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bliz - Unregistered

March 10, 2012 4:42 PM

You guys are missing the point. They're not out to divide a limited market, they're out to cultivate a massive motorcycle buying market by giving as much motogp exposure as possible. The marke is only limited by the limited exposure in the US, but potential--based on motorcycle sales--is huge.

Francisco - Unregistered

March 10, 2012 7:57 PM

Some people do not know that Ft Hood is only about an hour or less away from Austin. That's one of the biggest Army bases the US Army has. With that being said, I bet they would go especially the bike riders or any others looking to spend some money. Just throwing that out there.

ey? - Unregistered

March 11, 2012 1:48 AM

"The market is only limited by the limited exposure in the US,"

That is the most ridiculous statement I have heard in ages. The USA might be the centre of the universe for you, but for some of us, it means nothing. Triumph and Ducati are the only known motorcycle brands that have shown huge increases in sales in the last year. Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki and (especially) Yamaha have shown huge loses. Harley davidson? Only people in the USA care. Has absolutely nothing to do with USA!

bliz - Unregistered

March 11, 2012 6:46 AM

@ ey? --I don't think your comment is relevant. I'm not sure what you think I said...but I was referring to the potential MotoGP viewing market in the United States. MotoGP gets very poor coverage over here so there are still a lot of "potential" fans that just haven't really been exposed to it yet.


March 11, 2012 4:17 PM

@ bliz

with VR46 and the "shock and awe" spectacle of true prototypes as the driver, motogp's been televised for more than a decade, 7 years @ laguna with double rounds the past 3 years @ indy. what that means is it's gotten all the coverage it's ever going to get and made converts of all the fans it's ever going to convert. how many are left at this point...? 100...? or 100k...? other than "wishful thinking" coverage will not increase. even if it did the impact would be nill. wobbling CRT's aren't a powerful enough model to offset the live experience of open piped prototypes, a soon-to-be retired VR46, a retired capirossi, a deceased simoncelli, lack of sponsors and last but not least, a modern motorcycle population hell bent on devauling anything they get their mitts on. yes a sobering reality, but ey is correct.


March 11, 2012 4:35 PM

re: "To say there won't be enough local interest is just ridiculous."

correct, that is ridiculous. however (comma) what ISN'T ridiculous is what i'm saying. with the other 2 domestic grandprixs having shown ever dwindling attendance figures, one has to wonder how soon before the oil rich locals become "uninterested"...? 1 yr...? 3yrs...?

re: "I'll happily buy James a pint when MotoGP rolls into town next year."

great, i'll pencil you in for 2019, or is that burden the next man's problem...?


March 11, 2012 4:51 PM

re: "Its all about money, pay-m more and be done with it already"

re: "This is nothing more than posturing and gamesmanship between the various parties involved and, as usual, is all about money."

hmmmn, so what leantwo and ian are saying is... "MONEY" is important...!? got it. gentleman, hold fast to those thoughts. there will be a quiz.

bliz - Unregistered

March 12, 2012 2:59 PM

Sorry shamarone, I have to disagree. I've come across countless guys (riders) all the time that don't really know anything about MotoGP--other than it exists. I'm always inviting people over to watch the races (on my computer hooked up to my widescreen) and the response is the same every time: "How did I miss this until now?"

SPEED channel's coverage? Yah, okay they air the races and edit for time...and will preempt for nascar if needed. Whoop-de-fricken-do! This country is MASSIVE and there are TONS of potential fans out there so MotoGP can grow A LOT. If Fox or some other non-pay network could carry ALL the races and air QP...and the more races over here the better. The sport has plenty of room to grow.

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