MotoAmerica/Roadracing World Action Fund raised nearly $150,000 in 2021
“Rainey’s Ride To The Races”, Dunlop ECSTAR 2 Up Rides and more has contributed to a fund that promotes motorcycle racing safety and the use of soft barriers
IRVINE, Calif. (January 26, 2022) – MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series, is proud of its fans and friends who donated nearly $150,000 to the Roadracing World Action Fund during the 2021 racing season.
Much of the money for the Roadracing World Action Fund, the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that promotes motorcycle racing safety and the use of inflatable soft barriers at racing events, was collected in a single weekend at the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca lap. of the MotoAmerica series last July with three people donating the funds after seeing the soft barriers made by the Airfence and Alpina brands in use.
A bonus to the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca round of the series was “Rainey’s Ride To The Races”, a charity race across the Monterey Peninsula that culminated on the track with a race bench Q&A session with the triple world champion and MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey and four-time world champion Eddie Lawson, who also competed in the race.
The largest of the weekend’s donations came from Medallia President and CEO Leslie Stretch, the 2022 MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Series sponsor, who contributed $100,000 to the cause.
“For me, it’s very simple,” Stretch said. “Every track I go to where I know everything has been done for the safety of the riders, I enjoy going there exponentially. All sponsors have to allocate part of their investment to make sure that is the case. results in happier spectators, more focused competitors and happier sponsors all around.
Another powerful contributor to the fund was Robert Talbott, founder of Talbott Vineyards and owner of the Moto Talbott Museum in Carmel Valley, California. Talbott donated $20,000.
“When I realized the Roadracing World Action Fund was a 501(c)3, I was very excited,” Talbott said. “It was something different from our usual donations. I’ve crashed and injured myself, had broken ribs and various things and I understand how this could be an amazing lifesaver. I love it, and that there can be something that can be done to keep bikers safe… Riding motorcycles is a defensive hobby, a sport, a love, a profession, and I am absolutely determined to ride. I have a lot of CHP (California Highway Patrol) buddies who ride and I also have Hell’s Angels buddies. I love people who ride and their safety is paramount. I want to ride for a long time, but I want to ride safely. I like the fact that we can make a difference in keeping cyclists safe. I’ve seen a lot of races and I’ve seen a lot of crashes and here’s something we can be a part of, and I’m thrilled. I have such respect for Wayne (Rainey) and if he channels it, pushes it, I want to help him. It’s really, really a good thing. So many causes today don’t make sense to me. It’s the right thing to do and my wife, Vivian, and I both believe in it.
The Roadracing World Action Fund had a successful year in 2021 beyond the Laguna Seca weekend with Chris Ulrich’s Dunlop and ECSTAR sponsored Two Up rides bringing in an additional $13,000 in donations and the MotoAmerica fines program bringing in $4,000.
“I think I speak for everyone in our paddock when I say thank you to everyone who has donated,” MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey said. “Leslie (Stretch) is very committed to the fund and what it does to help keep our riders safe and he has really stepped up his financial support. Robb (Talbott) and his wife, Vivian, saw first hand how well the Airfence and Alpina soft barriers work and realized what a lifesaver it is for our riders, and they were the first to do a donation. Everyone liked what they saw and decided to help, and their donations to the Roadracing World Action Fund will certainly help buy more Air Fence.
About Moto America
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series established in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is a subsidiary of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, former Roberts team rider and manager Chuck Aksland, motorsport marketing director Terry Karges and businessman Richard Varner. For more information about MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also be sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
About the Roadracing World Action Fund
The Roadracing World Action Fund – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – began in 2001 as a grassroots movement to make racing tracks safer for runners and bikers. At the time, bales of hay or stacks of tires were sometimes placed in front of concrete walls to protect the driver in the event of a collision. There was a much better solution for driver safety: inflatable soft barriers that absorb the energy of a collision. Soft barriers – made by Airfence or Alpina – can allow riders to often walk away from a crash that in the past could have resulted in catastrophic injury or even death.
The Roadracing World Action Fund has gained support from the motorcycle community as racers, bikers, family and friends, motorcycle companies, racing organizations and racetracks have helped make the use of barriers flexible the norm, rather than the exception, for motorcycle racing and the track. days at racetracks across the country. Now, from Laguna to Daytona, Motorsports Ranch to VIR, Auto Club Speedway to Blackhawk Farms, and many more, soft barriers are being deployed more frequently and in greater quantities than ever before, as the Roadracing World Action Fund continues its mission to help prevent racing injuries through motorcycle road racing safety education.