AMA & FELD WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP RIDERS EFFECTED BY LIME IN SOIL AT SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS (UPDATED)

eli tomac 2019 san diego Supercross main events-5487The track crew decided to use lime to dry out the muddy San Diego Supercross track. This chemical when dried destroys bikes and can cause chemical burns on riders. 

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The American Motorcyclist Association released a statement on the San Diego Supercross round due to the lime destroying expensive bikes and giving chemical burns to the riders. Riders went viral on Social Media showing their chemical burns on their bodies. Mechanics and privateer riders also have voiced about their bikes being damaged in the process. It is good to hear that the AMA and Feld are looking to help riders in need.

Ken Roczen lime chemical burns Ken Roczen said on Instagram that he is unable to ride due to the chemical burns. 

Press Release: The American Motorcyclist Association is coordinating with AMA Supercross Championship promoter Feld Entertainment to identify riders and equipment that may have been affected by track conditions at the Feb. 2 event at PETCO Park in San Diego.

“The well-being of our members is a top priority of the AMA,” said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. “AMA staff is monitoring the situation and working directly with Feld Entertainment as its representatives contact individual riders to assess the extent of the impact.”

FELD’S PRESS RELEASE

Press release: On Saturday, February 2nd at Petco Park in San Diego, Ca., Supercross riders were affected by a drying agent applied to the dirt track, which may have caused skin irritation and damage to their bikes. The wellbeing of our riders, their teams and our crew is always a top priority for us at all Supercross events. Given last week’s forecast of rain for Saturday’s event in San Diego, the track crew took normal precautions to ensure a safe and raceable track. Prior to the qualifying rounds and main events, they removed the protective tarp and applied a drying agent, a lime and sand mixture, to treat two areas on the track to try and remove moisture from the dirt. This process has been used safely for decades at Supercross to dry dirt and thereby reduce the risk of accidents for the riders. It appears that the unprecedented amount of rain on Saturday prevented the lime from mixing with the soil as usual. This resulted in splashing of the riders and their bikes, which may have caused skin irritation to some riders and damage to their bikes. We are currently reaching out to each rider who participated in Saturday’s race to assess the extent of the impact, ensure their welfare and get them back on their bikes racing. We are also reviewing our existing processes to deal with excessive water on the track to prevent a recurrence.

Vince Friese chemical burnsHere is Vince Friese showing one of the burns on his body. 

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