(This is generic corner worker info provided by WMRRA)
THIS IS AN ADVISORY ONLY! IT CAN NOT COVER ALL SITUATIONS!
There are three basic main tasks of a Corner Worker:
Also the workload is spread between the COMMUNICATOR who works the radio and flags and the ACTIVES who work the track. We can’t possibly cover all circumstances, but use this as a guide. More details will be given at the Corner Workers meeting on race day (typically at 8:00am) Ask questions! Nobody knows it all yet and things can change. 1st SAFETY - This is an extremely dangerous activity. People have been severely injured and on occasion killed. You are responsible for your own safety first, then your fellow workers and finally the riders. Do not put yourself in a situation where you don’t want to be in. Think first – then react. Don’t get caught up in the sudden-ness of the situation. Don’t get lulled into a sense of complacency. 2nd COMMUNICATION - You are there to communicate to your fellow race officials and to the riders. You communicate with race officials using the radio via the radio CONTROL official. CONTROL is the final word - don’t argue. Racers get information from you by using colored flags and hand signals. 3rd CROWD CONTROL - We must be aware of spectators and keep them well back from the track in designated areas only. They are not to cross the track except at the turn 10 crossing upon approval of CONTROL. Be polite but firm. Photo passes will be issued and the photographer will wear some sort of colored vest or significant marking. They have signed a release and are allowed to get close to the track only after checking in with you. If they are behaving improperly, warn them. If they don’t comply, call CONTROL for help. Security will be sent.
AREA OF RESPONSIBILTY:
You control the area from your corner to the next. Watch your corner and not the race before it.
All corners should have: Brooms, Charged Fire Extinguisher, Grease Sweep and Flags. Tell CONTROL if you are missing something.
The COMMUNICATOR must hold this flag hidden behind his/her back at all times during a race and brought out when a problem occurs. Displaying a STANDING yellow means to the riders that something is wrong somewhere on the track and to be alert to a problem ahead. WAVING means that something serious has taken place in YOUR corner. Wave the flag in large figure 8’s so that the riders can see this signal at some distance. Remember the speeds and reaction times that are involved.
If a CRASH happens in your corner the COMMUNICATOR alerts the riders with the WAVING yellow flag and alert radio CONTROL of the situation by saying “Bike down” and your turn number. Other radio users hearing this are to not use the radio until you advise CONTROL of
Keep in mind that only one user of the radio can speak at a time so keep what you have to say to as little as possible – no story telling. Also, the corner before yours is to signal the problem in your corner with the STANDING yellow. If they are not remind them.
ACTIVES are to move nearer the CRASH zone and are in the best position to
Please keep in mind that in many cases ACTIVES will need to cross the track to do this and that the bikes go really fast so remember the bit about Safety and look way ahead for a clear opening to cross. Also try not to have your back to on coming bikes for any length of time and to stay quick on your feet, because some times bikes go down one after another. ACTIVES can give input to the COMMUNICATOR and racers by hand signals.
“A” = Hands over the head to form an “A” to signal for an Ambulance.
“O” = Hand to one side to form an “O” to indicate oil on the track.
To ask for help point to the grown next to you with some intenity.
When a rider is OK wave the fist over head in a circular manner.
There is no passing under a WAVING yellow flag. Riders deal with the WAVING yellow differently and at times an illegal pass is made. If this happens try to get the number of the passer and passee to CONTROL so they are track and if the passer corrects the infraction. Don’t be surprised if you are not able to do this – in a WAVING yellow situation there is a lot going on. The STANDING yellow can be used at your discretion to cover an ACTIVE working near or crossing the track or a slow bike going around. Inform CONTROL if it will take more then a few seconds.
YELLOW with RED STRIPES FLAG:
Debris flag. In standing position only. Use to indicate that there is some problem with the racing surface such as oil or a bike part that needs to be retrieved by your ACTIVE. Do not hesitate to use this flag in conjunction with the WAVING yellow flag such as a situation where there is oiling and bikes will go down at race speeds. Again - ACTIVES point to the safe line.
WHITE with RED CROSS FLAG:
Ambulance flag. We use this flag to alert riders that there is a non-racing vehicle on the track in the STANDING mode. WAVE it if the vehicle is in or just past your corner. Sometimes CONTROL will instruct you differently. RED FLAG (WAVING):
The race is to be stopped IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT USE ON YOUR OWN DISCRETION. DO NOT SAY THE WORD “RED” OVER THE RADIO. IF by your judgment the race should be stopped, then request CONTROL to Stop the race. You will be informed by CONTROL and only by CONTROL, when to use this red flag. Heaven help the person who chooses to use this flag without being told to. The riders are instructed to come to a safe stop off to the side of the track at the next corner after seeing the flag. Tell CONTROL the bike number if a rider ignores your flag. CONTROL will give you further instructions.
To some people this is the most exciting part of the day. It’s gonna happen. STOP and remind yourself to THINK IT OUT. Do not allow your self to be caught up in the moment and forget about the immediate danger. These bikes are going faster than most of you can imagine.
ACTIVES - ALWAYS BE AWARE OF BIKES ON THE TRACK AND DO
NOT WORK WITH YOUR BACK TOWARDS THE ON COMING TRACK.
Assist the rider and move the bike to a safe location. If you can’t get to the rider, call for HELP. Meanwhile, alert the other riders of the problem using exaggerated hand signals to slow them down and move them away from the danger. In the rider’s mind he is still at racing speed after a spill. He may not be thinking clearly. His job is done and yours begins. Make him aware of you and that YOU ARE in charge of his and other’s well being. DO NOT REMOVE THE HELMET. That’s what we pay the Medics for. If he can move, get him to a safe location. Talk to him, let him know he’s OK. If he’s seriously injured – don’t talk about it. His body is going through enough and does not need you to run through a list of injuries. Help the medics if you’re needed, clean the track and help with the loading of the bike if you can.
The WMRRA rule is – if the bike’s handlebar touches the ground the bike and rider are through for the event. So if the rider were to go to the side of the track and just fall over he is out of the race and not allowed to renter the race. Even if he is ok, he is to wait until the cool down lap and after you check the bike for damage and remove the TECH sticker form the bike and helmet.
In a crash situation the COMMUNICATOR must act INSTANTLY!!. Lives are at stake. Don’t let someone get hurt because your not in the game. Think of scenarios and work them out amongst your fellow workers. Ask the more experienced people lots of questions. Listen to their war stories and figure out how best to handle the situation.
MORE STUFF TO THINK ABOUT
Gate opens -7:00am
Corner workers meeting - 8:00am
“Hot” track - 9:00am
Lunch - ~12:00pm
Shut down - 5:00pm
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