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  • Silly Season Round Up: The MotoGP Merry-Go-Round, Moto2 And Moto3 Madness, And Guessing At The 2015 Calendar   2 weeks 2 days ago

    There was some talk about him getting a Pramac seat...is that still possible? Or maybe another seat?

  • The Future Starts Here: MotoAmerica's First Press Release On The AMA And US Racing   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Finally, now make the superbike class rules mimic WSBK, and pay some start money to the top teams from WSBK so they will show at Daytona...

    That plus 600 supersport and a lightweight beginners class. Why not race some of those slick little Honda 500 twins? Hell, I'll come out of retirement for that.

  • 2014 Jerez World Superbike FP1 Results: Melandri And Sykes Quickest   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Welcome back! The last seven weeks seemed to last as long as the Cretaceous Period. Can't say how refreshing it is to see WorldSBK on the menu again this weekend. Multiple contending manufacturers and riders - plus the novel prospect of close races where it's difficult to predict the eventual winner. Who knew racing could be like that?

  • Silly Season Round Up: The MotoGP Merry-Go-Round, Moto2 And Moto3 Madness, And Guessing At The 2015 Calendar   2 weeks 2 days ago

    As well as reading the interview with the Donington boss linked in David's tweet alongside, have a read of this.
    A fascinating article, and as relevant today as it was then, I think.

    http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2014/Sep/140904noyes.htm

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Scott Redding’s future   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Thank you for responding to the post that I put up. About David's point as to why tobacco companies rush to sponsor if there was no benefit for them in it.... well, there is an academic argument about how nobody really knows if advertising really works the way it is supposed to. Have been a researcher for the past many years and have seen that justification of 1 to 1 correlations are usually axiological and hence assumed. But I do not want to be argumentative here. My point is why target some industries for advertising bans? Like I said junk food is life threatening, automobile pollution is life threatening, consumption of oils with saturated fats (like palmolien oil) is life threatening but nothing is done there. That is perhaps due to reasons that run deeper than mere concern for people's health. However, sorry about this, let us not convert it into a political debate. This all about motorsport so it makes sense for me to shut up at this point. But really thanks David and Lilyvani for your insights; it really helps me. Apologies again and thanks again as well.

  • The Future Starts Here: MotoAmerica's First Press Release On The AMA And US Racing   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Awesome beyond words!!!!

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Scott Redding’s future   2 weeks 3 days ago

    It took me 30 years to get off cigarettes and if I'm honest it was being an outcast that probably made me do so. The advertising didn't encourage me to go out and buy cigarettes, but it did make it more 'normal', which I suppose is the same thing. If you want to see that in action, take a look at the more developed African countries, where smoking is cool and middle class, because that's how it's portrayed.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    They got Matt Mladin to quit. And that was the last of their accomplishments.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    That's the easiest part of the questions: The Daytona 200 is still the oldest motorcycle race in America, and will be the season kickoff and cornerstone of the new setup. Yeah, MotoGP at Austin and Indianapolis get bigger crowds, but historically (for motorcyclists) the Daytona 200 is the equivalent of the Indianapolis 500. That's where the history is, that's where the season starts.

    From there? I can think of places already: Laguna Seca (although I'll never make a race there, way too distant), Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway (my home track), Mid-Ohio. Do as much as they can to bring back the feel of pre-2008, hell, try to bring back the 1990's and early 2000's. Just leave Mat Mladin back in Australia.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Maybe the best news this past decade and-a-half. Srsly.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    ... road to real success and popularity for roadracing in North America, this is a huge win for fans, teams and promoters.

    As tempting as the CEV model is, I really don't think it's achievable in the US where running a relatively simple Supersport program is difficult enough to pay for.

    While some sort of class for young kids is a must, I wonder if a solid Supersport and Superbike class structure is the best way to begin restructuring the series.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Roadracing can now start anew in North America. The best thing DMG has ever done for roadracing, by far, is leaving it. Best of luck to KRAVE in re-creating the sport!

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    That was a great article and explained a lot of mysteries left by the press release, which is all I could find among the couple websites I read. I think it isn't going to be easy getting fans and sponsors back. US road racing is pretty much rent-a-ride these days. There just isn't much capital to be had by anybody. But I am hoping I'm wrong. Certainly there are plenty of decent venues to have a great series. Particularly if they can get a couple Canadian rounds in.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    well i really hope they go the cev format, to have United states kids in the moto3 , and moto2 class would be incredible. man i hope they go that route.

  • Interview: Star Of The Future Alex Rins On Honda vs KTM, Racing In Moto3, And Moto2 vs MotoGP   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I have been rooting for him this season and hope he does well in going to Moto2 and then MotoGP.

    I can only imagine that Moto2 will become spectacular once more once it recieves the Moto3 graduates.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I'm not sure we need to create this series from scratch: a lot of what worked well in the Mladin-Spies-Hayden era can still work here. What is missing in the current discussion is support from the manufacturers. Their backing, in the form of rider contracts, race weekend title sponsorships (Honda Supercycle Weekend at MidOhio),
    team support (Erion Racing), and PR is vital. Yes, the class structure needs to mesh with their need to sell certain models, so they get a seat at that discussion table, but they also need to see how our series has to provide the clear upward path into the Dorna series and their class structure, so we'd be crazy to stray too far from the WSBK model. BTW, the inclusion of Canada into this new series is brilliant. I am not familiar with the safety of their tracks, so I hope they are up to snuff.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    The WSBK spec model has been tried here recently and drew a complete blank from the Japanese (and their U.S. arms):

    http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/dmg-no-factory-superbike-in-2009-ame...

    The BSB model relies on strong "satellite" financial support (non-manufacturer but industry-related), and that infrastructure is not only non-existent in U.S., but because of the size of the U.S, that support has to be much greater. You're not going to have shops and/or dealerships running Superbike teams here. And you cannot forget that in BSB, the series does not require the tracks to pay a sanctioning fee; the series is promoted by the tracks; and the riders don't get paid shit. It is an entirely different financial model that cannot simply be picked up and transplanted.

    The "cheap bike" model pissed off a LOT of fans here (and I wonder if it's not part of WSBK's darkening outlook).

    Glad that DMG gave up, but we have fundamental problems here, no matter who is at the helm. This is no magic fix. I can see a financial path to success, but it's iffy.

    Sometimes I wonder about the viability of a National Superbike series at all. Does anyone run a National Formula One series, with cars anywhere near the specs of a modern F1 machine? Or more to the point, how many MotoGP (or even WSBK) riders have come through a National Superbike championship at all?

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    ... good riddance DMG!!!

    Oh, and can we get rid of Rob Dingman while we're cleaning house? He's done NOTHING good for the AMA!

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    ...rather than have a race series that often seems like it exists merely to support a semi-reality tv show. Maybe if they pull this off and build a real and competitive series, Larry can come race WERA vintage with all us other old guys.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    I guess my comments tie into where AMA will take their series based on this recent development.

    After seeing MotoGP and WorldSBK through the darker years, post cigarette sponsors and during the GFC, I always wondered whether a superbike series at a domestic level was required, given the cost and relatively low fan base compared to the premier events on the calendar.
    Having grown up in Australia, i'd make trips to local NSW circuits to watch the former ASBK, (which still exists at some level) and Formula Extreme (which I think is more like SuperStock and also exists) and most of the time was pretty disappointed by the lack of the depth in the field and the forgone conclusions to races after the first few laps. I’m pretty sure Yamaha had some say into the running of the series and took a couple of their riders to Formula Extreme. Why a country of 22 million has two premier motorcycle classes is beyond me...
    To dan.gerous, the only time i've seen Doohan's name mentioned around Australian motorcycle racing is when he gets an interview in the Honda Corporate Tent at Philip Island in October... Mat Mladin was supposedly meant to do something with unification of the two series, but I don't think anything materialised.
    While I can appreciate that there are always some characters out there who can buy a 2014 FIM spec Superbike or Superbike Evo, the majority of the field cannot. Also, do the ticket buying public (usually pretty hard-core fans if they are watching at a domestic level) really care if the two richest guys in the field can buy a full spec bike and watch races spread out after the first lap? While other, potentially better riders are languished back to tussle for minor placing due to financial constraints.

    So my roundabout diatribe leads me to what AMA (and Australia) should do as far as a domestic series. If they wanted an out of the box solution, why not ask BSB “can we use your model?” and implement it there. At least just as a starting point. Surely a series which captures almost as much interest locally as MotoGP does must be doing something right.
    Is a superbike evo class really required? I would argue that at a domestic level, the focus should be on the riders and costs for bikes should be kept to a minimum; what would fans prefer – a reduced grid with a couple of official FIM Spec bikes at the front dominating the races or a full grid of slight detuned machinery where more riders can win. What would riders prefer, money on bikes being the guaranteed winning formula or riding skill being the deciding factor.

    Having classes which have relevance internationally is a good step as well. Giving local riders the ability to wildcard at premier rounds is increased as there is a parity between the domestic classes and the WorldSBK / MotoGP rounds that visit the US. I’m not saying that they need to wildcard in a MotoGP race, but if there was a series on parity with SuperStock or SuperStock 600, the local riders get a chance a couple of times a year to pit themselves against international level riders.
    This is massively important to developing local talent and getting fan bases behind local riders.

    If it about getting bums on seats as well, then having some level of integration with motocross (i.e. combined weekends) might be necessary in the development years to get things back on track.

    It seems like on this forum alone, there are enough good ideas and minds to run a decent championship ;-) Too many times, corporate sponsors, television rights and massive egos get in the way of the sport, only for it to end up where it has, both in the US and in Australia…
    I’ve got myself fired up… where is my pitchfork and flaming torch!!

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Good opportunity for some of the guys who did well out of the AMA in the old days to help give the series a heart starter.. Edwards, Mladin, Spies etc

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Hopeful and optimistic, yes ! Skeptical, yes! The more big names that throw their name in the hat the better ! Nicky ? Colin ?Ben ? Boz Brothers ? Duhamel ? etc. where ya'll at ?

  • Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Scott Redding’s future   2 weeks 3 days ago

    Smoking continues to decline in Europe, as it has done for the past 30 years. Health initiatives and the ban on advertising have played a major role in the decline. Here's a graph showing the decline in the EU between 2000 and 2010

    You can disprove your own point, of course, by merely turning it around. If tobacco sponsorship has no impact on tobacco use, why would tobacco companies bother spending the money on sponsorship? They spent it because they believed they would sell more of their product to more consumers.

    Of course, the biggest problem with tobacco sponsorship in motorcycle racing is not so much the product it promoted, but the total dependence it created among the teams. Racing teams never had to do anything to raise their own sponsorship, sponsors came to them. When tobacco sponsorship ended, they were incapable of generating their own sponsorship income, as they did not have the skill set to market and sell the benefits to potential sponsors. 

    We are seeing something similar now with energy drinks. Relying on a single industry for a large part of the money which funds motorcycle racing makes motorcycle racing exceptionally vulnerable. What is needed is more money, but from a much wider range of industries.

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    So where will this leave Daytona?

    BSB has no problem running BSB*2, BSS, Moto3, STK1000, STK600 in one day. There's really no reason why the AMA shouldn't as well. The choice is not between WSB/Moto2/3 and WSB/WSS/STK when you could do both. The only question is where the mid-size formula goes and if it's something like STK600 and a WSS/Moto2 that allows custom frames. Then there's tyres. Who gets the spec tyre contract because you know there will be one.

    Now can the FIM/Dorna use this to get some more parity between WSB, IDM, BSB, AMA, AJR and Aus. Let's get back to competitive local wild cards in each WSB round.

    Which leaves the huge elephant in the room. How do they make it cheap enough and entertaining enough to attract the sponsors so that there are full grids of competitive teams?

  • US Superbike Racing On The Verge Of A Revival? Rainey Takes Over AMA Series, DMG Relinquishes Rights   2 weeks 3 days ago

    This is excellant news, as it is not good for our sport to have weak national series - they should all be as strong as BSB and especially America with its population base.

    Hopefully DOBAST* will get together and give the Australian Superbikes a similar kick in the pants! :-)

    *Doohan, Bayliss, Stoner

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