The best rewards are helping roadracing grow, enjoying the best seat in the house, and being part of the action. Oh, and did we mention that it's fun?
What is a cornerworker?
Cornerworkers are a vital part of racing. They work in a team on each corner of the racetrack, and are always on the lookout for anything that may create an unsafe situation. Cornerworkers signal conditions to the racers using various flags and hand
signals, and coordinate their actions with other workers using signals and with Race Control using two-way radios. They keep the track clear of debris, liquids, and disabled race vehicles, and assist participants who have crashed. Above all, a cornerworker is there to keep every rider safe and assist whenever possible. (There are the other ways to get involved, too.)
What is a typical race day like?
The day begins with a cornerworker meeting at the concession stand, where corner assignments are given, procedures reviewed, and new volunteers trained. Crews then report to their assigned stations to check for and remove potential hazards. The corner captain briefs workers on their roles and responsibilities before the first practice session begins, usually around 8am. Then the action begins, and you find yourself closer to the track than any spectator could ever hope to be. You get a close-up view as the riders lean their machines into the turn; you hear the scuff of knee-pucks against the pavement. You watch the bikes and the track for any problems that may be developing, and spring into action if someone needs help.
When you come in from the track after the morning practice sessions, you are greeted by a selection of great food prepared by other safety crew volunteers. On Saturdays, you'll also enjoy a hot dinner to fill you up after a full day of racing action. Every meal is served with a generous helping of "bench racing," socializing, and camaraderie.
Who can become a cornerworker?
If you like motorcycles, want to get involved in roadracing in some way, and are over 18 years of age, then come join us!
How do I learn to cornerwork?
Every Saturday during the roadracing season, MARRC conducts our Cornerworker School for new cornerworkers. A large part of the day-long training process will be conducted trackside during actual practice and race sessions so you can experience everything first-hand. Bring the recommended personal care equipment to the race track with you since you will be outside most of the day.
You will be trained by experienced MARRC Safety Crew members on a cornerworker's roles and responsibilities, flag and hand signals, communications procedures, bike pickup and inspection, personal care items and safety, oil and debris cleanup and many other issues important to a cornerworker. The class begins at 9:00am, usually in the race control building. Just ask anyone in a MARRC shirt where to meet if you cannot find the buildings or do not hear announcements about the training class.
Students recieve lunch and dinner with the rest of the MARRC Safety Crew every school day.
There is also complementary admission to Summit Point Raceway for registered students. (Please register in advance at
Look over the Cornerworker Quick Reference Guide for an overview of the subjects to be covered during class.
How much of a commitment do I need to make?
That's entirely up to you. Whether you can volunteer one day or twenty, you're welcome to join our team. You can let us know ahead of time or just show up at 7:00am on any race day, and we'll welcome you!
What do I need to bring with me?
When cornerworking you will be out on station for 8 to 9 hours a day. Your protection from the elements will depend on how well you have planned ahead. Keep in mind that the weather at Summit Point is changeable and often does not follow the forecasts for area cities. The mountainous location means that mornings are typically very chilly. Experienced Safety Crew members come prepared with an assortment of personal items.
If you have a hand-held scanner, you can monitor the MARRC safety crew frequency on 461.1375 Mhz. Any commercially available scanner can pick up this frequency. Listening in not only keeps you updated on what is going on around the track, but you'll learn how we work in the process.
How do I get to the track, and where do I go if I want to cornerwork?
The first step in learning to cornerwork is to come out to the track and take our cornerworker school, held each Saturday there are motorcycle races at Summit Point. For more information or to register for the class, please contact
and ask about the Cornerworker School. We'll help you get started. If you would like to join MARRC, fill out and mail a membership application.
Directions to Summit Point are easy to follow. Once you're at the track, proceed to the paddock area. You may attend the 7AM cornerworker meeting held at the covered end of the concession stand in the paddock (to the left of the Winner's Circle). You are welcome to seek out any person wearing a white Safety Crew T-shirt, or go to the MARRC Info Booth, the white trailer set up next to the Winner's Circle. Training classes start at 9AM at the location indicated on the cornerworker school schedule.
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