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HiTone Posted - 25 Feb 2012 : 16:35:14
My thoughts go out to the family.

http://www.crash.net/world+superbikes/news/177066/1/superpole_cancelled_after_support_tragedy.html

The first World Superbike Championship Superpole session of the 2012 season has been cancelled after a serious accident during the preceding Australian Supersport/Superstock claimed the life of one of its competitors.

The incident occurred during the early stages of the race, with a multi-bike collision involving a number of riders. Among those involved was Oscar McIntyre, who was fatally injured in the tragic accident.

Superpole had been due to get underway at 15.00 local time, but having been delayed by more than an hour as medical teams and police worked on the scene, the decision was eventually taken to cancel it altogether.

It means the grid positions will be determined by the results at the end of Q2, which means Kawasakis' Tom Sykes will start the opening round from pole position, ahead of Max Biaggi, Carlos Checa and Jakub Smrz.

Crash.net wishes to extend its condolences to Oscar's family and friends.
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PVDA Posted - 28 Mar 2012 : 18:04:32
quote:
Originally posted by SuperMono

My understanding is that the current gravel/stone pit is a compromise mainly due to cars with fat tyres being able to roll across flat sand easily.


It's interesting sitting in both the 2 and 4 wheel camps like I do.

The car people blame the bike people and the bike people blame the car people ??

Another rumour is the white rocks look pretty on TV so who knows??
SuperMono Posted - 28 Mar 2012 : 13:03:04
Firstly I am always saddened by fatalities and injury in motorsport.

I am one that has run off at turn 1 when it was grass with the earth wall/track still in place. It wasn't pretty and your choice was ride it out or jump. The removal of the earth bank was a good move as it gave you room to move.
I don't like the current gravel/stone pit that is in place and believe a wide sand pit would be better, but only if it is plowed and then graded before each meeting to keep it soft and flat.
Wet sand presents an additional issue so some form of deep sump and then pumping is then required.
My understanding is that the current gravel/stone pit is a compromise mainly due to cars with fat tyres being able to roll across flat sand easily.

My only other suggestion is to change the track layout by moving turn 1 and turn 2 back (shortening the straight) then changing the transition to turn 3. As a rider I love the current layout and turn 2 is my favorite turn, so don't want to see the character impacted. However if something has to change then better to change the layout than add walls to turns.
Sonic Posted - 24 Mar 2012 : 17:06:33
that's why i was suggesting a tyre wall (or similar) inside turn 2... Still gives a ton of run off at the fast turn 1 but you can't re-enter and get broadsided at t2... Plus it will make the racers slow some and rejoin properly...
Sonic Posted - 24 Mar 2012 : 17:05:54
that's why i was suggesting a tyre wall (or similar) inside turn 2... Still gives a ton of run off at the fast turn 1 but you can't re-enter and get broadsided at t2... Plus it will make the racers slow some and rejoin properly...
Mach24 Posted - 24 Mar 2012 : 13:27:26
quote:
Originally posted by Sonic

would have thought a 3 tyre wall would be better than running straight into traffic? at least slow down a car and stop a bike before re-entry? agree removal of the earth wall was a good call..



The point being that if a barrier/wall/fence was in place there may have been many more injuries than currently.

However now there has been a fatality due to the very thing people have been concerned about for a long period of time, surely it would be negligent to simply continue?

(The focus of my response remains on motorcycling)
HDT05 Posted - 20 Mar 2012 : 00:18:58
It would be good if they could put like a foam pit there. Can't see how it could happen though, would have to be dug out or something...
Sonic Posted - 19 Mar 2012 : 14:16:57
would have thought a 3 tyre wall would be better than running straight into traffic? at least slow down a car and stop a bike before re-entry? agree removal of the earth wall was a good call..
PVDA Posted - 19 Mar 2012 : 13:44:36
I don't know what can be done with turn 1 as no matter what they do someone will find a way to get hurt down there.

When the track was rebuilt back in the early 90's they used to have an earth wall separating turns 1 & 3, this was removed and the current set up put in.
Sonic Posted - 15 Mar 2012 : 22:34:39
will a tyre barrier leading into and around the inside of turn 2 prevent something like this? in the cars, they just keep the boot sunk in and join somewhere down there instead of backing off and getting back on track... for the safety of those on track it could be worth looking into something like that i think but those who understand more may have a different opinion.
Mach24 Posted - 15 Mar 2012 : 21:50:43
quote:
Originally posted by PVDA

Was very similar to Cam McConville's effort in 2009 but bike riders aren't protected by roll cages.



PVDA, what is the general concensus regarding T1? Will there need to be a fence at all times? Is there a real possibility of changing T1?

Mach.
PVDA Posted - 02 Mar 2012 : 13:21:14
Was very similar to Cam McConville's effort in 2009 but bike riders aren't protected by roll cages.
Mach24 Posted - 28 Feb 2012 : 21:57:40
I know where to find it Hi T. The nature of the incident has to date been mostly missed by the mainstream media outlets.

The issue is that a decision was made after the fact and I wonder what this means for the ongoing safety at PI T1. Could there be track alterations required to continue with international license? After all, the fence which was erected then poses another danger for bikes exiting the circuit at high speed as Jakub Smrz did in practice, before the fence appeared.
HiTone Posted - 28 Feb 2012 : 21:44:40
It was reported mate, you just had to know where to find it.
http://www.mcnews.com.au/NewsArchives/2012/February/McIntyre_RIP.htm

I personally at the time chose not to put the details up thinking it a bit macabre. If people wanted to know the details, they could google it. But I suppose after a few days the rawness has gone and it's a good thing to start discussing safety.
Mach24 Posted - 28 Feb 2012 : 21:01:30
What was not reported in detail was the accident happened when Oscar ran off at turn 1 and could not slow enough before re entering the track between 2&3 where the collision was unavoidable.

There was a large temporary fence erected just beyond the sand trap before Sunday morning.

Another lost in pursuit of motorsport dreams. RIP O.Mc

Darren351 Posted - 26 Feb 2012 : 12:12:06
Condolances to his family. Tragic news.

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