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December 07, 2011 3:45 AM

re: "There is no denying that the sport as it stands is unbalanced regarding racing locations"

i'm sorry, i think you mis-spoke. what you mean to say is, "there is no denying that the sport as it stands is unbalanced regarding fan support"

brace yourself. since it's so radical and shocking, you're not going to hear anyone else speak these words... the problem is not with dorna, irta, the FIM, or the manufacturers. the problem is with the consumer. always has been.


December 07, 2011 6:16 AM

@ Rawdawg

Again, you're spot on. But it is unfortunate. I would love to know what justifies the high sanctioning fees. If the fees were lower, tickets could be made cheeper, more people would go watch. It's not like DORNA don't make enough cash off TV deals etc. If it was more affordable they could return to Kyalami, a track a lot of international racers LOVE. South Africa also has Phakisa, where GP racing has previously taken place with much success. And we are a country with MASSIVE interest in motorsport, but the public with the interest can't afford the ticket prices.

It's sad really.

Mick - Unregistered

December 07, 2011 11:38 AM

The sanction fee's exist because the sport has to be paid for, TV sales alone dont pay for the sport. Dorna have allowed in the past low sanction fee's for certain tracks, Donningto was one of them. But it obviously causes problems with other promoter's as in why do they get it so cheap?
At least Dorna do reinvest the money, contary to what a lot of people think here, it helps a lot of teams keep going for a start. Why back riders from certain countries? simple marketing and selling to the networks in that country, more airtime brings in more sponsors more money for all.

Mick - Unregistered

December 07, 2011 11:42 AM

Yonny may not be the best rider but he is exciting to watch although backing it in won't do him much good in Motogp. He has been knocking on the door a few times in Moto2, if he brings interest from countries that ldn't normally be interested then that is only good for everyone who loves bike racing, I hope he enjoys and finds something.

JOHN - Unregistered

December 07, 2011 5:49 PM

Good on you Yonny. I like those leathers but that black bike looks like something out of a horror film....Cant see how it appeals to sponsors


December 07, 2011 8:36 PM

as these things go, the team must see something in him that can be cultivated. He really did come out of nowhere. I'd say to come outside of europe and run top 10 in a moto2 race means the x-factor is probably high. Some racers are just outright freaky like that and deserves a chance.

You guys are upset like he stole a ride from an entrenched alien. Its ridiculous.

RJM - Unregistered

December 07, 2011 11:02 PM

Rovdawg, what you say is undoubtedly true.

However someone ventured on motomatters the other week the problem the series has in attracting new sponsors around the world, and pointed to the 6 races combined in Italy and Spain as a factor, while there was no race in the emerging markets of China, India, Russia or Brazil. Argentina is a good starter, but it would do the series good to have races further abroad in markets that will interest prospective sponsors.

I accept that Spain is the series heartbeat, but the Aragon round is excessive. A Brazil-Argentina double header in future and a venture to India would be what Moto GP needs over the next few years


December 08, 2011 6:08 AM


Don't forget Russia soon.

@ BQR Team (FTR)

FIX THE FRONT OF THAT BIKE!!! I think I might be ill if I have to see that pooper showing itself in too many places... The rest of the bike is quite sexy, but the nose!!! AAAAGGGHH!!! *vomit*

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