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  • Reply to: Wayne Rainey: The Renaissance Man for MotoAmerica   1 hour 41 min ago

    Plenty of Americans love their motorcycles and road racing. Not relative to other sports here, but the sheer numbers are there. We don't tend to give a shite about our own series of late (we get together to watch BSB!).There is plenty of insider info out there about the horrible handling of the series that occurred in the mid 2000's.

    It was the economic crash of 2008-2010 ish that dealt us a knock all the way down to the grass roots level, regional grids dwindled - a bunch of us just hung up our leathers. It can't be overstated, the numbers are out there.

    The series was already down on its knees after having been abandoned by the AMA. The economy dealt it a blow that put it on life support.

    Ben Spies was the last of our Astronauts on the World stage. That has been quite some time. He arose in the context of a sustained heated rivalry with Mat Mladin. It was competition as intense as any, and the level of performance was VERY high. Without that? No Ben Spies.

    We all know what happened when Spies hit WSBK. It was as beautiful a performance as can be witnessed. (No one knows what happened when he got on the Factory Yamaha in the GP, including him...another story).

    We have a resuscitation of the American series well underway. It was neglected and has much ability to flourish with cultivation. The new organizers are doing it right. Much to appreciate.

    Club grids are still quite small. We are quick and easy to lose and slow/tough to return. Agreed that it is important to have a few solid riders on good bikes there, and this is happening. Now we have some 300ss classes. Aside from the new R6 there is frighteningly little in the middleweights from Manu's which is...odd. Mladin-Spies was, again, Suzuki. Kawasaki has had a sustained presence here and a solid garage. Historically Honda has put a solid effort in, as Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards can attest.

    The DORNA involvement is of much interest. Jr Cup regional programs are bringing kids in. So glad that Rainey and Co can build a bridge.

    Interesting that you mention American media. It was the Road Racing World's expertise and care that brought us the EMGO M4 Suzuki team and the likes of John Hopkins. Their presence is much smaller than it was. And what about folks like Muzzy bringing us green monsters to tame? Where are they? Many shops closed up ten yrs ago. This infrastructure is very slow to return.

    Steve English is writing on none other than Motomatters about the American National Series?! Wonderful. Thanks! Great to see you here mate.

    In the past we have seen good contingency money from maufacturers dictate what bikes we ran. Doug Polen in a van driving around chasing money is a good example. Can we see that again? First ANYONE needs to be able to see it, and the TV coverage is indeed important.

    The next piece of the puzzle? A next phenom kid on a well supported Superbike to push and get pushed by Elias (and a few other top notch riders that find their way here...). The stage is being set. It has its own pull, nature abhors a vacuum.

  • Reply to: Wayne Rainey: The Renaissance Man for MotoAmerica   1 hour 50 min ago

    Good point jfricke. What region do you live in? What tracks have you most interested? See any young talent of note? How are your club grids doing? Is the 300ss filling? Here in Portland, Oregon our primary track is very high speed and open and a Ninja 300 on it is underwhelming. 30hp and 375lbs...more fun on a kart track? With 60 lbs shaved off?

    I could enjoy carving up Laguna Seca on an RC390. Even the Middleweight bike scared the crap out of me T1-T2 before the runoff change, made things interesting. Thunderhill and Willow Springs look fun for West Coasters. Up here we have The Ridge, a newer track folks are enjoying.

    We should also consider here that it is 3,000 miles (4800km) from coast to coast in the USA. London to Barcelona is 1500km's. Travel for the whole Spanish series calendar may be less than one trip across our country.

    That MUST present a barrier to entry in both time and finances

  • Reply to: Wayne Rainey: The Renaissance Man for MotoAmerica   2 hours 31 min ago

    MotoAmerica needs to figure out a way offer a subscription service similar to WSBK and MotoGP. Currently, you can only watch online if you have a cable subscription which includes BeIN Sports. I pay for both the WSBK and MotoGP subscription packages but I don't have cable, so I can't follow MotoAmerica. They are leaving money on the table and making it harder for would-be fans to follow the series. I would absolutely pay for a subscription to watch the races if one were offered, but it's not. I'm in the US, I love motorcycle racing, I personally race, I'm buddies with guys who race a few MotoAmerica rounds... but MotoAmerica is totally off my radar because I don't have cable. More and more people are cutting the cord, I really hope MotoAmerica will find a way to let us follow and be fans of the series too.

  • Reply to: Wayne Rainey: The Renaissance Man for MotoAmerica   5 hours 44 min ago

    I think Wayne and his team have done a fabolous job in bringing MotoAmerica back to life. AMA was hard to follow, they would rarely broadcast races and when they did it seemed that it was this guy with his Webcam broadcasting live. 

    BeIn sports does a great job on the TV coverage, almost as good as MotoGP in terms of # of cameras, angles, live coverage, etc. Also liked the fact that they added a few races for this year and the competition seems to be pretty good IMO. 

    But where I feel that MotoAmerica still lacks is on the media coverage. It's hard to find news about what's going in, rider thoughts, etc. Their website is not very good, very few sites or folks post notes on Twitter, etc. 

    We need more MotoMatters, Mat Oxley's and Simon Patterson's covering MotoAmerica!

  • Reply to: Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Climbing Mount Everest   14 hours 54 min ago

    When I watch Marc Marquez ride at his best, he ALWAYS looks like he is trying to squeeze more speed from the bike. That might sound pretty obvious, but most riders have split second pauses where they are waiting for the bike to tell them what it's going to do. You can see it from the side of the track, they're not coasting but they're not really attacking either. Marquez on the other hand always seems to be dancing on the limit, constantly pushing the bike to the edge of what it's capable of. He's hardly ever 'waiting', but rather actively pushing against whatever obstacle there is to getting through the corner faster than before. Stoner had the same super aggressive body language, and Vinales is similar too