oldboyonrgv wrote:Thats todays sport of motorcycle racing - someones making money and it aint the riders or teams......Its killing the sport
While I agree this is bad news for Ant, I am truely astonished that so many of you seem surprised that this money thing is happening. The idea that this is a consequence of the present economic situation is just plain wrong. Motorsport has ALWAYS worked on the principle that riders and drivers pay for their seats/rides - except for a very few at the very top - and that means SOME of say an F1 grid or a MotoGP grid.
It may not be as simple as a direct buying of a place as it will be that in effect with the cost being paid for by a sponsor who, when you start digging, is directly linked to the person doing the racing.
When I was actively competing, I started to become aware of this becuase I found that the 'sponsors' of competitors were as often as not an uncles' family friend's or some other such related peron's business.
Even at the professional level it was not what it seemed. The top F3 drives as it was then were supposedly 'free'. What this meant was that the teams accepted the driver on the basis that if they couldn't bring enough sponsorship (which was usually in the order of £100,000s), then the driver had to agree to th eteam getting a percentage of any future earnings - and it was not a trivial percentage. I was given to understand that F3000 was the same - and I know some F1 drives were like that so see no reason it would be different now.
Even if you do find a properly sponsored drive/ride - then it is still usually not as it seems. I was offered a part sponsored drive to do the European Endurance Championship once by a team serious about winning - they offered to pay about 2/3rds of the 'cost' (at the time I had run out of money so couldn't take it up sadly) but even that was down to the principle driver having connections to the main sponsor and he wanted to have a team of guys he could race with and have a chance of winning with - so I was potentially an indirect beneficiary of this same nepotism.
So no, its NOT killing the sport - its always been like this and always will be, most just are unaware this has been happening.
PS - it was also the same when I started racing motorcycles as a child, so I see no reason why that would be any different