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You have to attract money to a championship for sponsors to be willing to pay for a rider and bike. The bigger the audience the more money and more sponsors. If the internationals were not there to generate interest then the sponsorship money would not exist. What was suggested a few years ago is that each team be allowed a maximum of one foreign rider and if they hire one they must provide a bike in one of the classes to a U.K rider. So they can have their international stars getting TV coverage whilst the up and coming Brit is provided a ride in the lower class. That would be a good compromise but hard to get an agreement on. Perhaps also have a leaderboard for the leading domestic riders in the championship so they do not vanish in the overall standings.

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