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July 18th, 2007, 09:39 AM   #1
 
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Why Indy? Why MotoGP?
Tuesday, 17th July 2007

During Monday's historic announcement that Indianapolis will host a round of the 2008 MotoGP World Championship, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta and IMS president Joie Chitwood outlined the reasoning behind the second US event.


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"Indianapolis is one of the most iconic names for all fans of motorsports, thanks to its unique history," began Ezpeleta. "MotoGP meanwhile is very proud of its own history. The FIM World Championship MotoGP is the oldest motorsport world championships in existence and has the biggest names in motorcycling competing for the world crown for over 58 seasons.

"One of the names missing from that history until now was the famous Brickyard at Indianapolis, and many people may not realise that the very first race here was a motorcycle race. With the Brickyard anniversary coming up in 2009 and our own 60th anniversary the same year, it seems the MotoGP and Indianapolis should come together at this time.

"Since MotoGP began racing in USA two years ago, interest of our sport has been continually on the increase. Thanks to the combined effort of Laguna Seca in the past two years, we have seen great racing in the States. And the grandstand filled with fans, I'm sure, the coming weekend we will enjoy another fantastic event in California.


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"There are many fans of MotoGP, and we say thanks to them for the past 10 years. We are talking about legendary names, such as Kenny Roberts Sr.; Freddie Spencer; Eddie Lawson; Wayne Rainey; Nicky Hayden; and especially those who join us today, Kenny Roberts Jr., and Kevin Schwantz. However, by coming to Indianapolis, we hope to attract a new great of fan who can enjoy the history of the sport but still be astonished with the skills, the thrills, and the riders.
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Dorna is trying really hard to increase the viewership on MotoGP in the US. The licensing revenue they get from speed is probably a pittance compared to the number of potential viewers in the US market. So, inalong with getting coverage on the networks (CBS) and allowing more american riders (yup, americans like to watch americans) at Laguna, this move to Indy is part of the master plan.

The Laguna track is not up to MotoGP standards (safety buffer zones etc. In addition the infrastructure (hotels rooms etc) are quite limited. So, the organizers are hoping that the move to Indy, which has better facilities, will draw larger crowds.

Also, the midwest is where mainstream america is. If they can only tap into the NASCAR Dad audience, MotoGP will become huge in the US.
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Povol & crvlvr are both correct IMO.

Dorna realise the US market is a potentially massive & lucritve market, something they would love to be a part of.
The US getting the Indy raceis just fantastic.
Luguna and the fans should pat themselves on the back, cause if they had done a poor job at Luguna the chances of this happening would have been zero and they may have risked losing the Luguna race.
Lets hope they keep Luguna on the schedule (I love the cork screw)
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You should be happy and proud that we get another round on the calender, being an American and all. Once people see motoGP, they might see the light and stop watching NASCAR in favor of MotoGP.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(DrDanMD @ Jul 20 2007, 01:39 PM) [snapback]79911[/snapback]<div class='quotemain'>
stop watching NASCAR in favor of MotoGP.


Ain't never going to happen. NASCAR is part of the American constitution!!
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE<div class='quotemain'>Also, the midwest is where mainstream america is. If they can only tap into the NASCAR Dad audience, MotoGP will become huge in the US.

crvlvr...Do you really think that’s possible???...do you think that the American biker culture (choppers and more choppers, Harley’s) will and can adopt to sports bikes? I personally for the life of me can’t understand if Americans were so interested in international racing why hasent Harley ever made an attempt to compete in the SBK? May be you could elaborate on that...as from what I have seen over the years and read Dorna is fighting an uphill battle with the imbedded biker culture and the big business that it generates in the US of A!
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(CSCVAW @ Jul 20 2007, 05:40 AM) [snapback]79917[/snapback]<div class='quotemain'>
crvlvr...Do you really think that’s possible???...do you think that the American biker culture (choppers and more choppers, Harley’s) will and can adopt to sports bikes?

A good point, but there's more to it than Harley riders, CSCVAW. If I were Dorna, I'd look at the USA as a huge, virtually untapped market worth millions of Euros. What is the bast way to get this? Stage more races. The Americans love bike racing, have plenty of motorcross and road racing events going on at a local and national level. An then there's the AMA Superbikes, which does OK. The Yanks know bike racing when they see it.
One thing you could accuse Dorna of is being too Euro-centric, and if they wish to make more money, they need the series to be global, and so they have to better represent the USA.
Having one event a year, without the 250cc and 125cc classes, is not doing the job. Having two will bring more advertisers, gate receipts, coverage, and cash onto the bandwagon that is MotoGP. I bet the riders quite like the idea too - there will now be a new, big pool of sponsors eager to sign them up. More cash for everyone.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(CSCVAW @ Jul 20 2007, 12:40 AM) [snapback]79917[/snapback]<div class='quotemain'>
crvlvr...Do you really think that’s possible???...do you think that the American biker culture (choppers and more choppers, Harley’s) will and can adopt to sports bikes? I personally for the life of me can’t understand if Americans were so interested in international racing why hasent Harley ever made an attempt to compete in the SBK? May be you could elaborate on that...as from what I have seen over the years and read Dorna is fighting an uphill battle with the imbedded biker culture and the big business that it generates in the US of A!



Harley did try Superbike in the AMA and failed miserably.Rarely finished and got 1 podium in i believe 3 years, and that was before the Suzuki domination began.Then they tried Formula Extreme with a 1300 cc Buell against 600's and rarely finished and were frequently getting lapped.The one series here in the states that has catered to them so they can win is NHRA,they CAN get those pieces of shit to hold together for 6 seconds.
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povol.....YOu are not entirely correct. The Harleys they drag race do NOT use a Harley motor.....There is actually very little on it that comes from Harley (if anything at all). All the motors start out as S&S motors. They are then rebuilt from there.
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