MotoGP » Yamaha: MotoGP should move out of Europe

"If we moved to the areas where the economy is struggling less than in Europe we would see better financial circumstances" - Lin Jarvis, Yamaha.

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The American - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 12:15 PM

Yes, it's all good to say races should move out of Europe to this continent and that continent but you have to have tracks and most importantly you have to have someone to pony up the sanction fee. Dorna gets their money from sanction fees and tv rights NOT ticket sales. Why do you think they have a race in Qatar with 100 people in the stands? Because Qatar pays their sanction fees. To have a race anywhere there has to be a track/promoter/government or someone who is willing to sign a multi-year deal to pay the sanction fee. One of the reason there are so many races in Spain, America, and Italy is that tracks/promoters/governments have put their money were their mouth is and put up the money and sign multi-year deals.

Ron - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 12:17 PM

Who gives a stuff where the races are held, as long as the track is awesome.

Ask the F1 boys, how the race at Korea has fared, that one is on borrowed time. Singapore is probably not workable for bikes either. China didn't work out well for MotoGP.

Argentina is allready on the books for a return. South Africa would be a welcome return however but I heard both major tracks are in bad condition now.

Italy and Spain have so many races because they attract fans, have great tracks, and the paddock is domininated by racers of those nationalities.

And ultimatley fans matter, not where you want to sell your bikes (which we do without MotoGP anyway in those areas).

Drugde - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 12:35 PM

Jarvis nailed it. The 3 biggest motorcycle sales are USA, Brasil and India China doesn't have a motorcycle culture as most cities do not even allow bikes but out of all these markets MotoGP is only present in the US. Time to include Brazil, India, China, Argentina and a couple of other countries were the money is flowing!

Deano - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 1:36 PM

Lin Jarvis seems to have lost the plot: at a time when motorsport in general is looking to reduce costs, he wants to vastly increase the logistics budget by taking MotoGP to more countries because the motorcycle companies might have the opportunity to make more money!
Surely the logical thing to do would be to stop all flyaway races and make good use of the resultant significant budgetary savings.

ELGuevo - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 2:07 PM

The biggest portion of viewership is out of Europe and the USA is slowly growing.

I can't tell how much exposure the races get in Asia and South America vs. soccer for example.

But based on how much Dorna guards their content I assume the answer is zero.


March 28, 2013 2:24 PM

MotoGP is in Europe because when it started in the 1950s there were many European marques. The racers, the fans and the factories were happy enough with that situation (no sponsors yet). At that time, the Far Eastern factories were virtually unknown. Then Honda went to the Isle of Man and a new era started. Later, sponsors became involved and TV coverage blossomed, kick-starting another new era.
Now, with the dire financial situation in Europe and the high output of many Eastern factories we are probably entering yet another new era.
But with global satellite TV it does it matter where the races are held?
Maybe LJar and the whole GP circus SHOULD move out of Europe to promote their brands in the Asian and Oriental markets, and WSBK become exclusively Europe-based? The MotoGP factory teams could develop Asian riders to create a fan base and market in their countries, while the best Euro riders would migrate to European WSBK and give top entertainment to Euro enthusiasts. Sorted.

saner - Unregistered

March 28, 2013 2:34 PM

Out of Europe, Indonesia have huge numbers of motogp fans..could be around million.So Indonesia and also India as wsbk is going to be held in November in Buddh circuit. .So motogp can follow next year,and if Brazil included we can have double header in south america.So it all depends on Carmelo.


March 28, 2013 2:35 PM

Nothing wrong with entering expanding markets but there is a dearth of MotoGP quality tracks in southeast Asia. The countries in the region need to develop these race tracks for safety sake and if the markets are growing there this should be financially possible.

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