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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prof-x - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 12:56 AM


why would any sane person pony up a few hundred quid to go see a bike race? You could spend that much on a new set of tires for your bike and get a better view from the television. The only reason to go see a bike race is for the social appeal. At least with sports like football and what not you can actually see the whole game play out, at a motor sports event you get to hear some loud noise and see people pass others.

Its different when you know the guy on the track or its a community thing, but get real, blaming people for not saving an absurd amount of money to go see a race that has already been pretty much decided by those who will remain nameless ... stupid.

99 Crystal Ball. - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 10:06 AM

There is an element of truth in what you say.The reason a lot of people dont go to watch the races live is because you dont get to see very much!
The guys come tearing passed you down the straight in about 4 seconds,go round a bend and out of sight,then you wait 2 minutes for them to come round again!
And you are charged silly money for the privilege!
This is why most of us sit at home with a cold beer and watch the whole race in tv.

ben - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 10:31 AM

prof-x & 99 Crystal Ball

Most of us will watch the majority of rounds sat at home in our armchairs, but some circuits (particularly in Europe) will provide excellent vantage points and allow viewing of at least 50% of the circuit. You will find that many sections also provide big-screens so none of the action is missed.

The atmosphere at some circuits must be experienced and simply cannot be replicated at home. Yes it's expensive - but well worth it.


April 01, 2013 11:06 AM

Why Yamaha feels that motogp ought move out of europe? hint, it has nothing to do with the popularity of the sport but rather about sponsors/lack of big name sponsors like FIAT, Generali, to name a few who have pulled out of the sport as a result of europe financial crisis.

Yamaha on the on other feel that motogp ought to concentrate its efforts not only rich in fans, but mainly rich in big ticket corporate sponsors. Its for this reason why Dorna have been trying to push the sport for growth in america and asia...the areas is awashed with many potential big name sponsor. The problem though, despite the sale of motorcycles MotoGP just dosen't have same clout as as say the NFL, NBA or college sports(NCAA football/basketball). And please, don't blame NASCAR for the lack of MotoGP acceptance in america especially since motorcycle/power sports such as supercross/AMA is pretty nitch.

American Psycho - Unregistered

April 01, 2013 12:29 PM

The popularity of MotoGP started to decline when Rossi went to Ducati. This plus the fact the Stoner just keeps on whining. How can people support the sport when riders (only Stoner actually) hates it? I know that slowly but surely the sport will recover because Stoner is gone. Rossi has put it upon himself to revive the sport to its glory days while Stoner quit because he cant hack it.


April 01, 2013 10:17 PM

They should stay with two in USA, COTA and LS, get rid of Indy. too dangerous... LS sould bring on the Moto 2 and Moto3, move the AMA to Ducati island. jarvis is right, it needs to move to other continents. Another in SE Asia would be aswesome. COTAin two weeks baby!! yeah! I'm there!!

AvTech37 - Unregistered

April 02, 2013 12:41 PM

Yamaha are in racing to sell bikes and undertake development and so yes, they would like to concentrate on commercial areas where thay can sell. However, Lin Jarvis, if your marketing boys hadn't cocked up the European pricing policy of the bike range, including R1's and Super Tens, your balance sheet would be looking much healthier by now.

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