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"There's one kid over here that I know 100% could cut it" - Ben Spies on future American talent.

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Realist

April 11, 2014 1:46 AM
Last Edited 159 days ago

Interesting perspective. With what's going on with the AMA, Herrin must've had the foresight of a fortune teller to get the hell outta dodge while the gettin' was good.

reinmacre

April 11, 2014 2:11 AM

Spies makes some very valid points. First, Cameron Beaubier is definitely ready for the world stage. The kid has that "it factor" and has the chops to make the next move. Secondly, the AMA's decline began when the economy cratered here in '07. I know the Spanish economy has suffered as well but motorsports, particularly motorcycle racing, is much more of a mainstream sport in Spain. Unfortunately in the ginormous country known as the USA, motorsports and more specifically motorcycle racing are a fringe or niche sport. Not to say there isn't a huge participating motorcycle population, just not the type to drive the mighty dollar, er, television ratings. AMA Supercross gets the coverage and ratings, that's about it.

Quite a bummer for us gearheads here in the US.

SwissJudge

April 11, 2014 5:12 AM

The problem is culture and language barriers. Americans like to stay in America. Europeans on the other hand are multilingual and most of the time close to their homes. If motogp was based in Australia Stoner would still be racing. The Americans have a different sense of humor and tend to over state. The europeans, especially the scandinavians dont.

But probably the biggest obstacle is that there are very few men capable passing on American rider feedback to the european technicians. Ben Spies and his man had this problem.

cfsteezy

April 11, 2014 6:20 AM
Last Edited 66 days ago

I ask all the time to other riders here in US if they follow road racing of any sort and they ALL say no...

They just buy a bike cuz theyre cool and fun to ride. Their interest stops there. Oh, and the stetched fad with wild airbrush paint jobs is big here too. Most "know" of an existing race series but cant differenciate between GP, AMA SBK, and WSBK...

Quite sad really that most dont care.

If you dont have riders that drink bud light, bend their hat brim up to the sky, drive a lifted truck, wear shirts with sleeves cut off with tattooed arms showing, americans for the most part wont care to watch.

JedPB67

April 11, 2014 6:47 AM

SwissJudge: the biggest obstacle is that there are very few men capable passing on American rider feedback to the european technicians. Ben Spies and his man had this problem.


How do you figure that out? He won 14 WSB races, took 11 Superpoles, podiumed on a satellite Yamaha and won a MotoGP race, doesn't exactly scream of feedback issues.

shamarone

April 11, 2014 6:51 AM

re: "the Spanish economy has suffered as well but motorsports, particularly motorcycle racing, is much more of a mainstream sport in Spain."

further proof of what i've only been saying since day one. it all begins (and ends) with the fan-sumers and "valuing mentalities" (or lack thereof). sort that, and everything else falls into place. I guarantee. (Cajun accent)

re: "Quite a bummer for us gearheads here in the US."

yup, and with all that out the way, the only thing left to decide is what YOU are going to do about it...?

hint, having foreseen all of this, s1's been cutting to the quick and giving the answer as to "what to do about it" for like 10 years. we can go round and round, waste time rehashing, coming to realizations, having epiphanies, traveling to the ends of the earth and back, blah blah blah, etc etc, and guess what...? the answer's STILL going to be the same.

JedPB67

April 11, 2014 6:52 AM

It is hard to go to Spain and race yet also do enough to grab attention. Tommy Aquino and Dan Linfoot raced in the CEV Moto2 championship, but the talent there is very big so it's hard to make an impression.

There's 7 riders in MotoGP's Moto2 that have come stright from the Spanish championship without coming through Moto3/125's.

Braaahp

April 11, 2014 7:52 AM

American riders of the future? I reckon PJ Jacobsen has got the potential to be a top WSBK rider (though how he'll do in MotoGP is debatable). I also thought that the late Tommy Aquino could have really got somewhere, it's such a shame he died, an absolutely top guy.

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