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April 9th, 2019, 01:49 PM   #1
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Spa return coming closer

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Hope this happens as watching the bikes go through Eau Rouge and Blanchimont would be fascinating to watch the approaches to those sections of the circuit.
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What rounds are going to be dropped or how many rounds will we have? I know the riders are not keen to do more than 20 rounds.
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Fantastic, I love Spa, had a couple of bike days there many years ago, including the old circuit, Eau Rouge certainly gives the suspension a proper workout.
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Would be a good thing. Not many bike people love Le Mans. Expect much nostalgic talk will ensue if this happens.

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Spa would be cool, but I think there are to many European rounds, I am surprised with the growing popularity in Asia they are not focused on adding races there.
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Spa would be cool, but I think there are to many European rounds, I am surprised with the growing popularity in Asia they are not focused on adding races there.
Not many Asians in Motogp, I expect thats why, as well as how much it costs to build and then pay the rip off merchants of Dorna to race there.

Just had a thought, scrap one of the Spanish rounds for it.
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Not many Asians in Motogp, I expect thats why, as well as how much it costs to build and then pay the rip off merchants of Dorna to race there.

Just had a thought, scrap one of the Spanish rounds for it.
Regardless . . . even if there are only one or two Asians - the Asian community will come out in HUGE numbers to support them. When my shop was in Manhattan - I had a crew of Tamil workers who have ended up being like family to me. Tamils from India will watch any MotoGp race to see an Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Phillipino etc racer and that goes visa versa. And MotoGp is HUGE all across asia. In India they broadcast the races for free because the advertising revenue is off the chart. If my info is correct - attendance in Thailand and Malaysia is really high.

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Regardless . . . even if there are only one or two Asians - the Asian community will come out in HUGE numbers to support them. When my shop was in Manhattan - I had a crew of Tamil workers who have ended up being like family to me. Tamils from India will watch any MotoGp race to see an Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Phillipino etc racer and that goes visa versa. And MotoGp is HUGE all across asia. In India they broadcast the races for free because the advertising revenue is off the chart. If my info is correct - attendance in Thailand and Malaysia is really high.
Yes it would be nice to have more out there, but until a countries prepared to pay for a circuit it won't happen you also have to bear in mind that most Asians are paid a pittance.
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Yes it would be nice to have more out there, but until a countries prepared to pay for a circuit it won't happen you also have to bear in mind that most Asians are paid a pittance.
That’s pretty much a myth. There are thriving middle class populations in most Asian countries other than Pakistan, Cambodia and Laos. And grandstand tickets are sold locally at price range relative to the economy and exchange rate. At any rate with tracks in China, Japan, Thailand and Japan - more Asian rounds wouldn’t make sense. Air travel on local airlines in that region is really cheap - making it very affordable to go from one country to the next. I was there two years ago traveling around Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and was astounded at at how cheap flights were. Visit Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Saigon or Hong Kong and see the amazing infrastructure and the range giant high-end shopping places comparable to Tokyo and you’ll be quickly disabused of cliche of people living in tin shacks making straw hats. Also - when you take into account the relative density of the populations in Asia compared to their European and American counterparts - you start to understand why their middle class populations are such economic powerhouses. BTW - Three years ago I rented bikes for me and the wife and had an amazing time riding from Hanoi up to near the Chinese border and back. I'd go back in minute.


Laguna is the one they need to bring back.

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Not many Asians in Motogp, I expect thats why, as well as how much it costs to build and then pay the rip off merchants of Dorna to race there.

Just had a thought, scrap one of the Spanish rounds for it.
And how many Germans, Dutch, or stupid Americans are in MotoGP? How come the series has all those Japanese motorcycle manufacturers? Shouldn't it be a bunch of Bultacos racing those Italian chumps?

The series needs more diversity for sure. If you can't get any riders from the U.S. into the series, there is an issue. Although, Americans are not the best race fans, regardless of the count of Yankee racers.

I thought SPA had safety issues that are not easy to overcome. Laguna Seca still has safety issues despite the MotoGP/Yamaha/Mazda changes.
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