Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by RaceDepartment, May 28, 2013.
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. Hopefully it is the only death this year.
R.I.P Yoshinari Matsushita-san.
I hope it was quick & as painless as possible & that Brooksie & Guy Martin manage to make a win for you.
You will be sorely missed.
Hi Lee, i saw the crash from a video, it looked liked he passed away a few seconds after the crash happened, and it was quite a big crash
i was watching one of he's interviews, what a great fun guy! R.I.P
240 riders have died! that's crazy... why do they keep this running?
Even Guy could be the next one. I can't get it. That's no modern sports but watching gladiators die like they did thousands of years ago.
They keep it running because people still wish to race there, no-one is forcing them too.
Isn't that what real freedom is, to make your own choice rather than some safety-crat knee-jerk reaction-ist deciding on your behalf?
When I finally go I hope it's quick & doing something I love, not bed-bound incapacitated by age after years of being a burden on family &/or the state....
Besides, you should remember that that figure of 240 people (which a large percentage of were not racers but tourists over stepping their personal skill levels) came about over a 100+ year period & I doubt that any one of those that have passed away would have wanted the race stopped just because they themselves had died- including the spectators in that figure.
Your argumentation makes sence and I can't see anything wrong with it. Nevertheless I think that some too dangerous things shouldn't be allowed anymore even if people like to do that by free will. Or are you still allowed to drive a car without using a seat belt, because you like to do so?
It's not that these guys don't take precautions, nor take risks that they don't feel comfortable taking, it's just that -as in any other form of motorsport- there are risks involved & each form has it's own inherent risks & occasionally, no matter how well prepared, some thing WILL go wrong (Human, mechanical or otherwise).....
It's just that they choose to specialize in this type of racing....
How about Taga's, Rallying in cars or Endruo Motorcross riding whether it's sate forests or the Hasburg (or whatever it's called)?
These are similar forms too.
So if we ban the IOM & other real road races, then why not rally's, Targa's, Enduro....
Hell, folks still die in F1 & MotoGP, lets ban that too!
What's next, you want to race at all besides sitting at home in front of a computer?
Well then, how about just to driving a go-kart or a 'pocket' mini-bike around a specially certified race center that costs you the best part of 2years wages in track fee's, qualification courses & tickets before you even purchase your vehicle?
Think Im kidding?
Take a look at what it takes to just legally discharge a firearm of some sort at a target club in most countries (IF they have any) these days!
And this is just one example I can think of.
Racing at the IOM & similar can in no-way be compared to driving without a seat belt either.
You have an accident most places around the world & they prove your not wearing one?
Your not only no longer covered by insurance, your also liable weather it was your fault or not!
Most if not all riders on tracks such as the IOM are covered by some form of insurance & which is accordingly much more expensive.
If your sensibilities can't take what these guys are doing then why not just respect their wish to pursue their life their way just as I'm sure they would yours...
After all, racing against the clock on real roads is the most pure form of racing & where virtually all forms of terrestrial based motorsports have derived from, it might be a bit of a romantic notion but why can't we still accept & nurture it for it's pure form.
Long line events & places such as the I.O.M, Nordschliefe, Dundrod, the Dakar & too many more to list!
The TT is run every year because men and women want to race there irrespective of what anyone else thinks or believes. More people die from horse riding accidents than at the TT so should amature horse riding be banned too?
I just found this fresh on the IOM's Facebook news feed posted by Matsushita-san's wife...
They are risking their life so horribly.
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