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More power to him (in this and on the track;). He just might be the guy to bring GP back to America. Even if he never wins a race but does bring GP to us he will be remembered fondly. I do think he has the potential to win, if they could get him a decent bike. He has been pretty amazing considering he had no experience in international racing, and had not even won an AMA superbike title.
 

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Good Luck! Without a US race it’ll be difficult generating any buzz here in the States.



Let’s face it, with a saturation of races (9 of 16) and the accompanying accessibility it’s plain to see why MotoGP is so popular in Europe.
 

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*sigh*



I hope it goes well, but what what the american commmonweal like in his/her motorsports is embodied by NASCAR.



In this country, motorcyclists are considered a fringe element, and WE ALL still continue to struggle under the reputation begun in Hollister CA.
 

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In America, motorcycles are for recreation. In Europe and much of Asia they are transportation.



It burns me up when I look into financing a bike and the rate is outrageous. When I ask why it is because they consider it a recreational purchase. When I ride, I am not clogging lanes with my empty Excursion, I am using less gas, and I am actually paying attention to whats going on instead of eating, talking on the cell, or reading.



THEY SHOULD PAY ME TO RIDE!
 

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I think this is a partial explaination. NASCAR gets lots of following because there are lots of races. With a potential of ONE race in the states, it is hard to develop any kind of following. With races in 9 different european locales, it is not more than a weekend trip for most fans. You can't even get through security at Newark in that amount of time. Set up three to five races in the states, centered around some other motorcycle events-Biketoberfest or Bikeweek in the east (Barbermotorsports new facility in Birmingham Alabama?), something in New England, Road America and of course in California and you would generate some real intrest. Without multiple events domestically motogp is going to be a mostly enthusaist print media event here in the US.
 

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Didn't they already try this approach with the metric system and soccer? "Everyone in the world is doing it!" And I still cant' find an average joe here in the USA that knows how many yards in a mile.



I think there has to be a shift in public opinion before this change occurs. After all, we're in a country that holds world championships without inviting the rest fo the world. ;-)
 

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In order for GP to work in the U.S., it has to be better to watch on TV. I will enjoy it either way, but 3 things need to happen in order for it to be palatable for mass American audiences:



#1. Different cameras and/or better satellite links----the washed-out picture during a GP race gives me the impression that I'm watching something happening from behind the former iron curtain.



#2. American commentators. Americans want to hear their commentary by men with southern drawls, preferably.



#3. Ban those d%$# air horns that people blow in the stands. They scream "foreign". They are almost as annoying as those cowbells constantly jangling during a downhill ski race.
 

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Ditto on 1 and 2. As for number 3, I could tolerate foreign commentators if they didn't sound like someone was twisting their nuts every time something exciting happened. Also, they need to learn how to pronounce "Ducati" and "Kawasaki". I want to slap them every time I hear them say it.
 

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"I hope it goes well, but what what the american commmonweal like in his/her motorsports is embodied by NASCAR."



Pathetic, isn't it? I never understood the appeal of watching NASCRAP. Can someone explain it to me?
 

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I agree. However, for MotoGP to become successful here will take time. NASCAR did not become the success it is overnight. How many investors are willing to back a series that may very well go nowhere here due to limited interest.



Being the optimist, I think that if it is properly promoted it stands a good chance here. I see no reason why Daytona couldn't host a round during Bikeweek. I think Dave Edwards for CW made this point in his column some time ago and one of the obstacles was the attitude of the France family to european motorsport. Maybe, maybe not, anyway I digress. I'd love to see the best of the best return here again. Go get'em Hopkins.



This has little to do with bikes, but i'd also love to see the World rally champ. make a few stops here. Pikes peak, Maine, anywhere.



 

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You guys make some good points. The issue is complex and includes cultural as well as economic factors. Some of the key issues as I see it include:



1) US sports infrastructure (news media etc) is ball (or puck) focused. Any other competitive sports are generally viewed as sideshows. This includes all motorsports (including, until recently, NASCAR), skiing, bicycling, track and field, tournament fishing, skeet shooting etc.



2) Competition with major team sports that have natural constituencies. For example, the pro teams in or near your city, college teams from your region or where you attended.



3) For some reason, in the US, roadracing, on 2 wheels or 4, has not had much appeal across socioeconomic lines. Oval track racing -- NASCAR, modifieds, flat track etc, as well as drag racing, all have strong blue collar appeal, while roadracing has been more associated with the elite, wine-drinking, brie-eating effete segment of society.



4) As mentioned, having only one round locally (when we DID have any at all), in a country as large as ours, limits exposure. Most European fans I know will attend at least 2-3 rounds per season. Most American fans would not be able to attend one even if it were to be held, due to the distances.



5) Except for possibly one or two of the newest tracks, US tracks do not meet FIM standards. Many riders would refuse to ride at Daytona, for example.



6) Lack of charismatic US talent in the series. This is where I have the most optimism, because that is very different this year compared to the recent past. KRJR is a talented rider and was World Champion, but he is not that likable and is not the best public face for the sport. Riders like Rossi make much better press. Hopper has possibilities, especially if he can get some good finishes and acheive a higher profile. Colin Edwards is always a good interview, and Nicky Hayden is a PR agents wet dream. If these guys can get some good results, and thus get a little air time or print space in the general media, the profile of the sport could be dramatically improved.



BTW, I also would love to see the WRC circuit make a couple of US stops. Aside from motorcycle road racing, that is now my favorite spectator sport.



Regards

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So how are they going to avoid the confusion of races that turn left and RIGHT ????



More power to Him, I wasn't to big of a fan until last year but he stuck at it and proved me wrong, I know theres not the hype around him like there is with Nicky but I think he is just as good...



 

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I agree with you about #2. Even after living in Europe for 5 years, where all the English narration I heard on TV was British English, I never got past being annoyed with the accents of their sports announcers -- didn't matter what sport. I didn't have any problem listening to Financial Times business reports, or newscasts or anything other than sports. Even the sports news was OK, it is only the actual play-by-play, where they start getting excited, that makes me wanna kick them in the balls hard so they stop talking funny.



Fair or not, I think this would put off most casual American fans.
 

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I have to admit that last year I was one of those saying that he was going to get his a$$ handed to him, but what a rookie season. Held his own on older equipment learning new tracks, dealing with the pressure. Hell he even seems to be a likable guy ( in what i've read). He probably has as much talent as Nicky and a season in the circus allready.
 

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They run chainsaws with the blades removed........that sound better then the airhorns???





And also, you forget that in europe, you can ride scooters much sooner then you can drive, for cheap. That is what starts the 2 wheel background for most. I think that is the single most important reason why they follow 2 wheel motorsports more.....because of the vast number who ride.





Also, one thing that i think might help is the trend of MX riders doing the Motard/Roadrace thing. I think this will poerhaps draw some fans from the HUGE MX following to other forms of 2wheel racing.
 

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For [email protected]#^% sake, it's an international series!

If you want USA riders, USA type crowds and USA accents, watch USA events!



There is a world outside the USA!

Not everyone want to be like you. (Thank Christ)



PS, Americans are the only ones who say "Ducarti".



Motogp needs to be good racing, not just another American 'conquest'.

Maybe you should send the troops in to Motogp headquarters and set them 'right' - then you might be happy.



Sheesh!
 

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Good luck to Hopper.

As he says, the series is incredibly popular aroundt the world. If Americans look at it for what it is, they should enjoy it too.



He might be up against a cultural thing though, unless an American is winning or dominating.



Hopper won huge respect last year. He used his head and showed great skill, especially for such a young bloke on very difficult machinery.



Hope the Suzuki can get on the pace.
 
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