It has been long overdue. But finally, freestyle motocross riders have banded together to develop a list of safety guidelines for promoters to abide by when putting on a freestyle motocross competition.
The sport of freestyle motocross is dangerous by nature, but with a calculated set of safety guidelines riders believe unnecessary accidents can be prevented. The success of the campaign relies heavily on the riders banding together to make sure these safety measures are being taken. So far, there is an impressive list of riders backing the new measures. Andre Villa, Nate Adams, and Drake McElroy are some of the riders leading the charge, compiling a list of safety measures to send to the various freestyle organizers.
The four-page list of guidelines appropriately titled “Save a Brother” includes landing requirements, detailed ramp specifications, in-and-out run distances, arena heights, padding, and weather. An important point added to the list of guidelines is that if the track is built wrong and it’s not safe to run a contest, the riders have the option to run an exhibition instead of a contest.
Villa spoke out about the guidelines in a recent interview with ESPN, stating, “There will always be danger in our sport, but it is time we as riders make a point and change, to make it as safe as possible.”
Red Bull X Fighters, the premiere Global FMX tour, is the first to stand behind the guidelines, hopefully paving the way for others to follow. X Fighters kicks off their 11th season this week in Dubai, and the Save a Brother guidelines will go into effect immediately.
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