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How many people like myself have no personal link with Tommy but take a particular interest in his career because we were introduced to him at an early age, (along with late lamented brother Ollie), thanks to tv coverage of the R6 series? Same goes for other ex-Yamaha Cup riders like Crutchlow. There's a good article on motomatters at the moment about the following Moto3 riders have, on Facebook etc, amongst the teenage girl demographic. The riders have a similar following to boy bands being young, fit and attractive, with different types for different tastes, plus all the thrills and spills of motorcycle racing which the rest of us enjoy. When sponsorship money is so tight that talents like Bridewell have no bike to race, the organisers should be pushing for something like the R6 Cup again on TV, or better still, a British "Red Bull Rookies" Moto3 series, (allowing wild card entries at the British GP). Not just the races, but enough coverage of the riders "back stage" to reveal their