The Brett Downey Safety Foundation¿s Goal And Plan

The Brett Downey Safety Foundation has the goal of making the sport of motocross as safe as possible.  To that end, the Foundation is starting a pilot program, involving five tracks in Southern California.  These tracks include: Perris Raceway, Starwest MX, Glen Helen, Lake Elsinore MX Park and Cahuilla Creek MX. 

How the donation money helps

The Foundation will provide Track Safety Kits.  The kits include: flags and vests for the Certified flaggers (trained and certified for passing a test with guidelines closely resembling those set forth by the AMA for their Pro Marshall Program in road racing), two-way radios, whistles, enter and exit signs, and helmets for each flagger.  If the tracks remain compliant, each track will ultimately receive an 8×10 poster indicating it is a track that is following the safety guidelines.  We all know the sport has its inherent risks, The Foundation is just trying to minimize those risks.

The Foundation is also making a DVD to assist in training and certifying flaggers and will, ultimately, offer its services at each Supercross and National Motocross event to train and certify the flaggers at the events, again, using guidelines the AMA has established for the Pro Marshall Program, only modifying them for the motocross industry.

Ultimately, the Foundation will be creating a brochure to be distributed at your local motorcycle shop and with the purchase of every new motorcycle and atv.  The brochure will have a ¿rider etiquette¿ included.  This will consist of what each rider should expect while at practice tracks and during races.  It will include what each flag means, and have tips of what other riders are expecting.  It will be drafted with the input of the manufactures and pro riders, as well as promoters of various types of motocross events.

This is where your donation dollars are going. 

How the Foundation plans to reach its goal

In order to implement its ideas, the Brett Downey Safety Foundation invited representatives from each of the tracks, as well as representatives from each motorcycle company, to a meeting at the Troy Lee Designs facility on May 2, 2005.  At that meeting, the Foundation provided its ideas of what it will take to make the sport safer for all involved. This includes:

  • Establish and post track rules in a visible place;
  • Use only certified flaggers, trained using the guidelines of the AMA for its Pro Marshalls;
  • Provide an adequate amount of flaggers, considering the size and layout of each track;
  • Enforce the wearing of safety gear;
  • Provide emergency medical technicians;
  • Provide adequate track preparation, including sufficient watering and grading of the tracks and inspecting the track for debris;
  • Clearly mark track direction, including entry and exit points;
  • Break up practices by engine size and ability.

At the May 2 meeting, Jeff Emig delivered a great presentation on behalf of the Brett Downey Safety Foundation. The Foundation then requested each track undertake the proper measures to implement the above guidelines within 30 days.  Within the past two weeks, representatives of the Foundation have gone to each track to determine if the tracks are willing to implement all of the guidelines.  Each track representative has indicated they ARE willing to implement the guidelines.  The Foundation also received great feedback and support from representatives of Kawisaki and Suzuki, who were present at the meeting as well.

Each track will have 30 days from the visit to implement the guidelines, at the end of which each will receive the 8×10 poster indicating compliance, or be required to return the track kits.  At that time, the Foundation will be creating the brochure and providing them to the surrounding motorcycle dealers.

For more information, please visit the Foundation¿s website:

The Foundation will need your help in ensuring each track is complying.  Any questions or comments should be directed to Kenny Morris at