CRAWFORDSVILLE, Ind. (WLFI) — In his 43 years of experience of managing races, MX Sports Pro Motocross Event Director Tim Cotter has never seen anything like the pandemic.
"It's been very difficult for us to find the venues that we can go to," said Cotter. "[Venues] that we can feel comfortable that we'd be able to do what the community is asking us to do."
Cotter, along with 40 others, established the Safe Racing Task Force. The guidelines created by that group allowed the 2020 Ironman National to take place in Crawfordsville this weekend. Optional masks, mandatory social distancing, and frequent temperature checks were incorperated into normal race operations.
The race was also limited to 26% capacity, per the Safe Racing Task Force's decision. Cotter says that this task force was well-advised.
"We worked with local authorities and the state to make sure we we're adhering to their guidelines as well as the CDC guidelines," explained Cotter. "It's highly recommended that everyone wears masks but it's most important that they social distance."
Some of these rules, he says, will transcend far beyond this year's race.
"The way we have adapted is going to change motorcycle and motocross racing," said Cotter. "We're going to continue [the rules] when the pandemic's over. We're going to keep some of the protocols we have in place."