AUSTRALIA, VICTORIA, MELBOURNE. In recent years Motorcycling Australia Officials have been trying (sometimes in vain) to educate riders on the issue of yellow flags during racing. At every rider briefing around Australia before racing the flags are displayed and explained, and with riders briefing
At every rider briefing around Australia before racing the flags are displayed and explained, and with riders briefing compulsory it should be such a big issue right? Wrong. Now one could suggest in the riders defense that the heat of the moment, yadda yadda yadda missed the yellow flag, well KJ says to that, in general, tough! However, KJ feels that every case would have its individualism and should be treated as such. The incident that has been stirring up social media at the moment faster than Cyclone Tracy hitting Darwin in 1974, is an incident during this
Now one could suggest in the riders defense that the heat of the moment, yadda yadda yadda missed the yellow flag, well KJ says to that, in general, tough! However, KJ feels that every case would have its individualism and should be treated as such. The incident that has been stirring up social media at the moment faster than Cyclone Tracy hitting Darwin in 1974, is an incident during this years Supercross series MX Final on the 12 November, 2016. Riders have been fined for: jumping on waved yellow, breach of yellow flag GCR – SX2 Final AUSX 12 November 2016. The yellow flags in Motocross/Supercross come under GCR Twelve.
- 12. 12.16 RACE MEETING PROTOCOLS
- 12.16.1 Flags and Signals
- 220.127.116.11 The minimum dimensions of all flags must be 500mm x 500mm.
- 18.104.22.168 Track flags and signals as per Appendix B: Track Flags & Signals.
- 22.214.171.124 The National flag signifying the start of an event may be replaced by:
- a) A light signal,
- b) A rubber band,
- or c) A dropping gate
- 126.96.36.199 No Jump Signals Yellow flags will be waved in Motocross and Supercross events to indicate immediate danger. When yellow flags are waved competitors must not:
- a) Jump,
- b) Overtake other competitors, at the set of jumps where the yellow flags are waved.
- The penalties for breaching this GCR are:
- a) First offence, relegation of three places and up to a $500 fine,
- b) Subsequent offences in the same year, exclusion and $500 fine.
- 188.8.131.52 During the first lap of practice, yellow flags will be displayed stationary indicating there will be no jumping.
The incident in question caused a majority of the field to jump under a ‘waved’ yellow situation, a situation where all riders were not supposed to jump or overtake other competitors.
“The facts were – there was a waved flag going in the corner before, a waved flag also at the upramp, a bike, rider and 2 flaggies (including me) on the down ramp and all the other riders jumped…” Explained official Mark Hancock. “Maybe the riders should take some responsibility for ignoring the signals.” concluded Hancock.
“For me, I only seen the yellow flag on the take off of the jump, by this time I was already committed and there was no way in hell I was backing off on that jump, I’d rather get the fine.” said MX2/SX2 Athlete Kale Makeham.
Regardless of the situation and the opinions, suggestions made on social media; riders have a chance to discuss with officals before practice on track safety.
Questions raised with the whole issue is; why did it take so long for Motorcycling Australia to issue the fine? And what circumstances occurred preventing riders from being fined on the day of the event?
It is well known that Motorcycling Australia is in turmoil with the ‘chewing’ though CEO’s and major losses recorded, hopefully the transition period is smoothing out and that 2017 will be the start of something more successful for Motorcycling Australia.
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