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but again, your comparing American cornerworkers to British cornerworkers, etc not AMA vs BSB
and its not even "American cornerworkers" your making the comparison to its Mid-Ohio cornerworkers
I've done trackdays at Barber where I've barely stopped sliding and there is one cornerworker making sure I'm okay and another one picking my bike up and in no time the crash truck has picked me up without stopping the session. Hell remember Mladin's crash at Barber? He was picked up, dusted off, and a CW bump started his bike without him hardly losing any time at all.
Unfotunately all tracks are not designed for the best corner worker positions and all corner workers are not trained the same (plus the whole being human thing)
the crash we're talking about took place in an area with hardly any runoff before a wall so the cornerworkers have to get somewhere safe which means time in getting to incidents. Blame the AMA all you want but they didn't design the track and Mid-O definitely wasn't designed FOR AMA. Most people at the track said that most crashes at Mid-O are cleaned up, the rider moved to safety and the bike picked up before anybody even knows there was a crash. Its just those few spots that cornerworkers can't easily get to and can't move the bike out of the impact zone that cause the red flags. Most of the AMA races I've been to had a lot of crashes that weren't shown on TV just because they weren't issues for the riders on track or weren't very big crashes. Most people don't want to miss racing to see 25th place rider lowside and walk away.
Its the same at quite a few tracks.
Miller for example is an awesome track, could be the best in the country but it takes the CWs forever to respond to an incident. Is it because AMA is a bunch of ass holes that don't care? no its because the place is so wide open the CWs have no natural barriers or safe spots, they have to be far enough away from the edge of the track that the crashing riders/bikes won't hit their corner station from any angle, which again means time responding to issues.
also, Mid-Ohio isn't the only track that uses the same corner workers for motorcycle races as they do car races. Is it possible that the reason British CWs are "better" is because they're actually all motorcycle CWs and fans of the sport? The tracks actually care about motorcycle racing over there, thats not gonna happen here until motorcycles in general are more popular (not just racing).
Europe has a much better motorcycle culture than we do so maybe thats part of why there CWs/tracks are more motorcycle friendly? most American tracks couldn't care less about motorcycles (VIR, Road Atlanta, Mid-O, fontucky and thats just off the top of my head) so why would they worry about training and hiring specifically motorcycle CWs. AMA has very little leverage at most tracks and even if they could control corner workers, most of the tracks that have those issues are the ones that are unsafe in the first place, so any resources are first devoted to moving walls back (or entire bridges)
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Last edited by airforce101t; 08-07-2007 at 10:32 PM.