I do have a concern though. I don't understand the whole ambulance on the track while racing thing. There was one parked in the impact zone of turn 1 for a few minutes on Sunday and it seems a red flag would not have ended the world.
We used to red flag it when an ambulance was needed on track years ago. But a number of the very vocal racers were bitching that it took too much time especially when theres alot of ambulance calls so they started sending them out on a hot track. Thats why during the school they send them out for a lap during the mock race. You see the white flag with red cross displayed, you should expect the ambulance on track somehere. When you see a stationary yellow, get ready to see it and when you come up the the waving yellow, its going to be there. Personally I dont like it out on a hot track myself. Also if the ground is muddy it wont leave the track surface.
So what was the issue that lead to so many serious crashes? Track conditions, rider mentality, heat, or just a bad day for no apparent reason?
Like what truckstop and Pat said, not alot of people went out for practice, which was wet) and the races were dry.
343's crash could have been avoided he got no less then 3 black flags, but was maybe just so lost in the moment that he didn't see them or didnt think the flags were his... And they guys that continued to chase him on the racing line in a cloud of smoke WHY!!! That might be the stupidest thing I have ever seen. I will upload the video from that race tonight when I get home.
Yes it was totally avoidable IMO. The worker in T7 said he debris flagged waved him off and he looked right at him but kept going. But the problem is, alot of racers ignore flags unless they see them waving. He started puffing around T5 (if I remember).
DAMMIT IF WE DEBRIS FLAG WAVE YOU OFF, GET THE FUCK OFF THE RACE LINE IMMEDIATELY AND PULL OFF THE TRACK ASAFP AT THE CLOSEST CORNERSTATION. Theres something wrong with your bike thats dangerous.Quite honestly I wish Race Director would just start fining riders who ignore the flags.
As for T2, I put my feelings up in the ccsforum about it. Every time I hear, "bike down in 2" on the radio I cringe. I could count on probably one hand how many crashes there didnt result in an ambulance.
I went out to race the rookies cup yesterday, was all set to go out when it started raining about 1/4 of the way through the race before mine. that sealed the deal and I didnt go out, maybe if i had actual rain tires id consider it but without them its completely not worth it to me.
You have to do what you feel is right for you. I've skipped races because I didnt feel comfortable.