what point was made by kicking him off, since he didn't know about the rule to begin with and as far as I can tell all the other riders at the track were completely oblivious to him getting kicked out... it's not like everybody thought, "Hey, where'd that old man go? Oh he got kicked out for breaking the rule? I guess I better follow the rules!"
Nobody missed him but my wife and I, we weren't about to break the rule and he sure as hell wasn't going to (again) once he was made aware of it.
Is this just standard operating procedure for track people, or is this extreme?
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