MotoGP » Pesek 'working on' Ioda funds

"I still do not have it all, but we're working on it” – Lukas Pesek.

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Dean Dean

December 27, 2012 5:45 PM

@rsv4ryan, if this is all new to you then it begs the question as to just how 'involved' you were throughout this '25yrs of racing'. I'm sorry, but your note really does beg that question...
Sponsorship has been an essential part of racing for far far longer than 25yrs, even a privateer owner / racer required funds to race, to travel etc..he'd even pay himself out of what was left from the sponsors kitty.
The sponsor is your paymaster, your employer and indeed many a racers 'salvation'...


December 27, 2012 6:17 PM
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rsv4ryan, it is like any business who employ a person for his customer base, it goes on in all walks of life, its called building, a team has to build and these grid slots are precious.
Could be in WSB though where you have to pay for tyres and travel as well as entry, and when the promoter is doing low sanction fee packages and cheap TV deals, the start money's not too good either.
Barry Sheene and Kenny Roberts were the first to get the deals better with the FIM, when they used to pay 1500 to enter and only get 200 back.

jimmy - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 10:08 PM

RSMick: But in the old times (500cc), you could buy a bike from a manufacturer and just go racing. Today it's impossible because there are no bikes to be bought! You just have to bring money into an existing team.

the Don - Unregistered

December 27, 2012 11:03 PM

Sooooo.... do the mechanics "pay" to be there? Does the crew chief? No!!!! They get the best they can for the money they have.
If you want to be a bigshot team owner it's YOUR responsibility to drum up the sponsorship to pay your employees, the most important being the one who puts his sh@t on the line for the whole team!!!

professor-x - Unregistered

December 28, 2012 4:02 AM

yah. racing is getting pretty ridiculous, Casey is right to wanna check out of the circus, its getting more and more controlled in order to keep up appearances/the spectacle. A shame, but the economy is still in the tube and will be for a while, cant afford to spend like Spain and during the 90's early 2000's.

To be honest, BSB and maybe WSBK/WSS will be the better attractions next year, MotoGP is in decay and Dorna is pulling no stops in order to bring a cult following to Marquez (Rossi effect) and try to build up other narratives to keep the drama interested tele-viewers. MotoGP is almost completely a soap opera, unfortunately... With bad and misleading commentary to the way tires are decided upon and the disparity between bikes and teams with in the classes.


December 28, 2012 9:15 AM

What is CRT then? you can buy a chassis from a chassis manufacturer and an engine an tune it. Or buy an ART, no difference to what you could buy then the factories still won.
People will say but you have no chance of winning, I think the last privateer win in the top class was 1980 Jack Middleburg. The last true privateer podium was Makenzie on the ROC (half the field depleted thanks to Doohan) Barros got one on the NSRV but did have factory backing. In the first year of CRT they are closer than the first year of ROC/Harris and NSRV, where being lapped just once was considrered an achievement.
The difference is now you have a more proffesional structure, Abraham is an owner/rider but still has a contracted team structure, which you had in 92 but some far worse underfunded teams than now. One always springs to mind was Peter Graves who to his credit somehow managed to get his bike on the grid and gave Simon Crafer his big break after his entry being refused.

turnip - Unregistered

December 28, 2012 2:43 PM

Interesting and correct insight RSMick, I wish there was a good book on the privateer struggle in the 70s/80s and 90s.

as for 200k, to my mind that is a bargain. If I could get a Moto gp ride for that money Id sell my house and learn to ride. 200k wouldnt buy you a season in F3 single seaters in 1985 let alone a good ride these days in bikes, its peanuts. Cant believe riders arent lining up for that price, if they beat coming man Petrucci they can only look good.

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