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  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Very well said, thank you

  • Guest Column: The Business Of Racing, By Eric Trytko   2 years 39 weeks ago

    It's understandable that people don't know what's going on with sponsorship and riders paying for rides because it's not disclosed by the teams or written about by journalists. Even though it's common knowledge in the paddock... no one tells.

    All we hear is that so-n-so signed a contract for Reallyfast Racing Team. The interview with the rider and team is all about how they're all excited and how they're looking forward to a great season etc etc. We're not told that so-n-so got the ride because he brought $2 million dollars of Repsol sponsorship along. We're not even told that the team isn't paying him to ride at all but the sponsor is. Or that no one is paying the guy at all.

    It's as if it's a thing of shame. Or maybe it's an illusion that's perpetuated because if the young people watching knew the reality of the situation then no one would even start a motor racing career. They'd go play golf. After all who's been killed playing golf?

    I would even say that many potential sponsors aren't even aware of the reality of the situation either. People who might be willing to jump in to support riders if they knew. Reporting the situation after the fact doesn't help. If you really want to help the sport then tell us the all the facts.

    Until we're all given an accurate picture of the true state of affairs of bike racing then no one can support any changes made to reduce costs so that the truly deserving riders get the ride, not the ones with the most money.

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I want to know:
    is there are lack of new people wanting to advertise their product/service?
    is there a lack of perceived value in advertising with a MotoGP team?
    perhaps both.

    Can folks help run the cost/benefits with me?

    What is the estimated cost of running a CRT Team for 2012?

    What is the market that Dorna is claiming their race series provides participants?

    Can someone say what the asking cost of sticker on a MotoGP and CRT bike is?
    What do riders ask for wearing a patch or a specific hat around the paddock?

    If it is not clear what their cost is, how can new advertisers easily enter the marketplace to benefit from associating their brand with moto racing?

    In an effort to do my part to add new money to the sport, I will pay Yamaha Factory Racing, or SpeedMaster, five euro's to run a large MotoMatters sticker this season as their title sponsor if they have not found someone else to put a sticker there. Post your reply below accepting my simple terms. (hey, David... is it O.K. to use your logo? ;-)

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Where does all the money go that is collected at the gate? I don't have any idea how that works, but it would make perfect sense to me that some of that money be divided up amongst the riders and teams. Maybe it already is, I don't know. Do the riders still get appearance money?

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago
    $$

    Wasn't Pasini another guy on the "Currently Looking for Cash" list?

    I've always been a fan of his, since his 125 days...when everyone said his arm would restrict him to the smallest class. Now, if he can only keep it on two wheels consistently.

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    One part of the Italian media is reporting that Mattia Pasini could take West's ride at Speed Master, while another section is reporting that Pasini will be riding for the SAG team. More when we get it.

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I also wasnt to add that i dont think West of Yonny would ever win a race, but if it rained a podium is a possibility!

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    This is just like the old 500cc days, Niall Mackenzie had his best 500 season on the RGV Suzuki and was replaced by Didier de Radigues who brought in a shedload of cash

    I cant recall who said it, ( Rainey/Roberts maybe?) but a US team owner once told his sponsor " do you want fast riders or rich riders?"

    It appears that MGP wants rich riders..........

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    The CRT concept is sound, but if Carmelo wants it to go off without a hitch, he's going to have to dig deep into his own pockets and really help out. A rider like Ant West, though not an "alien" by any means, should be on the grid. His experience in GP's alone should warrant that. In fact, any rider who makes the 107% should be there.

    The current state of racing is scary to say the least. There are sooo many riders who would willingly risk their lives and ride for free an entire season, but PAY to ride? Excuse me Mr. Team owner, but if you need your own riders to pay a quarter million to have your team work, then obviously you are the one who doesn't have enough money to play ball...

    When all the people in the world who love MotoGP, but can't afford the 100 Euros a year (I believe that's the price now?) to subscribe online, can't even follow their favorite sport on YouTube for pete's sake, then who is the sport really appealing to?!? Want to create a following in the east? Make our sport accessible FOR FREE. Once the people are tuned in, the sponsors will willingly put out the cash. All they are asking for is an audience.

    You know why soccer is so popular Carmelo? It's because it doesn't charge it's own fans for the right to watch it. Please take note sir 'cause you are doing this wrong.

  • Yamaha Looks East: Lin Jarvis Explains Why MotoGP Needs To Be Racing Outside Europe   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Africa. Facilities, organisation and all the rest are available in abundance. Exchange rates etc,beneficial. Political will,questionable,as MGP is generally regarded as Eurocentric.
    Rossi and rewind the clock to 2004. Fast forward it to Kyalami/Phakisa 2013. Take it to Chile aswell. The high altitude likewise adds another dimension to set up.
    Judging by the Euro zone's economic melting pot,no doubt Yamaha and MGP have to look further afield. Cost cutting 3kg of race fuel by the GPC is clearly not the answer.

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Sad to read that he can't even afford to ride for free :(
    All the best to Ant for future. Hope he comes back.

    Long shot thought: Iannone would have to step up if Speed Master team doesn't get a replacement rider?

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Dorna has helped satellite-bike riders in the past so why not with the CRTs? Carmelo should consider helping the riders in these difficult times for the sakes of everyone including the fans. I was wondering what Chris Vermeulen was doing for 2012... this is sad news. CV just can't catch a break. Where did it all go wrong for him?

  • Ant West To Retire From Racing Due To A Lack Of Sponsors   2 years 39 weeks ago
    Ugh

    The pedals fall from the rose already...I realize that West and Hernandez are not necessarily sharp end GP riders, but so much for a "healthy grid".

  • Yamaha Looks East: Lin Jarvis Explains Why MotoGP Needs To Be Racing Outside Europe   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Yamaha (and the other Japanese Factories) should explain their plan(s) to fix the decline in the United States and European sportbike markets! Expanding should always be a 'given' for any motorcycle company. As we all know, The crisis in Japan had a major impact/influence on the Japanese motorcycle/auto markets. BMW and Ducati sales have increased in North America! How did they do it? Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki need to restructure their models to be built in other regions other than Japan. And make models people want to spend their hard-earned money on rather than spitting out upgrades to an already dated model! This would also help the global economy. They should study Ducati's Sales and Marketing Plan. As far as MotoGP goes... finalize the rules already but allow them to be bent. Carmelo wants closer racing to build up/expand MGP like F1? Allow other engine configurations within the CRTs... twins and triples... which will bring in more brands/riders of various backgrounds/sponsorships! Ducati and the 1199? EBR and the 1190? Both would require a custom chassis anyway. Everybody that loves MotoGP wants the same things: closer racing and more brands-riders-sponsors etc etc. Having all parties involved agreeing on how to get there... that's the problem. Good Luck Carmelo!

  • Yamaha Looks East: Lin Jarvis Explains Why MotoGP Needs To Be Racing Outside Europe   2 years 39 weeks ago

    I agree with all that you have said, the one question I have; is Rossi gold (or has he been gold)for the promotion of Motogp in the asian market?.

    I have a European background and at times enjoy the promotional aspect of some of the riders, at times I find it a bit much ( ie it just boring bullshit for the benefit of "THIER" existing fans)

    Some promotional material/actions may be appreciated in one culture but not another. So what is the target market? and what works in that market. Please see someone a lot more knowledgeable than me for that answer.

  • How The Robot ASIMO Helped Build Honda's MotoGP Electronics Package   2 years 39 weeks ago

    My early 1970s four door FIAT had a DOHC motor that was originally designed in the late 50s. I think Lancia used the same basic motor.
    All far earlier than the Japanese adoption of DOHC for mass market cars.

  • Yamaha Looks East: Lin Jarvis Explains Why MotoGP Needs To Be Racing Outside Europe   2 years 39 weeks ago

    The highly euro-centric nature of motoGp is not a viable long-term marketing approach, with the economic woes of the majority of the euro-zone so visible. That is also a potential fly-in-the-ointment for the CRT idea: while the grid sizes may improve (and with it the actual racing) the sort of technology available to 'small' builders to produce CRT machines is almost exclusively resident in highly-industrialised countries. The FTRs, Suters etc. have no product to sell in the asian markets, other than possibly to a few extremely well-heeled individuals.

    However, if motoGp is going to embrace the asian market it will need to promote more 'stories' to interest the market than just the old -and again, mainly euro-centric - stuff. More asian riders than just a few Japanese and a Thai are needed. Rossi has been gold for the promotion of motoGp, but the whole idea of simply transplanting a euro-circus to an asian scenario isn't going to work. At the minimum, motoGp will need to present itself as a scene in which asian participation can be viewed as an undertaking in which asians can be entirely competitive and successful - to breed and nurture future heroes.

  • Qatar MotoGP To Retain 4-Day Format In 2012   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Yes the lights are awesome and allow for great still images with the carbon glowing, etc. but with the life blood of any organization being the recruitment of new fans, tuning in on TV (which a casual fan will be doing vs streaming it) and seeing rows upon rows of empty bleachers will only reinforce the incorrect notion that no one is following the sport so why should they?

    For that reason, and more importantly, because it sucks to wait until April, start the season earlier.

    By the way, if we were to fly to the race do we stand a better chance of being able to meet the racers? The European and American rounds that I have been to are far too mobbed.

  • Scott Jones 2011 Retrospective: Round 10, Laguna Seca   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Does anyone know if it is just Casey with the analog tach? Did Dovi and Dani run it as well? HRC and Honda as a whole love the digi tach (see the S2000 and most of their model lineup).

    God I miss racing.

  • Qatar MotoGP To Retain 4-Day Format In 2012   2 years 39 weeks ago

    Move the Qatar date up to March instead of April would be ideal but there has to be some other event or situation preventing that from being a possibility. An (early to mid) March date would make the 'waiting' more tolerable for the fans. WSB and the other series that start weeks prior are great appetizers but waiting almost 2 months for the main course is just plain silly. More revenue could be generated as well for people other than the Losail Circuit owners...

  • How The Robot ASIMO Helped Build Honda's MotoGP Electronics Package   2 years 39 weeks ago

    "inherently poor economics has always dicated moto-side as the last to see anything."

  • Qatar MotoGP To Retain 4-Day Format In 2012   2 years 39 weeks ago

    then Allah be praised. Yes this race is wrong on so many levels, but ultimately like Dorna I'm with the money.

  • How The Robot ASIMO Helped Build Honda's MotoGP Electronics Package   2 years 39 weeks ago

    The development argument is still valid, but not the version the MSMA like to peddle. The MSMA insist that MotoGP technologies trickle down to road bikes. In most cases, MotoGP systems have no application in the production market; however, the manufacturing techniques are important. Rapid prototyping, new materials, extreme simulation, complicated electronics (you know the spiel). If the MSMA can learn advanced calc in MotoGP, production-market algebra is second-nature.

    As much as I like to slam the manufacturers for their communications and marketing ineptitude, their dilemma is clear. If a company like Suzuki spends $20M to develop state of the art manufacturing technologies, but the average punter thinks Suzuki is garbage due to their finishing position, why would Suzuki stay in MotoGP? Furthermore, who is responsible for communicating to the punters? Dorna or Suzuki? I'm not sure it really matters b/c Ezpeleta doesn't look like he cares, and Japanese corporations frequently do things under a veil of secrecy so people don't "see how the sausage is made". Even when the MSMA are doing something good, they generally don't trust the public enough to give basic details. Congrats to HRC for this press release. Not great, but at least they are trying.

    Back to the point, if the manufacturers are developing new technologies with 8-digit-price-tags, but the punters have no idea what's going on, the only way to align the engineers with the punters is to write rules like the 21L fuel restriction. In the case of 21L, complicated manufacturing techniques and expensive materials both produce an on track advantage. When a manufacturer wins, the bike usually is designated as "the best" by the general public, and the manufacturer gets a bit of brand equity for their GP investment.

    Unfortunately, the MSMA's game causes cost overrun. The MSMA rules also put pressure on revenues, which are derived from entertainment value. If no infotainment is happening, entertainment value is necessarily derived by the value of the spectacle, commonly associated with the closeness of the racing. Social problems are prevalent in the MSMA arrangement as well. The participants, except the celebrity riders and engineers, become dispensable b/c they cut into the development budget. Revolt is imminent. IRTA are willing to play the part.

    Expensive development, and bad rules. Bob's-your-uncle, the entire racing world is copying NASCAR. Spec equipment everywhere, and ginned-up faux-competition.

    Motorcycle racing fans should never embrace NASCAR; however, I think we should embrace a bit of pragmatism. If you put a 21-year-old kid on a 250hp bike, and, for your entertainment pleasure, you ask him to ride around at 200mph in a few mm of kangaroo skin, he should be entitled to a relatively competitive bike. Superbike operates according to that principle. I think MotoGP would be wise to move that direction as well.

    So let me tie this all together, a spec-ECU might be a bit too far b/c of the development value of MotoGP, but strict horsepower controls are probably a good idea. Strict horsepower limits have killed car racing, but hp limits don't have the same effect on motorcycles. Motorcycles pitch and roll. That's why we love them (and hate them as we fly over the high side), and that's why MotoGP won't die if they ditch the fuel limit for a rev limit in 2013. Hopefully, the MSMA feel the same way.

  • How The Robot ASIMO Helped Build Honda's MotoGP Electronics Package   2 years 39 weeks ago

    "The multidimensional inclinometer used by the RC212V to detect the attitude of the bike is a direct development of the system used by ASIMO to monitor the robot's balance as it walks and runs."
    Would not this part of the electronics package be very transferable to road bikes, and according to the article is not expensive?

  • Qatar MotoGP To Retain 4-Day Format In 2012   2 years 39 weeks ago

    " sufficiently large to pay for all of the transport costs for the series for the entire season "

    For all 3 classes, every event, for the entire season?

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