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Jul 25, 2001

LRRS Racer Disagrees With Wood's Statement On NHIS

LRRS local racer Steve Scott contacted Roadracing World to disagree with NHIS Motorcycle Safety Director Jerry Wood's comments regarding a "feeding frenzy" unfairly picking on the Loudon, New Hampshire racetrack

In an e-mail to, Scott wrote:

As much as I appreciate the efforts of Jerry Wood, it's possible he's the one person that is standing between real, honest-to-goodness track improvements at NHIS. It seems Jerry believes everything is fine, but all you need to do is walk around the track and you can see what's wrong. It's unfortunate that the track owner doesn't know any better.

What Jerry Wood says about the safety record is correct, but do we really want to wait until someone else gets seriously hurt at NHIS until we make the next round of safety improvements?

I've been an LRRS regular since '94 and know the all the issues very well. I raced at this year's Loudon Classic and felt really bad about the way the fans got the shaft, but sometimes you have to make a stand. I feel the time is now to let the track owner know that if you want to have professional motorcycle racing at NHIS (rain or shine) then they need to make improvements to the racetrack to keep up with modern safety standards.

And one last thing about the, "1000 riders in our group that are perfectly comfortable racing at NHIS". Every time it rains on the club weekends, it seems maybe 1/3 of the racers don't race, including Jerry Wood. Personally, I think the place is dangerous both dry and wet.

Steve Scott

See related post from 7/24/01, Wood Decries What He Calls Loudon Feeding Frenzy.