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The Open Road => General Sport-Touring Discussion => Topic started by: Skee on June 03, 2014, 08:56:31 PM

Title: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: Skee on June 03, 2014, 08:56:31 PM
Fellow at work rides with this group; he was at another track when this happened.  You can see the green rider signal and slow up to pit right around 0:13 seconds.  The lead rider slowed unexpectedly and caught the coach off guard.  Six broken ribs and a punctured lung.  The guy filming the video was dazed but unhurt. 

http://youtu.be/DkaKU8yzt3g (http://youtu.be/DkaKU8yzt3g)
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: Scratch on June 03, 2014, 09:09:02 PM
Ouch.
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: arcticpanzerwolf on June 03, 2014, 10:39:03 PM
saw this on facebook last week.  that would suck.  a lot.
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: Formerly Known as Bigfoot on June 04, 2014, 04:40:07 AM
Wow.  Is that at Summit Point?
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: garry on June 04, 2014, 05:18:00 AM
That was at Pitt Race (formerly BeaveRun) north of Pittsburgh. I know the coach whose bike went airborne. Evidently a red flag had just come out and the rider in front slowed quickly. The coach didn't see the red flag and tried hard to avoid the unexpectedly (to him) slowing guy in front. Amazing that no one got hurt really bad. What an insane video.
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: Max Wedge on June 04, 2014, 06:45:35 AM
Coach looked like he went rag-doll after his head connected with the pavement. That always makes me cringe seeing someone totally out and still sliding like that.
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: R Doug on June 04, 2014, 07:16:14 AM
Ouch!  They preach and preach at the early morning rider's meeting not to quickly check up when you see a red flag.  Rather, gently roll off throttle and start waiving your left arm as a warning (like the initial rider in the video).

I hope the coach heals up well and gets back out there.

In 2011, I witnessed a guy lose his arm (VIR - slid under the armco) and another guy die (Barber - head first into wall) at a track day.  After 10 years on-and-off,  I hung it up after that and sold the track bike. 
Title: Re: Track Day Gone Bad
Post by: garry on June 04, 2014, 07:22:21 AM
FWIW, the coach in that vid was nearly killed in a race a few years back (he had an AMA Pro license) when he had a simple low side and got center-punched by a guy behind him (ala Marco Simoncelli). Scary stuff and he decided to quit racing and just do track days after an extended recovery. Great guy BTW.