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November 03, 2014 11:24 AM

WSBK » Thailand ’99.9%’ for 2015 calendar, Chile questionable

Does 'emerging countries' mean more money in Dorna's coffers, than established countries (Germany, Czech Republic etc,) can afford. I thought Dorna wanted to reduce the cost of World Superbikes, but going to far flung places means extra expense for the teams - flights, hotels, car rental, food etc. And also for fans. So it will cost more. Also, these 'emerging countries' do not have a motorcycle sport culture and so there will not be loads of fans spending money at the track and creating a great atmosphere. Does anybody have an idea how many spectators were at WSBK in Qatar last weekend? I am thinking that there were probably more people working at the track than were spectating. It was probably a night race, so that the TV cameras wouldn't have to use any crowd shots. There is only one place for spectators to watch in Qatar, and that is a grandstand on the front straight. Qatar has no motorcycle culture, let alone a motorcycle sport culture. The rich people have exotic cars and, if


November 10, 2014 1:57 PM

WSBK » Thailand round confirmed, gets March date

The Chang International Circuit is an all-new purpose-built venue located in the city of Buriram, around 400km north-east of the Thai capital Bangkok. So, where is the nearest airport? I tried UK to Buriram and although there appears to be an airport there, nothing came up. Dorna's Javier Alonso says: Over the last two years the World SBK has accomplished to be present within important regions, such as the USA, Malaysia, Australia and Qatar with successful events. What does he mean by successful events? Successful for who? There was no crowd in Qatar and hardly any in Malaysia this year, so how can these events be deemed successful?


October 10, 2014 10:24 AM

WSBK » Dorna: We need to go to growing markets

Going to the so-called emerging markets doesn't mean that these events will see huge crowds, far from it. Manufacturers may sell a few more bikes and get better attention, but that's about it. The series didn't get a huge crowd in Malaysia this year and I cannot see that we will get huge crowds in Chile, Thailand or in Welkom - if the series goes there next year. Circuits get their money from spectators, so if there are just a few spectators, then the circuit loses money. Also, it seems that the flyways are all one-off events, so whilst Dorna may be getting good money from the organisers, it will cost a lot more for the teams (and all personnel involved) to get there. Possibly the biggest cost for a team in a World Championship is shipping personnel around - flights, hotels, rentacars, food etc. If Dorna seriously want to improve WSBK (and do they really want to do it?) they should improve the promotion of the events and work with the circuits and get the admission price reduced. More

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