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Jun 13, 2018

Saved By Soft Barriers: PRE Fund Raiser For The Roadracing World Action Fund This Weekend At VIR Will Help Pay For More Life-Saving Airfence Soft Barriers At Racetracks

Racer Mike Copoulos walks away after hitting Airfence soft barriers deployed in front of a tire-wall/steel-barrier/dirt-embankment combination at VIR. Performance Riding Experience (PRE) and the non-profit Roadracing World Action Fund (RWAF) work together to raise funds to buy and deploy soft barriers.

Performance Riding Experience (PRE) will hold a soft-barrier fund-raiser in conjunction with the 501(3)(c) not-for-profit Roadracing World Action Fund (RWAF) on this coming Saturday, June 16th, during a three-day (Friday-Saturday-Sunday) track-day event on the south course at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Proceeds will be used to help fund the purchase and deployment of additional Airfence soft barriers at racetracks where PRE and other track-day and racing organizations run events.

The PRE fund raiser held on Saturday in the South Course paddock at VIR will start at 6:30 p.m. with a BBQ dinner followed by live and silent auctions as well as drawings for prizes.

More event information is available online at and via e-mail at

The latest rider to benefit from PRE's deployment of Airfence soft barriers at VIR was Freddie Sorbo, who crashed her Suzuki GSX-R750 during a PRE event in May 2018 at the same part of the course where Mike Copoulos fell in 2017, both hitting soft barriers in front of a tire-wall/steel-barrier/dirt-embankment combination that had seriously injured riders in the past. Sorbo's experience is detailed in the upcoming August issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology magazine, which subsidizes the 501(3)(c) Roadracing World Action Fund.

Click on these links to see other examples of soft barriers making a difference for track-day riders and racers:

MotoAmerica Superbike racer Kyle Wyman hits RWAF-funded Airfence soft barriers in front of a barrier during the 2017 MotoAmerica finale at Barber at 104 mph and survives:

Club racer Mike Copoulos hits RWAF/PRE-funded Airfence soft barriers in front of a tire-wall/steel-barrier/dirt-embankment combination during a PRE track day at VIR last season and survives:

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