2011 Winter Olympics Safety Report Wrap Up
Riverside, CA (December 7, 2011) - The Brett Downey Safety Foundation would like thank Wyn for inviting us to be a part of the Mini O’s. Thank you to the staff and track crew for all their hard work and dedication even in the toasty weather. This report covers Monday, November 21 2011 to Friday November 25 time frame.
EB, who was in charge of the flaggers, did an outstanding job with his crew. The flaggers were awesome and battled with the weather all week. They were dedicated to their job and made this race happen. If it were not for the flaggers being there, racing might’ve taken a different turn. The flaggers were well taken care of with cold water and lunch throughout the day. Wyn put on a world class event with constant attention to detail on track safety. The ASMF were a great asset to have on site providing injured riders with immediate and precise medical care.
The track crew was also a huge part in making this race go smooth. They kept up the maintenance on the track by watering and grooming in between motos which helps ensure rider’s safety. This is a huge part as far as the safety aspect, because riders were able to have a smooth track for each race. Also I would like to point out that before each moto, they were given a site lap which also helps the riders see the track and if there’s any line changes. This should be a must at all major race events to show riders the safety they deserve.
It will take effort from every one to educate themselves so the sport of motocross as a whole can become safer. We need to take the time to set a standard at these amateur races for safety. With making safety a top priority at larger races, we can begin to set expectations of what should be and needs to be at the local level. If track owners or promoters don’t take the time to ensure each and every rider is safe, then why should racers take their money and time to attend the event. Once again our goal of the Brett Downey Safety Foundation is to supplement the motocross community by increasing safety awareness of riders, parents, track owners and promoters to make the sport of motocross as safe as possible, minimizing injuries and helping to preserve all motocross tracks. We can only reach this goal if we all work together, from the riders to track owners and promoters.
All in all, we can’t thank Wyn and the Mini O’s crew enough for an awesome race! We were so glad to be a part of this amazing group of people and cannot wait to go back next year!!
This is Ricky Rickords with the Brett Downey Safety Foundation helping build safety awareness!!!
For more information on supporting the Brett Downey Safety Foundation programs, please feel free to visit our website, www.mxsafety38.org, or give us a call at 951-824-9494. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/brettdowneysafetyfoundation.
About the Brett Downey Safety Foundation:
Established in 2004, The Brett Downey Safety Foundation is a non-profit organization lead by a volunteer staff. Its mission is to supplement the motocross community by increasing safety awareness of riders, parents, track owners and promoters to help make the sport of motocross as safe as possible by minimizing injuries and helping to preserve all motocross tracks.