A hashtag: #WeAvonsBeoinDeYou. One sentence: “Register and become a track marshal”. A brand: that of the Moto membership of Nevers and Nièvre (MCNN). This is the posted message Thursday March 18 by the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit on its Facebook page.
“The message shines nationally. The other circuits call on us, we call on them. But it must also arouse vocations ”, underlines Pascal Morel, accountable for three years of observe marshals in bike competitions for the Nivernais circuit.
“The motorcycle is the showcase of the circuit. And today, there is a lack of marshals ”, deplores the one who takes place“ at station 1 at the exit of the pits ”. With his groups, all wearing fluorescent orange, however nonetheless within the shadows.
How do you clarify your difficulties find commissioners?
Volunteering suffers from the identical ills all over the place. The common age of our commissioners is getting greater and better. The most skilled commissioners are 75 years previous. They are nonetheless intervening, as a result of we’d like them. So sure, with expertise, a commissioner is higher, as a result of he may have already lived by means of sophisticated conditions. And an intern won’t ever intervene alone. But we’d like interns to oversee. Without observe marshals, no races. I would like this to be recognized.
“Volunteering”, you say. Because they aren’t paid?
They are paid, however at a top that may make you snort… The marshals are lovers of bikes. You need to be passionate, as a result of some come from Belgium, the Tarn, the Pyrenees. They need to be acknowledged for what they do.
What are they in search of once they turn out to be commissioners?
For them, it is a manner of seeing a motorbike race otherwise. In Magny-Cours, three-quarters sleep on web site in caravans and tents. They all know one another, it is a household. Sometimes we arrange a barbecue on Saturday night or Sunday lunchtime. You do not appeal to flies with vinegar.
A precedence: the protection of pilots and marshals. In which order ? This I have no idea.
In 5 months, the circuit will host a brand new spherical of the Superbike world championship. How do you deal with this occasion?
Last yr we had large issues with the International Motorcycling Federation and the Dorna, the organizers. We virtually could not begin the WSBK spherical! 216 commissioners have been wanted based on the requirements in pressure. On Friday morning, earlier than the primary races, I solely had 175 marshals. Some cheat. Not me. I advised the reality, I confirmed up with 175 names. This occurred. Where we had deliberate 5 commissioners, we solely put three, and so on.
How do you outline the function of a commissioner?
It has one precedence: the protection of pilots and marshals. In which order ? This I have no idea. The marshal, as shut as doable to the race, can shortly give info to the race path by relaying whether or not the pilot is aware or not, if there is a hearth begin. The marshal should level out to the pilots a state of affairs which dangers having an affect on their driving, intervene on the observe to free a motorbike, restore it … Thanks to the marshals, the pilots are lastly in a bubble of safety which permits them to to let go.
A free examination however not given
What are the qualities essential to make an excellent commissioner?
He should be reactive to go and examine the well being of a pilot after a fall, lucid to transmit the proper info. He would not play docs. The medical groups are effectively distributed on the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit, which is on the prime for that. Nor are the marshals being requested to play firefighters and to journey fifty meters with a hearth hose on their shoulders.
In the tip, it is principally teamwork. If the course supervisor holds up, he’ll make the correct choices and the marshals will observe. Before every race, a briefing is organized. We remind you of issues to not do, resembling crossing the observe with out the clerk of the course, for instance. One theoretical factor amongst others to know.
How do you turn out to be a commissioner?
It is essential to method a motorbike membership, on this case the MCNN, which then directs in the direction of the league of Burgundy-Franche-Comté. You can register for a session, profiting from the paperwork essential to revise. The session takes place over a morning, the time of a a number of selection questionnaire. There are no sensible checks required. The individuals who come there do not come out of nowhere both, they have been using bikes. It’s free. But beware, the examination is not given. It is not as a result of we’d like commissioners that we’re going to take anybody.