AMA Flat Track gets Airfence barriers

46 sections of safety barriers provided by IMDA

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Feb. 24, 2010
The Illinois Motorcycle Dealers Association is providing Airfence inflatable soft barriers for AMA Pro Flat Track racing.

The IMDA is donating 46 sections of Airfence barriers to the Roadracing World Action Fund which will assign them to AMA Pro Racing for use during the 2010 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship. The 30-foot barriers act as energy-absorption barriers, protecting riders from hitting hard objects such as the track walls in a crash.

We are proud to be able to donate such an important asset to the sport of flat track racing, with the help of the RWAF, says Tommra Kiesow, director of the IMDA. We are confident AMA Pro Racing will handle the Airfence with expert care and get many more years of use.

The IMDA purchased 30 sections of Airfence in 2005 with funds provided by Ford Motor Company. Donations from racers, fans and sponsors through the RWAF helped fund the other 16 sections.

When I first heard the Airfence was going to be available, I thought Wow. I know from my experience as a board member of the Roadracing World Action Fund the logistical and financial commitment it takes to deploy Airfence at races on the Grand National Championship is no easy task," says Chris Carr, seven-time AMA Pro Grand National Champion. I applaud the IMDA and AMA Pro Racings proactive approach to rider safety.

The Airfence barriers will be in place at the season-opening Daytona Sport Track Nationals, March 3-4.