In The Orange Corner- with Aisling King
April 25, 2014 by Aisling King
Hi Guys! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Aisling and I’m a Race Marshal. I cover a range of motorsports including Car Racing, Kart Racing, but my true love lies with Bike Racing, in which I marshal at both Road Racing and Short Circuit Racing. I initially got into marshalling when I joined the Mondello Park Track Team in 2009 and I quickly became an avid fan of racing in general. In 2010 I started helping out at the Bike Racing, assisting the gang in Pit Lane. That’s when I met the Motorcycle Marshals Association, aka the MMA, and I have never looked back!
It didn’t take very long for me to be integrated into the MMA; the welcome I got was second to none. I had absolutely no knowledge of Bike racing at all before then, but it didn’t matter one bit to them. I just knew I loved engines, and the faster they went the better. So I was trained up with the MMA on the flags that I would be using out on the banks, a detailed session of fire training and I was ready to go.
Nothing prepared me for what I was about to feel. It was the ultimate adrenaline rush for me. Standing on the flag post at Turn 1 in Mondello Park and you could nearly feel the rumble through your chest, the sound of the bikes revving on the grids as they wait for the lights to go out, and BOOM!!
Within seconds, a grid full of bikes are barrelling your way, all looking for that one optimum racing line. It’s only when they’ve all passed Turn 2, did I realise I was holding my breath. To this day that is still the norm.Unfortunately, but not all the time, not all the bikes make it around the first turn, but thankfully they all get back up. We’re a very close knit club and are forever looking out for the safety of
each other and as a flag marshal myself, I’m always that extra set of eyes looking out for the safety of my fellow marshals who work the ground assisting those fallen riders. But being so close to the action is amazing. There’s nothing better than watching a good head to head battle between the riders, and the craic we do have on post does be overflowing.
But it doesn’t end there! As the race day ends, it’s time to regroup and recoup. Generally we all bale into someone’s caravan and catch up on how our day went and get “Fed and Watered”. After that if there’s any steam left in us we’ll all head over to the bar. Over the years I have gotten to know a lot of the riders and I’m glad to say, I would class a good bunch of them as friends. The craic we have is great and it’s nice to know that they appreciate what we do. After all, without marshals there would be no racing, and the fact that what we do is voluntary just means that we also love watching the racing and cheering our friends on.
So let me take this opportunity to thank all the riders for entertaining us over the years, it’s an absolute pleasure to watch you all do your thing and fair balls to you all! Ha ha!!! See you all at the next Mondello meeting on the 11th May and if you would like to be a part of the action, please do not hesitate to contact the MMA (Motorcycle Marshals Association). Good Luck to all and Keep ‘er Lit.
*If you would like to get closer to the action and enjoy the best seat in the house like Aisling, the MMA are always looking for new members. Sign-on takes place in the Portacabin located beside the Control Tower in Mondello Park from 8:15am on the morning of each race meeting. For more information visit the Motorcycle Marshals Association Page on Facebook or contact Maeve McDonnell on 087-1390723.