Just got back from Laguna Seca where I worked four days as a "track official". On Thursday worked all day at turn 8A, in the middle of the corkscrew. If you have to walk up the corkscrew, you get an idea of how freaking steep it is. When bikes run off at turn 8, they have to come down a cliff of kitty litter. Even the most experienced pros have fear in their eyes.
For Fri, Sat and Sunday, worked in turn 5, doing handling (and fire) for AMA and flagging for FIM.
When Jason DiSalvo took out Curtis Roberts, the bikes hit the airfence directly in front of where I was standing! The bikes had gathered such heat from sliding, Curtis' bike was welded to Jason's bike. That Curtis has a nasty temper.
FIM is another world unto itself. Before each event, FIM officials drive around the track on inspection. All turn workers excluding flaggers have to go to the edge of the track, stand one arm's length from each other at military ease. We got inspected for our whites, general demeanor and sharpness. The flaggers are being inspected for other things. We had 215 turn workers in 31 flagging stations. I was working the blue passing flag and the meatball, while my buddy took care of the yellow and debris.
In AMA, Oliver Jervis came VERY close to a huge high side in our turn. Great job, Oliver on the save. It looked like his head hit his windcreen with enough force to shatter it. I picked up the glass.
We had to be at the track at 7:00 for a meeting each day, out on corners at 8:00 and leaving the track about 7:00 pm. Very hard work, but exciting being part of something so big. Learned a few tricks to take to Mission. Also learned our WMRC people are as good as the regular AMA workers.
Must have done a good job, have been invited back. If you watch the flaggers at the victory lap of race one, I am clearly seen in one of the shots.
This makes me famous as well as a professional turn marshal. Can hardly wait for next year.