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March 3rd, 2019, 07:52 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Keshav View Post
Favoritism is there no doubt - but the degree to which a rider being at a track in their home country actually influences their number of wins may be debatable. How many Americans have won at COTA? And how many times have we seen a very talented teammate lead a race at his “home” track for 18 laps only to be overhauled at the last minute by three more talented riders?
To be honest I have no idea, but there have been innumerable wins where a rider has come 1st in their own country. Maybe not the rider who was expected to come 1st and with the plethora of Spanish and Italian riders, its almost a given in their own countries.
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This has in days of old been much discussed. There’s so much more serious sponsorship money in Europe and more well promoted feeder series, especially in Spain and Italy. AMA racing in the States has always been chaotically run by people with provincial outlook, poor promotion and little thought to the series leading to Europe. I’ve heard same said about Australia.
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