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Record 19-round provisional 2014 MotoGP calendar announced...

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krispradez

October 02, 2013 12:18 PM

I recommend to kick out Qatar so we can start early like February, who wants to race anyway in a desert where the only time in rains is exactly during Sunday of Motogp race covering the 45mins of GP time from 3pm.

mrfill

October 02, 2013 12:20 PM

@Nate44
What booming Asian market?
The Spanish tracks get huge crowds and bike racing is more popular than 4 wheeled stuff. Their domestic series has produced many great riders (e.g. Stoner, Redding) and if any other country has done as much for bike racing in recent years, I can't find it.

Nate44

October 02, 2013 12:25 PM

@MrFill The asian motorcycle market is booking for the manufactures. And there is a lot of money which can be generated from sponsorship and tv broadcasting. Having so much Spanish rounds has only benefited the Spanish. You can name 2 riders I can name over 50 spanish riders in the championship. I am only stating we need to look to other markets to make it happen. Sepang gets the same size crowds as the Spanish

LLarry

October 02, 2013 12:29 PM

@mrfill
The Asian market is booming but event attendance has always been lack-luste. The Asian market for bikes is still small commuters.
The point about Spanish events is not correct though. It is often suggested that Spanish tracks get massive crowds to try & justify their four events. Truth is, last year Spanish event attendance was down by 49,000 at Jerez, 22,000 at Aragon, 15,000 at Valencia and 5,300 at Catalunya.
All four Spanish MotoGP tracks were rumoured to be in the red, struggling to find a way to make a profit during Grand Prix weekends. That's why Jerez is still listed as STC for 2014.
It would actually be of benefit to everybody if at least one of these events was canned, to give the others a chance to be financially viable.

mrfill

October 02, 2013 12:53 PM

@Nate44
I visit Asia quite regularly and while there are millions of bikes, they are virtually all step-thrus or scooters. The number of 1000cc bikes seen are extremely low. You will see more in one day in the UK than you will in a month in Asia. With only a couple of exceptions (Malaysia & Japan) there is little interest in motor sport throughout Asia - cars and bikes - and there never has been despite many attempts. I suspect it is down to cultural indifference and low wages. In Spain they idolise riders and have cheap tickets. Don't blame the Spanish for doing a good job, blame the other countries for not making the effort.

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